Champions League Twenty20 - 1st semi final

Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Chennai Super Kings won by 52 runs (D/L method)

Game time! The openers are out there, Bangalore is out there. Hussey marks his guard, thumbs up to M Vijay. Praveen has the ball.

I am Nitin Sundar, your commentator for today. Sanjay Murari and Venkat Raghav are on scoring.

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Deepanjan sends me something that leaves me very confused. "Hypothesis of the day: Would Javagal Srinath get the new ball for CSK if Champions League were available in his days?" Is that even a hypothesis? Why is Srinath playing for CSK instead of Bangalore?

17.21 Kapil writes in with this crucial question: "Which "SID" is on board today?" Well, only one of them on board today. Sid Talya is on the bulletin. Sid Monga is away in Chandigarh on the trail of the visiting Australians. This is the latest from him, as Australia prepare for the tour game. Sid Ravindran is taking a couple of days off in Pondicherry.

Sarath Kanth, clearly a Chennai fan: "Sep 24, 2007 Dhoni lifted the inaugural T20 World Cup. Hope Sep 24, 2010 is also lucky for Dhoni!"

Chand: "This man dhoni has knack of winning tosses on critical junctures." How would Dhoni respond to this observation?: "Well of course!"

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17.16 The inimitable Alter. G. has written in saying he missed Cricinfo yesterday. The missing was mutual mate!

Swapnil: "I think Albie Morkel can be the big difference between the two sides. The teams are evenly matched except for the all-rounder's spot Morkel vs du Preez."

Saifee: "wish could join cricinfo...but sad..cant leave my workplace....enjoy u guys out there and have a nice match !!!" Well, you aren't bound by chains or something, are you?

Toss: Chennai elect to bat. Dhoni: "We always looks to bat first. If you chase and things go wrong in the 12-13th over, it becomes a mental game instead of a physical game." The conditions dictated the Balaji for Jakati change, he says.

Kumble: "We have chased twice here, won easily against Guyana, lost closely against Mumbai.. It is a good wicket and we are up for it."

16.54 Team news in early: Albie Morkel and L Balaji come back into the Chennai squad. Justin Kemp, who sacrificed his wicket for the team's cause and took two blinders in the field, is out. So is Shadab Jakati, who claimed the big wicket of Davy Jacobs the other night. Bangalore are unchanged. So then, Chennai are down to two spinners for tonight, two-and-a-half if you count Suresh Raina. And Doug Bollinger won't feel too lonely bowling seam-up with Morkel around. Bangalore will come hard with their three fast bowlers - Kumar, Kumar and Steyn - three-and-a-half if you count Anil Kumble. (Tongue firmly in cheek!)

16.50 Hello and welcome to the 1st semi-final of the Champions League. It is the battle of South India, panning out here in South Africa: it is Bangalore v Chennai. It is Magaa v Machi. It is Kumble v Dhoni. It is Uthappa v uttapam. It is pace v spin. And no, it is not IPL 2009. Toss coming up in ten minutes. In the meantime, here is Sid Ravindran's preview to the game.

0.1

Kumar to Hussey, no run, away swinger to start, starts from leg and curls away. Hussey defends from the crease

0.2

Kumar to Hussey, no run, another one, starts from middle and goes away, Hussey shoulders arms this time

0.3

Kumar to Hussey, 1 run, this time he strays on the pads and Hussey gets something on it and nudges behind square for one on the leg side

Two slips in place.

0.4

Kumar to Vijay, 1 run, back of a length on middle, Vijay tucks it off the pads towards mid on and is away with a single

0.5

Kumar to Hussey, no run, nice shape from Praveen here, Hussey stays watchfully in the crease and plays it with the movement into the covers

0.6

Kumar to Hussey, no run, and some extra bounce to boot, this one rises nicely from middle and off, Hussey lets it go again.

Good start from Praveen, but CSK generally like to start slowly and build momentum.

End of over 1 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
MEK Hussey    1* (5b)      P Kumar    1-0-2-0
M Vijay    1* (1b)     

Vinay comes on. The Kumars at Nos. 1 and 2. as Sid Monga calls them.

1.1

Vinay Kumar to Vijay, 2 runs, starts with one that angles into Vijay's pads and he neatly tucks behind square for a couple

1.2

Vinay Kumar to Vijay, no run, that's the line, on the corridor, with two slips in place, Vijay gets nicely behind and defends down the track

1.3

Vinay Kumar to Vijay, no run, a touch fuller, but not full enough to draw Vijay forward. he defends to the off side, from the crease

Deep midwicket for Vijay, cover for that signature pull-swing of his

1.4

Vinay Kumar to Vijay, 1 run, straighter again, and he gets a single to midwicket again.

