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| REPORT» ALSO READ: IPL 2014: New beginning for old champions» SEE OUR FULL COVERAGE ON IPL 7» ==============================================================Kings XI Punjab innings:Over 18.5 || Score 206/4
Mohit Sharma to bowl the penultimate over, 12 needed from 12. Bailey took a single off the first ball. Miller followed it with another single. Bailey worked the third ball towards midwicket for two runs. Fourth ball was a short delivery, and Bailey hammered it past wide of long-on for a boundary!
Four needed. Sharma bowls another short ball and Bailey hammered it past midwicket for another boundary for the winning runs! David Miller 54* (37b) George Bailey 17* (10b) ===================================================Over 17 || Score 190/4
Jadeja to bowl his final over. Miller hit two sixes in that over. 18 runs from the over and the carnage continues even after Maxwell's departure. ===================================================Over 16 || Score 172/4
Smith to continue. Maxwell hit the second ball straight down the ground for a Six!
Third ball was aimed at the pads and Maxwell guided it past long leg for a boundary!
Smith had the last laugh as he fired a perfect yorker and Maxwell has been bowled!
He fell short of what would have been an incredible century. It will still go down as one of the best we have seen in IPL history. Skipper George Bailey is the new man in. Miller worked the last ball past third man for a boundary!
16 runs from the over. GJ Maxwell b Smith 95 (43b) ===================================================Over 15 || Score 156/3
Ashwin to bowl his final over. Maxwell charged down the wicket off the first ball, and hit it towards vacant long-off region for a boundary!
Nine runs from the over. ===================================================Over 14 || Score 147/3
Dwayne Smith has been brought into the attack. Dwayne Bravo was injured while fielding some time ago, which is the reason why he left the field and hasn't bowled yet. Third ball was a short delivery and Maxwell reverse-pulled it for a boundary
at third man! Fourth ball was short again, Maxwell pulled it towards deep square leg where Samuel Badree grassed it!
Nine runs from the over. ===================================================Over 13 || Score 138/3
Negi to bowl his third over. The first ball was short and Maxwell hit it past midwicket for a boundary!
Negi followed it with a short ball outside the off-stump and Maxwell hammered it over cow corner for a Six!
Maxwell swept the third ball for a boundary
past deep midwicket. Fourth delivery was overpitched and Maxwell elegantly drove that past covers for another boundary!
Big big over for Kings XI Punjab. They now need 68 runs from 42 balls. ==============================================================Over 12 || Score 116/3
Jadeja to continue. Maxwell dispatched the third ball past long leg for a boundary which also brought his half-century off just 25 balls!
Miller edged the last ball past third man for a boundary!
12 runs from the over. These two have kept Punjab in the game for quite some time now. ==============================================================Over 10 || Score 93/3
Jadeja to bowl his second over. Maxwell once again attempted a reverse-sweep, which went straight to Nehra at short fine leg who dropped it!
Three runs from the over and that could prove to be a very costly miss for Chennai. ==============================================================Over 9 || Score 90/3
Negi to continue. Miller charged down the wicket off the first ball, and hit it straight down the ground for a Six!
Good comeback from Negi in that over, seven runs from it. ==============================================================Over 8 || Score 83/3
Ravindra Jadeja is brought into the attack. Miller was offered some room off the third ball and he powerfully worked that past covers for a boundary!
Maxwell played a scoop shot off the last ball, which rushed past fine leg for a boundary!
11 runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 7 || Score 72/3
Pawan Negi has been brought into the attack. Good start from the left-arm spinner, eight runs from the over. David Miller needs to find boundaries to relieve some pressure off Maxwell, who is doing most of the scoring at the moment. ==============================================================Over 6 || Score 64/3
Ashwin to continue. He strikes once again, as Patel misjudged the line of a ball which spun into him and hit him on the back leg, Akshar Patel is OUT!
Ashwin once again pitched a ball outside the off-stump and Maxwell once again reverse-sept it past point for a boundary!
Maxwell made room for himself off the fourth ball and hit it over covers for another boundary!
12 runs from the over. CSK will be under pressure till the time Maxwell is at the crease. AR Patel lbw b Ashwin 2 (3b) ==============================================================Over 5 || Score 52/2
Mohit Sharma to bowl his second over. His first ball was overpitched and Maxwell hit that hard past covers for a boundary!
Maxwell charged down the wicket off the fifth ball and hit it towards vacant long-off region for a boundary!
