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IPL updates! Bowlers, McCullum set up comfortable win for Chennai

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April 25, 2014

23:20   - Scorecard

Brilliant bowling display from Chennai bowlers, followed by Brendon McCullum's blitz helped Chennai seal a comfortable win with 6 balls to spare against Mumbai Indians. 

With the loss, the defending champions is the only team in IPL 7 not to register a win. 

McCullum finished the chase as Chennai beat Mumbai by seven wickets. The New Zealander was unbeaten on 71 off 53 balls, along with skipper MS Dhoni who was on 14.
23:07  - Scorecard

Harbhajan Singh in  his final over strikes as he had Faf du Plessis stumped for 20.

Bhajji had three chances in the over, which were not taken. First, Kieron Pollard dropped a sitter off Du Plessis. 

Then, there was a chance at the non-strikers end, but missed the stumps. 

Then Corey Anderson dropped a difficult chance off McCullum. 

Finally with the stumping, one could see the frustration in Bhajji's face. 

At the end of 17 overs Chennai were 120-3. The Men in Yellow still need 22 runs off 18 balls.
22:46  - Scorecard

Brendon McCullum's attacking 50 has put Chennai in a comfortable position in the chase. 

McCullum hit a flurry of boundaries off country-mate Corey Anderson, before latching onto Harbhajan, smashing him for a six and a boundary. 

The CSK opener reached the landmark in 36 balls with seven hits to fence and one over it. 

Chennai at the end of 13 overs were 95-2, still requiring 47 runs from 42 balls. Faf du Plessis is on 12.
22:26  - Scorecard

Harbhajan Singh strikes in his opening over as he had Suresh Raina walking back to the pavillion after he was stumped by CM Gautam.

Raina chipped down the track, looking to hit Bhajji out of the park, missed the ball and was stumped, catching  Raina well out of his crease. 

Chennai were 62-2 after 8 overs.
22:19  - Scorecard

Pragyan Ojha now back into the attack and nothing changes. Smith smokes six through deep midwicket. 

Ojha however sends Smith back to the pavillion courtesy of a brilliant catch by Anderson. 

Chennai were 57-1 after 6.2 overs. 
22:16  - Scorecard

Corey Anderson now brought in and he is welcomed with a boundary by Brendon McCullum. 

He then slaps one through covers for second boundary off the over. 

Anderson did have a chance as he tried to loft Anderson over the bowlers head. Pollard did manage to get a hand to it, but the ball was travelling. 

He slapped another one to point boundary as Chennai plunder 14 runs from Anderson's opening over. 

Chennai were 51-0. McCullum is on 26, while Smith is on 23.
- Scorecard

Chennai Super Kings are off to a sedate start in the chase of 142. After bowling a maiden in the opening over, Pragyan Ojha came in for some rough treatment from Dwyane Smith, who smoked two sixes. 

At the other end, Smith dispatched Zaheer Khan out of the park off the first ball he faced.

Brendon McCullum steered one through the off side for a brace. He then hit on the up to cream one through off side for a boundary. 

He pulled Zaheer as Chennai were off to fast start in the chase. Chennai were 32-0 after 4 overs. 
21:36  - Scorecard

A crucial 40-ball 50 from Rohit Sharma helped Mumbai Indians revive their innings from a precarious position to post 141-7 after opting to bat first against Chennai Super Kings. 

Mumbai were struggling at 25-2, before a crucial 84 runs partnership between Rohit and Corey Anderson bailed them out. 

Anderson was unlucky as he was run out for 39 against the run of play. Mumbai innings lost steam after his dismissal and they couldn't get much-needed impetus losing 5 wickets for just 33 runs in final five overs. 

Mohit Sharma was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4-14, along with Ben Hilfenhaus, who picked up 2-39.  
21:22   - Scorecard

Just when Mumbai Indians were looking to up the ante, Chennai get a lucky break as R Ashwin's direct hit had Corey Anderson short of his crease. 

The duo had added crucial 84 runs after Chennai pacers dismissed openers cheaply.

Anderson hit one straight to Ashwin at extra cover and took off. Direct hit from Ashwin finds him short of his crease. 

Meanwhile Rohit completes his 50 off just 40 balls. 