1.5

Vinay Kumar to Hussey, no run, Hussey looks to steal a single in the point region, but Vijay wisely sends him back as Kohli converges on the soft defensive shot

1.6

Vinay Kumar to Hussey, 1 run, angles across and Hussey gets it behind square this time for a single to third man

End of over 2 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
MEK Hussey    2* (7b)      R Vinay Kumar    1-0-4-0
M Vijay    4* (5b)      P Kumar    1-0-2-0

2.1

Kumar to Hussey, 1 run, more away movement for Praveen, Hussey square cuts it gingerly to the deep point fielder for one

The crowd is going: "Gumthalakkadi Gummavaa Chennaina summa va!" Come on Bangalore, you need to get heard as well.

2.2

Kumar to Vijay, 1 run, worked off the hips for a single to midwicket

2.3

Kumar to Hussey, 1 run, Praveen fumbles and loses the opportunity to catch the batsmen in trouble. Hussey tucked it off his pads to the left of Praveen and they went for a rather risky single. Praveen tooks his eyes off the ball as he ran across and did not collect cleanly. If he had, he could have had either batsman in trouble

2.4

Kumar to Vijay, 2 runs, Vijay looks to play that on-side heave of his, and it goes over mid-on - just over mid-on for a couple

Oh ho. Rain is coming down now.

2.5

Kumar to Vijay, FOUR, this time he gets it off the meat, and it goes in his favourite region. Emphatic, over midwicket. Plants the front foot across, picks the length early and times it crisply.

20.17 Play is upon us now. 17 overs a side. Five overs of Powerplays. And I reckon Bangalore will have a minor adjustment to their target.

20.13 Vijay and Hussey are out there knocking a few balls as well. Now, all we need is for the clouds to hold their peace. The stumps are up too. Meanwhile, Rajesh has got too imaginative and is coming up with a bizarre cricketing foodchain. "I just realized: (Andrew) McDonanlds has (Shane) burger made up of Onions... And Uttapam is made of (Clive) Rice... However, Swann will probably end up at the (Mark) Butcher's." Time to stop the food discussion now!

20.06 Right, in another two minutes, we would have lost our first over. For every eight minutes from 20.00, we lose one over per innings. A few of the Bangalore fielders are doing a spot of catching practice near the boundary. Rajesh: "If cricketers' diet has to follow their names.. I guess Andrew McDonald would be the happiest soul on earth :-)" Yeah, he will be lovin' it. Sunny: "Don't dare question Farooq Engineer's diet!!" Well, I should check with my colleague Tariq Engineer.

20.01 Rains have stopped momentarily. Covers are not entirely off, but a super sopper is doing its business efficiently. Things are looking up for a resumption. Meanwhile, we have another game tomorrow - it's going to be in Centurion, so hopefully it won't be hit by bad weather. Plenty to look forward to at South Australia v Warriors - here is Sid Talya's preview. The Redbacks are ready; so too the Warriors. Should be a cracker.

19.47 The jinx is on. Drizzle is back, and so are the covers. Sriram: "Who said you cannot eat uthappam with fork?" I am not arguing with that! Vasanth begins to speculate on cricketers' diets. "If Uthappa eats uthappam, what does Graeme Swann eat? Something avian?" Pavan meanwhile helps me out. "Obviously Nitin's next comment would be: "For all those Non-Uttappam eaters, Uttappam is a kind of a pan cake made out of rice crepe" Vishwa: "Is there a Raaga to stop rain as we have one to bring it? Can we ask the DJ to play that. I think there is a Lady Gaga number." Didn't know Lady Gaga was into Raagas and such. Vamsi adds his two bit to the diet debate. "I don't think someone can survive just on Onions. You know who I am talking about!"

Kumble is out there now surveying the scene and umpire Marais Erasmus is on air. "A little concern about the outfield, but the rain has eased. We can use a rope with hessian to drag the water out. Looks like we will lose a few overs, but not too many." For every eight minutes delay past the cut-off time we will start using one over at a time. (ie 2 overs out of 40 considering both innings.)

19.31 Covers are coming off, completely! At the moment, no rains. Fingers crossed, though. It has been very off and on. RCB's players are watching from the dressing room. Uthappa is eating something. And no, I don't think it is an uthappam. He is using a fork.

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19.19 Sriram Veera's latest update from Durban: "The rain is stop-start. The tyres are coming off, but the covers remain. A local photographer says groudstaff told him that it would take 45 minutes after rain stops for game the to resume during which time, there is likely to be more rain." Ah well. Manoj, meanwhile sends in this tongue-in-cheek comment: "If Bangalore loses today, hope virat kohli will not sit in the middle of the field.. Its wet!"

Where all of us see an obstacle, Vasu sees an opportunity. "How good are the covers? If they absorb water, we can probably have it imported to Delhi for Commonwealth Games. Delhi needs it real bad!"

