Indian Premier League, 48th match: Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders at Chennai, Apr 13, 2010
Chennai Super Kings won by 9 wickets (with 39 balls remaining)
13 April 2010 - night match (20-over match)

7:58pm Ashwin and Dhoni discussing field placements. Spin to start the proceedings. Ganguly and Gayle stride out to the centre. This should be fun!

7:57pm Gopi: "CSK has 1:1 win loss Jinx against each team except Deccan in IPL Season 3. They need to break this Jinx with KKR, because they are @ 1:0 against KKR, with DD too" Goes to show how unpredictable this format is.

Kolkata have won the toss and opted to bat. Ganguly thinks the track will take turn. Michael Hussey and Thilan Thushara have been left out, Muralitharan and Albie Morkel are back. Aniruddha Srikkanth has been included as well. Thushara, Tyagi and Michael Hussey are out.

While elder brother Michael misses out for Chennai, David, the younger of the Hussey siblings has been included for Kolkata. Mendis, Ishant Sharma and Pujara go out. Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Iqbal Abdullah come in.

It is match 48 of the IPL, and it is a round of Russian Roulette at Chepauk, between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. The team that loses today will find itself very close to elimination. Kolkata are the only team that is yet to make the semifinals in the IPL's history while Chennai don't know what it is like to not be in the semis. Winning today is crucial for both sides. Who will be the last man standing after this shoot-out - MS Dhoni or Sourav Ganguly? I can't wait to find out! Toss in five minutes.

I am Nitin Sundar, your commentator for the game, and Gopi Rangarajan is on scoring.


Ashwin to Ganguly, no run, full on Dada's legs, he gets forward and defends to off side, off bat and pad


Ashwin to Ganguly, no run, shorter, turns from off to middle. He's bowling from round the stumps. Dada gets back and looks to cut


Ashwin to Ganguly, 1 run, similar line, Ganguly looks to carve over the off side and miscues it over the infield, lands safely over cover


Ashwin to Gayle, 1 run, persists with the line against Gayle, who tackes it in different style - works it away to midwicket off the front fott


Ashwin to Ganguly, 1 run, Dada jumps out and Ashwin shortens the length, played away to cover


Ashwin to Gayle, no run, length ball on leg, turning towards off, Gayle keeps it away. Great start from Ashwin

End of over 1 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 3/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • CH Gayle 1 (2b)
    • SC Ganguly 2 (4b)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-3-0

Bollinger to induce some speed into proceedings


Bollinger to Ganguly, no run, short of a length outside off, but just straight enough to elude Ganguly's business area outside the off stump. He looks to cut and misses


Bollinger to Ganguly, FOUR, improvisation! Looks to tuck Dada up for room, he backs away outside leg and creates enough room to force it behind point for four


Bollinger to Ganguly, no run, faster and straighter, and a tad shorter. Ganguly stays back and looks to flay it towards the leg side and cannot connect


Bollinger to Ganguly, no run, again, Dada is roaming around the crease and Bollinger follows him. On a length, cannons into his pads outside leg after missing his attempted heave


Bollinger to Ganguly, FOUR, gets bat on it this time! Short of a length again, Ganguly stays back and flat-bats it into the pitch, it bounces over the non-striker's end stumps for four


Bollinger to Ganguly, no run, goes full this time, almost a yorker on Dada's leg stump, and the flick goes straight to the midwicket fielder

End of over 2 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 11/0 (RR: 5.50)

    • SC Ganguly 10 (10b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 1 (2b)
    • DE Bollinger 1-0-8-0
    • R Ashwin 1-0-3-0

Ashwin to Gayle, SIX, see you later! Gayle has rocket-launched that into orbit, beyond the blimp, beyond stratosphere, and over the long on fence


Ashwin to Gayle, OUT, and Ashwin strikes right back! Gayle was coming down the track this time, Ashwin held it back, and Gayle could not get to the pitch as it turned away. Dhoni does the rest! Got him with a beautiful bit of flight

CH Gayle st †Dhoni b Ashwin 7 (4b 0x4 1x6) SR: 175.00

Brendon McCullum walks in.


