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Chennai win by 57 runs
A bit of a thumping really, and as Jamie How says the Stags just didn't turn up with the bat. Nevertheless credit to Chennai, who look seriously strong. They'll be a real force to be reckoned with in this tournament, and what was most impressive today was how they dug themselves out of a hole early on. Badrinath is the man of the match, and on that note we must leave you. Do join us tomorrow for a double-header at Centurion though. Cheers.
Over 19 Bollinger W
94 all out - WICKET! All over. It's the Aussie combo as Bollinger finds the edge of McClenaghan's bat, and Hayden takes a good catch to his left at a wide slip.
Over 18 Balaji 1-W-6-0-4-W
94-9 - WICKETS! Balaji returns and bowls Bracewell with the straight one, then has Mason caught at third man by Bollinger. In between Mason got hold of one and dispatched it to cow corner for six and then grabbed a top edge over slip for four, but in the end Balaji had the last laugh.
Over 17 Bollinger 1-W-0-1-0-0-0
83-7 - WICKET! Bollinger returns and starts to clean up. Griggs is put out of his misery as he gets a thick edge and Dhoni does well to take it one-handed to his right. Adam Milne gets off the mark, and then Bracewell swings and misses at a couple.
Over 16 Ashwin 1-0-1-1-4-1
81-6 - Bracewell doing his best here, and he swings another one away to cow corner for four after charging down the pitch. Eight from the over isn't enough for the Stags though, so the required rate continues to climb.
Over 15 Morkel 0-1-1-4-2-2
73-6 - Morkel returns, and Bracewell finds the boundary through an edge over slip.Remarkably Griggs still hasn't found the ropes in over 20 deliveries. The Stags need 79 runs to win from 30 balls.
Over 14 Muralitharan 1nb-1-1-0-0-1-0
63-6 - Bracewell is caught twice but one is off a no-ball and the other is off the resulting free hit. He was also run out off the no-ball, but only because he didn't hear the call from the umpire and started to make his way off. The end result is that everyone survives, but the Stags don't make as much progress as they should.
Over 13 Ashwin 1-6-1-1-1-0
59-6 - Waheeey that's more like it, as Bracewell picks the length ball and smashes it miles over square leg. The ball actually landed on the roof of the stand and disappeared over it, so they need a new ball. The Stags need more shots like that. Unfortunately they can only manage singles from the rest of the over.
Over 12 Muralitharan 0-0-2-1-0-1
49-6 - Four from the over as Murali whisks through another over. He's wearing number 800 on his back by the way, which is a nice touch.
Over 11 Ashwin 1lb-0-W-0-0-1
45-6 - WICKET! This is turning into a rout now, as Diamanti is brilliantly stumped by Dhoni off the bowling of Ashwin. He made it look easy, but his hands were incredibly quick, and what's even more remarkable is that Stephen Fleming has just confirmed Dhoni has the flu - hence his decision to drop down the batting order. A nigh-on impossible task for the Stags now. They're nowhere.
Over 10 Muralitharan 2-1-1-1-0-1
43-5 - Diamanti and Griggs work the ones and twos, but manage just six from the over. The Stags now need 109 runs from 60 balls at a rate of 10.9 per over. This match is as good as over.
Over 9 Balaji 0-0-0-0-0-0
37-5 - After starting the match so well, the Stags are fading away fast here and Griggs looks rather hopeless as he's beaten by a seaming delivery from Balaji. He barely gets bat on ball in the rest of the over, which is the first maiden of the tournament if I'm not mistaken.
Over 8 Muralitharan 0-0-W-0-W-wd-0
37-5 - WICKET! Outrageous wicket this. Sinclair tried to reverse sweep Murali, Hayden started running to his right from slip, but then had to reach back to his left when the right-hander got an edge rather than a meaty piece of bat. Great catch, and it brings in Noema-Barnett at number six. WICKET! Another one for Murali, who turns the ball across the left-handed Noema-Barnett and finds a thin edge. Dhoni does the rest. A wide down leg side prevents a double wicket maiden.
Over 7 Balaji 0-0-1-0-0-0
36-3 - A mere single from the over, so the task isn't getting any easier for the Kiwis. They now need 116 runs to win from 78 balls, with the required rate climbing.
Over 6 Ashwin 6-1-1-1-W-0
35-3 - The offspinner Ashwin comes on, and straight away Mathew Sinclair gives him the charge and deposits him back over his head for six. As Andrew Symonds points out on commentary (he's been very entertaining so far by the way), they kept the straight fielders up in the ring to encourage the big shot, and Sinclair obliged. WICKET! But How is bowled a few balls later as Ashwin darts it in, so the Stags are unraveling quite badly here.
