Champions League Twenty20, 13th Match, Group A: Chennai Super Kings v Victoria at Port Elizabeth, Sep 18, 2010
Champions League Twenty20 - 13th match, Group A
Match tied (Victoria won the one-over eliminator)
Played at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth (neutral venue)
18 September 2010 - day/night match (20-over match)

5.30pm The Chennai Super Kings' anthem booms around St George's Park, Michael Hussey takes his guard, Vijay does some stretches. Siddle charges in.

5.25pm: Nath speaks up for Victoria. "Some of us in Melbourne are here. Can't wait to see Hodgey get going tonight."

As does Amuthan: "I am awake and eager for this game in Aus! Not in melbourne though, from up north in Townsville. Eager to see Dirk Nannes and Peter Siddle rip it up. I wonder if Raina and Badri can play their pull shots against top quality pace bowling."

Vasanth's happy Hayden is axed. "Reputations count for very little, you're only as good as your last game." Will franchise owners think on similar lines when the IPL auctions come around?

Five minutes to go for the start. Btw, if Chennai win this game, both they and Warriors will go through to the semi-finals.

Victoria are in a huddle, Vijay puts his gloves on, and Michael Hussey will be his opening partner.

5.20pm It's 1.20 in the morning in Melbourne, which accounts for the feedback so far being overwhelmingly from Chennai fans, several of whom are disappointed to see Hayden dropped from the side.

Vignesh Srikanth: "I wonder why Albie Morkel isn't playing for csk." I think he's ill, which is why he misses out.

5.15pm Elaborator, this is Sid Ravi on comms, at least for the first half. Not sure who will take over after that.

Karthik Ramesh wants to see Michael Hussey opening: "Looking at how well Anirudha played in the middle order the other day, it wouldn't be a bad idea to send Hussey up top."

5.10pm Praveen asks: "Isn't it weird how MSD keeps winning tosses for csk and keeps losing them for india.. I guess the balance is maintained somewhere!" Well, Dhoni has won some pretty crucial tosses for India, especially during previous Sri Lanka tours.

Chirag asks: "I wonder who'll open with vijay in the absence of Hayden today.?" Looks like it will be Anirudha Srikanth.

HillSideMoon winces at the mention of cricket between India and Sri Lanka: "Please dont remember again anything about Ind-SL series. I hope India wont play any game with SL in CWC 2011. I am very tired of hearing about this."

5.00pm Sourav Ganguly thinks there's a bit of an advantage for the bowling side under lights, and suggests that the team winning the toss will choose to bat.

Should the rusty Hayden be picked today? Or should Michael Hussey get a game?

Dhoni says he has recovered from fever, says several members of his team are still suffering with flu and cough.

Brad Hodge comes back to the Victoria XI after missing the previous match. David Hussey says he's looking to restrict Chennai to about 160.

Toss: Hussey calls 'Heads', it's tails, Dhoni chooses to bat. Two changes to Chennai XI: Hussey for Hayden and Justin Kemp for Albie Morkel, who is unavailable.

4.50pm Ten minutes to go for the toss. Port Elizabeth is buzzing after watching Warriors win. Sid Monga has previewed the game here. Our man in South Africa, Sriram Veera, caught up with fast bowler Peter Siddle, who is returning from a long injury. Click here for that conversation.


Siddle to Hussey, 1 run, a length ball on the pads to start, Hussey tucks it towards wide mid-on for a single


Siddle to Vijay, 1 wide, full and fired down the leg side, Vijay looks to flick it and lifts his back leg as he attempts the stroke, he misses and Chennai get a wide


Siddle to Vijay, no run, full ball on middle and off, punched elegantly to mid-off by Vijay


Siddle to Vijay, no run, cranking up the pace, 142.5kmh, length ball on offstump, defended to the leg side off the backfoot

Ollie writes in: "I am watching this game in New Zealand - it's 3.30am here and I'll be up until 6.30am when it finishes!"


