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Chennai vs Bangalore - 35th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Date & Time: 05 May 2018

Chennai 128/4 (18 Ovs) RR: 7.11 | Chennai won by 6 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Shane Watson bowled Umeshbowled Umesh111420
Ambati Rayudu c Siraj & b M Ashwinc Siraj & b M Ashwin322532
Suresh Raina c Southee & b Umeshc Southee & b Umesh252121
Dhruv Shorey c Mandeep & b de Grandhommec Mandeep & b de Grandhomme8901
MS Dhoni Not OutNot Out312313
Dwayne Bravo Not OutNot Out141701
Ravindra Jadeja dnbdnb0000
David Willey dnbdnb0000
Harbhajan Singh dnbdnb0000
Lungi Ngidi dnbdnb0000
Shardul Thakur dnbdnb0000
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 3, w 3, nb 1)
Total 128 (4 Wkts, 18 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
18-1 (Shane Watson,2.6), 62-2 (Suresh Raina,8.4), 78-3 (Ambati Rayudu,11.1), 80-4 (Dhruv Shorey,12.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Tim Southee3 0 30 0 10.00
Yuzvendra Chahal3 1 29 0 9.67
Umesh Yadav3 0 15 2 5.00
Mohammed Siraj2 0 18 0 9.00
Colin de Grandhomme4 0 16 1 4.00
Murugan Ashwin3 0 17 1 5.67
Parthiv Patel0 0 0 0 0
Brendon McCullum0 0 0 0 0
Virat Kohli0 0 0 0 0
AB de Villiers0 0 0 0 0
Mandeep Singh0 0 0 0 0


CHN are almost through to the playoffs despite captain MS Dhoni lamenting so many mistakes from his team and the fact that they still haven't arrived at a settled combination. Try telling that to Virat Kohli - who has been left wondering about the prospects of his own team. The bowling, which has always been the problem is slowly showing signs of improvement, only for the stronger suit (batting) to come completely apart today. How would they wish to have Chris Gayle at the top, or even KL Rahul. But that's past and they now need to find ways of arresting this free-fall, it wouldn't be easy as me typing when they take on Hyderabad in a must-win game on Monday. The action continues with Delhi taking on the Hyderabad in a few minutes time. Do change tabs and enjoy all the action. For now, cheers and bye..

Jadeja - It's good to get MoM awards in a T20 game. Very happy with the way I bowled today. The wicket was a bit dry, the ball was holding a bit, I was looking to bowl in the right areas and not give them width. Bhajji also bowled very well, together, we tried not to give them too many runs. Overall, I am very happy, I finally took a few wickets, looking to do better and better in the coming games.

Jadeja is the MoM for his 3 for 18

MS Dhoni - I think it was a par score, the ball wasn't coming on nicely. I thought spinners came into play, there was no turn for them. Both Jaddu and Bhajju Pa did very well, they kept us in the game after the start was provided by the fast bowlers. On this wicket, we can't get to know what is a good score. Batting - it could have been slightly better. We were worried about the bowling department, in the last few games, there's no one individual who has come up and owned that place, especially someone who can bowl in the death overs. The good thing is we have a lot of all-rounders, we need to know who is our death bowling option going ahead, that's what we are worried about. That's the reason for so many changes in the team for every game. That forces us to make changes in the top-order, depending on who comes into the team. We are playing with multiple line-ups, so if someone on a good day bowls two or three overs (if possible four), that helps us keep Bravo at the end, he doesn't need to bowl four overs always, it also helps the other bowlers to know what they are expected to do, he also knows what he has to do in that over. In the 9-10 games we have played, none of them have shown the consistency to bowl in the death overs. They kept losing wickets, that helped me keep the off-spinner for the longer side and the left-arm spinner for the shorter side, Jadeja bowled very well, he was maneuvering his pace, bowled with a flatter trajectory. Virat and AB - both getting out made things slightly easy - they bowled 8 overs in tandem, that helped me to keep them going. As a team, we bowled really well.

Most sixes in an T20 League season for Dhoni:
27 in 2018 *
25 in 2013
23 in 2011
20 in 2014

Kohli - I think it was a close match, we did really well to pull it back but two drop catches doesn't help. It wasn't an ideal day for us, six out of six soft dismissals is really rare to see but that is how this game goes. We gave a good effort in the second half, we knew it is going to be difficult with the total we had. This wicket surprised me, we knew it was going to be slow but it played slow under lights too. It was difficult to score in the end, had we taken the chances we could have made the match closer. Everyone loves to see MS striking the ball, the way he is doing. The bigger picture is that it is good for Indian cricket. They have played well and they deserve to win this game. We know it is a tough road ahead, we need to win at least 4 matches or all 5 matches. We have to pull our socks up. We have played our best cricket when we have been in this position. I have an optimistic feeling about the games ahead.

Umesh Yadav, Purple Cap: Feeling nice. I knew one thing, that I have pace. So I have been concentrating on line and length. Nehra paaji is helping me with it. This is good for me and getting a lot of confidence (from my performances). This purple cap is for my wife, who has been asking me when are you going to get the purple cap.

With only 127 to defend, BLR needed early wickets, they snapped Watson early - but Rayudu and Raina made handy contributions. Together they added 44 - not a big stand, but when you are chasing a modest score, it was gold dust. The bowlers kept fighting and took three quick wickets - setting up a tense finale. Two chances offered from Bravo went in waste and that ended BLR's fight. Chahal's 18th over saw MS Dhoni take centre-stage and the visitors coasted towards an easy win. CHN now go top of the table with their seventh win, they are all but through to the playoffs.