Ashwin to McCullum, no run, outside off, looked to work it away to the off side


Ashwin to McCullum, no run, that was close! Carrom ball that hurried on to McCullum's pads from middle and leg, he had no clue about it. Only Taufel thought it was not out.


Ashwin to McCullum, no run


Ashwin to McCullum, OUT, Ashwin is on fire! McCullum's not read him well this over, and was desperate to get him away. When in doubt, McCullum sweeps or scoops, it was the sweep this time, the top edge looked like it will fall behind short fine leg, but Muralitharan had other plans! Nice tumbling catch, Chepauk roars!

BB McCullum c Muralitharan b Ashwin 0 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 3 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 17/2 (RR: 5.66)

    • SC Ganguly 10 (10b 2x4)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-9-2
    • DE Bollinger 1-0-8-0

Bollinger to Ganguly, no run, take that! Bolly resorts to Dada's old weakness, the short ball and it is directed perfectly as the KKR skipper fends uncertainly


Bollinger to Ganguly, OUT, Chennai are all over Kolkata here! Bollinger had set this up the previous ball with the bouncer, this time he slips in the pacy full delivery aimed at Dada's pads. It strikes him flush, but outside leg stump. Umpire Hazare thinks it is out, and Chepauk does not mind, but that was a poor call.

SC Ganguly lbw b Bollinger 10 (12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 83.33


Bollinger to Hussey, no run, short of a length, angling across Hussey who taps it to the off side


Bollinger to Hussey, no run, full toss outside off and Hussey junior can't get it past the offside cordon


Bollinger to Hussey, 1 leg bye, slower ball at 114 kph, slips down the leg tucked away for a leg bye


Bollinger to Tiwary, no run, jaffa! Angled across, pitched on middle and off, and it took off from a length. Did everything except take the outside edge. Wicket maiden for Bolly!

End of over 4 (1 run, wicket maiden) Kolkata Knight Riders 18/3 (RR: 4.50)

    • MK Tiwary 0 (1b)
    • DJ Hussey 0 (3b)
    • DE Bollinger 2-1-8-1
    • R Ashwin 2-0-9-2

Ashwin to Hussey, 1 wide, OUT, Ashwin's got another one, what a spell this is! Looped on leg stump, turning down the leg, and Hussey was drawn out, could not make contact and over-balanced. Dhoni took the bails off before one could have said "Wide"!

DJ Hussey st †Dhoni b Ashwin 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Ashwin is on a hat-trick!


Ashwin to Mathews, no run, was there glove in that? Taufel thinks not, but the replays suggest he's denied Ashwin a hat-trick! Gloved off the pad down to leg slip, and the appeal was turned down.


Ashwin to Mathews, 2 runs, played in front of point for a brace


Ashwin to Mathews, no run, turn! Turns in sharply from off stump


Ashwin to Mathews, no run


Ashwin to Mathews, no run, and again, Mathews tries to come down but can't combat the spin


Ashwin to Mathews, no run, great lines, keeps it outside off and turns it in without much fuss.

End of over 5 (3 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 21/4 (RR: 4.20)

    • AD Mathews 2 (6b)
    • MK Tiwary 0 (1b)
    • R Ashwin 3-0-12-3
    • DE Bollinger 2-1-8-1

As people on Twitter would say, Ashwin #win. Would have been #win-win if he got that hat-trick


Bollinger to Tiwary, no run, length ball angling across the right hander. He lets it go.


Bollinger to Tiwary, no run, again, he lets it go outside off. Slips in place, arms being shouldered. No it is not a Test match.


Bollinger to Tiwary, no run, nicely bowled! Brings it back in this time and eludes the inside edge by a whisker. Might have been a slight deflection, tough to call.