However, he is back in the hut the next ball, as Hilfenhaus had him play a false stroke off a slower one. 

Mumbai were 123-4 after 17.4 overs.
20:47  - Scorecard

Corey Anderson and Rohit Sharma have steadied the ship for now after Chennai pacers dismissed the openers cheaply. 

The duo have put on 44 runs so far, with Anderson being the aggressive partner. 

Anderson first hit Raina for a boundary and then smoked one into the stands. 

Rohit matched Anderson, dispatching Hilfenhaus over the boundary ropes. 

As we speak, Anderson miscues a slower one from Hilfenhaus into the orbit -- luckly for him it falls in no mans land. 

At the end of 11 overs, Mumbai were 69-2. Anderson is on 25, while Rohit is on 20.
20:40   - Scorecard

Dhoni is rotating his bowlers as Mohit Sharma now comes into the attack. 

Tare gets an under edge to short fine-leg -- no run. 

Tare is finding it hard to pierce that strong off side field as he hits one straight to cover.

Tare tries to be aggressive, only to mistime one to Raina at mid-on. 

Mumbai lose openers now and are 25-2 in 4.4 overs.
20:11  - Scorecard

Ben Hilfenhaus strikes an early blow for Chennai as he castles Mike Hussy for one.

Hilfenhaus bowled a peach of a delivery, one that moved away a little, hitting the top of off-stump to leave Hussey stunned.

Mumbai 11-1 after 2 overs.
20:09  - Scorecard

Mike Hussey and Aditya Tare walk onto the middle with the sun fading in the background. 

Ishwar Pandey will open with the new ball.

Hussey dabs and shoots off for a quick single. Dive from Hussey as Smith misses the stumps at the non-strikers end.

Tare gets off the mark with another single. 

Mumbai 2-0. after 1 over.
19:40  Welcome to the updates of the second game of the day between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. 

Mumbai have been struggling in the tournament so far, while Chennai are back to their winning ways. 

The news from the middle is that Mumbai Indians have won the toss and have elected to bat first. 

The defending champs are going in with one change brining in CM Gautam in place of Jasprit Bumrah. 

Chennai meanwhile are going in with an unchanged side.   

Delhi: 180-4 (20 overs)
Hyderabad: 184-1 (20 overs)

Steyn goes for 11 in his final over (4-0-33-2). Delhi need 20 off the last.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl. They get 15. Hyderabad won by four runs.

Duminy remains unbeaten on 20 and Tiwary on 23.

Delhi: 154-4 (18 overs)
Hyderabad: 184-1 (20 overs)

Dale Steyn makes successive breakthroughs in his third over, the 17th of the innings. 

First he has Karthik (15) caught by KL Rahul at deep midwicket and then has Pietersen (16) caught by Sammy. Manoj Tiwary survives the hat-trick ball.

Mishra (4-0-38-0) goes for 18 in his final over as both Duminy and Tiwary help themselves to a six apiece. 

Delhi need 31 to win off the final two overs. 

Delhi: 129-2 (16 overs)
Hyderabad: 184-1 (20 overs)

Sammy replaces Mishra (2-0-15-0) in the attack in the 13th over. Vijay edges the first ball to the third man boundary to complete his half century, and also helps Delhi get past the 100-run market. 

However, Sammy hits back in the next ball, having Vijay (52) caught by Steyn at long-on. 

Dinesh Karthik joins his captain (Kevin Pietersen) at the crease. Two new batsman, with the latter having not played any cricket since January. 

Pietersn gets off the mark from the fifth ball he faces. The two quick wickets expectedly slow down the pace of the game.

Delhi: 99-1 (12 overs)
Hyderabad: 184-1 (20 overs)

Amit Mishra into the attack in the ninth over. He gives away just three runs first up. 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaces Sharma (2-0-19-0) in the attack in the 10th over. Vijay helps himself to three boundaries in the over. 

Vijay continues his aggression in Mishra's second over, hitting the second ball for a huge six over extra cover.

However, Karn Sharma strikes in his third over, providing Hyderabad a much-needed breakthrough. De Kock (48) hits it straight to Aaron Finch in the deep.

De Kock's 30-ball innings was inclusive of six boundaries and a six and he helped Vijay add 99 (in 68 balls) for the opening wicket. 

