Indian Premier League, 54th match: Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings at Dharamsala, Apr 18, 2010
Chennai Super Kings won by 6 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
18 April 2010 - day/night match (20-over match)

Anyway back to the match at hand. Mahela and Shaun Marsh walk out, so does the Chennai team. Also remember, Chennai wouldn't have been in this mus-win situation had they not choked against the same team, Punjab, in their first match of the season. Anyway let's go. Tyagi to bowl to Mahela. Lovely setting amid the hills. Flood lights are on already

Breaking News Lalit Modi, the IPL Commissioner, has just said that the semi-finals have been moved out of Bangalore to the DY Patil Stadium in the outskirts of Mumbai, after what happened in Bangalore yesterday. "We don't want to take any chances. We want to ensure the safety of our players and spectators alike," Modi said.

Toss MS Dhoni has won and has decided to field. He says he is worried about the weather, and wants to know exactly what to get in case of a curtailed game. He reckons the pitch will help spinners from one end, and fast bowlers from the other.

3.20pm Finally sanity has prevailed. We are up in Dharamsala, and we are actually playing during the day, and not under floodlights, rendering those hills invisible. And Chennai Super Kings fans will be happy that it's not raining. It was in the morning. Chennai have brought in Justin Kemp for Michael Hussey, and Sudeep Tyagi for L Balaji. Punjab have made three changes: Reetinder Sodhi, Shalabh Srivastava and Vikramjeet Malik are out. In come Sunny Sohal, Ramesh Powar and VRV Singh. Toss in 10 minutes

0.1

Tyagi to Jayawardene, 1 wide, seams in after pitching middle and leg, big wide

0.1

Tyagi to Jayawardene, 1 run, seams in a bit too much again, worked away off the hips for a single to fine leg

0.2

Tyagi to Marsh, no run, better line for the left-hander, pitching off and moving away, left alone

0.3

Tyagi to Marsh, no run, more width, Marsh goes for the big cut but is beaten

0.4

Tyagi to Marsh, 1 run, gets close to this short delivery, and steers it to third man for one

0.5

Tyagi to Jayawardene, SIX, shimmies down the track and bang! Clean swing over long-on for six

0.6

Tyagi to Jayawardene, SIX, poor delivery, short, straying down the pads, and he gets inside the line of it and pulls it over long leg

End of over 1 (15 runs) Kings XI Punjab 15/0 (RR: 15.00)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 13 (3b 2x6)
    • SE Marsh 1 (3b)
    • S Tyagi 1-0-15-0

Bollinger to bowl now

1.1

Bollinger to Marsh, no run, starts with a short one, down the leg side, umpire Saheba doesn't call it a wide. Not a great call

1.2

Bollinger to Marsh, 1 wide, Bollinger gives the reluctant umpire an exercise of arms. This one is even further down the leg side

1.2

Bollinger to Marsh, FOUR, shot! another short ball, and Marsh is waiting, and pulls him in front of square. The swivel-pull

1.3

Bollinger to Marsh, no run, comeback! kicks from back of a length, into the top glove and then into the chest

1.4

Bollinger to Marsh, no run, stays back to pull this one, stays a touch low and hits him in the thigh, shorter than the previous delivery

1.5

Bollinger to Marsh, 1 run, steers this wide one down to third man for one

1.6

Bollinger to Jayawardene, no run, angled across him, left alone

End of over 2 (6 runs) Kings XI Punjab 21/0 (RR: 10.50)

    • DPMD Jayawardene 13 (4b 2x6)
    • SE Marsh 6 (8b 1x4)
    • DE Bollinger 1-0-6-0
    • S Tyagi 1-0-15-0

This is the same pitch as the other day, and clearly the back-of-a-length area was the business zone. From just short of a length, the balls gets extra bounce and also some seam movement. Chennai, so far, have either been too full or too short. Albie Morkel into the attack

2.1

Morkel to Marsh, FOUR, and another poor delivery, outswinger, swinging too far down marsh's pads, and he has flicked it past the short fine leg. Easy four runs

2.2

Morkel to Marsh, 1 leg bye, similar delivery, this time he fails to make contact but takes a leg-bye

2.3

Morkel to Jayawardene, FOUR, too full again, Mahela clears the front leg, and chips it over mid-off. Super timing, it bounced only about six feet inside the straight boundary

2.4

Morkel to Jayawardene, no run, slightly shorter, not in the driving arc, Mahela defends it to the leg side

