END OF OVER:
20 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | CSK: 146/7 (20 runs required, RR: 7.30)

  • T Thushara1 (2b)
  • Joginder Sharma16 (15b)
  • SL Malinga4-0-15-3
  • Z Khan4-0-34-0

So Mumbai kick off IPL 2 with a victory by 19 runs. Those two overs by Bravo and Zaheer - which cost 14 in total - towards the end was the turning point. Both bowled effectively at the death and Malinga didn't make life any easier for Chennai and Dhoni. Sachin Tendulkar should walk away with the Man of the Match award. He scored 59* and took a catch in the first over. Let's not forget Nayar's three sixes off Flintoff.

It baffles me why Ashwin didn't get to bowl. Chennai would have been better off picking an extra batsman. Stay with us for the presentation.

Dhoni: "I think Harbhajan did really well when Hayden and Flintoff were batting. I think 170-180 will be a par score on these kind of wickets. Even last year we struggled in the bowling department in the early stages but bounced back. Hopefully we will work on those areas."

Tendulkar is also the Man of the Match: "The first 7-8 overs were difficult but I thought Nayar played a brilliant innings. I thought 150-160 would be a good target. I don't want to take anything for granted but I'm glad we've started well."

There's not much time to breathe as the second match, between Bangalore and Rajasthan gets underway very soon. Thanks for your company and the mails. Cheers!

19.6
1
Malinga to Thushara, 1 run, Malinga raises his arms after Thushara takes a single to long-off
19.6
1w
Malinga to Thushara, 1 wide, slower ball and down the leg side
19.5
0
Malinga to Thushara, no run, bowls the slower ball and Thushara fine tunes his slog, too bad the ball was nowhere in the picture

The Mumbai flags are out

19.4
W
Malinga to Dhoni, OUT, it's a reverse swinging full toss and I don't think Dhoni saw that properly, pace like fire and the ball clips the pads and pushes the legstump back

MS Dhoni b Malinga 36 (26b 1x4 2x6) SR: 138.46

19.3
1
Malinga to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, fast inswinging yorker, another single, this time down to long-on, nothing much you can do with that
19.2
1
Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, hoicks it down the ground to long-on ,ask Dhoni himself to describe the bat twirl / recoil after playing that shot!
19.1
1
Malinga to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, full and swinging in and he forces it hard to long-off

Final over, lots of glum faces at the Chennai dugout. The last couple of overs has made the difference

END OF OVER:
19 | 6 Runs | CSK: 141/6 (25 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.42, RRR: 25.00)

  • Joginder Sharma14 (13b)
  • MS Dhoni35 (24b)
  • Z Khan4-0-34-0
  • DJ Bravo4-0-27-1
18.6
1
Khan to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, that ends an excellent over, forced to the off side and it doesn't cost more than a single
18.5
2
Khan to Joginder Sharma, 2 runs, makes room and he whacks this down to deep extra cover
18.4
0
Khan to Joginder Sharma, no run, Zaheer fields well off his own bowling, another effective yorker length ball
18.3
1
Khan to Dhoni, 1 run, Zaheer's not making this easy, Dhoni pounds a full delivery down to long-on and it's only a single
18.2
1
Khan to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, swings hard at a full delivery but doesn't time it well enough, long-off picks it up
18.1
1
Khan to Dhoni, 1 run, yorker on middle and off and he slams this down to mid-off

31 off 2 overs. Stiff ask for Chennai

END OF OVER:
18 | 8 Runs | CSK: 135/6 (31 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.50, RRR: 15.50)

  • MS Dhoni33 (22b)
  • Joginder Sharma10 (9b)
  • DJ Bravo4-0-27-1
  • Z Khan3-0-28-0
17.6
1
Bravo to Dhoni, 1 run, it's a low full toss and Dhoni bashes it forcefully past the bowler, long-off picks it up
17.5
1
Bravo to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, slower ball and he swishes it down to deep midwicket
17.4
6
Bravo to Joginder Sharma, SIX, into the stands! can we have the ball back please? The bounce suits Joginder who clubs this one down to deep midwicket
17.3
0
Bravo to Joginder Sharma, no run, yup! And Joginder swings at a slower one and misses again, this was just wide of the leg stump
17.2
0
Bravo to Joginder Sharma, no run, poor Joginder swings and misses again, Bravo's winning this battle, slower ball next?
17.1
0
Bravo to Joginder Sharma, no run, goes for an almighty heave across the line and grunts after missing the ball, Chennai should cut down the dot balls

39 off 18, Mumbai should back themselves to win this

END OF OVER:
17 | 13 Runs | CSK: 127/6 (39 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.47, RRR: 13.00)

  • MS Dhoni32 (21b)
  • Joginder Sharma3 (4b)
  • Z Khan3-0-28-0
  • SL Malinga3-0-10-2
16.6
2
Khan to Dhoni, 2 runs, fullish on the pads and he clips it past square leg, it tests the fielder at the boundary but he ensures it's only 2
16.5
1
Khan to Joginder Sharma, 1 run, jabs another yorker down to mid-off and they scamper the single
16.4
1
Khan to Dhoni, 1 run, fullish on the stumps and squirted to the off side
16.3
2
Khan to Dhoni, 2 runs, forces it down to Dhawan at long-off and they take the second run, Zaheer whips off the bails and Joginder's struggling, the third umpire takes a look