16th match (N), Chennai, Mar 21 2010, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 137)
Match tied (Kings XI Punjab won the one-over eliminator)
Player Of The Match
Kings XI Punjab
• The Bulletin by Sidharth Monga

Punjab hold nerve on night of mediocrity

Mediocrity met mediocrity on Sunday night, and somehow produced the first tie of the third edition of IPL

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Scorecard summary
Kings XI Punjab136/8(20 overs)
Chennai Super Kings136/7(20 overs)
end of over 209 runs • 1 wicket
CSK: 136/7CRR: 6.8 
Albie Morkel12 (12)
Irfan Pathan3-0-22-1
Rusty Theron4-0-17-2

Righteeyo folks! Each team will pick three batsmen, and get to face six balls, from the nominated bowler. They can lose two wickets at the most, and the team that scores more takes all! Chennai will take strike first. Can they pull this off? Will it be vendakka sambhar or dal tadka tonight?!

Right, the names are out. Murali to bowl, Hayden, Morkel and Raina to bat for Chennai. Theron to bowl the first super over for Punjab, what an IPL debut for him!

Punjab have the momentum and will come out swinging hard, all guns blazing!

Chennai's Super Over

Morkel to face, Hayden is with him. Raina is waiting in the wings.

First ball: Length ball on leg and middle, Morkel looks for a big swing to the leg side, and top edges to third man for one. Over to Haydos!

Second ball: Timber!!! Hayden's gone for a blob in the super over! Theron keeps it straight, slower ball, Hayden swings across the line misses and the stumps are down! This is huge. Four balls to go, Raina will come out to face. They can't afford to lose another. CSK 1/1

Third ball: Smashes the length ball with all his might, and thankfully does not carry to Pathan on the sweeper cover fence. On the bounce and they run back for 2. CSK 3/1

Fourth ball: Captain cool Raina, take a bow! Super swing, length ball again, slower ball, and Raina cashes in swings it mighty high over midwicket. Six! CSK 9/1

Fifth ball: Chennai is bowled out! Raina looks for the good old heave ho over midwicket again, and gets a top-edge high over cover's head. Mahela settles under it and takes it! He's pumped up! Punjab on top. CSK - 9 for 2. Ten to win for Punjab!

Yuvraj, Irfan and Mahela have been nominated to find the 10 runs in 6 balls from the hands of the greatest offspinner of alltime.

Murali, the little wizard has the ball. There are four flood lights, and two of Murali's eyes, lighting up Chepauk! This is truly electric, Raina is chatting with Hayden. There is sambhar, there is dal and there is lots of adrenaline!

Punjab's Super Over

Mahela to face Murali first up. Yuvraj is at the bowler's end.

First ball: SIX!!! Mahela you beauty, picked the offie on a length and carted it high over long on! Punjab all the way KXIP 6/0

Second ball: Murali hits back with a vengeance and Mahela is gone! Same ball, same shot, not enough elevation, goes down Murali Vijay's throat at long on! KXIP have only one wicket left and need 4 off 4! Yuvi has strike.KXIP 6/1

Third ball: Swing and a miss! Turns the offie from leg across Yuvi and he misses the slog sweep. Dot! KXIP 6/1

Fourth ball: What a time to pull out the reverse sweep, and what brilliant execution!!! Yuvraj lets out a roar!! Same line and length, turning across Yuvraj, but he looked to go the other way, and got good contact on that one, past short third man and into the boundary!!! Punjab have won!!!

It was ALL stacked up against Punjab here. They have never beaten Chennai before, and they were yet to get a win this season. They mustered an average score, and looked out of it when Parthiv Patel and Matthew Hayden were going great guns. But they held their nerve, Rusty Theron bowled like a champ, and the rest of the side responded. A Dhoni-less, Kemp-less Chennai middle order, stuttered and stumbled, pressure did the rest and scores were tied after 20 overs.

Chennai's crowd looked up to Morkel, after all Albie, there for you, alalalalong, but it was not to be today. He got two, Haydos got a blob, and Raina got a couple away. Chennai finished with nine on the board in the super over, it was not really huge, and Mahela smashed Murali for six first ball to give his side the advantage, but it was heart-break next ball when Murali hit back. It was all down to Yuvraj, facing his old nemesis Murali, the man who sorted him out and exposed his frailty against spin, back in 2001. But today, Yuvraj held his nerve and pulled off the most delicious of reverse sweeps to the boundary. Poetic justice that the ending came through a delicate little shot, albeit unorthodox, as opposed to an almighty thick-edged hoick across the line. Well done Punjab! The crowd at Chepauk will be feeling disappointed, but they will remember this classic for a long time. And well, dal tadka is not so bad for a change, guys!

Clarification: Umpire harper wrongly adjudged the six over fine leg as four, and that became the official score. It was later corrected though and Chennai got those two extra runs.

Hang on for the presentation.

Raina: "Very good game of cricket. We bowled really well, that total was easily chaseable. Hopefully we'll do better in the next game. Parthiv played really well, but may be he should have stayed on till it was closer. Albie and Murali are bowling well, which is good for us. Kemp is feeling better, he will come back for the next game"

Sangakkara: "Very happy, with Rusty, Irfan Shalabh and the spinners. The wicket was not that easy to score runs. We are always in with a chance when we take wickets and we did that today. We know we did not bat to our potential, and there is hard work ahead, but after three losses today, we will savour this. (Smiles)."

