20 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | KXIP: 95/9 (98 runs required, RR: 4.75)

  • Karanveer Singh2 (5b)
  • Sandeep Sharma1 (4b)
  • Mohit Sharma3-0-10-1
  • Dwayne Bravo3-0-13-0

Thanks for joining us tonight. Looking forward to your company tomorrow too. Until then, goodbye and good night.

Brendon McCullum, Man of the Match: It is nice to win. These guys are a dangerous team and we had to be on the ball. It was a thorough team performance. We had a little bit of luck at the start. The wicket slowed up and the spinners came into play. It is great to bat with Smithy and then the partnership with MS Dhoni and Raina. We were lit bit off against Rajasthan. We have to continue to improve as the tournament goes on.

MS Dhoni: I think it was one of the most convincing victories we have had throughout the IPL. The spinners made the most of it. He [Nehra] is fantastic. He has experience, which really counts. He has not slowed down with age. Even if he does not swing the ball, he uses the angles. Mohit was good and Ishwar gave us the breakthrough, which was important. They [Openers] play fearless cricket and at the same time play measured cricket. Even Smith does not play too many fancy strokes. That is why they are more successful than other openers.

George Bailey: Full credit to CSK. They smothered us in all three facets. We made things pretty difficult for ourselves, dropping a few catches. We are battling to find the momentum and consistency. We just have to find a way to put the bad stuff behind us and move on. It is about getting some momentum and confidence. The senior players must stand up and we must put in a Kings XI performance on the board.

11:30pm Clinical stuff from Super Kings. The win was built on a typical CSK blueprint: get off to a fast start, pile up a big total on the board, and throttle the chase with spin. Ishwar Pandey removed Viru in the first over and Shaun Marsh followed soon after. Ashwin and Jadeja then took over, showing excellent control and variations in flight. Kings XI continued to lose wickets at regular junctures and were on track to be bowled out, but Karanveer and Sandeep just about thwarted it.

vignesh: "@kishore, forget stumps, think how many marker pens Dhoni has got after signing the match ball

Varad: "KXIP scored 5 fours and 2 sixes... even less than McCULLUM"

shyam: "csk net run rate goin to sky rocket!"

kishore: "wonder how many stumps are there in Dhoni's house by now.. :)"

Sharma to Karanveer Singh, no run, CSK take the top spot. Kings XI sink to the bottom. Fuller and outside off, Karanveer flashes but can't connect
Sharma to Sandeep Sharma, 1 run, slowy, back of a length on middle, nurdled in front of square on the leg side. Mohit collides with Karanveer. But they complete the single
Sharma to Sandeep Sharma, no run, shortish and outside off, slapped away to the left of backward point. Jadeja dives across and stops the ball
Sharma to Sandeep Sharma, no run, fuller and on off, Sandeep takes a step forward and toe-ends a drive to mid-off
Sharma to Sandeep Sharma, no run, bouncer outside off, he yanks his head out of the way


Sharma to Anureet Singh, OUT, another soft dismissal. Anureet backs away outside leg, Mohit follows him with a back-of-the-hand slower ball with some extra bounce. Sliced straight down the throat of Jadeja at backward point. That was the definition of a dolly

Anureet Singh c Jadeja b Sharma 10 (30m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

19 | 4 Runs | KXIP: 94/8 (99 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 4.94, RRR: 99.00)

  • Anureet Singh10 (19b)
  • Karanveer Singh2 (4b)
  • Dwayne Bravo3-0-13-0
  • Ashish Nehra4-0-16-2
Bravo to Anureet Singh, 1 run, fullish and outside off, fourth slower ball of the over, which is guided to third man with soft hands
Bravo to Karanveer Singh, 1 run, right in the blockhole on middle, jabbed down to long-on
Bravo to Karanveer Singh, no run, slowy on the leg stump, he can't put it away. Off the pad and dribbles to the left of Dhoni
Bravo to Anureet Singh, 1 run, similar ball, crude swipe to the right of midwicket. Anureet could not manufacture his own pace
Bravo to Karanveer Singh, 1 run, slower full ball on off, he slogs at it and skews it over square on the leg side
Bravo to Karanveer Singh, no run, shortish and skids through on middle, defended to the off side

18 | 1 Run 1 Wkt | KXIP: 90/8 (103 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.00, RRR: 51.50)

  • Anureet Singh8 (17b)
  • Karanveer Singh0 (0b)
  • Ashish Nehra4-0-16-2
  • Dwayne Bravo2-0-9-0

krishna: "just missed its 90/8 ,not for 88/8"

Nehra to Anureet Singh, no run, fractionally back of a length and angling away, he rides the bounce and defends it to point
Nehra to Anureet Singh, no run, fullish and outside off, he pushes with his feet in cement and is beaten


Nehra to Saha, OUT, Saha finds Ashwin. Fractionally short and on middle, Saha aims to help it away with a pull. Mishits it in the air over backward square leg. Ashwin runs across to his left from long leg and takes it

WP Saha c Ashwin b Nehra 15 (35m 23b 0x4 0x6) SR: 65.21

Ishan Jain: "@limon: I remember! It was when dinosaurs used to roam!"

Santhosh: "current partnership is 20. 2nd highest in kingsXI innings."

Nehra to Anureet Singh, 1 run, length and angling away, guided to deep third man
Nehra to Anureet Singh, no run, Anurreet steps away, Nehra is smart enough to follow him with a bouncer and beat him on the attempted pull
Nehra to Anureet Singh, no run, back of a length and angling in on middle, poked to point

Dhoni has heard you..

suvan: "bring back nehra and clean up the tail.."

17 | 6 Runs | KXIP: 89/7 (104 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.23, RRR: 34.66)

  • Wriddhiman Saha15 (22b)
  • Anureet Singh7 (12b)
  • Dwayne Bravo2-0-9-0
  • Ravichandran Ashwin4-0-14-2
Bravo to Saha, 2 runs, pitched up on off, slower in pace. Tucked away wide of deep midwicket for a couple of runs
Bravo to Anureet Singh, 1 run, length and is slogged away wide of long-on
Bravo to Anureet Singh, no run, extra lift on this shortish ball outside off, dabbed to point. The fielder flings a throw at the non-strikers' and misses. Long-on has it covered and prevents the possibility of a run via overthrow
Bravo to Saha, 1 run, slowy short ball outside off, sits up, Saha rocks back and slaps it to sweeper cover

A Record in the Vicinity


Chennai's margin of victory today, their biggest in an IPL game. This was also King's XI's biggest margin of loss.

History with Kings XI


Number of times Kings XI played CSK during the 2014 IPL. They won all 3 games and made a 200+ score each time.

An Odd Habit


Instances of CSK losing after batting first and posting a 180+ score, the most for any team in IPL history.

History to fall back on


Number of times Kings XI have scored 180+ in successful chases against Super Kings, more than against any other team.



No. of consecutive 2s runs by Dhoni in the 16th over. The 4 others to do this in IPL history are Watson, Morkel, Karthik and Harris.

Starting Trouble


MS Dhoni's strike rate this IPL, his lowest for any season. His previous lowest is 127 during the 2009 season in South Africa.

Maximizing the Powerplay


Number of times Super Kings have reached 50 inside the Powerplay this IPL, more than any other team.

A good idea?


Number of times Mitchell Johnson has opened the bowling in six games this IPL.

Solid up top


Number of 50+ opening stands for Chennai this IPL, the joint-most for any team.

Not CSK's favourite


Number of times Chennai have beaten Punjab, the fewest times they have beaten any team that has played all 8 IPLs.