Bollinger to Tiwary, 1 run, pitched up outside off, drawing the batsman forward. Tapped to mid off for one


Bollinger to Mathews, no run, ooh, driven on the up almost straight to the fielder at cover, gets to him on the bounce


Bollinger to Mathews, no run, short and into Mathews who gets into a tight position, trying to work it towards the leg side

End of over 6 (1 run) Kolkata Knight Riders 22/4 (RR: 3.66)

    • AD Mathews 2 (8b)
    • MK Tiwary 1 (5b)
    • DE Bollinger 3-1-9-1
    • R Ashwin 3-0-12-3

Ashwin to Tiwary, 1 run, on off stump, turning in, tucked away to leg


Ashwin to Mathews, 4 leg byes, tuns down the leg this time, and it runs away to the boundary. Angelo is thrilled - runs have been hard to come by


Ashwin to Mathews, 1 run, goes well outside off this time, Mathews gets forward and sweeps down to square leg


Ashwin to Tiwary, 2 runs, that unusual doosra this time, the batsman manages to pick it and play away towards square on the off for a couple


Ashwin to Tiwary, no run, big spin, takes something en route to leg slip


Ashwin to Tiwary, no run, end of an awesome spell! Ashwin finishes it off with another variation, it looked like a genuine leg spinner this time. No bat, through to Dhoni.

End of over 7 (8 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 30/4 (RR: 4.28)

    • MK Tiwary 4 (9b)
    • AD Mathews 3 (10b)
    • R Ashwin 4-0-16-3
    • DE Bollinger 3-1-9-1

Albie Morkel comes on.


Morkel to Mathews, no run, drifting down the leg off a length, clips something en route to Dhoni


Morkel to Mathews, 1 run, straighter this time, Mathews stays back and works it down behind square on the leg side


Morkel to Tiwary, no run, good ball, short of a length and some effort as it rises up and hits the bat hard, before running down to the off side


Morkel to Tiwary, 1 run, tip and run, played off the face straight to point and they are through.


Morkel to Mathews, 1 run, slower ball, 109 kph outside off, worked with the wrists down to long on


Morkel to Tiwary, 5 wides, digs it in really short, almost like he wants to test the trueness of the pitch. It is very true, it sails high over batsman and keeper and away for four wides


Morkel to Tiwary, 1 run, more acceptable length this time, worked away to the leg side for a single

The pitch is turning square.. Wonder if Dada is ruing the decision to leave Mendis out. Murali will be licking his lips! Jakati to bowl first though.

End of over 8 (9 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 39/4 (RR: 4.87)

    • MK Tiwary 6 (12b)
    • AD Mathews 5 (13b)
    • JA Morkel 1-0-9-0
    • R Ashwin 4-0-16-3

Jakati to Tiwary, no run, full on middle and off from over the sticks, front foot defence from Tiwary


Jakati to Tiwary, FOUR, shortens the length sufficiently for Tiwary to rock back and cut it well through point. Badri makes a mess of it on the point boundary, diving over the ball


Jakati to Tiwary, no run, again short, but marginally straighter, and he cuts straight to point


Jakati to Tiwary, 1 run, length ball on off, stays back and punches it through cover


Jakati to Mathews, 1 run, straightens the length, on leg stump, turned away to the leg side


Jakati to Tiwary, 1 run, nice flight, on leg and turned away for a single

Time for a time-out. Wonder what these guys do during these breaks.

End of over 9 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 46/4 (RR: 5.11)

    • MK Tiwary 12 (17b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 6 (14b)
    • SB Jakati 1-0-7-0
    • JA Morkel 1-0-9-0

Morkel to Tiwary, 1 run, length ball, angling into the pads, tip and run to midwicket


Morkel to Mathews, 1 run, slower ball outside off, cut away to deep cover


Morkel to Tiwary, no run, very good bouncer, at 130 kph proving that it is not the pace, but the direction that matters more with the bumper. Tiwary takes evasive action, it was headed for his head


Morkel to Tiwary, 1 run, stays back, and dabs it behind point for a single


Morkel to Mathews, 1 run, length ball, going in from off and middle, worked down towards long on. KKR have reached 50 finally.