2.5

Morkel to Jayawardene, FOUR, short and wide, and cut away, in the air but in the gap past point. Mahela is gracefully tucking into this gifts

2.6

Morkel to Jayawardene, OUT, what a catch! Against the run of play, Tyagi has pulled this one out of the hat. Mahela makes room to go over mid-off, the ball is not quite that full, and hence he doesn't get enough elevation. But it takes all of Tyagi's height, and a perfectly timed full-stretch jump for it to stick in the right hand

DPMD Jayawardene c Tyagi b Morkel 21 (8b 2x4 2x6) SR: 262.50

End of over 3 (13 runs) Kings XI Punjab 34/1 (RR: 11.33)

    • SE Marsh 10 (10b 2x4)
    • JA Morkel 1-0-12-1
    • DE Bollinger 1-0-6-0

Ashwin being introduced

3.1

Ashwin to Marsh, no run, full ball from round the stumps, played to on side, Bollinger makes a diving save at straightish midwicket

3.2

Ashwin to Marsh, no run, flighted outside off, defended

3.3

Ashwin to Marsh, no run, angled in, defended to on

3.4

Ashwin to Marsh, 1 run, dropped! Morkel, who has just benefited from that Tyagi catch drops a much simpler straightforward offering. Marsh sweeps straight down his lap at short fine and he lets it spill through

3.5

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, fired into the pads, defended to midwicket

3.6

Ashwin to Marsh, no run, looks to sweep, but fails to make contact

End of over 4 (2 runs) Kings XI Punjab 36/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • SE Marsh 11 (15b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 1 (1b)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-2-0
    • JA Morkel 1-0-12-1

Bollinger gets a change of ends

4.1

Bollinger to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length, around off, no room, defended with an open face

4.2

Bollinger to Sangakkara, FOUR, too short again, Sanga rocks back, and pulls in front of square, the front leg in air, and the gap found

4.3

Bollinger to Sangakkara, 1 run, short, not too wide, but he manages to upper-cut it, one bounce to third man

4.4

Bollinger to Marsh, 2 runs, hit to mid-on, Tyagi misfields, letting through couple of runs

4.5

Bollinger to Marsh, no run, extra bounce from just back of a length, beats him outside off

4.6

Bollinger to Marsh, no run, mean yorker, gets him in the toe, but it is heading down the leg side

End of over 5 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 43/1 (RR: 8.60)

    • SE Marsh 13 (18b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 6 (4b 1x4)
    • DE Bollinger 2-0-13-0
    • R Ashwin 1-0-2-0

Rob: "Morkel goes joint top on all time Twenty20 wickets with that somewhat fortunate 90th." He joins Yasir Arafat

5.1

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, shimmies down the track to push this to long-off for one

5.2

Ashwin to Marsh, no run, looks for the big shot, gets an inside edge towards short fine

5.3

Ashwin to Marsh, 1 run, pushed to long-off for one

5.4

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, nicely flighted on middle and off, defended

5.5

Ashwin to Sangakkara, FOUR, this one lets the pressure off, short, into the pads, with fine leg up, Sanga doesn't miss out

5.6

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, stops in the follow through, Raina style, Sanga stays back and pushes this shortish ball to point

End of over 6 (6 runs) Kings XI Punjab 49/1 (RR: 8.16)

    • KC Sangakkara 11 (8b 2x4)
    • SE Marsh 14 (20b 2x4)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-8-0
    • DE Bollinger 2-0-13-0

Tyagi comes back

6.1

Tyagi to Marsh, 1 run, full and wide, driven to sweeper-cover for one

6.2

Tyagi to Sangakkara, FOUR, wide length ball, Sanga sends it crashing past extra cover. Just slightly clears the front leg to allow himself space to swing those arms

6.3

Tyagi to Sangakkara, no run, fuller, closer to off, pushed to point

6.4

Tyagi to Sangakkara, no run, half-volley around off, goes for the slog this time, but doesn't get the timing, and hits it to midwicket

6.5

Tyagi to Sangakkara, no run, back of a length, around off, no room, pushed to midwicket

6.6

Tyagi to Sangakkara, FOUR, poor delivery, down the leg side, slightly back of a length, and he glances it fine

End of over 7 (9 runs) Kings XI Punjab 58/1 (RR: 8.28)

    • KC Sangakkara 19 (13b 4x4)
    • SE Marsh 15 (21b 2x4)
    • S Tyagi 2-0-24-0
    • R Ashwin 2-0-8-0

