54th match (D/N), Dharamsala, Apr 18 2010, Indian Premier League
(19.4/20 ov, target 193)
Super Kings won by 6 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Chennai Super Kings
CSK Innings
Full commentary

That's the side of Dhoni I have not seen before. He has won matches way bigger than this. But as he says, it was an emotional moment for him to win this one. That's all we have. Hop over to the other tab to follow the other game between Delhi and Deccan. Cheers


MS Dhoni is the Man of the Match He says, "It's a tough game, you can't always perform, but if you perform in big games, you get that tag of being the pressure player. But the fact is, Raina and Badri set the chase up. It was an emotional moment. Your franchise pays so much money for you, you should at least make the semi-finals. After that you can say it is a lottery. The kind of franchise we have got, the kind of team we have, we should have made it to the semi-finals before this game. So it was an emotional moment, at least for me."

Kumar Sangakkara "We needed to get our yorkers right, but wasn't to be. Boys worked hard, but couldn't close it off. We have had patches of great batting, great bowling, bad bowling, bad batting. That kind of season. It's been a privilege to play for Kings XI Punjab, a privilege to play in front of these crowds."

Chennai will think they have righted a major mistake they committed. They had no business losing to Punjab in the first match, which put them in this must-win situation originally. This time, Punjab played much better, and kept it close, but they were poor in the last two overs of length bowling. And these were not yorkers gone wrong, these were bowlers who didn't seem to posses the yorker. And better bowlers have been hurt by bowling length to MSD. Chennai will now face the winner of the match between Delhi and Decan later tonight.

Pathan to Dhoni, SIX runs
and Dhoni has carried Chennai through. Length ball again, and Dhoni has hit another huge blistering six over wide long-on. And he is pumped. He has won many big matches in his career, but I have never seen him so pumped. Punches himself in the jaw, like a boxer. The Chennai team, behind Chawla at long-off, rushes through the fielder to congratulate Dhoni
Pathan to Dhoni, SIX runs
McLeodganj, send the ball back please! misses the yorker length, and boy, has he bludgeoned it. From wide outside off, he sends it miles over wide long-on. Biggest televised six in Himachal Pradesh
Pathan to Dhoni, 2 runs
yes it is. Back of a length, Dhoni top-edges, skied towards long-off, Chawla is slow in coming in, and lets through two by misfielding on the bounce

Third man and fine leg both inside the circle. Slower ball coming up?

Pathan to Dhoni, FOUR runs
lovely shot! Nearly a yorker, Dhoni goes deep into the crease, and drives this wide of long-off for four. What power

16 required off the last over. Dhoni on strike. Irfan, who dropped Morkel, to bowl now

end of over 1913 runs
CSK: 177/4CRR: 9.31 • RRR: 16.00 • Need 16 runs from 6b
MS Dhoni36 (25)
Albie Morkel14 (8)
Rusty Theron4-0-43-1
Vikram Singh3-0-40-0
Theron to Dhoni, 1 run
finally bowls the yorker, hit to long-off for one
Theron to Morkel, 1 run
short ball, cramps him, gets a single to midwicket
Theron to Dhoni, 1 run
he just can't bowl the yorker! But fields well. Length ball again, bludgeoned back at him, he sticks out the boot ans saves three
Theron to Dhoni, 2 runs
dropped or saved two, take your call. Dhoni throws everything at this, gets a healthy high edge, Sanga goes high, gets gloves to it, the ball bursts through, they get two
Theron to Dhoni, FOUR runs
length ball, and he murders it over his head. Poor bowling. Don't. Bowl. Length. To. Dhoni

Sanga rushes to Theron. Fine leg comes in. Midwicket goes back

Theron to Dhoni, FOUR runs
poor bowling, short, sitting up at his pace, and he absolutely wallops it past midwicket

Big over that was. 29 off two overs now. Theron to bowl now

end of over 1815 runs
CSK: 164/4CRR: 9.11 • RRR: 14.50 • Need 29 runs from 12b
Albie Morkel13 (7)
MS Dhoni24 (20)
Vikram Singh3-0-40-0
Piyush Chawla4-0-28-1
Singh to Morkel, FOUR runs
misses the yorker by about a foot, and Morkel clears the front leg and crunches it straight of long-on
Singh to Morkel, 2 runs
dropped by Irfan, Morkel slogs, gets a top edge, Irfan runs in from third man and misjudges a skier, and doesn't get under it, and it spills through his outstretched hands
Singh to Dhoni, 1 run
comes back with a lovely yorker, just a single

Big moment in the match

Singh to Morkel, (no ball) 1 run
low full toss, hit to long-off straight, single. And Bowden signals a no-ball, and then a free-hit. Huge no-ball too
Singh to Morkel, FOUR runs
top cricket from both, yorker outside off, he opens the face and finds the gap between backward point and cover point

Round the stumps

Singh to Dhoni, 1 run
yorker attempted, low full toss delivered, hit powerfully, but straight to long-on
Singh to Morkel, 1 run
yorker outside off, dug out for a single

In their earlier match against Punjab, Chennai had a much simpler chase, and they choked. They will be wondering what the state of points table would be had they not played poorly then. 44 off 18 now. VRV to bowl

end of over 178 runs • 1 wicket
CSK: 149/4CRR: 8.76 • RRR: 14.66 • Need 44 runs from 18b
Albie Morkel1 (2)
MS Dhoni22 (18)
Piyush Chawla4-0-28-1
Rusty Theron3-0-30-1
Chawla to Morkel, 1 run
googly, outside off, hit to long-off for a single
Chawla to Morkel, no run
full delivery, hit to extra cover, they turn down the single off the misfield

Morkel is the new batsman. Chawla moves over the wicket

Chawla to Badrinath, OUT
misses a slog sweep, slides out on the sweep, Sanga whips the bails off, and Bowden doesn't even need third umpire for it
S Badrinath st †Sangakkara b Chawla 53 (36b 7x4 2x6) SR: 147.22

Round the wicket for Badri too now

Chawla to Badrinath, FOUR runs
Fifty for Badri! sweeps this from leg stump, over midwicket
Chawla to Badrinath, 2 runs
charges at him, hits straight enough of long-off to come back for two
Chawla to Dhoni, 1 run
back of a length, punched to sweeper-cover for one

52 off 24. Can go any way from here. Chawla to bowl. Round the stumps