20 | 5 Runs 2 Wkts | CSK: 180/9 (10 runs required, RR: 9.00)

  • Muttiah Muralitharan0 (1b)
  • Albie Morkel13 (14b)
  • Dirk Nannes4-0-32-0
  • Daniel Vettori4-0-29-2

Presentation time now

MS Dhoni: "Thanks to Hayden we were close. They were remarkable with their death bowling, we were nowhere close to that. I hope our bowlers are paying attention." Is Flintoff listening? Well, he did bowl at the death and was licked by AB

AB de Villers, Man of the Match: "I was a little bit scratchy, and there was a little bit good fortune, thanks to Albie." Albie dropped AB just after the 50, it's a good idea to remind your compatriot of the costly drop. Not that Chennai will be forgetting that anytime soon.

Thanks for joining us, hope you had fun.


This one could qualify as a choke. After the Hayden blitz, Chennai required 84 from 10 overs, with eight wickets in hand. And when Raina got out, they were still the favourites, 51 required off 35, and Flintoff and Morkel still in. But then they choked, losing wickets, imploding amid sensible bowling and sharp fielding by Delhi. Bowling changes worked perfectly for them, especially with Sangwan and Vettori. All in all, the first close match of the tournament. Dharmin reminds: "Even last year the two teams had a similar contest with Chennai chasing about 188. Chennai won that one after Gony hit 15 runs in last over. No repeat of that this time."

Nannes to Muralitharan, no run, short of a length, Murali goes for the big swing, and misses, the ball misses the stumps too, but Delhi have completeed a solid comeback
Nannes to Morkel, 1 run, and it's all over for Chennai, Delhi have won it, a full delivery, Morkel looks to clear his leg and hit big, and the same story repeats, the inside half of the bat, and only a single to long-on
Nannes to Morkel, OUT, this is not smart from Bala, Morkel fails to hit a full and wide delivery, but Bala for some reason wants the single, Morkel doesn't. Sangwan from cover flicks it to the bowler, and Bala is at the strikers' end

L Balaji run out (Sangwan/Nannes) 0 (0b 0x4 0x6)

We are down to Morkel now, three boundaries will do it

Nannes to Joginder Sharma, OUT, Warner, the substitute, makes the difference again. Joginder hit a fullish delivery straight to mid-off and ran, and gave up half-way through, and Warner hit the middle stump out of the ground

Joginder Sharma run out (sub [Warner]) 4 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Nannes to Joginder Sharma, 2 runs, just short of a length, Joginder slaps it to wide of long-on, and they take two again. Surprising? Wouldn't they want Morkel on strike?
Nannes to Joginder Sharma, 2 runs, Joginder makes room, lofts it over extra cover, but they stroll only for two

Joginder Sharma is in, 15 required off the last over

19 | 9 Runs 2 Wkts | CSK: 175/7 (15 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 9.21, RRR: 15.00)

  • Albie Morkel12 (12b)
  • Daniel Vettori4-0-29-2
  • Ashish Nehra4-0-33-1
Vettori to Gony, OUT, and he has run himself out now, hit powerfully towards Sehwag at cover, who underarms it to Vettori, and Gony is slow and short of the crease. What a twist. The crucial second was lost in this run-out because of a near-collission between the batsmen

MS Gony run out (Sehwag/Vettori) 6 (2b 0x4 1x6) SR: 300.00

Vettori to Gony, SIX runs, and Gony turns it around, Vettori had bowled so far this game, with this flighted delivery is clubbed from down on a knee, this could well be eight over midwicket boundary
Vettori to Morkel, 1 leg bye, lovely bowling again, Morkel looks to make room, Vettori follows with an arm-ball, getting just a leg-bye
Vettori to Badrinath, OUT, a dot ball, and a wicket, Badri, who looked out of place through the innings, steps out, and hits a flat delivery straight to Warner, the substitute, at long-off. How Delhi have come back. Good move too, to keep Vettori for the death