Siddle to Vijay, no run, a hint of swing away after bouncing back of a length and just outside off, Vijay fiddles at it and is beaten


Siddle to Vijay, 4 leg byes, 142.4kmh, slanting down the leg side, Vijay looks to glance it fine, he misses but the ball thuds off the pads past short fine for four leg byes


Siddle to Vijay, no run, good-looking stroke from Vijay, stands tall as he drives crisply towards cover point, straight at the fielder, Hussey wanted a run, wisely sent back and he has to dive to get back in time

End of over 1 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 6/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • M Vijay 0 (5b)
    • MEK Hussey 1 (1b)
    • PM Siddle 1-0-2-0

Nannes to Hussey, no run, Dirt dirk lopes in and starts with an overpitched ball outside offstump, firmly pushed towards mid-off by Hussey


Nannes to Hussey, FOUR, shortish ball, 142 kmh, but that didn't look too fast for Hussey, who was in position very early to pull the ball powerfully towards midwicket, a couple of bounces over the rope


Nannes to Hussey, no run, wide outside offstump, left alone by Hussey, 140 kmh that one


Nannes to Hussey, no run, a yorker heading for middle and leg, Hussey looks rather ungainly as he blocks it


Nannes to Hussey, no run, on a length, heading for legstump, played back towards the bowler


Nannes to Hussey, no run, communication breakdown between the batsmen, that could have been the first wicket, Hussey slaps a wide ball towards point where Hodge fields, Hussey hadn't seemed too keen on a run but Vijay was charging down the track and turned back halfway through, a direct hit could have made it curtains

End of over 2 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 10/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • MEK Hussey 5 (7b 1x4)
    • M Vijay 0 (5b)
    • DP Nannes 1-0-4-0
    • PM Siddle 1-0-2-0

Siddle to Vijay, no run, lovely away cutter from Siddle, in the channel outside off, Vijay is beaten by the movement


Siddle to Vijay, 1 wide, Siddle fires his third wide down the leg side, his attempted yorker a touch misdirected so far


Siddle to Vijay, no run, length ball just outside off this time, Vijay stretches forward and drives to mid-on


Siddle to Vijay, 1 run, well outside off, Vijay hangs back and guides the ball to third man for a single

Janani: "I've got a 2500 worded English essay to hand in tomorrow...should I start on that or watch CSK trash Victoria??!...Essay bye bye! CSK here I come to support!!!" 2500 words tomorrow, good luck on that


Siddle to Hussey, no run, played with soft hands towards mid-off, still not enough time to get a single, good over so far from Siddle


Siddle to Hussey, 1 run, overpitched on offstump, punched towards mid-off, wide enough to get the single this time


Siddle to Vijay, FOUR, Shot! short of length delivery, Vijay plants his front foot forward and golf-swings it to long-on, one-bounce four

End of over 3 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 17/0 (RR: 5.66)

    • M Vijay 5 (9b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 6 (9b 1x4)
    • PM Siddle 2-0-9-0
    • DP Nannes 1-0-4-0

Nannes to Hussey, no run, just outside off stump, Hussey carves it towards backward point, straight at the fielder


Nannes to Hussey, FOUR, short ball outside off, 143kmh, Hussey again shovels it, this time between mid-on and midwicket, the ball doesn't rise as much as Nannes would have liked, sat up for Hussey who accepts the gift


Nannes to Hussey, 1 run, fuller and slanting into off, Hussey looks to drive towards mid-off, gets an outside edge to third man


Nannes to Vijay, no run, just back of a length, angling across the batsman, who pushes the ball towards mid-on, hits very close to the bottom of the bat


Nannes to Vijay, no run, a lovely flick from Vijay, full ball on middle and off, wristy stroke from Vijay, looked good but placement was poor


Nannes to Vijay, 1 run, another flick, this was an overpitched 140.5kmh, on the pads, Vijay sends it flying towards deep backward square leg

Karthik doesn't believe Janani: "Essay to be submitted on a Sunday? Come on, you can do better."

End of over 4 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 23/0 (RR: 5.75)

    • M Vijay 6 (12b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 11 (12b 2x4)
    • DP Nannes 2-0-10-0
    • PM Siddle 2-0-9-0

Siddle to Vijay, no run, 144 kmh, shortish ball in the corridor outside off, Vijay spotted it early and dropped his wrists to leave the ball to the keeper


Siddle to Vijay, no run, Vijay is in a bit of pain here, he was looking to smash a full delivery but gets an inside-edge onto his boot, hobbles around but he looks to be okay


Siddle to Vijay, 1 run, shortish ball again, dismissed towards deep midwicket for a single


Siddle to Hussey, no run, Siddle reverts to the full length, Hussey charges down the track and makes some room to try get the ball away through the off side, he can't connect


Siddle to Hussey, no run, Siddle grunts as he delivers what is probably the fastest ball of the match, 145.4kmh, on a length and on legstump, inside-edged onto his pads


Siddle to Hussey, 1 run, ends with a poor delivery, a wide full toss, Hussey can't make the most of it though, his slash can't beat cover

Sadly no comments asking us to let the batsmen know they are playing a Twenty20 and not a Test.

