31st match (N), Chennai, May 10 2008, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 182)163/9
Super Kings won by 18 runs
player of the match
Lakshmipathy Balaji
Chennai Super Kings
end of over 208 runs • 3 wickets
PBKS: 163/9CRR: 8.15 
Uday Kaul0 (1)
Sreesanth0 (0)
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.

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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?

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

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

Balaji's on a hat-trick!

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?

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

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

19 needed off four balls.

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

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.

end of over 199 runs
PBKS: 155/6CRR: 8.15 • RRR: 27.00 • Need 27 runs from 6b
Piyush Chawla17 (14)
Irfan Pathan32 (15)
Albie Morkel4-0-25-1
Manpreet Gony4-0-38-1
Morkel to Chawla, no run

Chawla tries to move outside the off stump and paddle the ball to the fine leg boudnary, Morkel bowls a slower one and Chawla gets beaten

Morkel to Pathan, 1 run

fantastic bowling, right up there in the block hole, Pathan drives off the front foot towards long off, Punjab need a boudnary a ball now

Morkel to Chawla, 1 run

Chawla makes room and drives another ball from the block hole towards cover for just the single

Morkel to Chawla, no run

excellent ball, in the block hole on middle stump, Chawla digs it out back to the bowler

Morkel to Pathan, 1 run

full ball on middle and off, pushed towards midwicket for one

Morkel to Pathan, SIX runs

he's smashed it! Pathan gets under a length ball and lofts it high and far over long-on, they need 16 an over and Pathan's already got six of them.

Chennai need 36 off the final two overs. Morkel will bowl the 19th over.