and it's a tie, it's a tie, given the utterly manic over this has been, there could have been no other finish than a tie, short of length outside off, looks to slog it and misses, Dhoni collects, non-striker wanders across desperately hoping for a completely non-existent bye, the batsman wasn't even interested in taking that bye, Dhoni chucks the ball to Raina who effects a simple run-out, bring on the Superover
Superover: Finch and David Hussey walk out, Ashwin to bowl for Chennai. This will be interesting, Finch absolutely hammered Ashwin earlier on before being undone by the spinner's carrom ball.
1st ball 1 run, fired into legstump, Finch backs away bit gets a bottom edge towards short fine leg
2nd ball Six!!!, Hussey gets his front leg out of the way, and hammers a length ball over long-on for six runs
3rd ball 2 runs, Hussey looks to repeat that shot but can only get a couple to long-on this time
4th ball 2 runs, swiped towards deep midwicket this time by Hussey, collected on one bounce and fired in an accurate throw
5th ball Six!!!, full toss from Ashwin, Hussey says thank you very much and clobbers that over long-on for a huge six
6th ball Six!!!!, and again, Hussey makes room and smashes the biggest of his sixes, sails way over the boundary onto the roof beyond midwicket, Chennai has a massive target now, 24 runs. Can they pull it off?
Chennai's batting coming up Dhoni, Vijay and Raina are Chennai's chosen batsmen. Clint McKay and Peter Siddle don't have their caps on. Still not sure who is going to bowl. McKay to bowl. Vijay and Rain to bat first up.
Chennai's Bollinger is hopping mad that he didn't get to bowl the Superover. That doesn't matter now, though. It's McKay to Raina.
1st ball 1 run, full outside off, bottom edge takes the ball to short fine leg for a single, Vijay to face now
Vijay is chewing gum, fine leg and third man are up
2nd ball1 run, slower ball 119kmh, Vijay early into the pull, the ball drops to the leg side, Raina runs through for a single, third umpire is required to rule that Raina has made his ground
3rd ball 2 runs, this game is slipping away from Chennai, it was wrell outside offstump, Raina slugs it towards wide long-off for two
4th ball six!!!, Dropped, Raina bends and gets into position to smack that one to long-on, fielder can only parry it over the rope
5th ball 2 runs, Raina smacks it towards long-off but doesn't connect well enough, only gets two runs and Victoria have won this
6th ball 1 run, Victoria celebrate a hard-fought win, Raina again backed awy to try club that back of length delivery, the ball rolls towards midwicket, McKay bowled a nerveless over and Victoria's campaign is still alive
Okay, that was breathless stuff. Chennai are now left with a tricky final game against the unbeaten Warriors - defeat to them could send Chennai home early.
McKay: "I was a bit nervous when I was told I had to bowl the Superover, but once the captain Hussey did the job with the bat earlier on, I was more settled. One more game to go, hopefully the result goes our way and we make it to the next stage."
Amid the excitement, Rohit Mishra's concern is whether the runs David Hussey smashed in the Superover will be added to his Twenty20 career stats. Honestly, I have no idea but Sid Monga, who is feverishly typing out the match bulletin, says they won't count. He usually knows these things.
It's pouring now in st George's Park. and now to let some disgruntled fans vent. Paul Joseph: "Big tactical error in giving the ball to Ashwin, should have given it to Murali." Jagabandhu Paul: "KKR fans were not happy after Mendis's superover. And Ashwin was a wrong call too."
One more person worrying about intricacies. Rohit Arora asks: "hey wrong question wrong time..WHAT happens if the bowler bowls 2 above waist high full-tosses in the super over??" Someone else will have to complete the over I guess, but I'm not sure and neither is Monga.
Amid the flood of mail questioning Dhoni's captaincy, Prashanth makes a pertinent point: "Chennai are at an advantage compared to Victoria since their group game will be the last played. So they will know their equation clearly, whether they must defeat the Warriors or even a loss would suffice."
Hari from the US says: "Bowling a spinner in the Super Over is high risk/high reward, primarily because of the possibility of giving up a six. The value of sixers is extra magnified in a single over scheme.
A stat like number of sixers given up per over should be an important stat in determining the bowler for the Super Over. Maybe Doug the Rug has a point."
Post-match presentation: It's taking place indoors because of the rain. The Man of the Match is Aaron Finch, slightly puzzling decision that.
Finch: "We needed a good start today, especially with their quality spinners in the middle. The rain probably did help, slid onto the ball nicely. It's been good fun so far in South Africa."