Yet another defeat and BLR join MUM and DEL in scraping at the bottom of the table. To make things worse, there is a 4-point gap between PUN (in the 4th position) and MUM (level on points with DEL and BLR - in the next position). Have the four playoff spots been confirmed? There are still games to know, but I can't see how the bottom four will manage to challenge the top-four now. A CHN supporter rushed onto the ground and fell at the feet of MS - that's the adulation he gets in any part of India.

Chahal to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, CHN have completed the double over BLR, tossed up wider of off, Bravo plays with an open face and eases it square past cover
Chahal to Dhoni, 1 run, scores are level, slower and wider of off, pushed towards long-on for a single
Chahal to Dhoni, SIX, back-to-back sixes for Dhoni, hitting of the highest order from the former India captain. This was tossed up on off, Dhoni gets forward and thumps it high and over long-on for a maximum
Chahal to Dhoni, SIX, that should be it, this was tossed up well outside off, Dhoni gets forward and thumps it high towards long-on, didn't get hold of the shot, Kohli at long-off was kept interested, but in the end - the ball sailed over his head
Chahal to Dhoni, no ball, it's all going wrong for Chahal and BLR. He has overstepped and might have actually trapped Dhoni in front. This was the wrong 'un, Dhoni didn't spot it, swung across the line and missed, might have been going on and hitting the leg-stump. Free-Hit coming up
Chahal to Dhoni, SIX, massive, that should seal this match. This was the wrong 'un from Chahal, Dhoni spots it early, gets a big stride forward, plays with the turn and smashes it high and over deep mid-wicket
Chahal to Dhoni, no run, flatter and on the stumps, Dhoni is cramped for room on the pull, mistimed shot towards mid-wicket
Chahal to Dhoni, wide, pushed through flatter and wider of off, just beyond the tramline and it's called as a wide

Yuzvendra Chahal [2.0-1-7-0] is back into the attack

Chahal has two, Umesh, Southee and Ashwin have one each. BLR need to defend 22 from the last three overs. It's Chahal who is back into the attack

de Grandhomme to Dhoni, 1 run, six singles off the over, that will not hurt CHN, fraction fuller and well outside off, eased square on the off-side for a single
de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, on a length and on the stumps, flicked away behind square on the on-side for a single
de Grandhomme to Dhoni, 1 run, tad fuller and just outside off, Dhoni stays back and pushes it past the diving McCullum at cover
de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, leg byes, 1 run, short of a length and angling into Bravo, he was looking to flick and missed, rolled away towards square leg for a leg-bye
de Grandhomme to Dhoni, 1 run, tad fuller and on the stumps, nudged away towards long-on for an easy single
de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, on a good length and just outside off, worked away towards long-on for a single

28 needed from 24 balls, it's still CHN's game to lose. Chahal still has two overs, but CDG will finish his spell

Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, no run, beautifully bowled, lovely leg-break, slower through the air, dragged Dhoni forward before spinning past his outside edge. Parthiv Patel was quick to whip the bails off, but Dhoni had gone nowhere, still 11 came from the over
Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, FOUR, poor ball from Ashwin, drops his length short and well outside off, Dhoni is all over it like a rash, slaps it past cover and collects his first boundary
Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, no run, the quicker leg-break from Ashwin, pushed through flatter and just outside off, Dhoni was looking to dab and missed
Murugan Ashwin to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, flighted well wide of off, slapped away square past cover. Siraj gets across quickly and keeps the batsmen down to a single
Murugan Ashwin to Dwayne Bravo, SIX, that should relieve the pressure off Bravo, a rank long hop from Ashwin, Bravo rocks back and nails the pull over wide long-on, went a long way over the ropes
Murugan Ashwin to Dwayne Bravo, no run, the leg-break from Ashwin, Bravo goes back and defends it towards the off-side

Time for the strategic break. BLR have fought hard but have been let down by some poor catching. Parthiv missed a run-out chance and then dropped a tough catch, so did Chahal. Can't afford those when you are defending just 127. CHN need 39 runs from the last 30 balls, will the match go to the last over?

de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, tad fuller and on the stumps, eased down towards long-on for a single
de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, no run, length delivery on the stumps, stopped a bit on the right-hander, Bravo was early into his flick, was in the air for a while, but bounced well in front of the fielder
de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, no run, on a good length and angling back into the right-hander, clipped away straight to VK at mid-wicket
de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, no run, de Grandhomme shortens his length on middle, defended with a straight bat towards mid-on
de Grandhomme to Dhoni, 1 run, tad fuller and just outside off, eased down towards long-off for a single
de Grandhomme to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, on a good length and just outside off, Bravo plays a punchy drive towards long-off, just a single
Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, no run, flatter and wider of off, dabbed straight to the fielder at backward point
Murugan Ashwin to Dhoni, no run, slower and wider of off, Dhoni was looking to drive and missed. Ashwin was so overexcited that he lost his footing as he appealed, down on all fours
Murugan Ashwin to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, chance and dropped, BLR simply can't afford this, Kohli looks livid, but Chahal is the man who has dropped it. This was tossed up well outside off, Bravo went for his flamboyant inside out drive, didn't bother to keep it down. Chahal did all the hard yards, ran across to his right from sweeper cover, got to the ball and then shelled it as he tumbled onto the ground


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