54th match (D/N), Durban, May 20 2009, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 117)92/8
Super Kings won by 24 runs
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• The 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

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Scorecard summary
Chennai Super Kings116/9(20 overs)
Kings XI Punjab92/8(20 overs)
end of over 207 runs
PBKS: 92/8CRR: 4.59 
Piyush Chawla4 (4)
Ramesh Powar7 (5)
Lakshmipathy Balaji 2-0-14-0
Thilan Thushara 4-0-28-2

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.

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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

Balaji to Powar, 1 run

length ball on the off, chips it towards long-on

Balaji to Powar, no run

full length outside off, mistimes a swat, plays it back to Balaji who fields well stretching to his right

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

Balaji to Powar, no run

slower one outside off, had a massive swing at it, missed, made no connection

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

end of over 198 runs • 1 wicket
PBKS: 85/8CRR: 4.47 RRR: 32.00
Piyush Chawla4 (3)
Ramesh Powar0 (0)
Thilan Thushara 4-0-28-2
Lakshmipathy Balaji 1-0-7-0
Thushara to Chawla, 2 runs

slower one wide of the off, squeezed over point, wide of third man for two runs

Thushara to Pathan, OUT

the end is near, full toss again, one of many this over, fails to clear long-off, strikes it straight to Oram who cups it comfortably

Irfan Pathan c Oram b Thushara 14 (12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 116.66
Thushara to Pathan, 2 runs

full toss outside off again, made room to strike it over point, ended up slicing it wide of third man for two more

Thushara to Pathan, no run

low full toss outside off, it's over folks, this is going just one way, drags it back to the bowler

Thushara to Pathan, 2 runs

low full toss outside off, makes room and slices it wide of deep point

Thushara to Pathan, 2 runs

too wide outside off, somehow gets his bat to it, goes off the bottom wide of third man for a couple

Thushara comes back on

end of over 188 runs
PBKS: 77/7CRR: 4.27 RRR: 20.00
Irfan Pathan8 (7)
Piyush Chawla2 (2)
Lakshmipathy Balaji 1-0-7-0
Suresh Raina 4-0-17-2
Balaji to Pathan, 1 leg bye

sliding on the leg stump, looks to hoick it over square leg, misses and is struck on the pads, gets a leg bye

Balaji to Pathan, 2 runs

finally makes contact, fullish on middle, comes down the track and chips it wide of long-on for a couple

Balaji to Pathan, no run

pushed it a touch fuller, had a wild swing at it, missed, was nowhere near it, signs of desperation more than anything else

Balaji to Pathan, no run

short outside off, chases it, goes for the cut, misses

Balaji to Pathan, FOUR runs

dropped at short fine, short on leg stump, swung straight through Gony's fingers at behind the wicket, a terrible miss

Balaji to Chawla, 1 run

short of a good length outside off, dabbed behind point for a single

48 needed off 18. The regret is writ large in the dug out, what a slip-up. Balaji comes on, many of your prayers are answered

end of over 178 runs • 1 wicket
PBKS: 69/7CRR: 4.05 RRR: 16.00
Piyush Chawla1 (1)
Irfan Pathan2 (2)
Suresh Raina 4-0-17-2
Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-13-2
Raina to Chawla, 1 run

on middle and leg, pushed off the front foot wide of midwicket for a single, another spinner completes a successful spell, 2 for 17, well done

Raina to Chawla, 1 wide

down the leg side, given a wide

Chawla to face

Best performances - batters
Parthiv Patel portrait
PA Patel CSK
32 runs (23)
4 fours
1 six
Productive shot
leg glance
15 runs
2 fours
1 six
Luke Pomersbach, September 2008
LA Pomersbach PBKS
26 runs (32)
1 four
1 six
Productive shot
leg glance
14 runs
1 four
1 six
Best performances - bowlers
Muttiah Muralitharan portrait
M Muralitharan CSK
R Ashwin portrait
R Ashwin CSK
Match details
Kingsmead, Durban
TossChennai Super Kings, elected to bat first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Player Of The Match
Muthiah Muralidaran
Muthiah Muralidaran
Hours of play (local time)16.30 start, First Session 16.30-17.50, Interval 17.50-18.10, Second Session 18.10-19.30
Match days20 May 2009 - daynight (20-over match)
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Brian Jerling
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Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
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Sanjay Hazare
Reserve Umpire
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Earl Hendrikse
Match Referee
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Dev Govindjee
PointsChennai Super Kings 2, Kings XI Punjab 0
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