Fri, 30 May 2014
Sehwag's century helps Punjab crush CSK to enter IPL final

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23:50   Sehwag's century helps Punjab crush CSK to enter IPL final
Punjab win by 24 runs, enter IPL final...

Chennai 202-7 (20 ovs) vs Punjab 226-6 | Scorecard

The match is firmly sealed as far as Punjab are concerned with 40 needed from the last over for victory.

Awana to complete the match as he comes on to bowl the final over. Mohit takes a single from the first ball to hand the strike back to his captain.

Dhoni edges the third ball and beats the thirdman fielder for a boundary but mistimes the next to long-off for a dot ball.

He flicks the fifth ball over midwicket for a four.

Dhoni hoists the last ball for a six over long-on to take Chennai to 202 for seven in their 20 overs, but they still lose by 24 runs.

Dhoni finishes unbeaten on 42 from 31 balls, having hit three fours and three sixes as Chennai fell short despite Raina's heroic innings of 87 from 25 balls that gave them hope after conceding 226 runs with the ball.

Punjab's spinners made the difference after Chennai had smashed 100 runs from the first six overs courtesy of Raina.

Akshar Patel registered splendid figures of one for 23, while Karanveer gave away 32 runs in his four overs as the two spinners gave away combined 55 runs in eight overs.

Kings XI Punjab will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL final to be played in Bangalore on Sunday, June 1.
Chennai 187-7 (19 ovs) vs Punjab 226-6 | Scorecard

Patel bowl against Dhoni, who has finally decided to play a few shots. He smashes the third ball past long-on for a four before he lofts the next over long-off for a six. He then attempts the slog sweep but misses as the ball goes for four byes.

Patel finishes with wonderful figures of one for 24 in four overs.
23:39   Dhoni struggles with the bat, Punjab set for easy win
Chennai 173-7 (18 ovs) vs Punjab 226-6 | Scorecard

Johnson ends any faint hopes that Chennai might have had as he bowls Dhoni with a yorker. But hold on, the replays have confirmed that Johnson overstepped the bowling crease and it is ruled a hit coming up for CSK!

But the free hit ball is again a perfect yorker and Dhoni can only dig it out.

Has Dhoni already given up hope? He steers the fifth ball to point but he takes a single from the fifth ball and Mohit Sharma blocks the last ball.
23:30   Chennai lose 7th wicket, Punjab in total control
Chennai 167-7 (17 ovs) vs Punjab 226-6 | Scorecard

Dhoni slams a short ball from Johnson over the covers for a six but CSK can only get nine runs from the over.

Akshar Patel, bowling his third over, is yet to concede a boundary. Ashwin (10) tries to force the pace as he comes down to Patel but is beaten and Saha completes an easy stumping.

Patel has been exceptional with the ball, taking one for 13 in three overs.

Chennai are 167 for seven in 17 overs, with 60 needed from three overs for victory. Is it beyond Dhoni now?
Chennai 155-6 (15 ovs) vs Punjab 226-6 | Scorecard

Mahendra Singh Dhoni and R Ashwin taking their time to get their eye in as Sandeep concedes only five runs in third over.

Chennai are 148 for six in 14 overs, with 79 needed from six overs for victory.

Leg-spinner Karanveer continues his good performance with the ball as he gives away seven runs in his final over to finish with 32 runs from four overs.

Chennai are 155 for six in 15 overs, with 72 needed from five overs for victory.
23:10   Quick wickets leave Chennai reeling, Punjab in control
Chennai 143-6 (13 ovs) vs Punjab 226-6 | Scorecard

Awana, who went for 33 runs in his previous over, comes back for another spell. And the move pays off as Jadeja comes down the track and has a wild swing but ends up slicing it to thirdman where Johnson took a superb catch, taking it inches from the ground.

Jadeja walks back for 27 from 21 balls as Chennai are reduced to 140 for five.

In the same over, David Hussey also perishes as he is caught by Sehwag at midwicket for one.