Morkel to Tiwary, 1 run, on the pads this time, worked off the backfoot behind square leg

End of over 10 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 51/4 (RR: 5.10)

    • MK Tiwary 15 (21b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 8 (16b)
    • JA Morkel 2-0-14-0
    • SB Jakati 1-0-7-0

Murali comes on.


Muralitharan to Tiwary, 3 runs, full toss on leg stump, and he pulls out a rather daring reverse sweep, almost all the way to the boundary, but Badri puts in a dive and saves a couple. Good fielding.


Muralitharan to Mathews, no run, draws him forward, from round the wicket. Front foot block down to the bowler


Muralitharan to Mathews, FOUR, nice shot! 83.3 kph is fast enough outside off, for Mathews to open the face and run it down to the third man fence


Muralitharan to Mathews, no run, straighter, worked away straight to midwicket


Muralitharan to Mathews, SIX, take that my fellow Sri Lankan! Mathews goes down on a knee and shovels it from outside off beyond the midwicket boundary. Good shot!


Muralitharan to Mathews, 1 run, over the stumps, on a length outside off, he stays back and dabs it to point for a run.

14 runs off Murali's first over. On a turner. Hmmm.

End of over 11 (14 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 65/4 (RR: 5.90)

    • AD Mathews 19 (21b 1x4 1x6)
    • MK Tiwary 18 (22b 1x4)
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-14-0
    • JA Morkel 2-0-14-0

Jakati to Mathews, no run, on a length, on off, defended off front foot


Jakati to Mathews, 1 wide, drifts down leg and concedes a wide


Jakati to Mathews, 2 runs, on leg stump again, gets forward and flicks it nicely towards square leg. Good running too for the couple


Jakati to Mathews, no run, better line, turns away from off stump, played away watchfully to the off side


Jakati to Mathews, FOUR, another almighty slog sweep played well, takes it from outside off and bisects the leg side field.


Jakati to Mathews, no run, fuller and straighter, Mathews blocks it away this time


Jakati to Mathews, no run, and again, Mathews is playing to some plan here, he probably has an idea how much is enough on the track. Blocked away off front foot.

End of over 12 (7 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 72/4 (RR: 6.00)

    • AD Mathews 25 (27b 2x4 1x6)
    • MK Tiwary 18 (22b 1x4)
    • SB Jakati 2-0-14-0
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-14-0

Muralitharan to Tiwary, 1 run, length ball outside off, worker away to point for one


Muralitharan to Mathews, 1 run, dodgy running there, but thankfully all is well. Mathews started late after playing down to short fine leg, but the direect hit missed.


Muralitharan to Tiwary, FOUR, delicate! Waits on the ball, uses the pace and dabs it expertly down to third man. Very neat late cut


Muralitharan to Tiwary, 1 run, and he plays down to the off side to rotate the strike


Muralitharan to Mathews, no run, more turn, pops up off something on the leg side, Dhoni tidies up


Muralitharan to Mathews, SIX, smashed! Again the slog-sweep from Mathews, he swung so hard that one hand came off the bat and the ball landed a few rows behind cow corner.

End of over 13 (13 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 85/4 (RR: 6.53)

    • AD Mathews 32 (30b 2x4 2x6)
    • MK Tiwary 24 (25b 2x4)
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-27-0
    • SB Jakati 2-0-14-0

Jakati to Tiwary, 1 run, down the track, Jakati sees him and shortens the length, Tiwary gladly taps to the offside to rotate the strike


Jakati to Mathews, 1 run, worked away behind square on the leg side for a single


Jakati to Tiwary, no run, full on the pads, looks to play it to the off side for one but can't get it through


Jakati to Tiwary, 1 run, short this time, rocks back and cuts it away


Jakati to Mathews, 1 run, on leg stump again, tapped away near the wicket for a quick single


Jakati to Tiwary, no run, down the track again, sees him coming and shortens the length, played away straight to cover.

