CLT20: Chennai Super Kings vs Nashua Dolphins - As it happened...
Riding on the swashbuckling knock of Suresh Raina, first CSK managed to put up a mammoth total of 242 runs in front of Dolphins and then their bowlers defended the total quite successfully as they managed to win the match by 54 runs.
Nashua Dolphins' Innings
Over 20 || Score 188
Dolphins need 66 runs off the last over. Mohit Sharma is bowling the last over of the match. First ball, no run. Off the next two balls came a boundary and a six from Alexander's bat. From the next ball came a single. Fifth ball, no run. Last ball, Sharma picked up his fourth wicket by hitting the stumps of Phehlukwayo. And with that CSK managed to beat Dolphins by 54 runs, in their second match of the Champions League Twenty20.
AL Phehlukwayo b Sharma 22 (17b)
Over 19 || Score 177/9
74 runs needed of last 12 balls. Off the third ball, Andile Phehlukwayo launched Bravo for a six over long off. Then came two singles from the over.
Over 18 || Score 169/9
Mohit Sharma is set to bowl his third over. From the first four balls came just a single. Off the next, Sharma scalped his third wicket, when Abbott got played on while attempting a pull shot.
KJ Abbott b Sharma 5 (4b)
Over 17 || Score 164/8
Ashish Nehra bowled a perfect yorker to get the wicket of Frylinck. In last two overs Dolphins managed to score 16 runs and lost one wicket. Now it's just a formality for CSK to win the match as the South African-outfit need 79 runs off 18 balls and they just have two wickets in hand.
R Frylinck b Nehra 6 (7b)
Over 15 || Score 147/7
Ashish Nehra has been called to bowl his third over. Another breakthrough! Zondo tried to slog Nehra out of the park but failed to connect it well and eventually gave a simple catch to Raina. Now the match is well under control of CSK.
K Zondo c Raina b Nehra 9 (8b)
Over 14 || Score 139/6
van Jaarsveld Out! Another cameo came to an end as Jaarsveld gave an easy catch to deep long on fielder off Bravo, who bowled a slower one to perish the dangerous looking batsman. Daryn Smit is the new man in. Another wicket for CSK. The new man got run-out, as Dhoni, hit the stumps within a flash, when Smit tried to steal a single. Now CSK is back on driver's seat.
VB van Jaarsveld c Smith b Bravo 30 (22b)
Over 13 || Score 138/4
Jadeja set to bowl his third over. Off the third ball van Jaarsveld launched the left-arm spinner for a six towards square leg. Another good over for Dolphins as 11 runs came from it.
Over 12 || Score 127/4
Ashwin to bowl his last over. And the bowler gave nine runs in his fourth over to end up with the figures of 38 for one. Another poor day at work for R Ashwin.
Over 11 || Score 118/4
Danger man Chetty Out! In the 11th over bowled by Bravo, Chetty tried to send the short ball over square leg boundary but couldn't connect it well and Mohit took a simple catch at fence. Khaya Zondo is the new man in. Now once again the match is slowly sliding towards CSK's end.
C Chetty c Sharma b Bravo 37 (28b)
Over 9 || Score 101/3
Vaughn van Jaarsveld has joined Cody Chetty in the middle after the fall of Maharaj's wicket. But in the last two overs, CSK bowlers only conceded a boundary and gave mere 11 runs. Both the spinners -- Ravindera Jadeja and R Ashwin are bowling in tandem for CSK. Meanwhile, Dolphins have crossed the mark of hundred runs.
Over 7 || Score 85/3
A wonderful over by Mohit Sharma, as he not only stopped the run-flow but also scalped his second wicket in the form of Maharaj, off the last ball. The ball pitched at a good length, Maharaj went for a big shot missed the line competently and his stumps went for walk. Five runs came from the over.
KA Maharaj b Sharma 8 (8b)
Over 6 || Score 85/2
Ravinder Jadeja has been given the ball to bowl the 6th over. And Chetty took him by surprise by hitting him for two sixes and a boundary to collect 17 runs from the over. The match is still on. The way Dolphins' batsmen are playing at the moment you can't write them off.
Over 5 || Score 68/2
In the last two overs came 12 runs. CSK, to an extent, managed to put some breaks on the scoring. In the 5th over bowled by Nehra came mere two runs. So a good comeback by the left-arm seamer, who leaked 20 runs in his opening over.