Delhi: 57-0 (7 overs)
Hyderabad: 184-1 (20 overs)

Venugopal Rao bowls the fourth over, giving away nine runs, including a boundary to Vijay. 

It's a change of ends for Steyn in the fifth over, replacing Kumar (2-0-12-0). An otherwise good over is spoilt by a last ball six over long leg by De Kock. 

Karn Sharma to bowl the sixth over. He gives away seven runs. 

Darren Sammy into the attack in the seventh over and De Kock welcomes him with a boundary behind point. Three balls later, the South African repeats the feat, the shot taking Delhi past the 50-run mark.

Delhi: 20-0 (3 overs)
Hyderabad: 184-1 (20 overs)

Quinton de Kock and Murali Vijay open the batting for Delhi and it will be Bhuvneshwar Kumar first up for Hyderabad. Four runs come off the over.

Dale Steyn to bowl the second over. De Kock welcomes him with a boundary straight down the ground.

Vijay gets his first boundary in Kumar's second over. 

Hyderabad: 184-1 (20 overs)

Nadeem ends with figures of one for 24, Warner hitting a huge six behind square leg in his last over. Parnell ends up with expensive figures (4-0-38-0). 

Finch rips apart Unadkat in the 18th over, with three successive boundaries followed by a six over extra cover, the last shot helping raise the 100-run partnership for the second wicket (in less than 12 overs).

Shami to bowl the 19th over. Warner switch hits the first ball for a huge six to reach 49. He duly completes a well-deserved fifty with a single off the next ball. 

Shami ends with figures of none for 36. Unadkat to bowl the final over. 10 runs come off the over with Finch (88 not out) smashing the last ball over the fence. 

Warner remains unbeaten on 58 as Hyderabad amass a formidable 184 for one. A tough ask for Delhi this.

Hyderabad: 118-1 (15 overs)

Finch and Warner are putting up a good little partnership here, building on the foundation given by Dhawan. 

The Australians are scoring at almost a run-a-ball. The momentum has slowed down a bit after that blitzkrieg of a start. The Delhi bowlers so far have failed to make an impact.

A couple by Finch, off Shukla, in the first ball after the second strategic timeout helps Hyderabad get past the 100-run mark (in the 15th over). 

Finch hoists the second ball over long-on for a huge six and the third to the boundary, the latter helping him complete a well-deserved fifty. 

He celebrates the same with another boundary as 19 runs come off that Shukla over.

Hyderabad: 81-1 (10 overs)

Shahbaz Nadeem strikes in the second ball of his second over, having Dhawan (33) caught by Pietersen. 

The Hyderabad captain's 22-ball innings was inclusive of five boundaries and a six and he helped Finch add 56 runs for the opening wicket. 

David Warner is the new batsman in. He is lucky to survive as Dinesh Karthik puts him down before he could open his account. 

Warner expresses his gratitude with a six over long-on off JP Duminy. Finch also helps himself to a six in the South African's second over.

Hyderabad: 55-0 (6 overs)

Finch helps himself to a couple of boundaries in Shami's second over. And Dhawan gets into the attack in Parnell's second over, first with a boundary through point followed by a six and another boundary behind point. 

Parnell is further unlucky as Manoj Tiwary puts down Dhawan (on 27) at point in the fourth ball. 

Jaydev Unadkat replaces Shami (2-0-17-0) in the attack in the sixth over. A boundary off the fourth ball, by Dhawan, helps Hyderabad get past the 50-run mark. 

Hyderabad: 22-0 (3 overs)

Shikhar Dhawan and Aaron Finch open the batting for Hyderabad and it will be Shahbaz Nadeem first up for Delhi. Six runs come off the first over. 

Mohammed Shami to bowl the second over. Nine runs come off the over, including a boundary off the last ball by Dhawan. 

Wayne Parnell to bowl the third over. Dhawan punches the second ball to the fence. 
Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and elected to bat first in their Indian Premier League match against Delhi Daredevils in Dubai.

"It looks like a dry wicket and we will look to put up a big total," reasons captain Shikhar Dhawan. Kevin Pietersen, the Delhi captain playing in his first match, isn't too perturbed with the toss loss.

"I was 50-50 on it," he admits, adding, "But it looks like a good wicket that won't change much in the 40 overs."