cuts a short of a length ball wide of sweeper cover and that will be it for Chennai, they are through
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Saha is the Man of the Match. Saha: "If wickets would fall early, I was sent up. When I came out, I was just looking to rotate strike. We were thinking 140-150 was a good score. I enjoyed my fielding."
Dhoni: "Our home record is something that we can be really proud of. It is a big achievement for us but it does not mean that we have to relax a bit. You dont want to win all games easily if you want to make the semis. You want to test your middle order, lower order and your bowlers. I think we are now ready for the big games. With 155-odd runs, we were looking at not giving many runs in the first six overs. The game was even in the 10th over of the Kochi innings. The ball was not coming on, and the wicket was slowing down. The kind of position we were in today, we could have got 10-15 runs more. That is the are we will look to improve upon."
Parthiv: "I thought 150 was a good score to chase. We had a plan to keep wickets in hands but we accelerated a bit too late. Chennai wicket is always on the slower side. We were in the game till the 10th over, wanted to accelerate from the 12th-13th over, but left it a couple of overs late."
Disappointing end to Kochi's campaign. Six wins, eight losses. Average performance. They were brilliant in some games though. But Chennai are top of the table with nine wins and a game in hand, and the best net run rate in the league. Just how good are they?
Ishan: "The fortress at Chepauk stands unbreached !!!"
Ashwin: "I have been bowling to McCullum a lot of times in the past six months, have got him a few times, so I thought I would get him again today. That is the positive thought that I go in with everytime.I wanted him to hit straight down the ground which is not his strength. We pushed them back initially. But I thought Hodge played a brilliant innings."
bowls it very wide down the leg side, Dhoni goes for it and manages to glove it away, has done some damage to his fingers, Dougie apologises
swats a back of a length ball towards midwicket, Dougie has been superb in this over
targets deep midwicket again but mistimes the slog towards midwicket, Chennai are almost in the play offs now
Owais is run out, Hodge backed away and missed with the big swing, Owais was already half way down the pitch and had no hope of getting back as Dhoni lobbed the ball back to Dougie
very full ball, he goes well deep in the crease and arches back to try and get under it, but can only swing it along the ground to long off, they get back for the second somehow
fires in the yorker outside off stump, dug away towards extra cover
19 off the last over. Dougie Bollinger it will be
Hodge gets another one away, full toss and he walks across for the pick-up shot over short fine leg, it was a tough chance but he got just one hand to it and it hurried to the boundary
backs away and looks to flat-bat it down the ground but gets it towards extra cover
well bowled, he fires in the yorker, Hodge was deep in the crease eyeing the big swing, can only jab this way past the bowler
clobber! Hodge gets another one, goes flatter this time, stands deep in the crease, length ball and he swats it flat over deep midwicket
smacko! Hodge gets underneath a length ball, backed away towards leg stump, got front leg out of the way, and crashed it over the sightscreen
106.9 slow short of a length ball, tucks it away harmlessly backward of square leg
viv: "Kaif's catch against Kochi ....when Gayle , Vettori and Kaif were going for the same catch and Kaif took it in the End..."
Owais gets a chance to bat, in the 19th over
Suresh Raina takes an excellent catch at deep square leg, Jadeja had walked across and outside off stump to flick the fuller one over short fine leg, edged it high in the air, back went Suresh from backward square leg, kept his eyes on the ball, and took a juggling, diving, tumbling catch in the end, he is delighted with the effort, so he should be
smashed from wide outside the off stump, but couple of bounce to sweeper cover
rides the bounce to steer this one to third man for a single
Jadeja gets another one away, this one will go all the way, very full ball, but Jadeja gets under it, and smacks it hard over mid off, just carries over the ropes
has a wild swing at a short and wide ball outside off stump, gets an under edge on the bounce to Dhoni
short of a length, outside off, Jadeja will get the boundary, gets front foot and cracks it hard, getting on top of the bounce and sending it way past extra cover
srikanth: "When was the last time 3 fielders came in for a catch and the catch was taken?" Dougie is back
no boundary for Kochi, this time it is Dougie on the sweeper cover boundary, it was cut hard off the back foot but to no avail