Chennai in trouble at 142 for five in 12.5 overs, losing three wickets in the space of six deliveries for the addition of three runs.
23:02   McCullum run out for 11, Chennai lose 4th wicket
Chennai 140-4 (12 ovs) vs Punjab 226-6 | Scorecard

Jadeja finally decides to take on the bowlers. He comes down the track and lofts a full toss from Karanveer over long-off for a six. Two balls later he again smashes one down the ground but it falls short of Miller at long-on who dives forward to catch but misses and it goes for a four.

12 runs from that over take CSK to 134 for three in 11 overs.

Patel comes up with another tight over as five singles from the first five balls. McCullum decides to risk a second run off the last ball but falls short of his crease and is dismissed for 11 from 16 balls.

Chennai are reduced to 140 for four in 12 overs, with 87 needed from eight overs for victory.
22:55   Chennai struggle after Raina's dismissal
Chennai 122-3 (10 ovs) vs Punjab 226-6 | Scorecard

Punjab decide to rush through some quick overs as part-timer Glenn Maxwell is called into the attack.

He comes up with another good over to increase the pressure on CSK, giving away just four runs in the eighth over.

Jadeja breaks the shackles as he sweeps Karanveer fine on the leg side for the first boundary after 14 balls as 10 runs come from the ninth over.

Akshar Patel, who has been called up the Indian squad for the ODI series in Bangladesh, comes into the attack.

He makes a good start, giving away just five runs as Chennai reach 122 for three in 10 overs.

Punjab have made a good comeback after Raina's dismissal, giving away just 22 runs in the last four overs.
OptaJim on Twitter: @ImRaina's strike rate of 348 is the highest in an innings of 60+ in all Twenty20 cricket. Explosive.
22:50   Raina run out for 87, Chennai lose 3rd wicket
Chennai 107-3 (7 ovs) vs Punjab 226-6 | Scorecard

Leg-spinner Karanveer Singh comes into the attack as Punjab look for a breakthrough to halt Chennai's march.

Against the run of play, Chennai lose the big wicket of Raina, who tries to steal a quick single but is run out by a direct hit from Bailey at point.

Chennai's supporters in utter disbelief as Raina walks back after a stunning innings of 87 from 25 balls, having hit 12 fours and six sixes.

Ravindra Jadeja gets a promotion as he comes out to join Brendon McCullum, with Dhoni deciding to hold himself back.

A superb opening over from Singh as he concedes just three runs to put the pressure right back on Chennai.
22:41   Raina on the attack as Chennai race to 100 in 6 overs
Chennai 100-2 (6 ovs) vs Punjab 226-6 | Scorecard

Awana comes back but there is no stopping Raina at the moment. He pulls the first ball over square leg for a six before hitting a cracking straight lofted drive back over the bowler's head. The ball falls right into the Chennai dugout as all the players leap up in celebration.

Raina then flicks the next two deliveries through square leg for successive fours to make it 18 from four balls and race to 75 from 22 balls.

Awana then bowls a high full toss which is called a no-ball for height which Raina steers past short thirdman for a boundary.

The left-hander then despatches the next two balls for boundaries to get 33 runs from the over.

Raina has smashed his way to 87 from just 25 balls, having hit 12 fours and six sixes as Chennai race to 100 from six overs, with 127 needed from 14 overs for victory.

This is the most runs conceded by a bowler in a single over in the IPL, while Chennai also break the record for the most runs in the Powerplay.
22:31   Raina blasts 16-ball 50 to lead Chennai's strong reply
Chennai 67-2 (5 ovs) vs Punjab 226-6 | Scorecard

Raina lifts Sandeep over the off-side region for a six to bring up his fifty from just 16 balls, with the help of seven fours and four sixes.

Chennai have come back strongly with the bat after mainly through Raina's power-hitting, who has hit 52 of his 53 runs in boundaries.

