Daredevils are all out! Dhoni runs towards the leg side to collect the ball after the batsman had stepped out of his crease and dabbed. He whipped around and hit the stumps at the striker's end direct, catching the batsman just short. The Super Kings have stormed into the finals.
That is it then, from me, Suneer Chowdhary and on behalf of George Binoy and scorer Sanjay Murari, I sign off here. Will join you for the final game of the IPL this season on Sunday. It has been touted as a Sunil Narine versus the Super Kings but like Vijay showed today, it could just be anybody's evening! Cheers!
11.35 pm, Presentation
Sehwag: The way Vijay played, he took the game away from us, then they have a good batting line-up and it took it away. Yes, we missed Morne Morkel, unfortunately Pathan got injured and had to maintain the balance. It was a good pitch and you could score 180 was chaseable, but 40 more runs was going to be difficult to chase.
Dhoni: It was up to the individuals, Vijay and Hussey gave us a good start, good to see Raina hitting a few balls away and in the end it was closed off well by Bravo. Personally, I thought they had had line-up to do it but it was not going to be easy. Lot of positives, not expected us to end number one after the league, thanks to the owners for backing us, we will try and come back hard in the Champions League.
Murali, man of the match: First of all, I need to thanks Bharath Arun and Gurunath, the owner, without them wouldn't have been possible. I know the Chennai wicket and I decided to hit straighter. After six overs I thought the wicket was playing slower, decided one of us had bat through the end, I was lucky to come through. Happy to be a part of this unit and learning from them. Bravo's a good dancer, cannot match up to him!
11.30 pm Thanks George. Third successive playoff that has not gone the distance, in fact this is the worst defeat this season in terms of runs. And Prashant has this to say, "@Vinay, seriously? You still think CSK are lucky? If there's anyone who still thinks CSK have been lucky, they are just in denial."
Srini: "@Vinay, No guarantee Narine may be playing.. he could be mysteriously left out "
Vishal: "One man stands between CSK winning the IPL for the 3rd straight time - Sunil Narine!! What a final in prospect!!"
11.25 pm Super Kings have thrashed Delhi Daredevils. It started with the first ball, when Vijay carted Sunny Gupta to the long-off boundary, and never stopped. At no stage were Daredevils in the game. Maybe they were out of it even earlier, when Sehwag chose to bat and left Morne Morkel, the highest wicket-taker on the bench.
And how about those Super Kings. Sneaked into the final and then revved things up to dump Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils out of the tournament. R Ashwin said he was almost on holiday, while waiting for results to go Chennai's way at the end of the league stage. He said he had got into a holiday mood, and maybe that was a good thing, because the pressure was completely off.
Suneer will bring you the presentation ....
defended on the front foot
The the proverbial motions are being gone through.
Umesh drives on the front foot with a gap between bat and pad, Ashwin pitches outside off stump and spins the offbreak through that gap
Umesh tries to sweep but fails to connect
doesn't read the doosra and gets hit on the pad while trying to play on the leg side
Vinay: "Can't wait for Narine to end CSK's streak of luck in their own den."
driven off the back foot to long on for a single, Time-out time
he's so far out of his crease that Dhoni could have drunk a glass of water and then stumped young Sunny. He charged down the pitch and swung with all he had, but did not connect against the left-arm spin
Revant: "Is Chennai-Delhi flight at 11:30 pm or what?"
nudged off the front foot towards square leg
tries to cut off the back foot but gets beaten
little Negi can hit it! He stepped out of his crease and lofted the ball cleanly through the line over the long on boundary
cut off the back foot towards cover
cut off the back foot in front of point
cut off the back foot towards point and there may be a run out at the bowler's end! The fielder picked up and threw to Ashwin, who collected the ball with his fingertips on the half-volley and broke the stumps. Rao's effort to make his ground was not desperate, just a lame stretch, and so he has to go
Mahela's been bowled after failing to connect with the reverse pull. He got into position early enough and swung hard, trying to pull the ball behind point. He missed and the straighter one clipped the top of middle and leg
steps out of his crease but he isn't to the pitch of the ball this time, taps it to long on
cut off the back foot to short third man
steps out of his crease, gets under the ball, and carts it over the long off boundary with a full swing of the bat
steps out again and drives to long on
Rao steps out and cuts a short flat ball to point
driven through cover where Hussey dives on the boundary to save the four
|MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai|
|Toss||Delhi Daredevils, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Chennai Super Kings advanced|
|Hours of play (local time)||20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.25, Interval 21.25-21.45, Second Session 21.45-23.05|
|Match days||25 May 2012 - night (20-over match)|