short ball and that is pulled away to square-leg for a four, game, set and match Punjab
Turned out to be a one-side game in the end, chasing 121 they have got there in less than 17 overs and with six wickets standing. Gilchrist, who earlier had pouched four catches, went on to guide his side to a win with his unbeaten 64. Bravo got a couple of wickets, but overall looked flat in the middle. Punjab have now gone up to 16 points with a game in hand, Chennai end their engagements with 17.
Shots of the Punjab dressing room, surprisingly quiet despite the win - they know they have to win their last game too to stay in the playoffs hunt.
Dhoni: Not trying to score too many, bowled really well, their lengths were good and whenever we tried to get out of the situation, they got the wickets. Watching the next few games will not change anything, let's wait and watch.
Gilchrist: Good to take field, one of those days when Chennai batsmen nicked all of them, all of them straight-forward catches. There was a guy badly injured, so no big deal about not taking the third run (Srikkanth Anirudha incident). We need to win our game against Delhi and await some other results too.
Gilchrist is also the man of the match for his all-round performance, catches, runs and a win as a captain.
So that is the end of that for the first game, hopefully we will not have the antics of last night repeating today. Hop over to the live commentary of the second game between Delhi and Bangalore at Feroz Shah Kotla, where Mahela Jayawardene is leading the Daredevils!
swings at the length ball and misses it, short of length yet again
short of length, nipping away from the seam, beats the outside edge of the bat and the bowler appealed for a catch-behind, Dhoni did not
So we do have a 'Strategic' Time-Out. Anything but strategies being discussed I am assuming now. Morkel has the ball.
on the back foot, was trying to cut it through the covers, does not get it in the middle of the bat and it has gone to short cover
Two to win. One ball for the Time-Out
shorter and quicker from Hilfenhaus, Mahmood manages to pull it away to deep square-leg for a single.
pitched up this time and swinging away from the batsman, goes for a big one, misses the outside edge, through to the keeper
goes for a pull again, but this time Hilfenhaus is too quick for him, the top edge is beaten
outside the off stump and that has been flashed away over point for a four
edged and gone! Outside the off stump, goes for a big heave over the off side, manages only the outside edge and that is easily caught by the wicket-keeper
Seven needed off 30. If they finish it off here, we may not have a Strategic Time-Out. Wow!
smashed over backward square-leg for a six! That was a quicker one angling in and Gilchrist has picked it up and slammed it into the fence for a biggie, 22 from that Mahesh over
bludgeoned, pitched up and that has been deposited over mid-off for a four, Gilchrist's playing his first game since recovering from tearing both his hamstrings.
slower one, on a good length, flicked away to mid-wicket for a single
pitched on the length this time, Gilly is on his back foot, pushed to mid-wicket for a single
Only 19 needed now. 34 balls. Seven wickets. Gilly is on fire.
short again and the tactic is clearly not working, it has been pulled over the deep square-leg region for a six to take him to his half-century
the short ball stuff continues and this was drifting down the leg side, Gilly pulls him over fine-leg, almost helping it on its way for a four
Mahesh to bowl his second.
over mid-off and that's four, pitched up after the barrage of short stuff and Chitniss looked to be almost waiting for it, slashes it over mid-off
short ball and he ducks under that one, looked wide to me
short one yet again, this time on the leg side and he goes for the pull, does not come off the middle of the bat and goes to fine-leg for a single
outside the off stump, punched to the left of the short cover for a single
short ball, but this time on the stumps and he has lofted it over the in-field, the deep square-leg fielder comes in but is way short
|Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala|
|Toss||Kings XI Punjab, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Hours of play (local time)||16.00 start, First Session 16.00-17.25, Interval 17.25-17.45, Second Session 17.45-19.10|
|Match days||17 May 2012 - daynight (20-over match)|
|Points||Kings XI Punjab 2, Chennai Super Kings 0|