19.17 The status quo continues. In a few minutes from now, we will start losing overs. Given that Chennai have made a steady rather than spectacular start, they will be at a disadvantage the shorter this game becomes. On the other hand, if it gets completely rained out, it will work against Bangalore. Room for lots of speculation, the longer this rain continues.

19.14 Kiran sends in this endearing message. "Your comment on "Gumthalakkadi Gummavaa Chennaina summa va" is the hot topic in Chennai's popular facebook page. Follow this link if interested."

19.10 Sorry folks. The drizzle resumes and the covers come back on. The tyres are back too. Ashok sends in this question: "If the match is reduced to 5-overs a side : Will Chennai continue to bat for 5 overs or will they be given 5 over from the start again?" Answer - they will continue from where they stopped, but Bangalore's target will be adjusted to account for the fact that Chennai began thinking it was a 20-overs game.

19.06 Sriram Veera finally has some good news! The tyres holding the covers are being removed, and the covers are coming off. The central covers are still there, but the ones around it have come off. While we wait for more good news: Australia have landed in India with two Mitch-es - Johnson and Starc. Sid Monga is befuddled by the similarity in their actions. Read on.

19.00 Nothing new on the rain front. It is still coming down, this persistent, diagonal, off and on drizzle. To reiterare: If we have a wash-out today, Chennai advance to the final on account of having topped their group. Note: We can go up to 21.52 local time and still have a five-overs-a-side game. In 41 minutes from now, we will start losing overs. Hopefully we will have a resumption by then.

18.45 Sriram Veera's update: "There is no wind, so the local opinion is that the drizzle will not blow away easily." Veera is however sticking by his diagonal logic. "The rain is passing by diagonally. And then i think it turns around the stadium goes back and comes back again! The crowd is moving away from the open stands for shelter. Meanwhile the DJ, not without a sense of occasion, is playing Have you ever seen the rain? Now the DJ is resorting to the most popular hindi number for the event: Up wala thumka lagao.. Hero jaisey naachke dikhao"

18.38 While we wait for the rain to clear, time to immerse ourselves in numbers from S Rajesh. Graeme Swann can do no wrong - he has taken wickets by the truckload in all formats, keeps picking wickets in his opening over and has been nominated for the ICC cricketer of the year. What's more, he even tweets better than anyone else in the cricketing fraternity. Is he then the best spinner in the world? The Numbers Game tries to find out. Meanwhile, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard have divided opinion by turning down West Indies contracts with an eye on lucrative T20 deals. Here is Rangy Nanan, the T&T selector's take on it.

18.28 Somebody calling himself the Fake George Binoy writes in. This will sure make the original one feel good - he has impersonators now! "For a T20 game, you don't even need a reserve day. Just postpone it to the noon the next day.."

Suneel: "It is raining here is Plano, TX and weather.com says its raining in Bangalore and Chennai as well. So much for Global Warming."

Madhan: "If rains plays spoilsport .. y not make a boxing match indoor ..between the captains and the foreign players ..comon lot of money at stake $$$." I think Chennai will draft Matty Hayden back into the side in that case.

18.24 The rains have surely eased out. It is just a persistent, and apparently diagonal, drizzle now. The covers are in place, and doing a fine job. The moment the heavens relent, we can have a resumption.

18.22 Umpire Erasmus: "The minimum we need for a game is five-overs-a-side. Which can even start as late as 21.50." So plenty of time on our hands folks. Meanwhile the real George Binoy speaks up: "Millions of $$$ at stake and no reserve day? Epic fail."

18.10 Sriram Veera's latest update from the ground gives us some hope. "It is such a light drizzle. I am not sure whether the water is even reaching the earth. The curtain-drizzle continues." Err, his next update: "As we speak rain has got heavier." And then this: "I love how absolutely diagonal its going by. The groundstaff have left." A local journo's told him rain is likely to continue for a while.

18.05 No signs of the rain easing for now. I will keep you updated when we know more. Meanwhile, talking of Vinci Mehta's comment earlier in the day, Anand Ramachandran on Page 2 has written about the plans for a medium-pace academy. Read all about it here. In other news, Sriram Veera caught up with Colin Ingram, the newest face in the South African side, for a discussion on the Warriors' left-hander's journey into the big league. Interesting read, this.

18.00 George: "I have now updated the "watch out for" section of your preview with- RAIN!!!" Unless you are George Binoy, I am not taking that seriously.

17.59 Ravindra has a valid point: "In semi-final, how can they decide the winner based league match performance? it is highly ridiculous." I agree - one would have expected reserve days for knock-out games.