S Badrinath c sub (DA Warner) b Vettori 7 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Vettori to Morkel, 1 run, nice arm-ball, quick, angled in, and Morkel just turns it around to square leg, it was more than 100ks
Vettori to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri steps out, full, on the target, no room for Badri, and only a single to long-off

What a thriller we have here. Delhi have pulled Cehnnai back appreciably. Two runs a ball required now. And the wily Vettori is on, bowling the penultimate over

18 | 5 Runs | CSK: 166/5 (24 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 9.22, RRR: 12.00)

  • S Badrinath6 (6b)
  • Albie Morkel11 (10b)
  • Ashish Nehra4-0-33-1
  • Aavishkar Salvi3-0-41-0
Nehra to Badrinath, 1 run, low fulltoss, ends a superb over, only five singles, Badri can't capitalise on the fulltoss, just managing to get it past Nehra
Nehra to Morkel, 1 run, another full, late-swinging delivery, and Morkel clears his front leg, and gets the inside half of his bat again, only a single to midwicket
Nehra to Morkel, no run, lovely, in-swinging yorker, dot ball. Could have been much more, Morkel looks for a leg bye, but the ball has gone to Karthik, who tries to throw the stumps down, with the gloves on, and just misses. 26 off 14 now
Nehra to Badrinath, 1 run, Badri tries to get out, steps out, chips it limple, from the pads, and it falls just short of a running-in square leg
Nehra to Morkel, 1 run, full, swinging in, Morkel looks for a big hit, and gets only the inside half of the bat, and a single to square leg
Nehra to Badrinath, 1 run, almost a yorker, Badri goes for the big hit, manages a mis-hit towards lonmg-off, for a single

Nehra to continue

17 | 5 Runs | CSK: 161/5 (29 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 9.47, RRR: 9.66)

  • S Badrinath3 (3b)
  • Albie Morkel9 (7b)
  • Aavishkar Salvi3-0-41-0
  • Ashish Nehra3-0-28-1
Salvi to Badrinath, 1 run, and Badri goes thirdman again, just outside off, Badri waits for it and opens the face at the last moment. Only 5 off the over, makes it tighter, 29 off 18
Salvi to Morkel, 1 run, another short ball, and he survives again, Morkel looks to cut it through covers, but finds Gambhir at extra cover
Salvi to Badrinath, 1 run, again short, on the stumps, Badri looks for a single to thirdman, but the face opens late, he still manages the one just off the wicket
Salvi to Morkel, 1 run, another short delivery, Morkel is a touch late into the pull, and only just manages to clear AB at midwicket
Salvi to Morkel, no run, short, sitting up for the pull, but Morkel mistimes, and plays it straight to midwicket. Dot Ball. That's big
Salvi to Badrinath, 1 run, short and wide, and steered away to thirdman

Badrinath is in, the first batsman from Chennai in this line-up. 34 off 24.

Salvi will bowl now, he has had an aweful day

16 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | CSK: 156/5 (34 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 9.75, RRR: 8.50)

  • Albie Morkel7 (4b)
  • Ashish Nehra3-0-28-1
  • Pradeep Sangwan4-0-28-3
Nehra to Flintoff, OUT, Nehra strikes. Flintoff goes. slower ball again, and Flintoff is early into this loft, chipping it to Warner at long-off, what a twist

A Flintoff c sub (DA Warner) b Nehra 16 (17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 94.11

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Super Kings 2nd innings Partnerships

1st57ML HaydenPA Patel
2nd33ML HaydenSK Raina
3rd18MS DhoniSK Raina
4th31A FlintoffSK Raina
5th17A FlintoffJA Morkel
6th12S BadrinathJA Morkel
7th7JA MorkelMS Gony
8th4JA MorkelJoginder Sharma
9th0L BalajiJA Morkel
10th1M MuralitharanJA Morkel