Sharma bowled the last ball at the pads and Maxwell handsomely pulled it through deep midwicket for another boundary!
Maxwell is the key wicket for the CSK. He has been in some sublime form of late. 13 runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 4 || Score 39/2
Ravichandran Ashwin has been introduced into the attack. Maxwell got off the mark off the second ball, which he reverse-swept from outside the leg-stump for a boundary
past point! Ashwin bowled a quicker one to Pujara, which hit him on the pads and he was out! Akshar Patel is the new man in. Eight runs from the over. CA Pujara lbw b Ashwin 13 (10b) ==============================================================Over 3 || Score 31/1
Nehra to continue. First ball was aimed at the pads and Pujara played that fine past midwicket for a boundary!
Second ball was short and Pujara was quick on his feet as he dispatched it past square leg for another boundary!
Sehwag made room for himself off the fourth ball and it it over point for a boundary!
Nehra once again offered width off the fifth ball, and on this occasion Sehwag launche it over extra-cover for another boundary!
But Nehra had the last laugh as his last ball nipped into the batsman and Sehwag's leg-stump was uprooted! V Sehwag b Nehra 19 (10b) ==============================================================Over 2 || Score 14/0
Mohit Sharma to bowl from the other end. Sehwag saw some room off the second ball and he played that fine past point for a boundary!
Mohit's fourth delivery was bowled at the pads and Sehwag flicked it past square leg for another boundary!
Sehwag mistimed the last ball of the over straight towards wide of mid-off and Jadeja dropped the catch!
So Sehwag was dropped on 9, ten runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 1 || Score 4/0
Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara to open for Punjab, Ashish Nehra will bowl the first over for CSK. Good start from Nehra, four runs from the first over.. ==============================================================Chennai Super Kings inningsOver 20 || Score 205/4
Balaji to bowl the final over. He begins with a length ball and Dhoni hammered it over long-on for a Six!
Dhoni took a single off the second ball. Third ball had width on offer and Bravo launched it over extra-cover for another Six!
Bravo followed it with another single. Fifth ball was a slower one and Dhoni pulled it for a boundary through midwicket. Balaji ended the innings with a low full-toss and Dhoni hit it straight to Dhawan at long-off. 18 runs from the last over. Chennai, as expected, crossed the 200-run mark. MS Dhoni c Dhawan b Balaji 26 (11b) ===================================================Over 19 || Score 187/3
Awana to bowl the penultimate over. Raina moved towards the off-side off the fourth ball and played a scoop shot which landed into the hands of Sehwag at short fine leg.
Dwayne Bravo is the new man in. Seven runs from the over, good one for Punjab. SK Raina c Sehwag b Awana 24 (19b) ===================================================Over 18 || Score 180/2
Johnson to bowl his final over. Eight runs from the over. 47 runs from Johnson's four overs, no wickets for him. ===================================================Over 17 || Score 172/2
Balaji has been brought into the attack. Smith charged down the wicket off a full-toss and mistimed it straight to Bailey at short cover!
Smith has done his job for CSK. There is hardly anytime to breathe for the Punjab bowlers, as MS Dhoni walks to the crease. Dhoni got off the mark with a boundary towards third man. Balaji bowled another low full-toss to end the over, and Dhoni once again worked it towards third man for a boundary!
12 runs from the over. DR Smith c Bailey b Balaji 66 (43b) ===================================================Over 16 || Score 160/1
Johnson has been brought back into the attack. Second ball was a length delivery and Smith slapped hit hard and straight over long-on for a Six!
Fourth ball was a length delivery and Raina pulled it past midwicket for a boundary! ===================================================Over 15 || Score 145/1
Maxwell to bowl his second over. The fifth ball was reverse-sept by Smith for a boundary
towards third man. Smith ended the over with a Six
over long-on. 13 runs from the over. ===================================================Over 14 || Score 132/1
Dhawan to bowl his third over. Keeper Wriddhiman Saha dropped a golden opportunity when Raina edged the third delivery and it popped out of Saha's gloves!
Four runs from the over. ===================================================Over 13 || Score 128/1
Akshar Patel to bowl his final over. McCullum made some room for himself off the second ball and launched it over long-off for a Six!
But McCullum's brutal innings finally came to an end when he mistimed one high towards midwicket where Glenn Maxwell took an excellent catch. Suresh Raina walks to the crease, in what is his 100th match for the Chennai Super Kings.