Loyal Phil is back: "Just ask Alter G to complete the essay."

End of over 5 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 25/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • MEK Hussey 12 (15b 2x4)
    • M Vijay 7 (15b 1x4)
    • PM Siddle 3-0-11-0
    • DP Nannes 2-0-10-0

McKay to Hussey, 1 run, McKay starts with a slower ball, legcutter that Vijay pushed at early, just about gets some bat on it


McKay to Vijay, SIX, short of length delivery, Vijay plays his favourite lofted drive to long-on, that looked to have landed just short of the rope but the umpire signals a six


McKay to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay drops it with soft hands towards the off side and pinches a single


McKay to Hussey, 1 run, full and on his pads, whipped away to square leg for a single


McKay to Vijay, 1 leg bye, McKay sends down another of his trademark slower ball, Vijay is tricked by that one, off the pads and dribbles to the keeper, Hussey scampers through for the single, Vijay responds late but he makes it safely


McKay to Hussey, 2 runs, short ball this time, Hussey shovels it to midwicket, there's a man in the deep for that shot, he keeps the batsmen to two

Thirty-seven off the Powerplays? Victoria will probably be the happier side at this stage

End of over 6 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 37/0 (RR: 6.16)

    • MEK Hussey 16 (18b 2x4)
    • M Vijay 14 (18b 1x4 1x6)
    • CJ McKay 1-0-11-0
    • PM Siddle 3-0-11-0

McDonald to bowl


McDonald to Vijay, 1 run, slightly overpitched, chipped towards mid-on, slightly uppish but there's no one in the ring there


McDonald to Hussey, 1 run, third umpire called for, wide outside off, Hussey slices it towards cover, he wants the single, Vijay responds early, there's a direct hit but Vijay has just made his ground

Janani insists there's no fibbing: "@Karthik I can understand why you won't believe. lol...but I live in Qatar, in the Middle east where our weekends are Friday and Saturday. Our school week is Sunday - Thursday. Hope that clears your doubt!"


McDonald to Vijay, FOUR, what a shot that was, timing and placement was spot on, a back of length and outside off, not much footwork from Vijay but he deftly guides that between backward point and short third man


McDonald to Vijay, 1 run, turned to wide mid-on for an easy single


McDonald to Hussey, 1 run, again Chennai's batsmen have to scramble to make their ground, Hussey punches the ball towards mid-on, Hussey throws himself to make the crease


McDonald to Vijay, 1 run, a slower ball on middle stump, tucked towards square leg for a far more comfortable single, neither batsmen muddies his uniform this time

End of over 7 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 46/0 (RR: 6.57)

    • M Vijay 21 (22b 2x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 18 (20b 2x4)
    • AB McDonald 1-0-9-0
    • CJ McKay 1-0-11-0

McKay to Vijay, 1 run, a length ball, a controlled drive from Vijay sends the ball towards long-on for a single


McKay to Hussey, 1 run, on the pads, fine leg was in the ring, Hussey doesn't capitalise, he can only send that one to short fine


McKay to Vijay, 1 wide, another ball down the leg side, Vijay looks to glance it fine, no contact


McKay to Vijay, 1 run, back of length outside off, Vijay nearly gets it past short third as he did in the previous over, Hastings dives to his right to block it though


McKay to Hussey, 2 runs, Hussey swipes it towards midwicket and the batsmen zip through for two


McKay to Hussey, 1 run, on the pads again, Hussey again misses out on a boundary, Hodge throws himself to his right at short fine to field that one and save three deliveries


McKay to Vijay, 1 run, slower ball from McKay, Vijay was looking to drive that one, but gets it towards short fine instead

End of over 8 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 54/0 (RR: 6.75)

    • M Vijay 24 (25b 2x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 22 (23b 2x4)
    • CJ McKay 2-0-19-0
    • AB McDonald 1-0-9-0

McDonald to Vijay, 1 run, starts the over with a slow delivery, pushed towards backward point for a single

Sans from the UAE: "It's a slow start at 6 per over? The Essaygate is interesting."

