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RESULT
Group A (N), Chennai, September 24, 2011, Nokia Champions League T20
(19.5/20 ov, T:159) 159/7

Mumbai won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

Player Of The Match
37* (18) & 1/29
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Lasith Malinga is expected to win matches with the ball, he does the job with the bat this time. Those two straight sixes off Jakati gave Mumbai hope, there was some senseless swinging after that, but Mumbai will be willing to forgive that as he ends with 37* off 18. The partnership with Harbhajan was 53 off 4.3 overs, it needed something special to beat Chennai at home - Malinga and Harbhajan provided that. Hang on for the presentation.

Rohit Verma writes in: "Finally, the CEO of CSK team can sit easily during the matches as he thought that whenever he was sitting in a chennai match in chennai his team was loosing the match, so, he kept standing in all the matches in chennai till today's match."

Tyler: "Oh dear, what has that Eng tour done to our MS Dhoni ? He is now lossing these close matches even at his fortress chepauk !!!"

Pranav: "Dhoni must be really wondering where his MIDAS touch has disappeared"

Presentation ceremony:

Harbhajan: "In my mind I was just thinking, give the strike to Malinga. Chennai got runs on the board, it was a difficult task for is, Malinga played the innings of his life."

Dhoni blames himself for the missed stumping, saying that cost Chennai the catch, says he is to blame several times. He says Chennai should have taken the pace off the ball when Malinga got going. "Hopefully in the coming games, we won't repeat the mistakes we did today."

Lasith Malinga is the Man of the Match.

Rahul writes in: "A team dominated 95% of the match, only to lose it in the last 2 overs. Only in a T20 can something so ridiculous happen. Malingaaaaaaaa, you beauty!"

Mull over whether that is a good thing or bad. I'm signing off, see you tomorrow at 4pm for Warriors v Redbacks.

19.5
1
Bollinger to Harbhajan, 1 run

Mumbai have won, their dressing room has gone bonkers, Harbhajan Singh barely shows any emotion after bottom-edging a swipe towards midwicket that brings the match-winning single, Chepauk is dumbstruck, Chennai's prefect home record for 2011 is gone

19.4
4
Bollinger to Harbhajan, FOUR runs

oh dear oh dear, the scores are tied as Harbhajan Singh swings the ball behind square leg, it was short of length ball, Harbhajan whacks that for four, two balls, one run, keep your head Mumbai

19.3
1
Bollinger to Malinga, 1 run

length ball angling into the pads, Malinga whips it towards deep midwicket, too well to have time for the second

19.2
4
Bollinger to Malinga, FOUR runs

oh, it's a boundary, it's down to six off four balls, who'd thought this? Malinga makes a bit of room and absolutely carves the ball over backward point for four

19.1
1
Bollinger to Harbhajan, 1 run

short of length ball is swiped towards deep midwicket, just a single though

11 needed off the final over.

end of over 1914 runs
MI: 148/7CRR: 7.78 RRR: 12.00
Lasith Malinga32 (16b 2x4 3x6)
Harbhajan Singh13 (17b 1x4)
Albie Morkel 3-0-32-1
Doug Bollinger 3-0-26-0
18.6
2b
Morkel to Malinga, 2 byes

someone tell Malinga to try the straight hits, another attempted thrash to the leg side, another miss, fortunately for him the ball bounces a second time before Dhoni, making it an awkward take, Dhoni can't stop that and there are two byes to be had

18.5
2
Morkel to Malinga, 2 runs

finally he connects with that swing of his, not too well, a bottom-edge wide of Bollinger at short fine leg, don't think Bollinger spotted it early, that left him with more ground to cover, allowing time for the second

18.4
Morkel to Malinga, no run

goes back to trying to send the ball into orbit over midwicket, once more he misses

18.3
6
Morkel to Malinga, SIX runs

Malinga ditches the swing-to-midwicket and decides to go back to driving straight and it pays dividends, a six over long-off, and this Chennai crowd is pretty anxious now

18.2
Morkel to Malinga, no run

ooh, could have been one more wide, just within the limit the umpire deems it, it was one more familiar Malinga swing, no connection once more

18.2
2w
Morkel to Harbhajan, 2 wide

another wide outside off from Albie Morkel, again Harbhajan tries to muscle it to midwicket, again he misses, what's more the batsmen scramble a run as it goes through to the keeper

18.2
1w
Morkel to Harbhajan, 1 wide

full, slower ball well outside off, another swipe from Harbhajan, no contact, that's been called a wide

18.1
1
Morkel to Malinga, 1 run

full and well outside off, off the bottom of the bat to the off side, Harbhajan comes on strike now

end of over 186 runs
MI: 134/7CRR: 7.44 RRR: 13.00
Harbhajan Singh13 (17b 1x4)
Lasith Malinga23 (10b 2x4 2x6)
Doug Bollinger 3-0-26-0
Shadab Jakati 4-0-36-0
17.6
Bollinger to Harbhajan, no run

another slower one, another flail, another ball through to the keeper, this is a top over from Bollinger

17.5
1
Bollinger to Malinga, 1 run

short of length ball is absolutely lashed towards extra cover by Malinga, Raina is struck in the unmentionables as he tries to field that scorcher

17.4
Bollinger to Malinga, no run

that was a bit slower from Bollinger, 128kph, Malinga swipes at it and misses

17.3
Bollinger to Malinga, no run

a big swing from Malinga, gets an edge and it reaches Dhoni on the bounce

17.2
4
Bollinger to Malinga, FOUR runs

another example of why this is a batsman's game, Bollinger fires in a superb full ball, Malinga didn't know much about that, there's a thick outside edge though and the ball races past Dhoni for four

17.1
1
Bollinger to Harbhajan, 1 run

angling into leg stump, Harbhajan is cramped up, but he somehow turns the ball towards short fine for a single

end of over 1715 runs
MI: 128/7CRR: 7.52 RRR: 10.66
Lasith Malinga18 (6b 1x4 2x6)
Harbhajan Singh12 (15b 1x4)
Shadab Jakati 4-0-36-0
Albie Morkel 2-0-20-1
16.6
Jakati to Malinga, no run

Dhoni misses a stumping, Malinga is looking for his third six of the over, he gets nowhere near this outside off ball and is well out of his crease, Dhoni could have had his fifth victim in this innings, he doesn't collect, and Malinga survives

 
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