17.55 While we wait for better news on the weather front, time to get into linguistics. Abhi has this pertinent query: "Does "Gumthalakkadi Gummavaa Chennaina summa va" mean "Jeetega bhai jeetega....Chennai Jeetega"?" (For non-Hindi speakers - that means, "Chennai will win".) What follows is for non-Tamil speakers. The words Gumthalakkadi Gummavaa mean nothing. Don't ask. Chennai na summava is a rhetorical question that means "Is Chennai a push-over? (No)"

17.50 Ravi Shastri on air has bad news - the rain has got heavier. The covers are out in full force - playing area as well as bowlers' run-ups are protected now. This could be a while by the looks of it.

17.44 Rain delays play. Well, this is a shame. It apparently was a lovely day in Durban until 16.00, when things began to get overcast. What we have now is at best a steady drizzle. Though the signs above are ominous. There were 30% chances of rain today according to a local expert. Sriram Veera is not that expert, but he has a way with words and this is what he has to say: "It's a lovely rain, sort of going diagonally across the ground .. like a curtain being drawn." Sidesh hopes this is not curtains for the game.

For now, it looks like a passing shower and we are well away from even having to lose overs. But in the event that we have a wash-out today, Chennai will go through on the basis of having topped their group.

Praveen to finish his over. Vijay to face. Two bowlers can bowl upto 4 overs.

2.6

Kumar to Vijay, 1 run, back of a length outside off, he punches it off the backfoot to mid off

End of over 3 (10 runs) Chennai Super Kings 16/0 (RR: 5.33)
M Vijay    12* (9b 1x4)      P Kumar    2-0-12-0
MEK Hussey    4* (9b)      R Vinay Kumar    1-0-4-0

Vinay to continue.

3.1

Vinay Kumar to Vijay, no run, whoa, length ball outside off, Vijay goes for that across the line pull-swing-swipe. And misses

The outfield is quite wet, says Alan Wilkins.

3.2

Vinay Kumar to Vijay, 1 leg bye, strays on the pads at 131 kph, Vijay nudges straight to short fine leg for one

Kumble won't like the wetness. Not to mention, Murali, Ashwin and Raina who are likely to bowl later in the night.

3.3

Vinay Kumar to Hussey, 2 runs, short, not really short, but enough for Hussey to play the pull, he gets it out to deep midwicket, Taylor runs across from square leg and slides a mile as he tries to stop it. Shows just how wet the outfield is.

3.4

Vinay Kumar to Hussey, no run, back of a length outside off, Hussey hops out and swipes across the line. Miss

The Powerplays are going unused here by Chennai.

3.5

Vinay Kumar to Hussey, OUT, Hussey is gone. Steyn has taken a screamer, running back from mid off, but he seems to have banged his head on the turf as he fell backwards, pouching it behind him. The plan was clear, Chennai needed to make the most of the remaining Powerplay overs, Hussey looked to loft a back of length ball outside off, over long off, but it hit low on the bat and went higher than he would have wanted. Steyn back-pedalled furiously from mid off and took it well, but he is down on the ground. That must have hurt bad. He has gone off the field.

MEK Hussey c Steyn b Vinay Kumar 6 (16m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

He looks groggy - that is horrible news. Think he has taken a really bad hit on the head. Alan Wilkins reckons it is a concussion, meaning Steyn won't bowl.

3.6

Vinay Kumar to Vijay, FOUR, good shot, back of a length on the off stump line at 132 kph, Vijay made something happen out of nothing. Stays in the crease and cracks the wrists to send it square - uppish, but between point and cover - and through to the boundary

End of over 4 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 23/1 (RR: 5.75)
M Vijay    16* (12b 2x4)      R Vinay Kumar    2-0-10-1
SK Raina    0* (0b)      P Kumar    2-0-12-0

Raina to face now. Praveen continues. Steyn is holding his head and has an ice pack on his neck, in the dug out.

4.1

Kumar to Raina, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Raina opens the face and runs it off the backfoot behind square for one

Steyn is off the dug out, Ray Jennings leads him into the dressing room. This is the last over of Powerplay.

4.2

Kumar to Vijay, FOUR, and again, that pull-swing across the line. When it comes off, like it did here - one bounce, two, over wide long on - it looks majestic. Praveen landed it on the length Vijay likes - and no movement anymore.

4.3

Kumar to Vijay, 1 run, better length, further up, so Vijay can't get under it or drive, so he plays watchfully off the backfoot to mid on for one

4.4

Kumar to Raina, no run, run out appeal against Vijay and this is touch and go. Raina tucked it away off his pads towards Pandey at square leg, who was alert seeing Vijay backing up and threw down the stumps at the bowler's end. Vijay has made his ground, but only just. He wasn't at full stretch.

4.5

Kumar to Raina, 1 run, angling across, back of a length, Raina looks to swing it across the line to the leg side and doesn't make contact too well. They steal a single near his feet

Last ball of Powerplay coming up.

