Joginder doesn't overstep, Nayar scoops this down to long-off
We can safely say this has been the game of the tournament so far. Hayden said at the interval that 208 would be a par score and Mumbai really ran them close. Abhishek Nayar has shown tremendous potential for Mumbai at the domestic level and really is a dangerous hitter. Today unfortunately, his 20-ball 45 went in vain.
It's never easy batting under such pressure in the bull-ring like atmosphere at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. The crowd were as sportive as ever and never went quiet at any stage, even when Harbhajan and Nayar were clobbering it around. The Super Kings are happy with two wins out of two. Mumbai, well have to nurse successive defeats now. Stay with us for the post-match presentation.
Harbhajan: "I'm happy with the way we fought. Amazing wicket to bat on, it was hard for the bowlers to grip the ball. We've got plenty of time to regroup. Hopefully we'll try and win in Mohali. We're hoping to get Sachin back for that game."
Dhoni: "Something needs to be done about the dew. We thought 208 was a very decent score though. The franchises should, hopefully, use some chemicals to control the dew. You can't control the toss but you can do something about the dew. It was a good game of cricket."
Hayden is the Man of the Match: He says it was a bit of a finger biting experience. On the communication issues mingling with so many local players, Hayden smiles and says, " One of the beautiful things about India is that everybody speaks English."
I enjoyed bringing this thriller to you. On behalf of our scorers Raghav and Raju, this is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers!
Now Super Kings really can't lose this
Oh my goodness, a dot ball! Nayar makes room and digs out a yorker straight to cover
That's 8 off 2. Dhoni runs across and has a word with Joginder. The crowd are on their feet
dishes out another yorker and Nehra manages to dig it out towards cover for a single
9 off 3 now!
Nehra swings and misses, he tries his best to make contact with that yorker outside off
Now Nehra has the free hit, the field can change. Nine needed off 4!
he oversteps! Nayar makes room and square drives this to Badrinath at backward point
that's four more! Joginder errs by dishing out a half volley outside off, he makes room, gets on his knee and carves it over extra cover
It's all tension at the MAC
Joginder bangs it in short, Nayar backs away outside leg and pulls that with intent over midwicket, the ball just falls short of the rope
Now they need 19 off the final over. My bet is on Joginder. And it is! Last-over specialist
Nayar improvises with a reverse sweep but fails to beat short third-man
Murali finally has his say here! Harbhajan stays at the crease and tries to go downtown, he gets a thick top edge and Badrinath runs across and hangs onto the skier at long-on
20 off 8. Murali pulls back again. The crowd roars! This is like a bullring. Harbhajan suddenly pulls back as Murali walks up to bowl
shot boss! The captain's leading by example here as he takes a few paces down and caresses a full delivery outside off to deep point
Murali dries the ball. Do the Dew!
gives it flight and cuts back on the pace, nayar steps down the track and checks his stroke as he tucks it softly towards Joginder at deep square leg
3 fielders in the deep on the offside
The crowd's very appreciative of this partnership
steps down the track and picks it on the full to long-on
Murali pulls back. The crowd's tense
slides down leg, he steps down the track and flicks it on the full to fine leg, Harbhajan scampers back for the second run and Joginder's throw to Dhoni is a second late as he gathers the ball and breaks the stumps, third umpire has a look
28 off two overs, It's Murali now. They've scored 71 off the last five overs
he swings across the line and clubs this one hard, Gony takes it on the first bounce at long-on
the slower ball, Harbhajan swings too early and misses
wow! Pitches on a fullish length outside off and Harbhajan stays there and clubs that high into the second tier at long-off, it's game on here!
Harbhajan connects this time and sends a full delivery outside off high over long-on, that was clubbed 77 m past the rope
another yorker, this was further away from offstump, Harbhajan tries to dig it out but misses
Oram begins well as he dishes out a yorker and Harbhajan misses as he tries to paddle that
Right, 41 to get off 18
That's a 21-run over
and there's more! Nayar gets an overpitched delivery outside off and clobbers that high over long-off, the timing was excellent
|MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai|
|Toss||Mumbai Indians, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|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||23 April 2008 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Chennai Super Kings 2, Mumbai Indians 0|