1st match, Cape Town, Apr 18 2009, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 166)146/7
Mumbai won by 19 runs
Player Of The Match
59* (49)
end of over 205 runs • 1 wicket
CSK: 146/7CRR: 7.30 
Thilan Thushara1 (2)
Joginder Sharma16 (15)
Lasith Malinga 4-0-15-3
Zaheer Khan 4-0-34-0

So Mumbai kick off IPL 2 with a victory by 19 runs. Those two overs by Bravo and Zaheer - which cost 14 in total - towards the end was the turning point. Both bowled effectively at the death and Malinga didn't make life any easier for Chennai and Dhoni. Sachin Tendulkar should walk away with the Man of the Match award. He scored 59* and took a catch in the first over. Let's not forget Nayar's three sixes off Flintoff.

It baffles me why Ashwin didn't get to bowl. Chennai would have been better off picking an extra batsman. Stay with us for the presentation.

Dhoni: "I think Harbhajan did really well when Hayden and Flintoff were batting. I think 170-180 will be a par score on these kind of wickets. Even last year we struggled in the bowling department in the early stages but bounced back. Hopefully we will work on those areas."

Tendulkar is also the Man of the Match: "The first 7-8 overs were difficult but I thought Nayar played a brilliant innings. I thought 150-160 would be a good target. I don't want to take anything for granted but I'm glad we've started well."

There's not much time to breathe as the second match, between Bangalore and Rajasthan gets underway very soon. Thanks for your company and the mails. Cheers!

Malinga to Thushara, 1 run

Malinga raises his arms after Thushara takes a single to long-off

Malinga to Thushara, 1 wide

slower ball and down the leg side

Malinga to Thushara, no run

bowls the slower ball and Thushara fine tunes his slog, too bad the ball was nowhere in the picture

The Mumbai flags are out

Malinga to Dhoni, OUT

it's a reverse swinging full toss and I don't think Dhoni saw that properly, pace like fire and the ball clips the pads and pushes the legstump back

MS Dhoni b Malinga 36 (26b 1x4 2x6) SR: 138.46
Malinga to Joginder Sharma, 1 run

fast inswinging yorker, another single, this time down to long-on, nothing much you can do with that

Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run

hoicks it down the ground to long-on ,ask Dhoni himself to describe the bat twirl / recoil after playing that shot!

Malinga to Joginder Sharma, 1 run

full and swinging in and he forces it hard to long-off

Final over, lots of glum faces at the Chennai dugout. The last couple of overs has made the difference

end of over 196 runs
CSK: 141/6CRR: 7.42 RRR: 25.00
Joginder Sharma14 (13)
MS Dhoni35 (24)
Zaheer Khan 4-0-34-0
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-27-1
Khan to Joginder Sharma, 1 run

that ends an excellent over, forced to the off side and it doesn't cost more than a single

Khan to Joginder Sharma, 2 runs

makes room and he whacks this down to deep extra cover

Khan to Joginder Sharma, no run

Zaheer fields well off his own bowling, another effective yorker length ball

Khan to Dhoni, 1 run

Zaheer's not making this easy, Dhoni pounds a full delivery down to long-on and it's only a single

Khan to Joginder Sharma, 1 run

swings hard at a full delivery but doesn't time it well enough, long-off picks it up

Khan to Dhoni, 1 run

yorker on middle and off and he slams this down to mid-off

31 off 2 overs. Stiff ask for Chennai