Round the wicket


McDonald to Hussey, 1 run, angling into legstump, turned towards midwicket by Hussey

Tim from Australia makes a valid point: "Does overpitched even mean anything in T20. I mean the biggest sin a bowler can commit is bowl it on a length!"


McDonald to Vijay, SIX, short of length ball, Vijay backs away from legstump and swings it over over midwicket for an effortless six, Chennai wouldn't mind more of those


McDonald to Vijay, 1 run, slow offcutter, played behind square in the leg side


McDonald to Hussey, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, Hussey moves a touch towards off and clips it behind square leg


McDonald to Vijay, 1 run, shortish ball, jags in after pitching, Vijay shuffles across and whips the ball to square leg

Wanderer provides us a random fact: "The Japanese school week is from Monday - Saturday Morning. Yes Saturday morning as well. What this has to do with cricket I don't know, but it's a fact."

End of over 9 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 65/0 (RR: 7.22)

    • M Vijay 33 (29b 2x4 2x6)
    • MEK Hussey 24 (25b 2x4)
    • AB McDonald 2-0-20-0
    • CJ McKay 2-0-19-0

Spin for the first time, McGain to bowl


McGain to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay swats the first ball towards mid-on


McGain to Hussey, no run, Hussey was winding up for a big heave, he looks to send that ball into the crowd beyond midiwicket, doesn't connect though


McGain to Hussey, 1 run, guides the ball to short third man


McGain to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay gets on one knee and sweeps to deep square leg


McGain to Hussey, OUT, Hussey is gone, he wasn't at his best today, struggled to find the gaps, this time he charges out and tries to smash the ball over deep extra cover, doesn't hit it as well as he would have liked, and long-off clasps an overhead catch, Victoria are jubilant

MEK Hussey c Finch b McGain 25 (44m 28b 2x4 0x6) SR: 89.28


McGain to Vijay, FOUR, on the pads, Vijay gets on the front foot and flicks it towards midwicket, placement wasn't good enough to beat the fielder, but bad bounce beats the man in the deep and Chennai get four

Over to Nitin Sundar now

End of over 10 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 72/1 (RR: 7.20)

    • M Vijay 39 (32b 3x4 2x6)
    • SK Raina 0 (0b)
    • BE McGain 1-0-7-1
    • AB McDonald 2-0-20-0

Thanks Sid Ravindran. Hastings to bowl.


Hastings to Raina, no run, back of a length outside off, Raina hangs back and defends to covers


Hastings to Raina, 1 run, this one is on his pads, Raina stays back again and works it off the pads to leg side for one

Vikas aka desolate Indian fan: "The only way you can stop Vijay from scoring is to make him wear an Indian jersey."


Hastings to Vijay, 1 run, length ball on middle stump, Vijay stays in the crease and works it down the ground


Hastings to Raina, 1 run, alright then, Raina has seen enough. Backs away even as Hastings gets into delivery stride and pulls the short ball, but can't beat deep midwicket


Hastings to Vijay, 1 run, a slow bouncer, bangs it in really short and some daring to do that at 121 kph. Vijay waits and waits and plays the pull shot in slow-mo to make contact. Single behind square


Hastings to Raina, no run, back of a length, angling across Raina who plays from the crease. Times the punch reasonably well, but straight to point

End of over 11 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 76/1 (RR: 6.90)

    • SK Raina 2 (4b)
    • M Vijay 41 (34b 3x4 2x6)
    • JW Hastings 1-0-4-0
    • BE McGain 1-0-7-1

McGain to Vijay, FOUR, majestic from M Vijay! Tossed up outside off by McGain, Vijay reached out, got to the pitch and went inside out, with the spin, in the air, over the covers.


McGain to Vijay, no run, shorter and turning away from off stump, Vijay tries to sweep and misses


McGain to Vijay, 1 wide, whoa, half tracker well wide outside off.


McGain to Vijay, no run, full on middle and leg, misses the slog sweep but gets something on it. Would have been lbw if he hadn't


McGain to Vijay, 2 runs, Vijay chips out, McGain drops it short, Vijay drives over cover all the same and gets good connection.