End of over 14 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 89/4 (RR: 6.35)

    • MK Tiwary 26 (29b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 34 (32b 2x4 2x6)
    • SB Jakati 3-0-18-0
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-27-0

Kolkata have done well after thise early strikes. Angelo Mathews was repreived by the umpire first ball. Could prove decisive. Raina to bowl


Raina to Mathews, 1 run, on off stump, stays back and works it away to midwicket


Raina to Tiwary, 1 run, similar line, worked away to the leg side


Raina to Mathews, 1 run, looks to go big over the leg side, but the length is not there. It runs away along the ground.


Raina to Tiwary, OUT, Murali Vijay has taken a really good catch! Tiwary got under this flighted delivery from Raina and sent it high into the Chennai night-sky, and when it came down, metres in front of the long on fence, Vijay was there, running back a long way and taking it well.

MK Tiwary c Vijay b Raina 27 (31b 2x4 0x6) SR: 87.09


Raina to Mathews, no run, sees him coming and shortens the length, played back down to Raina


Raina to Mathews, 1 run, length ball turning in from off stump, worked away for a single to the leg side.

End of over 15 (4 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 93/5 (RR: 6.20)

    • AD Mathews 37 (36b 2x4 2x6)
    • WP Saha 0 (0b)
    • SK Raina 1-0-4-1
    • SB Jakati 3-0-18-0

Jakati to Mathews, 1 run, worked away from leg stump towards square leg


Jakati to Saha, 1 run, sliding down the leg, gets some bat on it to deny his side the wide. Tumbling stop by Hayden at short fine


Jakati to Mathews, no run, can't get it away, straight back to the bowler


Jakati to Mathews, 1 run, leg stump line again, and worked away behind square for one


Jakati to Saha, OUT, Gone! Saha played it off the face off the bat, he wanted to go very fine and it went too fine for his liking, into Dhoni's right leg. He regained quickly and broke the stumps with Saha desperately trying to get back in.

WP Saha st †Dhoni b Jakati 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Shukla is the new man in.


Jakati to Shukla, 2 runs, expertly played, opens the face to run it down from a fraction outside off stump, towards third man

Time for another time-out. Time for Dhoni and Ganguly to have a debate over who is the better player. Ganguly will point to his timing, while Dhoni will claim to have a lot many more stumpings. And the broadcasters will run some ads in the meantime.

End of over 16 (5 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 98/6 (RR: 6.12)

    • LR Shukla 2 (1b)
    • AD Mathews 39 (39b 2x4 2x6)
    • SB Jakati 4-0-23-1
    • SK Raina 1-0-4-1

Udaya: "now dhoni missed the catch. .and then batsmen runs for take single... then dhoni hits the stumps.. how it will belongs to stumped. It should belongs to RUNOUT no?" You are right Udaya. Strange call.


Raina to Mathews, no run, great fielding at midwicket from Badri to deny the single


Raina to Mathews, 1 run, swept hard from outside off towards deep square leg


Raina to Shukla, SIX, that's hit really hard! Vijay was a few metres in at long on, and if he were back on the fence he could have possibly caught it, but this slog landed behind the ropes


Raina to Shukla, no run


Raina to Shukla, SIX, this time over the off side! Generates tremendous bat-speed and sends it flying over wide long off, even better shot this one!


