Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MS Dhoni
58(37) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 9 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
8 4 1 1 1 1 11 8
DR Smith
49(23) 2x4 - 5x6
Control %66%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 4 1 3 2 0 1 0

Best performances - Bowlers

SB Jakati
O4.0
M0
R22
W4
Eco5.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Shoaib Ahmed
O2.0
M0
R14
W1
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

And with that 78-run win, Chennai go top of the table on the back of three consecutive victories. It's hard to believe the formidable Deccan batting crumbled within 15 overs, despite the absolutely shoddy Chennai fielding, at least four catches were dropped and some simple run-out chances were spurned.

Barring the fielding, Dhoni can have little complaints about the performance. The batting was on song, and Albie Morkel and Sudeep Tyagi gave them the perfect start with the ball by slicing through the Deccan top order. Dwayne Smith played a counterattacking knock to remember, before Deccan's innings fell apart when their batsmen went for the big hits against the spinners.

Post-match presentation: Adam Gilchrist: "We were outplayed in all departments. We didn't bowl badly, but they batted very well on a good batting track. And it was tough to chase, especially after the start we got.

"I'm not focussed on the semi-finals as of now, but on turning around this run (of three losses)."

MS Dhoni is the Man-of-the-Match. Dhoni: "I was struggling earlier, it affects my batting when I come in with only four-five overs to go since I'm not a batsman who can hit right from the start, that was the thinking behind promoting me. Credit to the openers for providing the platform for us to take off from.

"We need to work hard on our fielding, we have dropped catches right through the tournament, it hasn't hurt us that much because we are scoring 160-180 but if it is a low-scoring game, we will struggle."

Thanks for joining us today, there's a big double-header tomorrow, see you then. This is Siddarth Ravindran signing out. Good night.

14.4
W
Raina to Ojha, OUT, and it's all over, an absolutely action-paced innings comes to an end, Ojha swipes it straight to man-of-the-moment Jakati at midwicket to bring the curtain down
14.3
0
Raina to Ojha, no run, on the legstump, turned in sharprly, defended off the backfoot
14.2
1
Raina to Shoaib Ahmed, 1 run, tries to slam it down the ground, deflected by Raina towards long-off, Deccan's hundred comes up
14.1
0
Raina to Shoaib Ahmed, no run, tossed up by Raina, defended towards extra cover by Shoaib

END OF OVER:
14 | 2 Runs 2 Wkts | DC: 99/9

  • Shoaib Ahmed0 (0b)
  • M Muralitharan3-0-11-2
  • SB Jakati4-0-22-4
13.6
W
Muralitharan to Suman, OUT, Deccan are doing a house-of-cards impersonation here, another wicket gone, virtually an action replay of the previous ball, Suman gets a bit of an edge though and it sails high before Vijay takes another catch

After a promising start to the tournament, a third straight defeat looming for Deccan here

13.5
W
Muralitharan to Singh, OUT, Deccan are falling apart here, simple wicket for Murali, overpitched on middle and leg, RP swipes it straight down the throat of M Vijay at midwicket

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MS Dhoni
58(37) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 9 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
8 4 1 1 1 1 11 8
DR Smith
49(23) 2x4 - 5x6
Control %66%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 4 1 3 2 0 1 0

Best performances - Bowlers

SB Jakati
O4.0
M0
R22
W4
Eco5.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Shoaib Ahmed
O2.0
M0
R14
W1
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Indian Premier League

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