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Chennai vs Kolkata - 5th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Date & Time: 10 April 2018

Chennai 205/5 (19.5 Ovs) RR: 10.34 | Chennai won by 5 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Shane Watson c Rinku Singh & b Tom Curranc Rinku Singh & b Tom Curran421933
Ambati Rayudu c (sub)Shivam Mavi & b Kuldeep Yadavc (sub)Shivam Mavi & b Kuldeep Yadav392632
Suresh Raina c Vinay Kumar & b Narinec Vinay Kumar & b Narine141201
MS Dhoni c Karthik & b Chawlac Karthik & b Chawla252811
Sam Billings c Uthappa & b Tom Curranc Uthappa & b Tom Curran562325
Ravindra Jadeja Not OutNot Out11701
Dwayne Bravo Not OutNot Out11501
Deepak Chahar dnbdnb0000
Harbhajan Singh dnbdnb0000
Imran Tahir dnbdnb0000
Shardul Thakur dnbdnb0000
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 3, w 3, nb 1)
Total 205 (5 Wkts, 19.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
75-1 (Shane Watson,5.5), 85-2 (Ambati Rayudu,8.3), 101-3 (Suresh Raina,11.3), 155-4 (MS Dhoni,16.3), 184-5 (Sam Billings,18.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Vinay Kumar1.5 0 35 0 23.33
Piyush Chawla4 0 49 1 12.25
Andre Russell4 0 35 0 8.75
Tom Curran3 0 39 2 13.00
Sunil Narine4 0 17 1 4.25
Kuldeep Yadav3 0 27 1 9.00
Chris Lynn0 0 0 0 0
Robin Uthappa0 0 0 0 0
Nitish Rana0 0 0 0 0
Dinesh Karthik0 0 0 0 0
Rinku Singh0 0 0 0 0


Four days in and we have had some absolute crackers, couple involving CHN. They are just showing us how much everybody missed them in the last two seasons. Two close finishes and they got over the line both the times. One remarkable thing about CHN is their awesomeness to find unlikely heroes, today it was Sam Billings. Right on that note, this is Akshay Maanay taking leave from the comm box along with my colleagues Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Raju Peethala, Abhinand Raghavendran, Nikhil Jadhav and scorer Naga. Good night!


A few stats before signing off - courtesy Deepu Narayanan

Watson + Rayudu + Billings + Bravo: 148 off 73 (SR 202.73)
Raina + Dhoni + Jadeja: 50 off 47 (SR 106.38)

Most sixes in an T20 League match:
31 CHN v KOL, Chennai, 2018
31 DEL v GUJ, Delhi, 2017
30 CHN v RAJ, Chennai, 2010
26 MUM v PUN, Mumbai WS, 2017

Highest succesful chases by CHN:
206 v BLR, Chennai, 2012
203 v KOL, Chennai, 2018
193 v PUN, Dharamsala, 2010
188 v DEL, Delhi, 2008

Highest succesful chases vs KOL:
203 by CHN, Chennai, 2018
201 by PUN, Kolkata, 2010
188 by MUM, Kolkata, 2016
188 by GUJ, Kolkata, 2017
184 by BLR Kolkata, 2016


Sam Billings, Man of the Match: It was an absolute pleasure to play in a team of legends. That is the great thing about the T20 League. You have the opportunity to learn from Hussey; the batting coach as well. You know your options in your head, plan A, plan B and plan C, but you need to believe in yourself and execute. Thankfully it was my day and it was a lot of fun. We showed in the first game with Bravo, in T20 cricket, you need to take it deep. We have lots of power in our batting line-up and we know as a team any target can be breached.

Dhoni: It feels good to come back after two years and win the first game. I think it was a fantastic game. They (the crowd) deserved every bit of it; the first innings and the second innings. Everyone has their emotions and we tell everybody to keep it under control. We need to have the faith in the batsman who is batting or the bowler who is bowling. At the end of the day, there is one man to bat that particular delivery and one bowler to bowl that particular over. Lot of positive energy helps. At times you feel disappointed, but that's why the dressing room is there to express yourself and not in the dugout. We all feel the same. If we are too expressive, the commentators get a lot to talk about. Yes (about different players contributing). But every game one player is getting injured. By that calculation we will not have 14 players at the end of the league other than that it is good to see Sam bat the way he did. Somehow still feel that KOL scored more than us because with all those sixes. T20 League should add two more runs for sixes hit out of the ground. Bowlers had a rough day from both the sides, but overall it was a good day for the crowd over here.