McGain to Vijay, 1 run, and he chips out again, ends up yorking himself and squeezes out an inside edge for a single. Nervous life here for Vijay


McGain to Raina, 2 runs, tosses up outside off and Raina gets no timing on the up-and-over shot over the covers. It balloons agonisingly over point's head and lands safe. He picks a couple

End of over 12 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 86/1 (RR: 7.16)

    • SK Raina 4 (5b)
    • M Vijay 48 (39b 4x4 2x6)
    • BE McGain 2-0-17-1
    • JW Hastings 1-0-4-0

Hastings to Vijay, 1 run, another slow bouncer from Hastings, Chennai are not enjoying this are they. Vijay waits and pulls again, he wants more pace on the ball. Single behind square


Hastings to Raina, no run, Raina looks for the mow towards midwicket, but can't beat the fielder


Hastings to Raina, FOUR, Drilled! Raina the butcher, waves the bat like a club. It is short and hittable, he opens the leg side and packs a punch. In the air, into the gap, couple of bounces through midwicket


Hastings to Raina, 1 run, anticipated the fuller ball and he was in position to drive it through the covers, timed it very well, but straight to mid off. Raina runs into the stumps at the non-striker's


Hastings to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay stays back and looks to hoist over the covers, but can't beat the fielder. The throw back in is not the best, and they take an over-throw. Fifty for Vijay.


Hastings to Raina, 1 run, full toss on Raina's pads at 132 kph - the other day he would have deposited this into the top tier behind cow corner, but he is yet to get into the hitting groove here.. Single down to deep midwicket

End of over 13 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 94/1 (RR: 7.23)

    • SK Raina 10 (9b 1x4)
    • M Vijay 50 (41b 4x4 2x6)
    • JW Hastings 2-0-12-0
    • BE McGain 2-0-17-1

McKay to Raina, OUT, Slower ball death for Raina! Clint is the man when it comes to these slower balls, there is no chance in hell for a batsman to pick it off his hand, it is that well disguised. Raina did not pick this, he had backed away, and was looking to launch over the off side, it came too slowly and took the inside edge and crashed into the castle

SK Raina b McKay 10 (14m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

MS Dhoni walks out. Ashok hijacks the discussion. "In reply to Vikas: Only way to make Rohit Sharma score for India is to get him wear a Deccan Chargers Jersey...:)"


McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, yorker on Dhoni's leg stump, he digs it down to long on for one


McKay to Vijay, SIX, Veeejay!!! Length on the leg stump, Vijay sees it early and gets under it. The wrists do the rest and it lands over wide long on. What timing!


McKay to Vijay, 2 runs, short and wide outside off, Vijay thinks everything must go! Tries to upper-cut, and gets it high over the off side cordon for a couple


McKay to Vijay, 1 run, another one of Clint's slower balls. 109 kph, but Vijay is picking them. Waits and works it off the pads for a single


McKay to Dhoni, no run, Ha! Cullinan was not flummoxed by Warne the way Dhoni was fooled by that slower one! Back of the hand, back of a length, 105 kph outside off. Dhoni stays in the crease and waits and waits, and plays all over it. He should have waited some more, he might have even made contact.

End of over 14 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 104/2 (RR: 7.42)

    • MS Dhoni 1 (2b)
    • M Vijay 59 (44b 4x4 3x6)
    • CJ McKay 3-0-29-1
    • JW Hastings 2-0-12-0

Nannes comes on. Some pace on the ball now.


Nannes to Vijay, FOUR, slides down the leg first ball, umpteenth time he has started a spell like this in this tourney. Vijay gets inside the line and nudges along, very fine to fine leg


Nannes to Vijay, 1 run, bangs it in at 140 kph, angling across Vijay who plays the pull early enough to drag it across to square leg for one


Nannes to Dhoni, no run, bouncer over Dhoni's head as he ducks. Was close to a wide that, but went just over leg stump


Nannes to Dhoni, FOUR, biceps and triceps, wrists and fists! Dhoni has very little room outside off, and it is quite short, but he stays beside the line and whiplashes it through to the point boundary


Nannes to Dhoni, 1 run, back of a length, not short enough to pull, especially at 139 kph. Dhoni gets some bottom edge and it runs away square for one


Nannes to Vijay, 2 runs, slower ball from Nannes now, 126 kph. Vijay was in position to pull, then saw the change in pace, and he pulled it with a roll of the wrists behind square for one

End of over 15 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 116/2 (RR: 7.73)

    • M Vijay 66 (47b 5x4 3x6)
    • MS Dhoni 6 (5b 1x4)
    • DP Nannes 3-0-22-0
    • CJ McKay 3-0-29-1

Naveen: "Umpteenth time, eh? What's with the exaggeration? You don't happen to be a Hyderabadi, do you?" I am not a Hyderabadi. And no exaggeration. This is the third time in three games. Siddle comes on.