12 runs from the over. BB McCullum c Maxwell b Patel 67 (45b) ==============================================================Over 12 || Score 116/0
Dhawan to bowl his second over. Another quiet over for CSK, just four runs from it. ==============================================================Over 11 || Score 112/0
Maxwell is finally introduced into the attack. Smith welcomes him with a Six
over long-on. Ten runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 10 || Score 102/0
Balaji to bowl his second over. Six runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 9 || Score 96/0
Akshar Patel to bowl his third over. Smith hit the third ball straight over the bowler's head for a boundary!
Seven runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 8 || Score 89/0
Rishi Dhawan has been brought into the attack. He bowled a short ball on the leg side and McCullum hit it over deep midwicket for a Six!
Fourth ball was wide outside the off-stump and McCullum played a cut shot past point for a boundary which also brings his half-century off just 30 balls! He once again shows why is he one of the greatest players in the shortest format of the game. CSK are cruising to a mammoth total here. ==============================================================Over 7 || Score 76/0
Akshar Patel has been brought into the attack. Some respite for Punjab, six runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 6 || Score 70/0
Johnson to bowl his second over. Third ball was a length delivery and McCullum cleared extra-cover for a boundary!
Fifth ball was a length delivery on the leg-stump and McCullum slapped it high over deep square leg for a Six!
11 runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 5 || Score 59/0
Awana to bowl his second over. Smith hit the first two balls of the over for consecuitve boundaries! McCullum hit the penultimate ball of the over towards mid-on where George Bailey dropped it!
McCullum made the best of the dropped chance, as he launched the last ball for a Six over long-on. 18 runs from the over, these two are looking extremely dangerous now, almost unstoppable. ==============================================================Over 4 || Score 41/0
Balaji has been brought into the attack. Second ball was length delivery and Smith powerfully drovve it through covers for a boundary!
Eeight runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 3 || Score 32/0
Elegance personified. Bravo hit through the line a slightly pitch-up delivery from Mitchell Johnson... for a boundary through the cover area. That was the second ball of the third over, with the first ball played for a single by McCullum.
The Aussie did managed to wrest back the initiative in the following deliveries. But a lofted drive by McCullum resulted in the first six of the match. The over went for 13 runs. ==============================================================Over 2 || Score 19/0
George Bailey opted to start with lesser known Indian bowlers and Pawan Awana was brought in for the second over. And, sensing such a ploy to finish the overs quickly, Kiwi skipper McCullum started the leather hunt.
The second ball of the second over resulted in a boundary with McCullum hitting the short ball through the point. Then another four from an top-edged maketh it a good over for the batting side. The over resulted in 10 runs. ==============================================================Over 1 || Score 9/0
Dwayne Smith faced the first delivery from Akshar Patel, which was drifting towards pad, played for an easy single towards deep midwicket. His opening partner, Brendon McCullum played the remaining five deliveries, rather 6... which included a wide resulting in a boundary and a couple. ==============================================================Toss:
MS Dhoni won the toss and said, would like to get some runs. And Chennai are batting first.Chennai Super Kings XI:
Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra, Mohit SharmaKings XI Punjab XI:
Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey (capt), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Akshar Patel, Rishi Dhawan, Parvinder Awana, Lakshmipathy Balaji
Abu Dhabi: Finally, it`s play time for Chennai Super Kings. Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led squad has been dragged into the matters not related to on-field matters, even though the spectre of match-fixing scandal still looms large on this edition of Indian Premier League.
When the Chennai based franchise takes on Kings Xi Punjab today, it will at least becalm some uneasy senses. Because, not so far from Indians shores – in Abu Dhabi, cricket players will take the centre-stage.
Dhoni, who has dominated Indian cricket for almost a decade, will lead some of the game`s contemporary stars in a bid to win the most coveted trophy. Under the India captain`s charge, established international players likes of Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo and Faf du Plessis will fight for the franchise along with uncapped yungsters like Pawan Negi, Vijay Shankar and Ronit More.
Taking on Dhoni and his boys will be a revamped Kings XI Punjab side, under the leadership of Aussie George Bailey. The 2014 IPL season will probably be their best chance to win the tournament as they have managed to assembled a balance squad comprising of international stars and talented home-grown talents. In their ranks, players like Virender Sehwag, Mitchell Johnson, Thisara Perera, Shaun Marsh, L Balaji, Parvinder Awana and Mandeep Singh will fight for a position in the playing XI.
It will be a clash of two different sides, having contrasting histories – one adorned with laurels and titles, and another known for talented players but without much success.
First Published: Friday, April 18, 2014, 23:50