well, that's how this game has been, Chennai threw down the gauntlet, but Delhi forgot to pick it up, Dougie bangs in the short ball, and Nagar calmly bends the knee, keeps the bat down and gets out of the way
That's it from us for this game folks. Thanks for all the feedback. Join us for tomorrow's game. Till then, this is Abhishek Purohit signing off. Cheers.
Dhoni, also the Man of the Match: "That we are unbeaten at home till now does not mean we cannot be in future. It is very important not to lose wickets, it is not about getting 9 run per over, it is about getting 7-7/5 which gives you a platform. We have got power down the order. There is fair amount of batting behind me which means I can go after the bowling. It is the kind of belief which we have got in the end. You have an advantage if you are the top two teams, you can go directly to the finals."
Hopes: "17-18 runs (margin) are a pretty accurate description of where we were in the game. After 15-16 overs, we were still in front, but Dhoni was devastating. The teams at the top of the table all have some power hitters coming in."
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Ashwin: "It matters how it comes out of the hand. In this format, the batsman is going to come hard anyways, I don't think about that, I just see how the ball is coming out of my hand."
Chennai got 50 off the last three overs, Delhi got 31. The winning margin was 18 runs. That is the story of the match. Chennai go top of the table with this win.
Kandarp: "I dont know why we are so harsh on Irfan. May be its our expectations from him that we want him to excel and our reactions are the results of those expectations not being met. Else Agarkar and McDonald have gone for more than Irfan per over. And David Warner as an opener with fields in played with a strike rate lesser than 100. Why no questions raised on them?"
Balaji gets cheeky: "Someone forgot to tell Pathan that Sehwag is injured. Poor guy was waiting for his captain and found James Hopes on the other end."
pulled away to deep square leg for a single
Irfan is getting some good hits away, but it is way too late, shuffles across and pulls a short of a length ball over long leg
welcomed with a short ball, looks to weave away from the line, but the ball takes the splice and loops in the air on the off side, Dhoni tries to get there in time but can't reach it
Saha gets in to the game, McDonald backs away and guides the full delivery straight to Saha on the sweeper cover boundary, didn't have to move at all
more short stuff and more pulling, more work for the man at deep square leg
another boundary, slightly short and Irfan pulls it behind square leg, easily beating the man running in from long leg
low full toss and Irfan gets it away, swinging it past Bravo at deep square leg
another slow-motion pull from Irfan, for a couple more to deep midwicket
lofts a fuller one from outside off high and wide of sweeper cover for a couple
Irfan bends the knee and launches in to another languid swing that is easy on the eye and goes wide of the man at deep square leg, languid he has been today, and expensive with the ball
slower delivery, pushed away towards mid off
V Jain: "In June there should be another qualifying tournament for associate IPL teams......viz...Delhi, Deccan, Pune and Punjab with top 2 teams qualifying for IPL 5." Ahem
wants to swat a length ball over midwicket, but gets only an edge that goes towards mid off, Chennai have choked Delhi off completely, without any fuss
slower bouncer, he makes room to flat-bat it over mid off, almost ends up hitting it in to Hussey's hands at mid off, on the bounce to him
swivels for the pull but takes the short one on the body as he misses the ball, there has been so much short stuff from both teams today, the only difference was Dhoni
McDonald at No. 7 is wasted
short of a length and swatted over midwicket wide of the man at long on
slogged down the ground to long on for a single
Hussey takes a brilliant catch running in from mid off, it was the bouncer, he had backed away to swat it over the infield, but got a top edge that seemed to be falling in no man's land behind the bowler, but Hussey came rushing and took the catch, sliding on the ground on his knees
karan: "once pathan settles in till 19th over. He will murder opposition in last ovrer. He just waiting for the right time."
gets this one away finally, full delivery outside off stump, Irfan lofts it well over the man at mid off
Irfan looks to pull from outside off stump without any movement of the feet, ball bounces past him in to Dhoni;s gloves
|MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai|
|Toss||Chennai Super Kings, elected to bat 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||12 May 2011 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Chennai Super Kings 2, Delhi Daredevils 0|