Siddle to Dhoni, FOUR, whack! Siddle drops it short and wide, Dhoni made all the pace there with the sledgehammer roll of a cut that he plays. Reaches the point fence in a trice


Siddle to Dhoni, 2 runs, full toss on the pads, Dhoni is staying in the crease and can't quite crash it. Gets it down to long on and these two run particularly well. Couple taken.


Siddle to Dhoni, 2 runs, length ball on middle and leg, Dhoni can't time the pull but gets a single ti midwicket


Siddle to Dhoni, 1 run, yorker outside off, Vijay hangs back and sqeezes it out to point for one


Siddle to Vijay, 1 no ball, Nice try Siddle! Slips in a horror no-ball, above waist high. It catches Vijay by surprise and he top-edges the pull back to Siddle, who caught it and started celebrating. Nice try!


Siddle to Vijay, (no ball) SIX, and again! This time he has slipped it outside off above waist high, Vijay backed away, gave himself room and upper cut it 81 m, all the way over third man. Ironically, that is deemed dangerous! Two beamers and Siddle could be in trouble. Actually he escapes. He wasn't warned last ball.


Siddle to Vijay, no run, bouncer, finally lands one and Vijay can't latch with the pull


Siddle to Vijay, 1 no ball, Ok, he's got to go now for sure. Another beamer, the yorker is not coming out right, Vijay takes the top hand off after trying to pull it. Horror over this for Sid Vicious.

Just saying. Siddle has not apologised even once. McGain will finish that over.


McGain to Vijay, 1 run, short and turning away from off stump line, Vijay swings against the spin to long on for one, and agfter three beamers, nine balls, and two bowlers - that over has ended.

End of over 16 (19 runs) Chennai Super Kings 135/2 (RR: 8.43)

    • M Vijay 73 (52b 5x4 4x6)
    • MS Dhoni 15 (9b 2x4)
    • BE McGain 2.1-0-18-1
    • DP Nannes 3-0-22-0

Hastings is back on.


Hastings to Vijay, OUT, slow bouncer does the trick! These guys can bowl all kinds of slower balls, can't they? Hastings does that slow bouncer again, 123 kph and well outside off. Vijay did not have the pace to go over the off side, so tried to make his own and go over the leg side. The pull was top-edged, it took off into the night sky and landed in long on's hands. Easy catch. Good innings comes to an end.

M Vijay c Quiney b Hastings 73 (76m 53b 5x4 4x6) SR: 137.73


Hastings to Dhoni, 1 run, another slow bouncer, Dhoni waits a full two seconds after his back lift before swinging the pull. No timing, through midwicket

Anirudha is the new man in.


Hastings to Anirudha, 1 run, back of a length outside off and Anirudha taps it off the back foot into the covers for one


Hastings to Dhoni, 1 run, fumble at mid off. Dhoni digs it out from the crease and straight to mid off for a tight single

Umpire Erasmus clarifies why Siddle was allowed three beamers. "The second was wide and hence not deemed dangerous." Fair call.


Hastings to Anirudha, 1 run, full outside off, Anirudha gets good connection and it goes on the bounce to third man


Hastings to Dhoni, 1 run, slower ball to Dhoni again, he must be hating this! Mistimed pull for a single behind square. Good over from Hastings

End of over 17 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 140/3 (RR: 8.23)

    • MS Dhoni 18 (12b 2x4)
    • S Anirudha 2 (2b)
    • JW Hastings 3-0-17-1
    • BE McGain 2.1-0-18-1

McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, now the McKay type of slower ball, full and outside off. Dhoni is looking skywards when he makes contact. A whimper of an edge, runs to the keeper and they pinch a single


McKay to Anirudha, OUT, slow death for Chennai in the death overs! Another one of those no-pace, no-nothing on them kind of slower ball, Anirudha closes the face eons early and gets a top-edge that bubbles up and Wade runs in from behind and takes it on the tumble, next to the crease

S Anirudha c †Wade b McKay 2 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66


McKay to Dhoni, no run, and again. This one has no pace and does not bounce either. Dhoni misses by a mile


McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, fuller on middle and off, he punches it out to long off for a single


McKay to Kemp, 1 run, 107 kph, I bet Kumble's regulation legspinner is at times faster than that! Kemp taps it to the off side and gets going


McKay to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni gets behind this and tries to pack a punch, but still can't time the heave to the leg side. Single to deep square leg. Great stuff from Victoria!