Sandeep checks Chennai's charge with the wicket of Smith, who is bowled off the last ball for seven.
Chennai 56-1 (4 ovs) vs Punjab 226-6 | Scorecard

Raina is single-handedly taking the attack to the Punjab bowlers. Now, it is Johnson's turn to face the heat as Raina pulls the second ball through midwicket before he lofts the next over the same region for a six.

The last ball is again short and this time Raina pulls it over fine leg for a six to get 20 runs from the over.

Raina has smashed his way to 47 from 20 balls as Chennai race to 56 for one in 14 overs.

50 from 22 balls
22:20   Raina, Smith rally Chennai after early wicket
Chennai 36-1 (3 ovs) vs Punjab 226-6 | Scorecard

Pacer Parvinder Awana comes into the attack. Raina continues his attacking approach as he pulls the fourth ball for a four through square leg before he makes room and smashes the fifth through the covers for another boundary.

Raina has raced to 31 from 11 balls to help CSK recover after that early wicket to reach 36 for one in three overs.
Chennai 27-1 (2 ovs) vs Punjab 226-6 | Scorecard

Sandeep Sharma to bowl the second over. Suresh Raina lofts the first ball down the ground for a four before he hits the next down the ground for the same result.

He then slams the fourth ball over midwicket for a six before hitting the fifth ball through the off-side for another four as Sandeep goes for 18 runs in that over.

22:14   Chennai lose early wicket after Punjab post 226
Chennai 9-1 (1 ov) vs Punjab 226-6 | Scorecard

Mitchell Johnson strikes in the very first over of the innings. Faf du Plessis top edges the pull shot and is caught at midwicket by Punjab captain Bailey for one.

Johnson tries a bouncer to Raina, who nudges it fine on the leg side for a four as nine runs come from the first over.
21:56   Sehwag blasts 58-ball 122 to power Punjab to 226
Punjab 226-6 (20 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Mohit to bowl the final over of the innings. Wriddhiman Saha wastes no time in getting going as he heaves the second ball of the over for a six, over the square leg region.

However, Miller is run out off the next ball as he tries to steal a quick bye but Dhoni's direct hit runs him out after a quickfire innings of 38 from 19 balls.

Saha is caught at deep square leg off the final delivery for six as Punjab finish on a mammoth 226 for six in their 20 overs, the highest total posted at the Wankhede stadium.

They smashed 109 runs from the first 10 overs and then hammered 117 runs from the next ten overs to dominate with the bat.

This run chase will take some getting but the only team which could get this is Chennai Super Kings with the batting line-up at their disposal.
21:41   Sehwag blasts 58-ball 122, Punjab set for mammoth score
Punjab 218-4 (19 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Nehra brings some relief to Chennai with the big wicket of Sehwag, who miscues it on the off-side and is caught by McCullum running to his left in the covers.

Sehwag walks back to a standing ovation after a sensational innings of 122 from 58 balls, having hit 12 fours and eight sixes.

He put on 63 from 32 balls for the third wicket with Miller to put Punjab on the course for a huge total.

The next ball is a full toss which Miller flicks through midwicket for a four.

Nehra ends the over with the wicket of George Bailey, who goes for a wild swing but misses and is bowled for one.
Punjab 211-2 (18 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Sehwag at his destructive best as he launches Jadeja high over long-on for his seventh six to take his score to 111 from just 53 balls and take Punjab past the 200-run mark. It also brought up the 50-run partnership for the third wicket from just 26 balls.

Sehwag goes for another big shot but gets an edge past Dhoni for a four before he slams another one over long-on for a big six.

Jadeja concedes 18 runs in his final over to finish with 48 runs from four overs.

Punjab are 211 for two in 18 overs at a run rate of 11.72.
21:31   Sehwag blasts 50-ball century as Punjab dominate
Punjab 193-2 (17 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Mohit comes back as the carnage continues and David Miller has joined the party. The first ball is smashed through the off-side for a four before Miller despatches one over long-on for his first six.

Mohit bowls a wide yorker which Miller edges and it flies past Dhoni for a boundary as 17 runs come from the 17th over.