Raina introduced

7.1

Raina to Marsh, no run, short, outside off, hit back to the bowler

7.2

Raina to Marsh, 1 run, flat into the leg stump, worked away for one

7.3

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, angled into the pads, helped away for one

7.4

Raina to Marsh, 1 run, pauses in the follow through, fires in a quicker one, Marsh opens the face to take a single to short third man

7.5

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, comes down the track to flick this one into the on side

7.6

Raina to Marsh, no run, looks to run this one down too, but hits it too hard to point

End of over 8 (4 runs) Kings XI Punjab 62/1 (RR: 7.75)

    • SE Marsh 17 (25b 2x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 21 (15b 4x4)
    • SK Raina 1-0-4-0
    • S Tyagi 2-0-24-0

Kemp into the attack

8.1

Kemp to Sangakkara, 1 run, gentle full ball outside off, hit down to long-off for one

8.2

Kemp to Marsh, FOUR, another gentle ball outside off, Marsh deals with it severely, clearing the front leg, and slapping it back to the straight boundary

8.3

Kemp to Marsh, FOUR, even more powerful, another gentle delivery, and Marsh again stands and waits and flat-bats straight back

8.4

Kemp to Marsh, 1 run, slower ball, guided to third man for one

8.5

Kemp to Sangakkara, 1 run, full ball, driven to deep point for one

8.6

Kemp to Marsh, 1 run, steers this one from outside off for one

Time-out

End of over 9 (12 runs) Kings XI Punjab 74/1 (RR: 8.22)

    • SE Marsh 27 (29b 4x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 23 (17b 4x4)
    • JM Kemp 1-0-12-0
    • SK Raina 1-0-4-0
9.1

Raina to Marsh, no run, looks to play with an open face but there is not enough room to work with

9.2

Raina to Marsh, 1 run, shimmies down the track and hits this to long-on for one

9.3

Raina to Sangakkara, FOUR, angled into the pads, Sanga rocks back to shorten the length, and then gets it past short fine. Good shot to get to 1000 IPL runs

9.4

Raina to Sangakkara, 2 runs, bunted into the leg side, and runs hard to come back back for two before deep midwicket can get into the act

9.5

Raina to Sangakkara, 1 run, short ball, pulled away to deep square leg

9.6

Raina to Marsh, FOUR, fired into the pads, too far down the leg side, and he gets just enough bat on it to render Bollinger's run from short fine vain

End of over 10 (12 runs) Kings XI Punjab 86/1 (RR: 8.60)

    • SE Marsh 32 (32b 5x4)
    • KC Sangakkara 30 (20b 5x4)
    • SK Raina 2-0-16-0
    • JM Kemp 1-0-12-0

Ashwin comes back

10.1

Ashwin to Sangakkara, no run, flighted around middle and off, pushed back, Ashwin fields to his right

10.2

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 1 run, comes down the track, the ball stops at him, but he manages to push it to long-off for one

10.3

Ashwin to Marsh, 1 run, short ball, around off, creates room by moving away and cuts it past point

10.4

Ashwin to Sangakkara, 2 runs, good fielding by Bollinger at long-off, Sanga comes down the track and hits it straight and fast, but Bollinger dives to his left to save two runs

10.5

Ashwin to Sangakkara, OUT, bowled him! Stays a touch low. Sanga is looking for the big sweep shot, and it's a straight delivery that squeezes under his swing and takes the off stump

KC Sangakkara b Ashwin 33 (24b 5x4 0x6) SR: 137.50

Yuvraj is the new man

10.6

Ashwin to Yuvraj Singh, no run, presses forward to defend this flighted delivery

End of over 11 (4 runs) Kings XI Punjab 90/2 (RR: 8.18)

    • Yuvraj Singh 0 (1b)
    • SE Marsh 33 (33b 5x4)
    • R Ashwin 3-0-12-1
    • SK Raina 2-0-16-0
11.1

Raina to Marsh, no run, looks to make room and cut, but this is too full and beats him

11.2

Raina to Marsh, 1 run, full ball, hit down to long-on for one

11.3

Raina to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, flighted into the pads, worked away for one

11.4

Raina to Marsh, 1 run, punches this one to sweeper-cover for one

11.5

Raina to Yuvraj Singh, no run, flighted, punched on the up, straight to extra cover

11.6

Raina to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, Raina has got the big wicket! Yuvraj looks to sweep a full delivery, misses, the ball pitches middle and leg, turns away and gets him in the back leg