End of over 18 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 144/4 (RR: 8.00)

    • MS Dhoni 21 (16b 2x4)
    • JM Kemp 1 (1b)
    • CJ McKay 4-0-33-2
    • JW Hastings 3-0-17-1

Hastings to Dhoni, 1 run, guess the pace contest, and Dhoni is not winning it. 121 kph slow and slort, mistimed pull to the deep square leg for one


Hastings to Kemp, 1 run, even slowe this time, 116 kph, Kemp waits and waits and slaps it to the leg side for one more


Hastings to Dhoni, OUT, and another one bites the dust. This is slow, excruciating torture - much like a Bollywood movie speech by someone on the death bed! That was a very short leg cutter, but it never really reach Dhoni who has given up the goose and tried to slam it over the covers. It went straight up and came straight down. Did not cover any distance horizontally.

MS Dhoni c Hussey b Hastings 22 (27m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 122.22


Hastings to Kemp, 1 run, Kemp stays in the crease and pulls it round the corner for one

Badrinath is the new player.


Hastings to Badrinath, 1 run, slower ball again, well outside off, Badri runs it off the face to third man to get going


Hastings to Kemp, 1 run, another one, have they bowled anything other than slower balls in the last few overs? Kemp gets it away square again, only one. Another great over for Victoria.

End of over 19 (5 runs) Chennai Super Kings 149/5 (RR: 7.84)

    • JM Kemp 4 (4b)
    • S Badrinath 1 (1b)
    • JW Hastings 4-0-22-2
    • CJ McKay 4-0-33-2

The last five have gone for 45 for 3. Choke!!! Nannes to finish.


Nannes to Kemp, 1 run, Oh, for a normal not slow ball! 130 kph on leg and angling across, Kemp stays in the crease, probably expecting more slow stuff, and chops it to the off side for one

Midwicket sent back, mid off coming into the circle.


Nannes to Badrinath, OUT, he's out-thought him here! 144kph, short and wide outside off, Badri was clearly trying to set himself up to go over the leg side as he moved across the stumps. Nannes saw his hand, slipped it out wider outside off, Badri was forced to correct the shot and go over the off side at the last moment. Too fast for him, guided straight into Wade's gloves.

S Badrinath c †Wade b Nannes 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Ashwin come out to face.


Nannes to Ashwin, FOUR, Smarts from Ashwin! Walks right across the stumps and finishes somewhere near gully when he makes contact with the paddle-scoop. Two bounces over the short fine leg and through to the boundary


Nannes to Ashwin, 1 bye, Hilarity! Ashwin does it again, finishes outside the wide marker (this time, I am not exaggerating) , but misses the paddle. Kemp comes through for a bye and dives in to make his crease, Nannes misses the ball at the non-striker's - he could have run-out Ashwin if he had collected, and there is a chance for an over throw, but Kemp can't get up soon enough.


Nannes to Kemp, SIX, Smoked! Skewered! Bbqed! At long last, a length ball at decent pace, Kemp smacks his lips and gets under it and with a small fluid motion of nhis hands sends it soaring over midwicket. Boy, what a hit!


Nannes to Kemp, 1 run, Nannes finishes with a yorker wide outside off, Kemp stays back but can't get under this one and squeezes it behind square for one

So then, Chennai finish with 162. After an opening stand that lasted 9.5 overs, that may seem like an under-achievement. But after that opening stand contributed just 68, the final score was actually not a bad finish. They were looking good for more, with Vijay striking them cleanly for a while, but those slower balls from McKay and Hastings really derailed the finish.

It will be me, Nitin Sundar, continuing for the first ten overs of Victoria's chase. Meanwhile, here is Sid Monga's bulletin.

End of over 20 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 162/6

    • JM Kemp 12 (7b 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 4 (2b 1x4)
    • DP Nannes 4-0-34-1
    • JW Hastings 4-0-22-2





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