Dhoni: "The rain helped them, as it made the ball come on to the bat. Their openers gave them the perfect start. It feels good to take the game close, it was a very good effort by the side. I picked Ashwin because he has the variation, the one which goes away, and he usually bowls for us in the opening stages of the match. Also, our fast bowlers didn't bowl too well today, thats why I chose Ashwin."
Hussey: "Little bit disappointing to get out at that stage, luck we got it to the Superover, good entertainment for the crowd and our campaign stays alive for a while longer." Hussey admits he was "cattle-prodded" into going out for the superover. He says wanted to send Wade and Finch to bat, but says seeing Ashwin with the ball for the Superover was a pleasant surprise.
Shih-Lon from Australia observes: "I thought it was fitting that all the possible drama in the game was rounded off when Maxwell mysteriously made it onto the field for the super over so he could make another misfield."
Sid Monga's bulletin should be up in a few minutes if he has managed to make sense of this match. Click here to see in what shape it is. That's it from us at Cricinfo, on behalf on Nitin Sundar and the scorers, this is Siddarth Ravindran signing out.
Siddle looks to carve this one, gets a bottom edge, which Dhoni collects on the bounce, he rolls it to Raina, who shies at the non-striker's end and misses, overthrow conceded and the scores are level because of that overthrow, this has been a mad, mad over
Raina runs in and pulls out at the last moment.. this time is Siddle who decides to walk away as the bowler is about to release the ball, now its Raina's turn to pull away at the last moment, this is madness, Umpire has a word with him, Dhoni grins
super stroke from Siddle, makes room and swipes that one over extra cover, Vijay chase after it and he nearly stops it, despairing dive takes him into the skirting but he can't keep it in and thats four runs
another wicket, Raina you beauty, Chennai are back on top, Nannes tries to finish the game with one mighty blow, its not as might as he would have hoped for, Vijay gets under it at long-on and completes the catch, Nannes has to trudge off, Raina's on a hat-trick
wicket! the game keeps swinging from side to side, a shortish ball turning into McKay, who stays on his backfoot and looks to repeat the previous stroke, stops on him a touch, and the mis-hit ends up as a return catch
length ball, McKay blasts this one straight down the ground, superb shot, clears the boundary easily, and the game has swung Victoria's way now
Raina has been given the responsibility of bowling the final over. Sunil Gavaskar states the blindingly obvious. 'singles won't do the job'
Siddle backs away and plays a lofted inside-out extra cover drive for four, 12 needed off the final over, who's your money on? (is that a question in bad taste these days?)
short ball from Bollinger, batsman swipes it and gets a top-edge, that soars over the keeper, three men chase but it lands safe
Hussey's gone! Chennai are favourites now, this game has changed, Victoria are staring at elimination unless there's a mini-miracle from their lower order, Hussey backed away and chipped that one towards long-off, he had cleared that fielder two overs ago but can't this time, Chennai celebrate
shortish ball outside off, flies off the outside edge past slip and towards third man, but importantly Hussey is facing now
Hussey was backing away, Bollinger see that and fires it w2ide, gets a bit of a bottom edge to the left of the bowler, single and Hussey is off the strike
McKay gets off the strike by pushing the ball towards mid-on, it was in the air for a while but landed safely
only four off the over and two wickets, Raina is doing a fantastic job here, McKay drives the final delivery towards long-off for a single, thinks of a second but there's no time
Raina has struck again! A tense finish coming up, Hasting is drawn forward by a short of length ball, he is beaten as he looks to drive, Dhoni takes off the bails and immediately he knows that Hastings is a goner, the rest of us wait for the third umpire's verdict, Hastings is a goner alright
Hussey reaches his half-century by chopping the ball towards backward point, still has plenty of work to do
ooh, Raina had moved to his right in anticipation of a drive from Hastings, who edges it uppishly to Raina's left, could have been a chance if he the bowler had stood his ground
Raina has struck, Quiney was on the backfoot, looking to smash that one towards midwicket, he misses, middle stump is rocked back, big blow
Victoria get a single after an eventful delivery, Hussey clubbed it back to the bowler Raina, who fields well and flicks it towards the non-striker's stumps without looking, the ball flies over the stumps and an overthrow is conceded, would have been a superb run-out if he had hit, Raina is grinning at his own cheekiness
speared into legstump, pushed towards short midwicket, dot ball to end Ashwin's spell, good comeback from him after the early mauling from Finch
short of length delivery on offstump, Hussey punches off the back foot towards mid-off for a single
|St George's Park, Port Elizabeth|
|Toss||Chennai Super Kings, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Hours of play (local time)||17.30 start, First Session 17.30-18.50, Interval 18.50-19.10, Second Session 19.10-20.30|
|Match days||18 September 2010 - daynight (20-over match)|
|Points||Chennai Super Kings 0, Victoria 2|