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Super Kings v Kings XI, qualifier 2, IPL, Mumbai

May 30, 2014

Seehwag ball, hit ball

Nitin Sundar

Big game. Doesn't get bigger than this. Except when it does, on Sunday evening. But that's not going to stop Ravi Shastri from bellowing into your living rooms when it's toss time.

What do you call it when the Kings take on the Kings?

The league games between these two teams had all been about one man. What was it going to be about today? According to Chennai fans, it wasn't going to be so much about that man.

Forget Maxwell, the early exchanges were dominated by Virender Sehwag who rolled back the years with a murderous assault in the Powerplay.

The spinners weren't spared either. Sehwag scorched his way to 50 off 21 balls.

CSK dismissed Manan Vohra after a blistering opening partnership of 110 in 10.4 overs.

Sehwag's blitz had set it up nicely for the most anticipated battle of the day.

Ashwin moved over the stumps as he'd threatened. Maxwell thumped a six before holing out. Ashwin gave him a send-off.

Sehwag slowed down as the 100 approached, but still got there off 50 balls.

With the milestone out of the way, Sehwag kept hitting them out of the ground. David Miller joined in the rampage as 200 came up in the 18th over.

He fell eventually for a breath-taking 122 off 58.

Sehwag played some shots in the mid-game break as well.

Punjab only got 15 off the last 2 overs. Would that prove costly? Chennai lost Faf du Plessis early, but their best batsman set upon the chase in earnest

Raina's striking went into overdrive after he got to 50.

Raina looked set to chase the target down with time to spare when he was run out for 87 off 25, following a minor mix-up with Brendon McCullum.

Ravindra Jadeja counter-punched, but Punjab hit back with the wickets of McCullum, Jadeja and David Hussey in quick succession.

That was one too many blows to recover from, despite MS Dhoni hanging in there till the end - and getting a lucky break after being bowled by a big Mitchell Johnson no-ball. Punjab stormed into their first IPL final. And Chennai missed the decider for only the second time in seven years.

Nitin Sundar is social media manager at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets @knittins

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Posted by   on (May 31, 2014, 3:26 GMT)

well dhoni disappointed because game was in reach..after six overs...whichever team's csk in playoff or final ..means winning the cup..hope they beat Kkr to lift the cup...only a champ team should beat a champ team

Posted by   on (May 31, 2014, 0:10 GMT)

Second chance gave him luck but it's unfair innings

Posted by inswing on (May 30, 2014, 22:06 GMT)

Best comment: Viru is treating this like a Test match.

Posted by SAF-Fan-no-1 on (May 30, 2014, 20:07 GMT)

I love Shewag Batting realy fantastic. I love playing for India in English Condition with Gambhir.

Posted by   on (May 30, 2014, 19:28 GMT)

i think kxip needs to declare their innings...they should only play 15 overs so as to give a fair chance to another team ...lol

Posted by   on (May 30, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

Viru is back with a bang. He should be in India s world cup squad

Posted by   on (May 30, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

a truly nostalgically dangerous innings......

Posted by   on (May 30, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Wow. ....It's great to see shewag bat like this. great entertainment. ...

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