Miller escaped a close run out chance off the second ball of that over as David Hussey got a direct hit from point but the Punjab left-hander just made his crease.
21:28   Sehwag blasts 50-ball century as Punjab dominate
Punjab 176-2 (16 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Pandey comes back into the attack. The first ball is a full toss but Sehwag can only drive it to long-off for one to move to 99. Two balls later, he gets another full toss but he can't beat the fielder at midwicket followed by another high full toss which is called a no-ball for height and Pandey also gets a warning.

Sehwag takes a single on the off-side to complete his century from 61 balls, his second in the IPL. Sehwag at his attacking best as he slammed 10 fours and six sixes to destroy the Chennai bowlers.

He slams the last ball over point for a boundary as Punjab continue their domination to reach 176 for two in 16 overs, scoring at exactly 11 runs per over.
21:17   Sehwag closes in on century, Punjab in control
Punjab 167-2 (15 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Jadeja comes into the attack and bowls a tidy over, giving away four singles from the first five balls. But Sehwag spoils that over by driving the last ball through the off-side for a four to take his score to 97 from 44 balls.

Ashwin continues to leak runs as Miller sweeps the first two balls of his last over through the fine leg region for successive fours.

Sehwag takes a single from the last ball to take his score to 98 and also retain strike as Punjab race to 167 for two after 15 overs.

A poor outing with the ball for Ashwin, who finishes with one for 44 in four overs.
21:09   Maxwell out for 13 but Punjab in control
Punjab 148-2 (13 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Sehwag at his brutal best as he dances down the track to Ashwin and lofts him straight down the ground, into the sightscreen for his sixth six followed by a single to move into the 90s.

Ashwin bowls a big wide down the leg side to Maxwell as Dhoni injures his finger trying to collect that one and has to take a break for treatment.

Maxwell then carts Ashwin for a big six over long-on before the bowler got revenge from the next delivery.

Maxwell attempts another big shot but is caught at deep midwicket after scoring 13 from six balls.

And he gets a send-off from Ashwin, who is delighted after finally getting his wicket. Despite the wicket, Ashwin went for 17 runs in that over.
21:05   Sehwag's quickfire fifty puts Punjab in control
Punjab 131-1 (12 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Sehwag continues his assault on his good friend Nehra, who comes back for his third spell. The first ball is full as Sehwag slams it back over the bowler's head for a six. As expected Nehra shortens his length and Sehwag is quick to rock back and pull it over midwicket for a huge six, which takes him to 82 from 35 balls.

Glenn Maxwell opens his boundary count as he flicks a full delivery from Nehra over midwicket for a four.

Nehra has had a nightmare with the ball today, giving away 44 runs in three overs.
20:55   Vohra out for 34, Punjab lose first wicket
Punjab 111-1 (11 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Pandey provides the breakthrough with the wicket of Vohra, who skies it high on the leg side as Raina completes a good high catch to be dismissed for 34 from 31 balls. Vohra and Sehwag provided Punjab with a perfect platform as they put on 110 runs from 64 balls for the opening wicket.
20:51   Sehwag slams 21-ball fifty to put Punjab in control
Punjab 109-0 (10 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Ashwin switches to round the wicket and starts with a wide down the leg side to Sehwag, who then takes a single from the next ball. Ashwin manages to stop the flow of boundaries in that over, giving away just six runs.

Sehwag edges the first ball off Jadeja's second over and it beats short thirdman for a boundary. The next ball is short and Sehwag pulls it handsomely in the gap between long-on and deep midwicket for another four.

11 runs from the over as Punjab race to 109 for no loss in 10 overs.

Sehwag has proved to be unstoppable, having smashed 68 from 30 balls, while Vohra has played second fiddle to hit 34 from 30 balls.
20:47   Sehwag slams 21-ball fifty, Punjab off to a flier
Punjab 92-0 (8 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Chennai introduce spin in the form of R Ashwin but Sehwag continues with his attacking approach. Sehwag welcomes him by smashing the first ball straight down the ground for a huge six before he races to his fifty, from 21 balls, having hit seven fours and two sixes.

