260dThe Bulletin by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Chennai deal Punjab killer blow in low-scorer

It didn't rain runs in either of the two matches at Kingsmead but there was no shortage of entertainment value as the bowlers called the shots in what is regarded as a sloggers' game

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

PA Patel
32(23) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 15 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
5 1 5 1 15 1 0 4
LA Pomersbach
26(32) 1x4 - 1x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 14 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
6 3 0 6 5 1 2 3

Best performances - Bowlers

M Muralitharan
O4
M0
R8
W2
Eco2.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
R Ashwin
R Ashwin
O4
M0
R13
W2
Eco3.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

END OF OVER:
20 | 7 Runs | KXIP: 92/8 (25 runs required, RR: 4.60)

  • Piyush Chawla4 (4b)
  • Ramesh Powar7 (5b)
  • Lakshmipathy Balaji2-0-14-0
  • Thilan Thushara4-0-28-2

An excellent comeback from Chennai. Just two Punjab batsmen got to double figures, that was the level of control the Chennai spinners exerted - in favourable conditions no doubt, but Punjab had limited Chennai to a low enough score to ensure a qualification for the semis. They left the acceleration for too late, and only Pomersbach came close to posing some kind of a challenge.

The three spinners bagged six wickets for 38 runs in 12 overs, and it was after the timeout that they really gained the stranglehold. Punjab were 40-odd for 2 halfway through their innings - Chennai had lost four wickets at the same stage when they were batting - but the frequent use of variations, especially by Murali, and excellent support from Raina and Ashwin - whose inclusion paid off - resulted in a hapless reply from Punjab.

At no stage in their innings did they look dominant, and the abject surrender marked a massive waste of an ideal opportunity to go up second on the points table. Chennai have taken the No.2 spot. We'll get you the details from the presentation now.

Yuvraj: "We needed that win, we are pretty disappointed. Unfortunately for us, nobody got going. We didn't get a good partnership, the wicket was two-paced, and we've got ourselves to blame. We enjoyed playing in South Africa. We need to win games when we get into a good position, but we didn't do that today."

Dhoni: "Ashwin was brilliant throughout. Murali put pressure on the opposition, and them playing him cautiously was a mistake. We got off to a good start, both Gony and Thushara started well. We were a batsman short this game, but in the next game when Albie will be fit, we'll be a better batting side."

Murali is the Man of the Match for his superb spell.

Murali: "I tried to bowl line and length. The spinners bowled really well, and the pressure got to them. Sometimes it is easy to contain when you're defending lower totals. Raina's done well in this tournament, and he should keep going."

A lot of feedback from you guys about Punjab still, theoretically, having a chance of making it to the semis. While that may be true, one just needs to have a glance at their net run-rate, and you guys can then decide what's the likelihood of them making it to the next stage.

Hope you enjoyed the coverage. Thanks for tuning in and sending us your feedback. Do join us again tomorrow for another double header. Until then, it's goodbye from all of us at Cricinfo. Cheers.

19.6
0
Balaji to Chawla, no run, bowled short on leg stump, tried to work it square, was hit on the pads, it's all over

Last ball coming up

19.5
1
Balaji to Powar, 1 run, length ball on the off, chips it towards long-on
19.4
0
Balaji to Powar, no run, full length outside off, mistimes a swat, plays it back to Balaji who fields well stretching to his right
19.3
4
Balaji to Powar, FOUR runs, is fortunate, he's trying his best here Powar, low full toss outside off, tries to drill it through the off side, gets an inside edge to the fine-leg boundary
19.2
0
Balaji to Powar, no run, slower one outside off, had a massive swing at it, missed, made no connection
19.1
2
Balaji to Powar, 2 runs, superb fielding by Raina in the deep, full outside off, struck cleanly wide of long-on but Raina dives full length to his right, to drag it back in

Balaji to bowl the last over. Possibly, the last over for Punjab in this tournament

  • Mesmeric Murali sends Punjab packing

    Muralitharan came on within the Powerplays, something he rarely does while playing for Sri Lanka, and dipped into his bag of tricks to script a remarkable win for the Chennai Super Kings

  • Chennai deal Punjab killer blow in low-scorer

    It didn't rain runs in either of the two matches at Kingsmead but there was no shortage of entertainment value as the bowlers called the shots in what is regarded as a sloggers' game

Kings XI 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st6SM KatichS Sohal
2nd26SM KatichLA Pomersbach
3rd13Yuvraj SinghLA Pomersbach
4th4Yuvraj SinghKC Sangakkara
5th10KC SangakkaraWA Mota
6th1WA MotaIK Pathan
7th7B LeeIK Pathan
8th16IK PathanPP Chawla
9th9RR PowarPP Chawla

Indian Premier League

TeamMWLPTNRR
DC14104200.311
CSK1485170.951
RCB148616-0.191
DC1477140.203
KXIP147714-0.483
RR146713-0.352
MI1458110.297
KKR143107-0.789