Shane Watson gets the purple cap for becoming the highest wicket-taker - It was a really nice wicket. The ball was coming nicely onto the bat. Chasing 202, we needed to get off to a flier, to make things easier for the rest of the batting. We have had a sea of supporters - even during practice sessions, it's very special. It was do-or-die (regarding the strategy for the chase), we had to get a feel of the wicket and then had to go and play our shots. If it was your day, it would go over the fence, it turned up well for us today. The game is evolving and getting better, it feels great for me at this stage of my career to play for such a great franchise and in front of the cricket loving people of India.

Dinesh Karthik: CHN is coming back after two years and we were expecting that (support). Hats off to them. They played a good game. Hats off to Andre. He put is in a great position. These things happen in T20 cricket. You gotta keep your chin up and keep moving forward. In T20s, you are going to lose some games. It's important to take the positives. In the next games, we shouldn't repeat the same mistakes. We are playing HYD at home; two good teams and it's going to be a good match for sure.

What a game! How do you go about chasing a 200+ target? By recording your team's fastest fifty. Watson and Rayudu gave them the perfect start and added 75 for the opening wicket in 5.5 overs. The KOL spinners - Narine and Kuldeep brought the visitors back in the game with some tight bowling and managed to take the required run-rate past 12. Raina could not get going because of cramps, while Dhoni took time before nailing a couple. However, the telling contribution came from CHN's new recruit - Sam Billings. The Englishman mixed it with some mindful batting and sensational hitting. With 17 needed off the final over, the game could have gone either side, but Vinay Kumar's poor start tilted it in favour of CHN, who finished off the chase with a ball remaining.

Ufff! Let me take a breather before we start summarizing the game. The CHN players run on to the ground to congratulate the batsmen. Jadeja and Bravo have word with each other. Dhoni as usual remains calm even as the crowd erupt after the winning hit. Bravo started doing his jig and Jadeja had his arms aloft. Glum faces in the KOL team. They had their moments but CHN did what CHN do - believe in themselves to pull off another heist.

Vinay Kumar to Jadeja, SIX, the roof has come down at Chepauk. Jadeja seals the win with a mighty six. Did I say he's not connecting 'em well? He's just nailed this one. The slower delivery, off-cutter from Vinay, right in the arc for Jadeja, who waits before teeing off, full swing of the arms and the ball sails over the long-on fence

Lynn has a word with Vinay. Fine leg and third man in. Over the wicket to Jadeja..

Vinay Kumar to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, steps out of the crease and yorks himself, well bowled by Vinay, speared it full and outside off from round the wicket, Bravo drags it off the toe-end to long-on and has to settle with a single

Now the two batsmen have a word in the middle. It must be on the running. To go for the second or not. Jadeja has found it difficult to connect with the big hits. So, Bravo should keep most of the strike. "Bravo, Bravo" chants the Chepauk crowd.

Vinay Kumar to Jadeja, 1 run, off-speed delivery and Jadeja is quite happy to give the strike back to Bravo, steers it with an open bat face to backward point
Vinay Kumar to Jadeja, wide, over the wicket for the left-hander, Vinay sprays it well outside off, Jadeja allows it to pass and pockets a wide. DK runs up to his bowler and has a quick word with him
Vinay Kumar to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, Bravo is livid with Jadeja. He wanted the second and is sent back. Shortens the length and angles it across, Bravo pulls it on the bounce to deep mid-wicket, there was two had Jadeja sprinted back, instead he keeps strike
Vinay Kumar to Dwayne Bravo, 2 runs, caught at long-on and the fielder takes an eternity to release the ball. Should have thrown it immediately. Full delivery angled across from round the wicket, Bravo goes through with the hack and cue-ends it to long-on. Rinku Singh was the fielder and he allowed the second to be taken

Free-hit coming up..