4.6

Kumar to Vijay, FOUR, Vijay has out-thought Praveen to pick four here. Praveen knew Vijay will pick his spot and predicted the pull-swing over midwicket. So he went for a short slow leg cutter. Vijay instead backed away to the leg side, and opened his wrists late to guide it between point and short third man

End of over 5 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 34/1 (RR: 6.80)
M Vijay    25* (15b 4x4)      P Kumar    3-0-23-0
SK Raina    2* (3b)      R Vinay Kumar    2-0-10-1

Kohli comes on.

5.1

Kohli to Raina, no run, another near miss run out. Kohli charges across in his follow through towards the leg side and quickly throws back towards the non-striker's end. Vijay would have been gone if he'd hit.

5.2

Kohli to Raina, SIX, Raina has swung this off the meat and over the square leg boundary. Not very good line, it was on the pads, and not very good length, Raina got under it and slammed it

5.3

Kohli to Raina, 2 runs, pushes this well outside off and Raina looks to launch it over the covers, picks a couple towards wide long off

5.4

Kohli to Raina, 1 run, shortens the length, Raina stays in the crease and works it off his body for one to midwicket

5.5

Kohli to Vijay, 1 leg bye, spears it into Vijay's pads and he can't put it away. Single to short fine leg

5.6

Kohli to Raina, SIX, slog sweep. Well, Steyn's injury is going to hurt Bangalore here. Kohli lands another one in Raina's favourite slot. Length ball on off stump, he goes down on a knee and smacks it over wide long on. Brutal and effective. I don't think he would have handled Steyn in the same way though.

Sriram veera: "Steyn needed help from a couple of team-mates to go up the stairs to the dressing room." No sign of him now, he may have been taken to a hospital.

End of over 6 (16 runs) Chennai Super Kings 50/1 (RR: 8.33)
SK Raina    17* (8b 2x6)      V Kohli    1-0-15-0
M Vijay    25* (16b 4x4)      P Kumar    3-0-23-0

Kumble brings himself on. Big moment this.

6.1

Kumble to Vijay, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, driven out towards wide mid off

6.2

Kumble to Raina, 1 run, back of a length, skidder at 96 kph, Raina works it past Kumble to long on for one

6.3

Kumble to Vijay, 1 run, whips it off the front foot, taking it from middle stump line towards square leg

6.4

Kumble to Raina, 1 run, Pandey has pulled off something special in the outfield. Raina went for the slog sweep, could not quite get under it and it did not go too high towards midwicket. Pandey seemed to have misjudged it initially and come in. He then backpedalled quickly, leapt away towards the ropes and intercepted the ball, throwing it back into play as he landed outside the roped area. Kumble is not happy though!

6.5

Kumble to Vijay, 1 run, googly, comes in from off stump, Vijay plays it off backfoot towards square leg for one

6.6

Kumble to Raina, 1 run, Raina is looking to charge Kumble, but these lengths are un-chargeable. He is forced to stay back and tuck it to short fine leg

Excellent over that.

End of over 7 (6 runs) Chennai Super Kings 56/1 (RR: 8.00)
SK Raina    20* (11b 2x6)      A Kumble    1-0-6-0
M Vijay    28* (19b 4x4)      V Kohli    1-0-15-0

7.1

du Preez to Raina, SIX, Raina has mowed this into deep midwicket, and I reckon that would have disturbed the rain clouds. Length ball from du Preez, on off stump and angling away. Enough room for Raina to flex his muscles and he sends it soaring into the night.

7.2

du Preez to Raina, 1 run, bangs it shorter, Raina stays in the crease and tucks it to wards midwicket.

Harsha Bhogle has seen Jennings make a signal from the dug out - and the indications are as we feared - Steyn is unlikely to bowl tonight.

7.3

du Preez to Vijay, 1 run, looks to pull a back of a length ball from outside off, it seemed to skid along thanks to the wetness and was upon Vijay early. Picks a single over the bowler's head

7.4

du Preez to Raina, SIX, short ball? What short ball? Take that says Raina, who is playing a blinder! He almost pulled that from over his head, bringing the bat down in a really brutal swing. That went very high and landed over cow corner

7.5

du Preez to Raina, no run, run out appeal and Vijay is on the dock again. Raina is hitting the ball so hard, he seems to have broken his bat this time as he looked to carve it over cover. It dribbled away to the off side, du Preez cleans up quickly and throws down the stumps at the non-strikers. Again, Vijay is not at full tilt, and again, he is saved by a frame.

7.6

du Preez to Raina, 1 run, wider outside off, Raina stays put and opens the face to pick a single square.

Needless to add, Vijay will consider he has been over-gaajied here

End of over 8 (15 runs) Chennai Super Kings 71/1 (RR: 8.87)
SK Raina    34* (16b 4x6)      D du Preez    1-0-15-0
M Vijay    29* (20b 4x4)      A Kumble    1-0-6-0

Matty Hayden examines the broken bat. Am sure he has damaged his share of willow during that career.