Yuvraj Singh lbw b Raina 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

End of over 12 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 93/3 (RR: 7.75)

    • SE Marsh 35 (36b 5x4)
    • SK Raina 3-0-19-1
    • R Ashwin 3-0-12-1

Jakati to bowl now

12.1

Jakati to Marsh, 1 run, short ball, and pulled away to deep midwicket for one

Irfan to face for the first time

12.2

Jakati to Pathan, 1 run, fuller this time, pushed to long-on for one

12.3

Jakati to Marsh, SIX, biggest six in Dharamsala! At least in televised matches. Flighted outside off, Marsh goes on a knee, and slog-sweeps it into the roof straight down the ground

12.4

Jakati to Marsh, 1 run, pushes this one down to long-on

12.5

Jakati to Pathan, 1 run, angled into the pads, worked away to square leg for a single

12.6

Jakati to Marsh, FOUR, short, down the leg side, Marsh takes toll, pulling it over short fine

End of over 13 (14 runs) Kings XI Punjab 107/3 (RR: 8.23)

    • SE Marsh 47 (40b 6x4 1x6)
    • IK Pathan 2 (2b)
    • SB Jakati 1-0-14-0
    • SK Raina 3-0-19-1
13.1

Raina to Pathan, 1 run, into the pads, hit to deep midwicket for one

13.2

Raina to Marsh, SIX, stops in his follow through, Marsh has no such stopping thoughts on his mind, shimmies down and lofts this dead straight down the ground. Fifty up too

13.3

Raina to Marsh, 1 run, fired into the pads, helped away for one

13.4

Raina to Pathan, 1 run, fuller, middle and leg, pushed down to long-on

13.5

Raina to Marsh, FOUR, another superb shot. Comes down the track again and hits him powerfully and straight, right enough of long-on

13.6

Raina to Marsh, 1 run, sharp turn there, pushed down to long-on for a single

End of over 14 (14 runs) Kings XI Punjab 121/3 (RR: 8.64)

    • SE Marsh 59 (44b 7x4 2x6)
    • IK Pathan 4 (4b)
    • SK Raina 4-0-33-1
    • SB Jakati 1-0-14-0

Morkel comes back

14.1

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, runs this one from middle and leg to past point for a single

14.2

Morkel to Pathan, 1 run, slogs a length ball across the line, to long-on for one

14.3

Morkel to Marsh, SIX, this could be even bigger than the one he hit two overs ago. Length ball, 117ks, Marsh slog-sweeps it, over wide long-on, out of the stadium. As the big screen there says, New Balls Please

14.4

Morkel to Marsh, 1 wide, full and wide, too wide

14.4

Morkel to Marsh, no run, full and wide, this time the line is correct, halfway between and off stump and that wide line

14.5

Morkel to Marsh, no run, full toss, misses out, hits on the bounce to extra cover

14.6

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, full, outside off, driven with an open face, Badri fields at point. Was that a drop?

End of over 15 (10 runs) Kings XI Punjab 131/3 (RR: 8.73)

    • SE Marsh 67 (49b 7x4 3x6)
    • IK Pathan 5 (5b)
    • JA Morkel 2-0-22-1
    • SK Raina 4-0-33-1
15.1

Ashwin to Marsh, 1 run, short and wide, cut away to sweeper-cover

15.2

Ashwin to Pathan, FOUR, Irfan is in now. Dances down the track, drags it across from off and manages to hit it wide of deep midwicket

15.3

Ashwin to Pathan, 1 run, powerful shot, but hit to long-on

15.4

Ashwin to Marsh, 1 run, turns and stays low, but he manages to pull it to square leg

15.5

Ashwin to Pathan, no run, driven, but straight to extra cover in the circle

15.6

Ashwin to Pathan, 1 run, fired down the leg side, doesn't get good connection, Dhoni too gets a hand on it, hence it is just a single to short fine

Time-out

End of over 16 (8 runs) Kings XI Punjab 139/3 (RR: 8.68)

    • IK Pathan 11 (9b 1x4)
    • SE Marsh 69 (51b 7x4 3x6)
    • R Ashwin 4-0-20-1
    • JA Morkel 2-0-22-1

Bollinger comes back

16.1

Bollinger to Pathan, 2 runs, goes for the big shot, gets the toe end, third man is square, and they come back for two

16.2

Bollinger to Pathan, 2 runs, another big shot goes wrong, but again it is placed well, wide enough of long-off, and they come back for two. 50 off 36 for this partnership

