410dThe Bulletin by Mathew Varghese

Balaji's five-for sinks Kings XI Punjab

A match that swung from one side to the other was decided by two exceptional overs from L Balaji, as Chennai Super Kings ended Kings XI Punjab's winning streak

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

S Badrinath
64(47) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 16 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
2 4 2 9 6 11 13 17
MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni
60(43) 2x4 - 4x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 24 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
0 0 0 6 8 18 5 23

Best performances - Bowlers

L Balaji
O4
M0
R24
W5
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
S Sreesanth
O4
M0
R29
W2
Eco7.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Kings XI Punjab , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00

Match days

10 May 2008 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Chennai Super Kings 2, Kings XI Punjab 0

END OF OVER:
20 | 8 Runs 3 Wkts | KXIP: 163/9 (19 runs required, RR: 8.15)

  • Uday Kaul0 (1b)
  • Sreesanth0 (0b)
  • Lakshmipathy Balaji4-0-24-5
  • Albie Morkel4-0-25-1

11.28 pm local time: The Chennai Super Kings are back! They lost three in a row but have ended Punjab's five-match winning streak to move level with Rajasthan on 12 points at the top of the table. There were several terrific performances in thsi match: Badrinath's 64, Dhoni's 61, Punjab's death bowling that restricted Chennai to 181 when they looked like getting 200 plus.

Marsh played an excellent innings but no other Punjab batsman got going and Lakshmipathy Balaji spearheaded Chennai's defence. He took 5 for 24 off his four overs, including the key wickets of Marsh, Sarwan and a hat-trick - the first of the IPL - in the final over of the match. Pathan struck an 18-ball 40 to bring Punjab close but the game was virtually up by then.

The Chennai crowd cheers itself hoarse as the local boy Balaji is named the Man of the Match for his 5 for 24 including a hat-trick. He mixed up his pace superbly, bowling sharp bouncers and slower balls off the same ambling run-up.

That's it from us at Cricinfo for today. Thank you for your emails. This is George Binoy signing off.

19.6
0
Balaji to Kaul, no run, the Super Kings win! Balaji ends the game with a slower ball on a good length which Uday Kaul misses

That's the first hat-trick of the IPL. Can Balaji get six?

19.5
W
Balaji to Singh, OUT, he's got the hat-trick!!! Balaji bowls a short ball outside off stump, VRV backs away and throws his bat at it, the top edge goes straight to Dhoni and the Super Kings mob Balaji! He's thrilled and everyone's gathered around him, amazing scenes and Chennai are roaring on their local lad

VRV Singh c †Dhoni b Balaji 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Balaji's on a hat-trick!

19.4
W
Balaji to Chawla, OUT, Balaji's got another one! Chawla backs away and lofts a full ball in the air towards long-off where Kapugedera takes an easy catch, Balaji has four, can he take five?

PP Chawla c Kapugedera b Balaji 17 (15b 1x4 1x6) SR: 113.33

19.3
W
Balaji to Pathan, OUT, caught! and that is that! Balaji bowls a slower ball just short of a length, Pathan pulls off the front foot and lofts the ball straight to Raina at deep square leg, he's gone and taken Punjab's hopes with him

IK Pathan c Raina b Balaji 40 (18b 3x4 3x6) SR: 222.22

19 needed off four balls.

19.2
2
Balaji to Pathan, 2 runs, that's a slower ball and Pathan has pulled it towards deep midwicket where Raina dives to save the boundary
19.1
6
Balaji to Pathan, SIX runs, that's a huge hit! Balaji bowls a full toss which Pathan has pulled over deep square leg for a six!

Punjab need 27 off the final over, Balaji will bowl it.

  • Smiling glory

    It was only fitting L Balaji's famous smile, that won over Pakistan in 2004, could manage a grand return in his beloved Chennai

  • Balaji's five-for sinks Kings XI Punjab

    A match that swung from one side to the other was decided by two exceptional overs from L Balaji, as Chennai Super Kings ended Kings XI Punjab's winning streak

Kings XI 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st16JR HopesSE Marsh
2nd13SE MarshK Goel
3rd66RR SarwanSE Marsh
4th1Yuvraj SinghSE Marsh
5th1DPMD JayawardeneYuvraj Singh
6th18DPMD JayawardeneIK Pathan
7th48IK PathanPP Chawla
8th0S SreesanthPP Chawla
9th0S SreesanthVRV Singh
10th0S SreesanthU Kaul

Indian Premier League

TeamMWLPTNRR
RR14113220.632
KXIP14104200.509
CSK148616-0.192
DC1476150.342
MI1477140.57
KKR146713-0.147
RCB144108-1.16
DC142124-0.467