Big game. Doesn't get bigger than this. Except when it does, on Sunday evening. But that's not going to stop Ravi Shastri from bellowing into your living rooms when it's toss time.
What do you call it when the Kings take on the Kings?
The league games between these two teams had all been about one man. What was it going to be about today? According to Chennai fans, it wasn't going to be so much about that man.
Today is Max-farewell day.— Local Tea Party (@localteaparty) May 30, 2014
Forget Maxwell, the early exchanges were dominated by Virender Sehwag who rolled back the years with a murderous assault in the Powerplay.
The spinners weren't spared either. Sehwag scorched his way to 50 off 21 balls.
Oh man. Viru is treating this like a Test match— Sidvee (@sidvee) May 30, 2014
"Which team are you supporting in the IPL?" "Whichever team Sehwag is playing for!"— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) May 30, 2014
Ravi Ashwin bowling round-the-wicket, and going round-the-park.— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) May 30, 2014
CSK dismissed Manan Vohra after a blistering opening partnership of 110 in 10.4 overs.
Tarantino could make a movie out of this #IPL— Abhishek Das (@gunducci) May 30, 2014
Sehwag's blitz had set it up nicely for the most anticipated battle of the day.
Maxwell vs Ashwin. Forward defence troll, please.— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) May 30, 2014
Ashwin moved over the stumps as he'd threatened. Maxwell thumped a six before holing out. Ashwin gave him a send-off.
This is one of those moments Ashwin is going to put up on his fridge. #IPL— HoldingWilley (@holdingwilley) May 30, 2014
Well done ashwin.you picked up the big show. 1 wicket for 200 in your last appearances against him.— Brad Hodge (@bradhodge007) May 30, 2014
Sehwag slowed down as the 100 approached, but still got there off 50 balls.
Sehwag goes from 97 to 100 with three singles. Troll master.— Sidvee (@sidvee) May 30, 2014
Most entertaining man in spectacles since Groucho #Sehwag— Pradeep Ramarathnam (@congusmaximus) May 30, 2014
With the milestone out of the way, Sehwag kept hitting them out of the ground. David Miller joined in the rampage as 200 came up in the 18th over.
He fell eventually for a breath-taking 122 off 58.
Only a Nehra full-toss could end this mighty Viru innings. Whadaplaya— Sidvee (@sidvee) May 30, 2014
KXIP have scored over 200 runs every time they played against CSK this season...three in total. Have beaten them twice already.— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 30, 2014
Sehwag played some shots in the mid-game break as well.
"My son called and said Papa - what are you doing? My friends are teasing me since you aren't scoring runs..." - Sehwag explains his effort— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) May 30, 2014
Punjab only got 15 off the last 2 overs. Would that prove costly? Chennai lost Faf du Plessis early, but their best batsman set upon the chase in earnest
Raina taking on Johnson! I have seen it all...— CCN (@CricCrazyNIKS) May 30, 2014
Viru's son has been teasing Raina's nephew— Sidvee (@sidvee) May 30, 2014
4, 1, 4, 4, 0, 6, 4, 0, 4, 4, 0, 4, 6, 0, 6, 6 - Suresh Raina 53* off 16 balls, the second fastest IPL 50. http://t.co/WNzZx9llWd— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) May 30, 2014
Wow it's Rainaing sixes out there— Tony Sebastian (@notytony) May 30, 2014
Raina's striking went into overdrive after he got to 50.
If CSK win this in 14.4 overs, they win the IPL— Sidvee (@sidvee) May 30, 2014
Durham going steady on 18 for 0 off 3. Need to go some to match Chennai's 100 for 2 off six in the IPL though...— Andrew Miller (@miller_cricket) May 30, 2014
Raina looked set to chase the target down with time to spare when he was run out for 87 off 25, following a minor mix-up with Brendon McCullum.
Ravindra Jadeja counter-punched, but Punjab hit back with the wickets of McCullum, Jadeja and David Hussey in quick succession.
Finally, after 3 unsuccessful seasons, David Hussey has played a match winning knock for KXIP.— Fake IPL Player (@_fakeiplplayer) May 30, 2014
CSK's overseas players in this innings: 19 runs, 31 balls, 4 dismissals.— S Rajesh (@rajeshstats) May 30, 2014
That was one too many blows to recover from, despite MS Dhoni hanging in there till the end - and getting a lucky break after being bowled by a big Mitchell Johnson no-ball. Punjab stormed into their first IPL final. And Chennai missed the decider for only the second time in seven years.
Dhoni has struck a six off the final ball. Sadly, no bat-twirl— Sidvee (@sidvee) May 30, 2014
Pity the poor five year old in Mylapore who is confused not seeing @ChennaiIPL in the finals.— Shyam Sundararaman (@shyamuw) May 30, 2014