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Punjab vs Chennai - 12th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Date & Time: 15 April 2018

Chennai 193/5 (20 Ovs) RR: 9.65 | Punjab won by 4 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Shane Watson c Barinder & b Mohit Sharmac Barinder & b Mohit Sharma11920
Murali Vijay c Barinder & b Andrew Tyec Barinder & b Andrew Tye121001
Ambati Rayudu runout runout 493551
Sam Billings lbw Ashwinlbw Ashwin9810
MS Dhoni Not OutNot Out794465
Ravindra Jadeja c Ashwin & b Andrew Tyec Ashwin & b Andrew Tye191311
Dwayne Bravo Not OutNot Out1100
Deepak Chahar dnbdnb0000
Harbhajan Singh dnbdnb0000
Imran Tahir dnbdnb0000
Shardul Thakur dnbdnb0000
Extras 13 (b 0, lb 2, w 11, nb 0)
Total 193 (5 Wkts, 20 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
17-1 (Shane Watson,1.6), 39-2 (Murali Vijay,4.1), 56-3 (Sam Billings,6.4), 113-4 (Ambati Rayudu,13.4), 163-5 (Ravindra Jadeja,18.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Barinder Sran4 0 37 0 9.25
Mohit Sharma4 0 47 1 11.75
Andrew Tye4 0 47 2 11.75
Mujeeb Ur Rahman3 0 18 0 6.00
Ravichandran Ashwin4 0 32 1 8.00
Yuvraj Singh1 0 10 0 10.00
Lokesh Rahul0 0 0 0 0
Chris Gayle0 0 0 0 0
Mayank Agarwal0 0 0 0 0
Aaron Finch0 0 0 0 0
Karun Nair0 0 0 0 0


Phew! What a game. It could have been a very tight finish at the Chinnaswamy had BLR batted a bit better and our hearts were certainly tested here in Mohali where MS Dhoni - battling a back injury - recorded his highest ever T20 score (79). So that concludes a Super Sunday for us. Well, Monday has just begun. We'll be back in a few hours with KOL v DEL. Have a good night's sleep and come back fresh, we'll be there for you nice and early. Goodbye!

Gayle: It was good to be back. I got a text this morning that I would be playing. I am very happy that I have got off to a winning start for this new franchise. That's Chris Gayle for you - hitting just fours and sixes and not worrying about ones and twos. Rahul took pressure off me at times as well. I am feeling like 25, the Universe Boss is back (laughs).

Gayle is the Man of the Match

Ashwin: I felt there was a lot of dew, but overall the bowling went well. It was crucial to get Rayudu at that point of the game, it was a game-breaking moment. We are not going to be a team that goes back and thinks maybe we could have done this or that, we are going to be a team that thinks maybe we could have stuck to the basics. Today I thought we should unleash Gayle and he had the right sort of an attack to go out there and express himself.

MS Dhoni: Not much going through my mind. They bowled very well, Mujeeb made a difference. I don't think there was much dew on the ground. They played better than us. We can improve in few areas. Chris' innings in the first innings and Mujeeb's bowling made a difference. It was a close game. We will be a safe fielding team and not be an exceptional one. We have to be smart while bowling. We want to keep hitting boundaries here and there and that can make a difference. All the games we have been part of were close, so individuals would have learnt from that. (On not promoting Bravo) Fleming is in the dug out so he needs to take the decision. We have confidence in Jadeja because he being a left-hander is not easy for the bowlers. This is the time we need to give him the opportunity. If Jadeja can do the job of the floater that would be really good for the team as we have Raina at the top of the order. I will back him as we have not given him many opportunities. I don't know how bad my back is but it should be okay. God has given me enough power so I don't have to rely on my back a lot. It shouldn't be so bad. I am used to playing with the injuries. You have to be tough.

Andrew Tye: Very nervy. Mahi put on a show for the crowd. Outstanding effort from the Chennai lads. You have to figure out where you can give away a single or maybe a dot. I would have liked to give him (Mohit) 23. But Mohit did the job. The crowd was awesome and electrifying. We have one more game here and hope to play it in front of a packed crowd.

Watto and Vijay couldn't give the start. Billings' failure put more pressure on Rayudu and Dhoni - who had to milk the bowling for a while because of three early wickets. Rayudu batted very well and he was under the pump with Dhoni not able to strike the ball cleanly. PUN got Rayudu just at the right time - before he could change to 5th gear. Dhoni then upped his game - fought a lower back injury and almost took CHN over the line.

Great to see Bravo and Gayle share a smile as they walk off. No emotions from Dhoni. Mohit congratulates Dhoni. Happy hugs for the PUN team. Gee this got close. But to be honest, how did they let CHN come this far? Had the game in the bag almost, but one man believed and single-handedly threatened the opposition. 198 was never going to be easy, especially with Raina not being there for tonight's game.

