Wed, 18 May 2011
CSK beat Kochi Tuskers by 11 runs to go on top
Chennai Super Kings went on top the table with a convincing 12 runs win over Kochi Tuskers Kerala at MA Chidambaram stadium.
Requiring 19 runs off the final over, Kochi finished with141-5 runs off 20 overs.
Kochi struggledon a slow pitch as none of the batsmenexceptfor Brad Hodge looked comfortable.Hodge top scorred with 51 off 42 balls.
For Chennai Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers with 1-16 off his four overs.
Jakati castles McCullum after the Kiwi failed to get going in the Kochi innings. Chennai bowling has been tight and have't allowed too many boundary balls to come in.
McCullum charged down the track, looking to smash the bowler out of the park, missed the ball completely as the ball crashes into the middle stump.
At the end of15overs Kochi were 90-3
Raina into the attack as McCullum reversesweeps it for a single. Next up he bowls one down the leg side for a wide.
Hodge then turns one for a single. Kochi looks to be in the hunt.
McCullum and Hidge are doing itnicely taking singles. At the end of 11 overs Kochi were 68-2
Kochi Tuskers were off to a cautious start despite losing Parthiv Patel early.
Gnaneswara Rao and Brendon McCullum have put ondecent partnership to thwart Chennai bowlers any early breakthrough.
But just as we speak, Rao departs, who was done in by a slower ballfrom Bravo.
Rao goes for the big shot over the bowler's head, plays the ball too early only to sky the ball high in the air as Bravo takes a nice catch off his own bowling.
At the end of seven overs Kochi were 47-2.
Ashwin provides the breakthrough for Chennai as he sends Parthiv Patel back for just six.
The Kochi skipper tried to breakfree from some tight bowling from the Chennai opening bowlers couldn't get the elevation andhit it straight down Albie Morkel's throat.
Kochi were 15-1 after three overs
Saha is playing a blinder for Chennai as he smashes another six. Saha has turned it on for Chennai with his big hitting.
RP Singh is trying his best to keep it up to the bat not allowing any room to the batsmen.
At the end of 20 overs, Chennai finished with 152-5.
Jadeja catches the big fish as he sends MS Dhoni back to the pavilion after he was caught behind by Parthiv Patel.
Dhoni going for a cut short finds a thickish edge and Patel makes no mistake this time.
At the end of 17 overs Chennai were 120-5.
Murali for his final over as MSD rolls his wrist for his first boundary. Dhoni then turns one on the off side for a single.
Saha at the other end smashes a maximum.Time to step on the peddal.
At the end of 15 overs Chennai were 114-4.
After the strategic break as Saha swats it for a maximum through midwicket off Jadeja.
Shah takes a single back to Hussey. And as we speak Hussey plays one straight to midwicket's.
Chennai in trouble as MSD walks in the middle. MSD is off the mark as he turns one on the off side for a single.
At the endof 15 overs Chennai were 101-4.
Ravindra Jadeja continues as Chennai are dealing in singles at the moment. Going at the current rate Chennai should finish somewhere around 130-run mark, which should be a par score.
Spinners have kept a tight check on the batsmen as boundaries have been hard to come by.
At the end of 13 overs Chennai were 82-3.
Brad Hodge into the attack for the second over as Hussey turns one for a single. Hodge pickedup 4-13 runs against Rajasthan in the previous match.
Hodgey drags one short as Badrinath goes for a one-handed pull, short of the fielder as the batsman run two.
Next up Hodge drags one short as Badri climbs onto it and puts it over the boundary ropes for a maximum.
But Hodge had his revenge as Badri hits one straight to RP Singh takes a brilliant catch, diving to his right hand side.
So at the break, Chennai were 61-3 after nine overs.
Sree back into his third over as Raina smokes it over long on for a maximum. Raina follows it with a boundary, this time one bounce for a boundary in the same area,
Raina looking to make Kochi pay for the dropped chance. Whack!!! As Raina again smashes it for the second six off the over.
But Sreesanth has his man as Raina falls off a full toss. Raina made 19 off 13 balls.
At the end of six overs Chennai were 41-2.
Murali into the attack now. Just the fifth game for the master as he is one the money.
Kochi have managed to keep things tight on a slow pitch. At the end of five overs, 24-1.
Chennai Super Kings were off to a sluggish start as both Kochi bowlers RP Singh and S Sreesanth have kept things tight.
But just as we speak, flat-bats it down the ground for the first boundary off the innings.
One ball later RP drifts onto pads, Vijay flicks it towards fine leg for another boundary.
Next up RP round the wicket as Vijay slaps it past the bowler for third boundary off the over.
But a great comeback from the bowler as he castles Vijay off a perfect yourker.
Chennai were 19-1 after three overs.
Chennai Super Kings have won the toss and have decided to bat first against Kochi Tuskers Kerala at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Kochi are under a new captain Parthiv Patel, withMahela Jayawardene out for the Englandtour. Murali is back for Kochi, while Chennai are going in with the same side.
Kochi have beaten Chennai in Kochi and would be hoping to do the double. One win is all that Chennai need to make the play-offs.