Over 3 || Score 56/1
Mohit Sharma has been introduced into the attack. And Delport welcomed the bowler with a six over long-off. He then followed it by two consecutive boundaries. But Delport got out off the fifth ball when a slower one by the seamer, disguised the batsman and the ball crashed into his stumps. Meanwhile, Dolphins crossed the mark of fifty runs.
CS Delport b Sharma 34 (9b)
Over 2 || Score 36/1
Dolphins got off to flying start when CS Delport and MN van Wyk smashed 34 runs 1.3 overs, with the help of four boundaries and two sixes. But off the fourth ball off the second over R Ashwin got the wicket of van Wyk, who got trapped in front of the wicket. Cody Chetty is the new man in.
MN van Wyk lbw b Ashwin 17 (7b)
So riding on a superb knock by Raina (90) and a cameo by Jadeja (40 runs) CSK managed to put up a mammoth total of 242 runs in front of Dolphins.
Chennai Super Kings Innings
Over 20 || Score 242/6
Abbott to bowl the last over. In the first three balls came mere two runs. Off the next came another single from the bat of Ashwin. Another excellent yorker and yet another single, which was followed by another single. So a tight over in the end by Abbott, as he conceded just five runs off it, all in singles.
Over 19 || Score 237/6
Frylinck to bowl the penultimate over of the innings. Jadeja collected two back-to-back boundaries off the 2nd and 3rd balls to keep up the momentum. R Ashwin is the new man in. 14 runs came from the over.
Over 18 || Score 223/6
Abbott is ready to bowl his third over. Bravo played a square drive to collect his second boundary of the innings. Dolphins have been sloppy so far on field, as they have given easy boundaries. Bravo Out! Trying to keep up the momentum, Bravo tried to clear the long on boundary but ended up giving a simple catch to Abbott. Comparatively a decent over by the bowler.
DJ Bravo c van Jaarsveld b Abbott 11 (9b)
Over 17 || Score 214/5
Maharaj to bowl his last over. OHH! Jadeja is on a roll here. Jadeja first welcomed him with two massive sixes off his first two balls. Then off the fifth ball Jadeja launched him for another six, this time straight over his head, which was followed by a boundary. 24 runs came from the over. Meanwhile, CSK crossed the mark of 200 runs.
Over 16 || Score 190/5
Dwayne Bravo has joined Faf in the middle after the fall of Dhoni's wicket. But after hitting the bowler for a six and a boundary du Plessis got out, as he gave a simple catch to van Jaarsveld at deep long on. Ravinder Jadeja is the new man in.
F du Plessis c van Jaarsveld b Alexander 30 (19b)
Over 15 || Score 174/4
Raina Out! The southpaw's whirlwind knock came to an end, as he couldn't find the middle of his bat and ended his innings by giving a simple catch to point fielder. CSK skipper is the new man in after the fall of third wicket. Du Plessis collected two boundaries in the over, but off the last ball Frylinck had the last laugh as he sent their skipper back to the pavillion.
MS Dhoni b Frylinck 0 (1b)
SK Raina c Delport b Frylinck 90 (43b)
Over 14 || Score 162/2
In the last two overs, CSK scored 22 runs. Raina hit his 8th six of the innings in the 13th over off Smit. Du Plessis is also playing his role well by giving the strike to the in-form Raina. The southpaw is just 12 runs shot of his hundred as CSK are heading towards a big total here.
Over 12 || Score 140/2
Maharaj is ready to bowl the over. Raina is looking unstoppable. The southpaw is dealing sixes and mind you he is not slogging he middling the ball and playing proper cricketing shots. Raina hit two more sixes off the over as 16 runs came from it.
Over 11 || Score 124/2
Zondo is ready to bowl his 2nd over. Raina first hit a six over long on off the second ball. And then on the next ball smashed a boundary to collect 15 runs from the over. Meanwhile, Raina completed his fifty as well. Dolphins' bowlers are looking clueless at the moment.
Over 10 || Score 109/2
Darryn Smit bowled a superb first over, as he conceded mere six runs, all in singles.
