Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AD Mathews
48(48) 3x4 - 2x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on front foot
  • 8 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
4 1 2 4 1 1 0 8
SK Raina
78(39) 11x4 - 3x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 15 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
0 4 4 1 6 11 0 3

Best performances - Bowlers

CH Gayle
O3.0
M0
R35
W1
Eco11.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
R Ashwin
O4.0
M0
R16
W3
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

With that thumping win, Chennai have leap-frogged the entire mid-field in the points table to go from sixth to second! Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Rajasthan and Deccan are all tied on points, but Chennai is just ahead of Bangalore on run rate. And rest assured, run rate is going to matter in the end. Kolkata are two points behind the pack, on seventh, and Punjab are eighth. Mumbai of course are in a league that is all their own at the top. All teams have two games to go and the permutations and combinations possible are mind-boggling. It's probably best to forget all the 'If's' and just see how the action unfolds.

Hang on for the presentation.

Sourav Ganguly: "Not a good day for us. We picked the best team possible and tried our best. We lost too many in the first few overs and then did well to get 140. Expected it to turn a bit more, Raina batted beautifully. Hope we can win the next two games."

MS Dhoni: "Good to be in a situation where you go in a bit nervous, it helped us today. Ashwin bowled well, the others chipped in well. The IPL is all about pressure.. they way Raina and Vijay chased down 140 was good, it is a bit of a worry that the middle order is not getting enough practice. Vijay was initially looking to be aggressive, but of late he's realised that the body position is important and the results are showing. Raina soaks up the pressure at number three, he has the responsibility of batting quickly and not getting out, he's been brilliant at finishing games off. It is great for his career. I wish Chennai a very Happy Tamil New Year."

Man of the match is R Ashwin and even Raina would not mind this today. "I don't think I've ever bowled better, I am really happy. I knew the new ball would grip better, and it worked for me. I've been working on my carrom ball for a year, it was spotted by my dad. I hope I can continue the form going ahead."

That's thre story tonight then. Three young Indians put their hands up and pummelled Kolkata. Ashwin, Raina and Vijay - take a bow!

That's it from us tonight. On behalf of the team at cricinfo, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Cheers!

13.3
6
Iqbal Abdulla to Raina, SIX runs, Raina finishes it off in typical fashion, and the authority of that shot underlines Chennai's dominance tonight. Swung away on one foot over midwicket. See you later Kolkata!
13.2
1
Iqbal Abdulla to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay gets to another fifty! Cuts it away for a single to the off side
13.1
0
Iqbal Abdulla to Vijay, no run, and this time a double-bouncer from Abdullah! Is he doing this on purpose? Lands close to his feet, bumps up and lands again before the batsman has a go. Very unusual variations

END OF OVER:
13 | 10 Runs | CSK: 136/1

  • M Vijay49 (38b)
  • SK Raina72 (38b)
  • LR Shukla1-0-9-0
  • Iqbal Abdulla2-0-14-0
12.6
1lb
Shukla to Vijay, 1 leg bye, goes for another pull, cannot make connection this time
12.5
6
Shukla to Vijay, SIX runs, that's as high as you will ever see a cricket ball being hit! Vijay got well under that ball and got a thick top edge to the bottom-handed pull, it went miles and miles up in the air, and the laws of oblique projection will be stretched to justify how it landed beyond the ropes!
12.4
1
Shukla to Raina, 1 run, full slower ball, 115.4 kph, Raina drives down the ground and the bowler half-stops

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AD Mathews
48(48) 3x4 - 2x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on front foot
  • 8 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
4 1 2 4 1 1 0 8
SK Raina
78(39) 11x4 - 3x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 15 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
0 4 4 1 6 11 0 3

Best performances - Bowlers

CH Gayle
O3.0
M0
R35
W1
Eco11.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
R Ashwin
O4.0
M0
R16
W3
Eco4.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Indian Premier League

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SRH1485017.0000.588
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DD1468012.000-0.508
GL1441008.000-0.400
RCB1431007.000-1.301