8.1

Kumble to Raina, 1 run, googly, short of a length, Raina plays from the crease towards wide mid on for one

8.2

Kumble to Vijay, no run, Vijay looks to play it down the ground, but can't get it past Kumble down to long on

8.3

Kumble to Vijay, no run, chips out of the crease, Kumble keeps him in check with a googly, played back to the bowler

8.4

Kumble to Vijay, no run, excellent stuff from Kumble. Vijay backs away, looking for some room or width to work with. Kumble gives him none, full on middle and leg and he pats it back to the bowler

8.5

Kumble to Vijay, 1 run, finally gets a single behind square leg for one

8.6

Kumble to Raina, (no ball) 2 runs, well, Kumble has over-stepped and he will be livid. Raina picks two to long on, meaning he faces the free hit

8.6

Kumble to Raina, 2 runs, well, he dodges a bullet with a very full ball outside off, Raina can't connect with the slog sweep and it runs along the turf to deep midwicket. They pick two, the ball returns and Kumble is shouting at everyone! I am not sure, why!

End of over 9 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 78/1 (RR: 8.66)
SK Raina    39* (19b 4x6)      A Kumble    2-0-13-0
M Vijay    30* (24b 4x4)      D du Preez    1-0-15-0

9.1

du Preez to Vijay, no run, Vijay is getting stuck here, short ball outside off, he looks to cut and bottom edges it near the pitch. Uthappa cleans up and no run taken

9.2

du Preez to Vijay, 2 runs, Akhil has put down Vijay. Length ball on middle, Vijay is early into the shot and top edges it high. Akhil runs in a mile from midwicket and has it covered. But it pops out as he lands.

9.3

du Preez to Vijay, SIX, this time, Vijay has played the shot perfectly. It is his bread-and-butter shot and he latched on at the right instant this time to send it packing over wide long on. In the crease, cross bat, elegant snap of the wrist and she is away into the night.

9.4

du Preez to Vijay, 1 run, good comeback, yorker on leg stump and Vijay digs out a single towards square leg

The ground seems to be drying according to Manjrekar on air.

9.5

du Preez to Raina, 2 runs, Raina stays in the crease and deftly guides it to deep third man where Dravid slips as he fields, conceding the second

9.6

du Preez to Raina, 1 run, yorker on off stump to finish the over, Raina stays back and drives it wide of mid off to retain strike

End of over 10 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 90/1 (RR: 9.00)
SK Raina    42* (21b 4x6)      D du Preez    2-0-27-0
M Vijay    39* (28b 4x4 1x6)      A Kumble    2-0-13-0

Kumble continues.

10.1

Kumble to Raina, 2 runs, googly looping across Raina, who picks it and places it expertly behind square for a couple

10.2

Kumble to Raina, 1 run, Raina looks to come out, Kumble holds it back and leaves him in no man's land. He gets an inside edge on to the pads, into the off side for a single

10.3

Kumble to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay does the smart think, ticks it off the pads for one to give Raina strike

Shishir: "Raina is yet to hit a 4. I pray he doesnt, 6's are better. :D"

10.4

Kumble to Raina, 1 run, What happened there? Dravid at short third man seems to have lost the ball, and hence backed out of what should have been a simple catch if he came forward. Raina top-edged the hoick to midwicket and it swirled up towards short third man. Dravid did not pick it at all and bears the brunt of the coldest of stares from the repertoire of Anil Kumble!

10.5

Kumble to Vijay, 1 leg bye, Vikay chips out, it is full of leg stump and it picks a single off the pads

10.6

Kumble to Raina, 1 run, Raina glances one very fine and picks another single. Again he retains strike. Is this a conspiracy?

End of over 11 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 97/1 (RR: 8.81)
SK Raina    47* (25b 4x6)      A Kumble    3-0-19-0
M Vijay    40* (30b 4x4 1x6)      D du Preez    2-0-27-0

Vinay comes back on. Round the wickets.

11.1

Vinay Kumar to Raina, no run, Raina looks to blast a length ball coming in from outside off and misses.

Jennings: "Steyn has a lower back and a neck problem. Definitely not bowling today. He is away for a check up."

"Kohli has also injured his back and hence White may have to bowl" - Jennings.

11.2

Vinay Kumar to Raina, 1 run, short ball, Raina pulls easily along the ground to square leg for one

11.3

Vinay Kumar to Vijay, 1 run, slower ball, Vijay waits and waits and then pulls it to deep midwicket

11.4

Vinay Kumar to Raina, 1 run, yorker outside off, even the rampant Raina can't put it away, he picks a single with a steer behind square.

Chennai's 100 is up.