Over 9 || Score 103/2
Khaya Zondo has been given the ball. McCullum Out! The opener tried to send the ball out of the park but miss-timed his shot completely and gave a simple catch to Smit at deep-midwicket. McCullum missed his fifty by mere one run. Meanwhile, CSK crossed the mark of 100 runs. Faf du Plessis has joined Raina in the middle after the fall of CSK's second wicket.
BB McCullum c Smit b Zondo 49 (29b)
Over 8 || Score 99/1
Frylinck to bowl the over. In the second ball, which was a slower one, Raina picked it early and launched the bowler towards his favourite area, mid-wicket, for a six. Ten runs came from the over. Raina is dealing in sixes at the moment.
Over 7 || Score 89/1
Andile Phehlukwayo has been introduced into the attack for the very first time. McCullum welcomed him with a boundary towards third man. Then off the third ball Raina launched him for a maximum over square leg. In same manner Raina smacked another six, this time towards deep mid-wicket off the last ball. Another expensive over, as 19 runs came from it.
Over 6 || Score 70/1
Maharaj has been called back into the bowling attack. And he bowled a tight over as he conceded mere five runs off it. McCullum is just nine runs shy of his fifty.
Over 5 || Score 65/1
McCullum is looking dangerous at the moment. Meanwhile, CSK have crossed the mark of fifty runs in mere five overs. In fact, Raina and McCullum have completed fifty-run partnership as well for the second wicket. In the fourth over by Frylinck, Raina smashed the bowler for six off his first ball and then opener McCullum smashed two more boundaries to collect 16 from the over. And when Abbott came to bowl the fifth over, they scored 19 run off it with the help of a massive six and boundary.
Over 3 || Score 16/1
In the last two overs Raina and McCullum added 21 runs. Both are looking good in the middle and are playing shots all over the wicket. Dolphins bowlers are looking short of ideas at the moment. In the third over bowled by Alexander, McCullum smashed two boundaries and huge six.
Over 1 || Score 9/1
Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith are in the middle to open CSK's innings. Keshav Maharaj is opening the bowling for Dolphins. Smith smacks the bowler for a six over long-on off the fourth ball. Smith Out! The opener goes for another big shot but couldn't manage to clear the deep mid-off boundary and got out. Suresh Raina is the new man in.
DR Smith c Zondo b Maharaj 7 (3b)
Toss: Dolphins have won the toss and are bowling first. Both the teams have not done any changes in their playing X1.
Within few minutes from now, Chennai Super Kings and Nashua Dolphins will look lock horns with each other in a Group A match of Champions League Twenty20 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.
Both the teams have lost their opening matches of the League and will look for a turnaround to get their campaigns back on track.
Dhoni-led Chennai team had lost it's opening encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders, where Andre Russell and Ryan ten Doeschate took the match away from CSK with the help of their smashing half centuries.
CSK need their top order to click. Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina and Faf Du Plessiss have to make an impression, if CSK have to beat the South African-outfit today.
On the other hand, Dolphins are a team made of many little-known faces, except for Kyle Abbot and skipper Morne van Wyk. The South African side has players such as Craig Alexander, Cody Chetty, Cameron Delport and Keshav Maharaj, who are not big names in world cricket and they would surely like to leave an impression.
In their defeat in the opening game against Australia's Perth Scorchers yesterday, the Dolphins had lost half their side for 75 runs by the 11th over.
It was only because of Khaya Zondo's effort that Dolphins could post a fighting 164 for seven.
Zondo, who had anchored the Dolphins innings with a well-crafted unbeaten 63 off 50 balls, would like to continue in the same vein.
After a disappointing performances from their top order, captain Wyk, Cameron Delport and Cody Chetty would also want to contribute.
So, one can expect a cracker of a match today as both the teams will try to give their best shot to get the winning momentum.
Chennai Super Kings (from): Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Ravichandran Ashwin, Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, John Hastings, Ravindra Jadeja, Brendon McCullum, Mithun Manhas, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra, Ishwar Pandey, Suresh Raina, Mohit Sharma, Dwayne Smith
Nashua Dolphins (from): Morne van Wyk (capt), Kyle Abbott, Craig Alexander, Cody Chetty, Cameron Delport, Daryn Dupavillon, Robbie Frylinck, Keshav Maharaj, Sibonelo Makhanya, Andile Phehlukwayo, Daryn Smit, Prenelan Subrayen, Jonathan Vandiar, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Khaya Zondo.