16.3

Bollinger to Pathan, no run, short ball, beats him on the pull

16.4

Bollinger to Pathan, no run, slower ball, 117ks Irfan misses out on a swipe across the line

16.5

Bollinger to Pathan, 2 runs, yorker, hit down the ground, not powerfully, hence they come back for two

16.6

Bollinger to Pathan, 1 run, half-volley outside off, finds extra cover on the drive, and Ashwin misses the direct hit at the striker's end: marsh had given up

End of over 17 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 146/3 (RR: 8.58)

    • IK Pathan 18 (15b 1x4)
    • SE Marsh 69 (51b 7x4 3x6)
    • DE Bollinger 3-0-20-0
    • R Ashwin 4-0-20-1

So good over that last one from Bollinger. Morkel comes back

17.1

Morkel to Pathan, no run, nice yorker, can't do much with that

17.2

Morkel to Pathan, FOUR, comes down the track, converts it into a full toss, and hits it over midwicket. Can afford to charge to Morkel's pace

17.3

Morkel to Pathan, 1 run, length ball, Irfan goes across the line again, but the midwicket has been moved to the boundary

Marsh to face for the first time in 11 balls

17.4

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, full and wide, and he has steered it down to third man

17.5

Morkel to Pathan, 1 leg bye, yorker down the leg side, gets only a leg-bye

mid-off up in the circle

17.6

Morkel to Marsh, FOUR, another yorker outside off, and he has incredibly steered it fine of third man for four. Top shot

End of over 18 (11 runs) Kings XI Punjab 157/3 (RR: 8.72)

    • SE Marsh 74 (53b 8x4 3x6)
    • IK Pathan 23 (19b 2x4)
    • JA Morkel 3-0-32-1
    • DE Bollinger 3-0-20-0
18.1

Bollinger to Pathan, 1 run, top edge on an attempted big shot, Tyagi runs in from third man and drops it

18.2

Bollinger to Marsh, SIX, Phew. He has stood back and set up for a six down the ground, come what may! It's a slower ball, he clears the front leg, and lofts it over long-on. As clean a shot as any he has hit today

18.3

Bollinger to Marsh, 1 run, hit down the ground, doesn't make good connection, falls short of long-off

18.4

Bollinger to Pathan, FOUR, another mis-hit from Irfan, but this top edge goes straight over the keeper's head, and Irfan is smiling as he sees it go for four in the V behind the wicket

18.5

Bollinger to Pathan, 1 run, mis-hit, inside edge towards square leg for one

18.6

Bollinger to Marsh, SIX, superb shot, can't say the same about the bowling. Provides him length on middle stump, Marsh's front leg is out of the way, and the ball is out of the straight boundary

End of over 19 (19 runs) Kings XI Punjab 176/3 (RR: 9.26)

    • SE Marsh 87 (56b 8x4 5x6)
    • IK Pathan 29 (22b 3x4)
    • DE Bollinger 4-0-39-0
    • JA Morkel 3-0-32-1
19.1

Morkel to Pathan, 2 runs, low full toss, hit past extra cover, and they come back for two. Marsh's fans would have hoped for a single - he is 13 short of a hundred

19.2

Morkel to Pathan, FOUR, poor bowling, gentle, knee-high full toss, on leg stump, with short fine up, Irfan deals with it nicely

19.3

Morkel to Pathan, 2 runs, yorker, and Morkel has done himself a disfavour by getting a hand on it, and because it is slowed down, Marsh hares back for two. He is not thinking about the hundred

19.4

Morkel to Pathan, SIX, length ball on the pads, and Irfan lofts it over wide long-on. Poor last over. Top-class batting. No surprise with the score then

19.5

Morkel to Pathan, 1 run, yorker outside off, digs it out for one

mid-on comes up, with many fielders on the fence in the off side

19.6

Morkel to Marsh, 1 run, low full toss outside off, and he hits it for one to deep cover

Belford: "How often do you see this? Marsh did not get to 100, Pathan did not get a 50 and the partnership ended up on 99. Brilliant figures." Big chase for Chennai to stay alive. Join us to see what happens

End of over 20 (16 runs) Kings XI Punjab 192/3

    • SE Marsh 88 (57b 8x4 5x6)
    • IK Pathan 44 (27b 4x4 1x6)
    • JA Morkel 4-0-48-1
    • DE Bollinger 4-0-39-0
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