Spin from both ends as Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack from the Media End. And just like Ashwin, Sehwag goes after him in his first over, smashing the third ball over long-on for a six as Jadeja goes for 11 runs in his first over.

Punjab 70-0 (6 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Mohit replaces Pandey after he went for 20 runs in his last over. There is no stopping Sehwag, who makes room and upper cuts it over the keeper for a six to get 13 runs from the over.

Punjab in control as they race to 70 for no loss in six overs at the end of the Powerplay.

Sehwag has dominated with the bat to hit 42 from 18 balls, while Vohra has made 25 from the same number of deliveries.
20:28   Sehwag, Vohra give Punjab a flying start vs Chennai
Punjab 57-0 (5 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Sehwag goes after his former India team mate Nehra with three boundaries in a row off the first three balls of his second over.

He slams the first ball back past the bowler before smashing the next powerfully through the covers and then steers the third ball past short thirdman to make it a hat-trick of fours.

38 runs from the last two overs take Punjab to 57 for no loss in five overs with Sehwag on 31 from 14 balls and Vohra on 23 from 16 balls.
20:22   Punjab off to a flying start against Chennai
Punjab 43-0 (4 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Pandey drops one short and Vohra pulls it over midwicket for a six before he chips the next ball in the same region for three runs.

Sehwag then steers a wide delivery past the short thirdman fielder for a four before he gets a thick outside edge to the next ball which flies over point for another boundary.

Vohra then lofts the last ball over mid-on and it carries all the way for another six as Punjab get 24 runs from that over to race to 43 for no loss in four overs.
20:18   Punjab off to a steady start against Chennai
Punjab 19-0 (3 ovs) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Ishwar Pandey to bowl the second over. Vohra is beaten off three successive deliveries as Pandey gets the ball to move away before the right-hander takes a single from the last ball.

Mohit Sharma into the attack after just one over from Nehra. Four singles from the first five balls before Sehwag smashes one behind point for a four as Punjab reach 19 for no loss in three overs.
Punjab 10-0 (1 ov) vs Chennai | Scorecard

Veteran Ashish Nehra to bowl the first over. The first ball is a bit short and comes in sharply to Virender Sehwag who defends it and is called for a single by his younger partner Manan Vohra.

Vohra gets off the mark with a four as he flicks it fine on the leg side before taking one to point.

Sehwag smashes the last ball between point and the cover fielder for another boundary as 10 runs come from the first over.
Check out the team line-ups for this match:

Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Dwayne Smith, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum, David Hussey, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Ashish Nehra.

Kings XI Punjab:
George Bailey (captain), Virender Sehwag, Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Akshar Patel, Mitchell Johnson, Karanveer Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Parvinder Awana.

19:35   Chennai elect to bowl against Punjab in Qualifier 2
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won the toss and elected to bowl against Kings XI Punjab in the Qualifier 2 match of the Indian Premier League, in Mumbai.

Punjab made one change to their team with Sandeep Sharma replacing Rishi Dhawan, while Chennai are unchanged.
18:57   LIVE IPL! Confident Chennai take on Punjab in Qualifier 2
Buoyed by their convincing seven-wicket win over title holders Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings will take on Kings XI Punjab in their IPL Qualifier 2 match at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, on Friday.

The winner of the match will advance to the June 1 summit clash against Kolkata Knight Riders at Bangalore.

To achieve the feat of entering the IPL final for the sixth time, Chennai will have to stop Glenn Maxwell, who simply tore into their bowlers, especially two key spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja on the two previous occasions.

The 25-year-old Australian batsman's breathtaking 90-plus run knocks in Abu Dhabi and Cuttack in the group stage of the T20 League helped Punjab outclass Chennai twice in the league stages.

Chennai will also look to take advantage of the fact that Kings XI Punjab, who had looked almost unstoppable during the group stage, have had their hiccups of late. They were beaten comprehensively by Kolkata Knight Riders in the Qualifier 1 match at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.