Vinay Kumar to Dwayne Bravo, no ball, SIX, terrible terrible start from Vinay Kumar. KOL owner Shah Rukh Khan affords a smile. A high full toss well above the waist, Bravo somehow managed to swing it away off the top-edge and over fine leg. What a start to the over!

Vinay Kumar [1.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack

So after all the twisting and turning it comes down to 17 off the final over. Vinay ran straightaway after fielding the final ball of the over. It must be him. Big responsibility for the Karnataka captain. The tension can be seen amongst the fans. Very stoic faces in the crowd. DK moving his field around. Third man and fine leg inside the ring. Here we go..

Tom Curran to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, full and tailing in, Bravo flicks it to deep mid-wicket, just a single
Tom Curran to Jadeja, 1 run, slower delivery and Jadeja advances down, deceived in pace and knocks it into the off-side, wanted the second but Bravo ain't interested, puts his hand up and sends Jadeja back

Dwayne Bravo, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Tom Curran to Billings, out Caught by Uthappa!! Uthappa pumps his fists. KOL find a lifeline once again. Full delivery and right in the slot, had Billings stayed put without moving to the leg-side, he could have connected with the loft better, instead he had to reach out and managed only a toe-end to long-off. Uthappa ran across to his left to pouch that. Nevertheless, Billings has given CHN a chance to pull this off and Chepauk might have found a new hero in him. Billings c Uthappa b Tom Curran 56(23) [4s-2 6s-5]

Tom Curran to Billings, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Tom Curran to Billings, SIX, Billings is playing a gem here. He is getting the big hit at the right moment. The slower delivery and Billings was waiting for it with a crouched stance, gets underneath it and nails the pull over deep square leg
Tom Curran to Jadeja, 1 run, slower delivery slanted across off, Jadeja steers it to third man and hands the strike back to Billings

Fastest 50s for CHN in T20 League:
16 S Raina v PUN, Mumbai WS, 2014
20 MS Dhoni v MUM, Bengaluru, 2012
21 S Billings, tonight *

Tom Curran to Billings, 1 run, fifty for Billings. CHN needed someone to take over the baton after Raina's wicket and the Kent batsman has taken the onus on himself to keep the chase going. Raises the bat and gets the applause from the yellow faithfuls. Walked across his stumps and Curran fired it in the blockhole, the sweep comes off the under edge and bobbles away to fine leg

Tom Curran [2.0-0-29-1] is back into the attack

Those two sixes from Billings has brought the equation down to 27 off 12. Another big over and the match might be done and dusted. Curran in his debut game to bowl the penultimate over. Pressure!

A Russell to Jadeja, no run, beaten! Very rare to see a batsman get beaten off a length ball at this stage. Russell angled it across the left-hander and Jadeja with laden feet had a poke at it, beaten on the outside edge
A Russell to Billings, 1 run, banged into the surface, Billings pulls it on the bounce to deep square leg, for a single
A Russell to Billings, SIX, this is spectacular. It was the off-cutter on back of a length, Billings had moved away to the leg-side and was almost cramped for room, extended his arms and lofted it over long-on. It was more of a punch from the Englishman. Reminded me of the Kohli shot against Chris Woakes
A Russell to Billings, SIX, geez! Some skill that. He waited and waited, moved right across his stumps when Russell was about to deliver, crouched low and scooped the low full toss all the way over fine leg. The crowd find their voice again
A Russell to Jadeja, 1 run, short and at the body, Jadeja swivel and pulls it to fine leg. Two singles to start the 18th
A Russell to Billings, 1 run, short of length on off, Billings backs away and knocks it to mid-off, just a single

Andre Russell [3.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack

42 off 18. Was it a wise move to send Jadeja ahead of Bravo? Especially when the latter has just won them the game. Russell to bowl his final over. DK relying on Curran and the others to bowl the last two.

Chawla to Billings, 1 run, flatter and on the stumps, Billings nudges it into the on-side and retains strike
Chawla to Billings, FOUR, much needed boundary for CHN. It had been a quiet over so far. Billings didn't connect it properly but struck it in the gap, front leg out of the way and a swing of the arms, couple of bounces and into the cow corner fence


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