11.5

Vinay Kumar to Vijay, OUT, at long last, Bangalore have taken a catch. Without sustaining an injury. Vijay has not had much of the strike recently, and was setting himself up for another pull-swing over the leg side. This was too short for that shot, and duly took the top edge. Straight up, and a calm Kohli runs across and takes it non-chalantly

M Vijay c Kohli b Vinay Kumar 41 (55m 32b 4x4 1x6) SR: 128.12

MS Dhoni walks out.

11.6

Vinay Kumar to Raina, SIX, Raina can play that shot in Durban, or he can at Wimbledon. A violent cross court slam, its not a pull - he is on the front foot and the momentum is going forward. He has just slapped it from outside off well over midwicket. That's his fifty, what an innings this has been. Five sixes, and no fours.

End of over 12 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 106/2 (RR: 8.83)
SK Raina    55* (29b 5x6)      R Vinay Kumar    3-0-19-2
MS Dhoni    0* (0b)      A Kumble    3-0-19-0

Cameron White, who has played as a legspinner for Australia in tests, is bowling seam-ups.

12.1

White to Dhoni, (no ball) 1 run, and he begins with a no-ball, Dhoni could not put it away but gave strike to Raina for the free-hit. Not a bad idea.

12.1

White to Raina, (no ball) 1 run, The free-hit is a no-ball as well. Short and wide outside off, Raina can't time the back foot cross batted punch, and takes a single. A free hit for Dhoni now.

12.1

White to Dhoni, 1 run, and Dhoni can't put it away either. Short ball, coming in and Dhoni looks to thwack it across the line, but can't make good contact

12.2

White to Raina, no run, 120.5 kph, short and wide outside off, Raina wants more pace on the ball, he is charging out and looking for muscle, but he can't connect

12.3

White to Raina, 1 wide, this one slips well wide outside off. Steyn is being missed here.

12.3

White to Raina, 1 run, another short ball, at 119 kph, Raina can't time it again, single to wide long on

12.4

White to Dhoni, 1 wide, another wide, down the leg side now to the right hander

12.4

White to Dhoni, FOUR, what a forgettable over this. Slips down the leg, Dhoni rotates on his axis twice as he plays the pull and gets it very fine

12.5

White to Dhoni, no run, bangs it in outside off, gets a hint of away movement and Dhoni can't connect with the carve over the off side

12.6

White to Dhoni, 1 run, another gentle short ball, Dhoni pulls vigorously but can't time it. Single to square leg.

Eww, one of the ugliest overs ever that. Poor bowling and not very good batting either.

End of over 13 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 119/2 (RR: 9.15)
MS Dhoni    7* (5b 1x4)      CL White    1-0-13-0
SK Raina    57* (32b 5x6)      R Vinay Kumar    3-0-19-2

du Preez comes back on.

13.1

du Preez to Dhoni, 4 byes, well the one thing we did not have in that previous over was bad wicketkeeping. Now we do. Yorker chases Dhoni, through his legs and Uthappa does not collect it. Away for four byes.

13.2

du Preez to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, 133.5 kph, coming into Dhoni from off stump and he can't connect the pull. Picks a single off the pads

13.3

du Preez to Raina, 1 run, low full toss, wide outside off and Raina runs it off the face of the bat to point for one

13.4

du Preez to Dhoni, 4 leg byes, it's all hurting Bangalore now. Steyn's absence, Uthappa's make-shift keeping skills. Sliding down the leg and Dhoni gets some pad on it, but Uthappa should have saved that. He did not and that's four leg byes

13.5

du Preez to Dhoni, FOUR, short on off stump, Dhoni looks for the bottom handed whiplash outside off, and gets a thick outside edge wide of Uthappa for four to third man

13.6

du Preez to Dhoni, OUT, and gone. Dhoni has played a hundred shots while he was out there for 11 off 10. He played another slog pull here, it was fuller than that and sneaked through to crash into the stumps.

MS Dhoni b du Preez 11 (11m 10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 110.00

End of over 14 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 133/3 (RR: 9.50)
     D du Preez    3-0-32-1
SK Raina    58* (33b 5x6)      CL White    1-0-13-0

Krish: "Send in the fire trucks! Kumble is fuming! Part timers making full time mistakes.. Thank god finally a wicket!" Morkel comes out. Kumble's last over.

14.1

Kumble to Raina, FOUR, googly, but too short and coming into Raina. I don't think he picked it. He got some top edge, but square leg was vacant

14.2

Kumble to Raina, FOUR, Well, Kumble has the variations going, but Raina is smartly staying in the crease to pick him off the pitch. Another straight one, sliding across, Raina waits for it to come beside him outside off and slaps it through the covers. Supreme placement. Eludes all the fielders and finds the ropes

14.3

Kumble to Raina, SIX, he's teed off this time. Raina is playing a special innings here. Kumble tosses it up, Raina saw it early, came forward, took it from a length on leg stump line and spanked it high over square leg. Straight bat and very good timing

14.4

Kumble to Raina, 2 runs, goes a little wider on the crease to mix it up, Raina picks the angle and works it to midwicket for two more

14.5

Kumble to Raina, 2 runs, short again on leg stump, Raina focuses on getting the pull shot fine to beat Pandey running across from deep square leg. He does really well to intercept and fire it back in. Raina did even better to hare back and dive into his crease as Uthappa failed to collect the wide return cleanly

14.6

Kumble to Raina, 1 run, Anil Kumalinga there! Throws that it almost side arm, as a variation and Raina gets it away for a single

End of an angry spell.