Raina to Shukla, 1 run, thick outside edge off the attempted sweep, down to the offside for one

End of over 17 (14 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 112/6 (RR: 6.58)

    • LR Shukla 15 (5b 2x6)
    • AD Mathews 40 (41b 2x4 2x6)
    • SK Raina 2-0-18-1
    • SB Jakati 4-0-23-1

Muralitharan to Shukla, 5 wides, Murali is having a really poor day, big spin from middle and leg, well down the leg and Dhoni can't save five wides


Muralitharan to Shukla, 1 run, better ball, outside off, he gets down the track and plays it to the leg side


Muralitharan to Mathews, 1 wide, and again, he's trying hard to deny room and concedes another wide down the leg


Muralitharan to Mathews, 1 run, outside off, stays back and works it off the pads very fine


Muralitharan to Shukla, 1 run, another powerful sweep, straight to the deep square leg fielder. Kolkata are recovering well.


Muralitharan to Mathews, 1 run, another sweep, fine this time and Hayden puts in the tumble at short fine leg


Muralitharan to Shukla, no run, doosra outside off, almighty sweep expecting it to spin in, but it did not. Play and a miss


Muralitharan to Shukla, no run, and again, replay of the previous ball. Good finish to an awry over from Murali

End of over 18 (10 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 122/6 (RR: 6.77)

    • LR Shukla 17 (9b 2x6)
    • AD Mathews 42 (43b 2x4 2x6)
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-37-0
    • SK Raina 2-0-18-1

Eashwar: "Can somebody please remind Murali that he is "Murali"?" Good one!


Bollinger to Mathews, 1 run, good length ball, draws the batsman forward, driven well down to long off


Bollinger to Shukla, OUT, Gone! Short of a length outside off, Shukla went for a 360 degree pull, and would have been happy if it went anywhere, but not high. That's where the top edge went, Hayden was under it and took it easy at cover. Shukla has done his job though.

LR Shukla c Hayden b Bollinger 17 (10b 0x4 2x6) SR: 170.00


Bollinger to Mathews, 1 run, full toss on off stump, gets it away to the off side behind square


Bollinger to Agarkar, FOUR, Agarkar gets a thick outside edge that goes as fine as thick outside edges can go, without landing in the keeper's gloves. Crucial boundary


Bollinger to Agarkar, no run, this time the batsman moves towards the legside, Bolly follows him and fires it in short of a length, swish and a miss


Bollinger to Agarkar, no run, missed run-out chance by Badri at point. Agarkar hit it straight to him and ran, and Badri took time to aim and throw down the stumps. Would have been an easy call if he'd hit.

End of over 19 (6 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 128/7 (RR: 6.73)

    • AB Agarkar 4 (3b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 44 (45b 2x4 2x6)
    • DE Bollinger 4-1-15-2
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-37-0

Muralitharan to Mathews, FOUR, short and wide outside ball, rubbish ball from Murali, Angelo says thank you very much and cuts it behind point


Muralitharan to Mathews, 1 wide, someone's stolen the wizard's magic wand today. Wide down the leg


Muralitharan to Mathews, no run, can't get this one away, straight back down the track for no run


Muralitharan to Mathews, OUT, pyrrhic victory for Murali! Mathews has swept the carpet from under hit feet today, but this time he sweeps to his demise, top edge loops up and Hayden is again under a swirler. Good innings comes to an end.

AD Mathews c Hayden b Muralitharan 48 (48b 3x4 2x6) SR: 100.00


Muralitharan to Agarkar, FOUR, short ball outside off, Agarkar stays back and biffs it over wide long on.


Muralitharan to Agarkar, 1 run, short again, stays back and cuts away to the off side


Muralitharan to Iqbal Abdulla, 1 bye, ah, pulls out the reverse sweep, can't connect and Dhoni throws the ball back to Murali who can't collect it, they run through for an extra. It's been that kind of night for Murali.

Right, this match is far from over folks. Full credit to Angelo Mathews for pulling them out of the woods. On paper, on this pitch, 139 is defendable. Michael Hussey is not playing, Chennai is a little light on batting today. This could be interesting.

End of over 20 (11 runs) Kolkata Knight Riders 139/8

    • Iqbal Abdulla 0 (1b)
    • AB Agarkar 9 (5b 2x4)
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-47-1
    • DE Bollinger 4-1-15-2





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