Player of the Match
Player of the Match

So we've had our first run fest of the Indian T20 but the action still doesn't stop. We have Rajasthan v Hyderabad coming up in a few minutes so do stick around for that as well.

Glenn Maxwell is the Man of the Match "I play with the bowler to try and upset the bowler and find the gaps. Feels pretty good to chase down 200+ against Chennai, they're a pretty good team. Hopefully the batsmen can keep it up and the bowlers can chip in as well"

"Just try and be positive. It was a pretty good wicket. We pulled it back with the ball in the middle overs considering they were heading for 230," George Bailey says, "Maxi has been in great touch and we hope he carries on for Punjab"

"When you score 200, you have to remember the opposition has every chance of scoring it as well," says MS Dhoni. "Fantastic wicket, they batted really well. We should have done better with the ball. [Bravo going off injured] Still he was not fit to bowl today, we played him as a batsman so we were a bowler short. Batsmen did their job, bowlers should have had different plans for different individuals. Bowl right areas. The margin of error is very small. Overall it will be difficult for the bowlers. Not much spin. The game was down to the batsman, we did well but they beat us fair and square"

Danish Patel: "Entertaining it surely has been, but worrying more-so for Indian cricket! Both innings were constructed by foreign players and in both innings Indian bowlers were taken to the cleaners! "

Siddharth: "You know your bowling attack is weak when your most economical bowler of the day is Ashish Nehra!"

5.50 pm You would have thought Chennai got enough on the board after making the first 200-plus total this year, but their bowling had no answer to the wiles of Glenn Maxwell. His sweeps and reverse sweeps and switch hits and the occasional orthodox cover drives ushered Punjab to their second victory chasing over 200 in the League. Of course he was helped in his endeavor by a couple of drops and some ordinary, leg-stump bowling

18.5
4
Sharma to Bailey, FOUR runs, that's emphatic! Short ball pulled powerfully to the deep midwicket boundary and the two Punjab batsman exchange big smiles and a hug as well
18.4
4
Sharma to Bailey, FOUR runs, in the slot and Bailey has hoicked it over the long-on boundary. Cleared his front leg and let the hands go
18.3
2
Sharma to Bailey, 2 runs, good length ball which grips the pitch and darts outside off, Bailey muscles a mistimed pull through midwicket
18.2
1
Sharma to Miller, 1 run, full toss outside off, Miller flashes and gets a thick outside edge to third man

switches around to the left-hander

18.1
1
Sharma to Bailey, 1 run, shortish and outside off, cut away strongly to deep extra cover

Run-a-ball needed now. 12 off 12

Vikram: "@Sahil, who disagreed with people calling the Chennai attack weak. The telling stat here is that all the Chennai bowlers have gone above 10 an over. They lack a quality fast bowler and if the pitches don't favor spin, they will be regularly taken to the cleaners." Mohit is back as well

END OF OVER:
18 | 4 Runs | KXIP: 194/4 (12 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 10.77, RRR: 6.00)

  • David Miller53 (36b)
  • George Bailey6 (6b)
  • Ashish Nehra3-0-24-1
  • Ravindra Jadeja4-0-43-0
17.6
0
Nehra to Miller, no run, walked at the bowler who fired in a leg stump yorker, misses the flick and the stumps en route to the keeper
17.5
1
Nehra to Bailey, 1 run, finds the yorker outside off and Bailey pushes it down to long-on
17.4
0
Nehra to Bailey, no run, full and speared in on the pads, Bailey looks to swipe it away but gets struck on the pads. No appeal, would have gone well down leg

Nehra around the wicket

17.3
1
Nehra to Miller, 1 run, low full toss outside off, Miller opens the face and slices it to deep point
17.2
1
Nehra to Bailey, 1 run, slower ball on off stump, Bailey isn't fooled as he dabs into the covers and rotates the strike. That's all that's needed with an equation reading 14 off 16
17.1
1
Nehra to Miller, 1 run, full toss on leg stump, picked away to deep midwicket

Wayne: "Chennai could have gone with Badree instead of either Bravo or Faf. The bowling looked slightly weak with this lineup and Badree's 4 overs could have made the difference." Nehra's back

END OF OVER:
17 | 18 Runs | KXIP: 190/4 (16 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 11.17, RRR: 5.33)

  • David Miller51 (33b)
  • George Bailey4 (3b)
  • Ravindra Jadeja4-0-43-0
  • Dwayne Smith2-0-25-1
16.6
1
Jadeja to Miller, 1 run, good length ball on middle and off, he strides forward to push it down the ground to long-on
16.5
2
Jadeja to Miller, 2 runs, good length ball on middle and leg, turned away to deep square leg for a couple that brings Miller his fifty
16.4
6
Jadeja to Miller, SIX runs, over long-off this time. Punjab are in a hurry to finish this off. Another little trip down the track and though it hit the bottom of the bat, it had enough to clear the fielder in the deep
16.3
6
Jadeja to Miller, SIX runs, offers length and Miller has pounced. He was down the track and belts it way into the crowd behind long-on
16.2
1
Jadeja to Bailey, 1 run, a little more flight but he's pushing towards leg stump. Bailey works it away behind square leg
16.1
2
Jadeja to Bailey, 2 runs, darted in on leg stump, Bailey swivels on the back foot and sweeps it down to long leg

END OF OVER:
16 | 16 Runs 1 Wkt | KXIP: 172/4 (34 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 10.75, RRR: 8.50)

  • David Miller36 (29b)
  • George Bailey1 (1b)
  • Dwayne Smith2-0-25-1
  • Ravichandran Ashwin4-0-41-2
15.6
4
Smith to Miller, FOUR runs, that was clever. Waited on this shortish ball with just a little room and he dabbed it fine of short third man and it just skimmed away

Loose

22

Runs off Negi's third over, equals his most expensive in the tournament

The Big show

25

Balls taken by Maxwell for his fifty today, the fastest for Punjab took 23 balls, Sangakkara has done it twice

Man in a hurry

172

Glenn Maxwell's SR when his team is chasing targets of 180 or more in T20s

Tall order

1

No. of times out of five Punjab have won <a href="http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/419139.html" target="_blank">chasing</a> a target of 200 or more.

Expensive

47

runs conceded by Johnson today, equals the second-most he has conceded in a T20

The finisher

1900

Runs Dhoni has scored in the last five overs in T20s, only Pollard (2033) has score more

Strong starters

7

No. of times Chennai have scored 150 before the fall of their second wicket in 99 innings, including today

The slowdown

93.33

Brendon McCullum's strike rate after reaching his fifty, scored 14 off 15 balls, hit one six

Super starters

7

No. of century partnerships Chennai's openers have had, it equals the most by any team in all T20 cricket

Ten-over tons

6

No. of times Chennai have put up 100 inside ten overs, including today, in 99 innings

New Powerplay high

68

Chennai's previous best score in the first six overs in the league. They scored 70 today

Milestone

5000

McCullum has become the fourth batsman to score so many T20 runs. David Hussey, Hodge and Gayle are the others

Dropped

22

Brendon McCullum's score when he was dropped by George Bailey off Parvinder Awana

Weird

101

Dwayne Smith's strike-rate in the Powerplays last season. After the sixth over he scored at a strike-rate of 150