End of over 15 (19 runs) Chennai Super Kings 152/3 (RR: 10.13)
SK Raina    77* (39b 2x4 6x6)      A Kumble    4-0-38-0
JA Morkel    0* (0b)      D du Preez    3-0-32-1

Vinay comes on.

15.1

Vinay Kumar to Raina, 2 runs, Raina plays it square from full and wide outside off, nice placement for two more

15.2

Vinay Kumar to Raina, no run, short and coming in from wide, Raina looks for the heave ho across the line and misses

15.3

Vinay Kumar to Raina, 1 run, 130.9 kph, smart line and length, wide yorkers outside off, Raina bends down to steer it to third man

Tushar: "I guess Murphy's Law applies to RCB at the moment, anything that can go wrong is going wrong!"

15.4

Vinay Kumar to Morkel, FOUR, loses the plot, does Vinay, after so much discussion and field placement and stuff - he serves up a gentle full toss well outside off. Morkel scythes it through point for four

15.5

Vinay Kumar to Morkel, 1 run, length ball coming in, Morkel swats it to wide long on, only a single though

15.6

Vinay Kumar to Raina, 1 run, low full toss on off stump, driven fluently into the covers for a single

End of over 16 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 161/3 (RR: 10.06)
SK Raina    81* (43b 2x4 6x6)      R Vinay Kumar    4-0-28-2
JA Morkel    5* (2b 1x4)      A Kumble    4-0-38-0

Here comes the hit-me over - Kumble, du Preez, Praveen and Vinay have bowled out. So it is going to be Cameron White.

16.1

White to Raina, FOUR, well, starts with a 101 kph length ball on leg stump, Raina could have hit it anywhere on the leg side, but pulled it very fine past short fine leg for four

16.2

White to Raina, FOUR, another short ball, angles across, well outside off and Raina dismisses it with a cross-batted swat - tremendous bat swing to send it away to third man. Nearly a six that

16.3

White to Raina, 1 run, slow, slow stuff, Raina waits and wait and cross bats it to the covers., Manjrekar defines the ball as a 'donkey drop'

16.4

White to Morkel, OUT, Morkel is gone, but things are just getting worse for Bangalore. Short and asking to be hit on leg stump, Morkel goes for the pull, top edge takes it ballooning down to deep midwicket. Kohli runs in and tumbles forward as he takes the catch.. and in the process hurts his already dodgy back, which was stopping him from bowling

JA Morkel c Kohli b White 5 (13m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

It is a replay of what happened with Steyn - Kohli stayed on the ground after landing. He did not land on the back, he took it easily and regulated himself with the elbows as he came down, but seemed to have pulled his back with the impact of landing.

Anirudha walks out. Raina on strike.

16.5

White to Raina, no run, somehow, White is escaping with these short deliveries. Raina misses with the pull again and Uthappa cleans up.

16.6

White to Raina, FOUR, and that sums up the innings. Another short gift from White and Raina has it for dessert before running back into the dug out. Pulled high and to the left of midwicket, the fielder runs across and dives. I hope he did not pick an injury in the process. The ball speeds past to the boundary. Raina has finished with a bang.

Bangalore need 176, not 175, to win. That is the adjustment for the first 2.5 overs Chennai batted, thinking this was a 20 overs game. Sid Talya has caught the thrills and spills of that innings in his bulletin. And no, he did not get injured in the process.

Gendy's comment sums up how things unraveled for Bangalore from the time Hussey mis-timed that off-drive on resumption. "Wonder if Kumble will hit "ctrl+z" on Hussey's dismissal given now he has lost Steyn."

Alter. G.: "Even the most hardcore CSK fan will feel for RCB here. It is cruelly unfair that their best bowler hurts himself just before his spell, and then their inform batsman hurts himself before they have to mount an imposing chase!" I completely agree. This is tragic.

Satish's wit captures the woe well. "This is probably the time to say Catches lose matches"

End of over 17 (13 runs) Chennai Super Kings 174/4
SK Raina    94* (48b 5x4 6x6)      CL White    2-0-26-1
S Anirudha    0* (0b)      R Vinay Kumar    4-0-28-2
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Anil Kumble went for 38 in his four overs, Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Champions League Twenty20, Durban, September 24, 2010

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