Man of the Match is Rusty Theron on his IPL debut. "Jet-lag is not too bad. Did not expect to come out today and experience all this. It's been an unbelievable experience to be a part of this. Essentially I try to keep it simple at the death. If you get hit, then so be it." Good on ya Rusty!

Preity Zinta lets out a coo of joy and Yuvraj finally seems to have found his range, form and voice. Great win for Punjab, hope they go on to do big things from now on in this IPL.

That concludes it from us for today. Apologies once again for the technical issues earlier in the day. Kudos to our tech team for spotting the bug and setting it right in time for this classic!

On behalf of scorer Venkat Raghav and the rest of the team at Cricinfo, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Do check out Sidharth Monga's Bulletin in a bit if you missed any of the action. Cheers and good night!


Pathan to Ashwin, OUT
Ashwin's gone! Fasten your seatbelts folks, we have a super over coming up! Pressure has taken its toll! Pathan keeps it slow and steady, on a length, Ashwin swings it away ram-rod straight to mid off, where Kaif takes the dolly. Punjab are ecstatic!
R Ashwin c Kaif b Pathan 2 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00
Pathan to Ashwin, no run
and he's got a dot ball!!! This could go down to the super over if he does it again! Straight length ball outside off and Ashwin can't connect. Sanga's standing neither here nor there, but collects the ball well! 1 off 1!
Pathan to Ashwin, 2 runs
drama! Sanga's up, Irfan slips in the off cutter, Ashwin is totally deceived as he shuffles across, but somehow contrives a leading edge over cover and runs back for two. Scores are level!

Three required off three. How crucial will those two over throws prove? Chepauk is getting behind their side! Tony Greig would have said, "It's all happening here in Chinnnaaaaaaiii!"

Pathan to Morkel, 1 run
length ball on leg stump, Morkel bunts it down to long on and turns the strike over. Over to you Ashwin!
Pathan to Morkel, 2 byes
oh Irfan, what have you done! It was in Morkel's slot, he missed the swing, it went to Sanga, Ashwin was off to steal a bye, Sanga took a shy at the striker's end and missed. Irfan gathered and took a shy at the non-striker's and missed as well! And they ran back for two!
Pathan to Morkel, FOUR runs
Ho ho ho! Short and wide outside off, Morkel gives it the heave-ho, gets a thickish edge down to third man. Four lesser needed!
end of over 193 runs • 1 wicket
CSK: 127/6CRR: 6.68 • RRR: 10.00
Ravichandran Ashwin0 (2)
Albie Morkel7 (9)
Rusty Theron4-0-17-2
Piyush Chawla4-0-27-1
Theron to Ashwin, no run
another dot!!! Theron keeps hitting that line and length, Ashwin has no room to work with and cannot get it through the off side. Morkel will have strike, and this is his chance to stand up and be counted.
Theron to Ashwin, no run
great bowling, fast on middle and leg, giving Ashwin no chance of scoring

Ashwin walks out. Kemp is injured and hence he's not come out yet. This could make all the difference.

Theron to Gony, OUT
stumps everywhere! Theron has bowled with zest today and this was probably his best. Fast, length ball targetting middle, challenging Gony to try and find the fence. Gony obliged, and missed the ball, and CLATTER! Chennai are choking big time, it's all down to Morkel.
MS Gony b Theron 2 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
Theron to Morkel, 1 run
good slower ball, short of a length and Morkel stays back and dabs it to the off side. They run through for one, Gony on strike
Theron to Gony, 1 run
keeps it tight outside off, no room for Gony to swing, he stays back and cuts it away for a single
Theron to Gony, no run
Almighty swipe from Gony and he misses!
Theron to Gony, 1 wide
Oh, that's crucial! Slips one well down the leg, and Sanga does well to keep the damages down.
end of over 187 runs • 1 wicket
CSK: 124/5CRR: 6.88 • RRR: 6.50
Albie Morkel6 (8)
Manpreet Gony1 (3)
Piyush Chawla4-0-27-1
Rusty Theron3-0-14-1
Chawla to Morkel, 2 runs
Morkel jumps out and looks to go heavy, over covers and it lands in deep cover, in no man's land
Chawla to Gony, 1 run
Tries to slog it over the leg side and gets it down to cover
Chawla to Gony, no run
Full on off and middle, raps Gony on the pads and Sanga appeals long and hard, it struck him marginally outside the line.
Chawla to Gony, no run
Short outside off, Gony misses the cut.
Chawla to Patel, OUT
Chawla has his number this time! Draws him out of the track, with a leggie tossed up wide of the batsman, Patel misses the attempted drive and Sanga's got the bails off before you could say Parthiv. Huge wicket. Chennai are making rough weather of this chase.
PA Patel st †Sangakkara b Chawla 57 (58b 4x4 2x6) SR: 98.27
Best performances - batsmen
PA Patel
57 runs (58)
4 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
20 runs
2 fours
2 sixes
Yuvraj Singh
43 runs (28)
4 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
16 runs
1 fours
1 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
M Muralitharan
J Theron
Match details
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
TossChennai Super Kings , elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League 2010
Player Of The Match
Rusty Theron
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 days21 March 2010 - night match (20-over match)
Krishna Hariharan
Daryl Harper
TV Umpire
Subrat Das
Match Referee
Srinivas Venkataraghavan
PointsKings XI Punjab 2, Chennai Super Kings 0