0.4 caught! Vidyut flirts with one too many outside off stump, the length is good and the line is wide outside off, Vidyut throws his bat hard at the ball, looking for the drive through cover, he gets a thick outside edge that speeds towards Jayawardene who takes a sharp catch to his left at first slip 10/1
    2.2 caught! Fleming moves forward to a good length ball outside off and tries to drive on the up, he's hit it very hard but the ball goes straight to Karan Goel who takes a sharp catch at cover, that ball was travelling at great speed 20/2
    6.5 caught! Chawla shortens the length and Raina attempts the mighty slog over deep midwicket, he gets a top edge that goes high in the air towards point where Marsh takes the catch, Chawla's broken a partnership that was steaming along 64/3
    17.3 caught! just reward for some lovely death bowling, Badrinath backs away and tries to loft the yorker over cover, he mis-times it and hits it straight to Yuvraj who takes a sitter at cover 155/4
    not out
    not out
    15 (lb 4, nb 1, w 10)
    181/4 (20 Overs, RR: 9.05)
    Fall of wickets: 1-10 (S Vidyut, 0.4 ov), 2-20 (SP Fleming, 2.2 ov), 3-64 (SK Raina, 6.5 ov), 4-155 (S Badrinath, 17.3 ov)
    S Sreesanth402927.25114030
    IK Pathan403308.2591230
    VRV Singh403518.75103111
    PP Chawla3036112.0052310
    JR Hopes403609.0083120
    Yuvraj Singh10808.0011000
    12.5 caught! That is a vital wicket, Balaji bangs the short ball and Marsh tries to pull off the front foot, the ball gets to him quicker that expected and Marsh top edges the ball in the air to Amarnath who runs in from deep square leg to take the catch 96/4
    1.6 caught! Morkel bowls a short of a length ball down leg side, Hopes tries to glance the ball towards the fine leg boundary but feathers a nick through to Dhoni who takes an easy catch 16/1
    4.3 caught at third man! Gony pitches the ball just short of a length and angles it across the left-hander, Goel tries to play the upper cut and hits it with no real power, the ball goes straight to Morkel at third man who takes a simple catch 29/2
    12.1 bowled him! Sarwan jumps down the track and tries to pull Balaji, the length isn't short enough and the ball beats the cross-bat swipe and crashes into middle stump, Sarwan hadn't hit a boundary and was evidently feeling the need to get a move on 95/3
    13.1 caught!! Yuvraj is gone, the ball is short and wide outside off stump, Yuvraj stands on the back foot and cuts hard, the ball flies quickly towards point where Fleming jumps up and takes a sharp catch, Chennai erupts and begins to sing 'We will rock you' as Yuvraj departs, that may well be the end of Punjab's challenge tonight 97/5
    14.6 Murali's got him! Jayawardene goes on the front foot and tries to hit over midwicket once again, Murali's length is a little shorter and it was the doosra, the top edge flies over Dhoni's head for Vidyut who moves from short third man and takes a simple catch, Murali is delighted 115/6
    19.3 caught! and that is that! Balaji bowls a slower ball just short of a length, Pathan pulls off the front foot and lofts the ball straight to Raina at deep square leg, he's gone and taken Punjab's hopes with him 163/7
    19.4 Balaji's got another one! Chawla backs away and lofts a full ball in the air towards long-off where Kapugedera takes an easy catch, Balaji has four, can he take five? 163/8
    not out
    19.5 he's got the hat-trick!!! Balaji bowls a short ball outside off stump, VRV backs away and throws his bat at it, the top edge goes straight to Dhoni and the Super Kings mob Balaji! He's thrilled and everyone's gathered around him, amazing scenes and Chennai are roaring on their local lad 163/9
    not out
    3 (lb 1, w 2)
    163/9 (20 Overs, RR: 8.15)
    Fall of wickets: 1-16 (JR Hopes, 1.6 ov), 2-29 (K Goel, 4.3 ov), 3-95 (RR Sarwan, 12.1 ov), 4-96 (SE Marsh, 12.5 ov), 5-97 (Yuvraj Singh, 13.1 ov), 6-115 (DPMD Jayawardene, 14.6 ov), 7-163 (IK Pathan, 19.3 ov), 8-163 (PP Chawla, 19.4 ov), 9-163 (VRV Singh, 19.5 ov)
    MS Gony403819.50113300
    JA Morkel402516.25101100
    P Amarnath3035111.6643200
    CK Kapugedera10808.0000000
    M Muralitharan403218.0091210
    L Balaji402456.00130210

Match Details


Kings XI Punjab , elected to field first

Player Of The Match


Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00

Match days

10 May 2008 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee


Chennai Super Kings 2, Kings XI Punjab 0

Match Notes

  • Smiling glory

    It was only fitting L Balaji's famous smile, that won over Pakistan in 2004, could manage a grand return in his beloved Chennai

  • Balaji's five-for sinks Kings XI Punjab

    A match that swung from one side to the other was decided by two exceptional overs from L Balaji, as Chennai Super Kings ended Kings XI Punjab's winning streak

Kings XI 2nd innings Partnerships

1st16JR HopesSE Marsh
2nd13SE MarshK Goel
3rd66RR SarwanSE Marsh
4th1Yuvraj SinghSE Marsh
5th1DPMD JayawardeneYuvraj Singh
6th18DPMD JayawardeneIK Pathan
7th48IK PathanPP Chawla
8th0S SreesanthPP Chawla
9th0S SreesanthVRV Singh
10th0S SreesanthU Kaul