Mohit Sharma to Dhoni, SIX, he's hit this all the way but it won't matter - full ball outside off stump, Dhoni lofts it to over long-off. PUN have escaped home by 4 runs. Oh these CHN games and run chases. They get so deep. You got to admire this man - MS Dhoni. Injured very early in the innings, takes some treatment, takes it upon himself and almost takes his side home.
Mohit Sharma to Dhoni, no run, hit to deep backward point and it's been stopped at third man. Dhoni is not running, it's not happening tonight for CHN, the crowd go berserk and the PUN management are relieved
Mohit Sharma to Dhoni, no run, the wide yorker and Dhoni can't make contact. It's a dot ball. Dhoni moved across but couldn't make contact

11 off 3 now

Mohit Sharma to Dhoni, FOUR, he's squeezed this in the gap. There were three fielders behind square on the off-side - point, backward point and short third man, yet Dhoni finds the gap. Can't blame the bowler for bowling a wide yorker, he bowled to the field
Mohit Sharma to Dhoni, wide, he's tried to repeat the wide yorker but goes beyond the wide line. 15 needed off 4. Gee, this is tense

16 off 4 now

Mohit Sharma to Dhoni, no run, that's a clever ball, full and wide outside off stump, Dhoni can't stretch his back because of the injury and he swings and misses
Mohit Sharma to Dwayne Bravo, 1 run, he gets the yorker right, Bravo swings to deep square leg, Dhoni doesn't want the second, wants the strike

He's in serious pain. The physio runs out but Dhoni sends him back. From 36 needed, it's come down to 17 off 6 balls

Andrew Tye to Dhoni, SIX, can you believe it? An injured MS Dhoni has hit a six with one hand. Take a bow sir! Low full toss, no one at deep square, Dhoni backs himself, has an excellent willow in his hand and swings across the line and over the boundary line
Andrew Tye to Dhoni, 2 runs, low full toss and Dhoni mistimes this hit, chipped to long-off, not to hand and he limps back for the second
Andrew Tye to Dhoni, FOUR, talk about presence of mind and there's Dhoni with a bit of deftness. Short ball with third man inside the ring, unbelievable from the bowler. Dhoni spots the field, just guides the ball over the infield to the third man fence. Sehwag smiles from the dug out
Andrew Tye to Dhoni, SIX, smashedddd! Why are you not bowling slower balls Andrew Tye? Strange! Length ball, goodbye! You are asking for trouble. Dhoni actially felt some pain after launching this over deep mid-wicket

Dwayne Bravo, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Andrew Tye to Jadeja, out Caught by Ashwin!! That's mistimed and only goes as far as cover. Normal seam-up delivery, full again for a big hit, Jadeja wanted to go over long-off, sliced it high in the air and the PUN makes no mistake. Important thing is Dhoni has crossed over and will be on strike now. Jadeja c Ashwin b Andrew Tye 19(13) [4s-1 6s-1]

Andrew Tye to Jadeja, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Andrew Tye to Dhoni, 1 run, oh he's missed a big hit here. Full and outside off stump, better of going over cover but knowing Dhoni, he believes in muscling the ball rather than lofting over cover

19-run over - just what CHN wanted. 36 needed now off 12 balls. Tye's penultimate over will be key.

Mohit Sharma to Jadeja, SIX, he's smoked that away, Jaddu! This is the second time he's hit a big shot despite being off balance. Slower delivery from Mohit Sharma, Jadeja somehow connects and gets enough power to clear long-on
Mohit Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run, that was a wide ball but Dhoni chose to have a swing at it, mistimed with one hand to long-off and that's fifty for the captain. No celebrations but he gets a big applause from everyone

43 needed off 14 - do CHN still believe?

Mohit Sharma to Dhoni, SIX, oh that's gone a loooong way into the stands. Stand and deliver stuff! Full and in the slot, Mohit Sharma goes for the yorker, misses the yorker by some mark and Dhoni gets under it to send it over deep mid-wicket
Mohit Sharma to Jadeja, 1 run, wide slower ball and Jaddu can only toe-end it towards long-off

Fine leg in, long-on, deep mid-wicket and deep backward square leg in place

Mohit Sharma to Dhoni, 1 run, low full toss and Dhoni has hit this along the ground to wide long-off
Mohit Sharma to Dhoni, FOUR, in the airrr, could be out, oh the fielder makes a mess of it. Low full toss, Dhoni slogs, should have been held at deep mid-wicket, Dagar the sub wasn't quick enough to move forward, he dived but let it pass. He's immediately moved out of that position

Mohit Sharma [2.0-0-16-1] is back into the attack

Andrew Tye to Jadeja, FOUR, oh that's a timely hit! Slower ball on the shorter side, Jadeja made room, lost balance but managed to cut that nicely over cover-point and there's no protection in the deep. 12 off the over, 55 more needed
Andrew Tye to Dhoni, 1 run, brute power but placement was needed. Juicy full ball, could have been chipped inside-out over cover, but decides to go for raw power and smashes it hard along the ground to long-off
Andrew Tye to Dhoni, FOUR, he's muscled that! Look at that ball go so flat and one bounce into the wide long-off fence. Slower delivery outside off stump, Dhoni steps out and the ball sat up nicely for Dhoni to free his arms and smash
Andrew Tye to Dhoni, wide, that's a slower ball gone wrong, way outside off stump, Dhoni lets it pass
Andrew Tye to Jadeja, 1 run, steps out and pulls this short ball to fine leg
Andrew Tye to Dhoni, 1 run, oh that ball almost knocked Jadeja's head out. Hit so hard to long-on from a fuller length, and Dhoni is still moving gingerly with that lower back
Andrew Tye to Dhoni, no run, beaten! Good luck reading Andrew Tye's slower ones. Dhoni had no clue about this one on a fuller length, played and missed

Andrew Tye [2.0-0-16-1] is back into the attack

Time out. 67 off 24 is still possible, but Jadeja needs to up the game and Dhoni needs to connect everything. PUN have some good overs in the bank. Bravo yet to come. Can CHN take this deep? Meanwhile, Dhoni gets another massage from the physio.

Barinder to Jadeja, 2 runs, and now he hits a full toss to hand at deep cover, maybe not his day! And look at Dhoni racing across the pitch with an injured back
Barinder to Jadeja, no run, another dot ball. Asking rate above 15, Jadeja has scored 5 off 7, not what CHN wanted. Wide yorker outside off stump, dug out to backward point


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