Over 5 Balaji 0-0-4-W-1-wd-1
26-2 - Lakshmipathy Balaji replaces Bollinger, and 21-year-old George Worker allows himself two sighters before savaging a drive straight back past the bowler for four. WICKET! But then the bounce does for him as he takes on a marginally short ball, and top-edges his pull to mid-on where Muttiah Muralitharan takes the catch.
Over 4 Morkel W-0-0-6-0-0
18-1 - Ingram gets himself in a terrible mess, top-edges the short ball and Suresh Raina calls for it before taking the catch at point. Dropped! Incredible! Two balls later, a simple catch is hit to Raina by How and it's put down! And How hooks the next ball over backward square leg for six! Raina's mood sinks, and the Stags keep themselves in the match for the moment.
Over 3 Bollinger 0-0-0-2-0-1
12-0 - Bollinger is proving nigh on unplayable here. The Stags focused on bowling short, but Bollinger is keeping back of a length and the angle across is beating the bat on numerous occasions. Eventually Ingram clears the front leg and hoiks over the bowler's head for a couple, but then he's hit by the next one as Bollinger cranks up the pace.
Over 2 Morkel 0-0-0-4-0-0
9-0 - Albie Morkel shares the new ball, and has Jamie How swiping and missing until he angles one onto the pads and How clips it over midwicket for four. No need for these batsmen to go too hard early on - we saw in the Chennai innings that it was worth taking a while to find the pace of the pitch before launching.
Over 1 Bollinger 0-wd-2-1-0-0-1
5-0 - Dropped! Doug Bollinger has the ability to be a handful on this pitch, and he finds a top edge as Peter Ingram tries to whip him through the leg side. However Ashwin runs back from midwicket and puts it down. Let-off for the Kiwis, especially as they gather a couple of runs as well. That allows them a steady start.
That's a good score on this pitch, so the Stags are up against it. However the wicket does seem to have calmed down a fraction so it's not impossible. I wouldn't write anyone off just yet... We're back in a moment.
Over 20 Milne 2-1-1-1-4-2
151-4 - Morkel smashes a drive to deep cover and comes back for a tight second run, but it's a pretty good over from Milne as he finds a length that's difficult to get underneath. Three singles are the result, but then Milne drops short and Badrinath upper cuts him over backward point for four to bring up his half-century (41 balls, 4x4s, 2x6s). A couple from the final delivery take Chennai to 151.
Over 19 Mason 1-1lb-6-1b-1b-1
140-4 - Morkel mistimes a low full toss to long-on and only gets a single, but then changes his bat and shows his power as he clears long-off once he's back on strike. The batsmen run a couple of byes after swinging and missing, before Morkel bludgeons the final ball but only gets a single to deep midwicket.
Over 18 McClenaghan 1-1-4-0-6-1
129-4 - A top edge from Morkel flies over the vacant slip cordon for four, and then he gets one in the slot and deposits it over wide long-on for six - an area of the ground where he generally hits his maximums. Central Districts desperately need wickets in the dying stages to keep the runs down.
Over 17 Bracewell 4-W-1-1-0-1
116-4 - WICKET! Anirudha pillages one more boundary down the ground, but then perishes as wicketkeeper Griggs snaffles an outside edge. That was an excellent innings, given the state of Chennai when he came in, and that partnership of 73 from 43 balls has turned the match. Albie Morkel is the new man in, much to the crowd's delight, and he manages a couple of singles.
Over 16 Noema-Barnett 1-4-1-1-1-0
109-3 - Anirudha continues his onslaught, backing away and then coming forward to blast a full toss wide of long-off for four. That's the only boundary though as the medium-pacer with a long name tightens up.
Over 15 Mason 2-2-6-4-0-0
101-3 - Mason returns, and Anirudha slices the first two balls over backward point but is denied boundaries by superb fielding on both occasions. However no fielding is required from the next ball as he smashes it over cover for six. Then he takes on the short ball, and top edges a hook shot for a one-bounce four, and the ball ends up in the Stags bus shelter. This is turning into an impressive partnership.
Over 14 Bracewell 1-6-4-1-0-1
87-3 - Bracewell starts with a couple of short ones, but the second is pulled brilliantly over wide midwicket for six by Badrinath. Then the yorker is fired in, but Badrinath jams his bat down and squirts it away fine enough to beat third man. Thirteen from the over, and Chennai are looking good for 130 or 140, which should be competitive on this pitch, especially given their bowling line-up.
Over 13 Worker 1-1-1-0-1-1
74-3 - Worker has changed ends, and now he's coming over the wicket to dart the ball in nice and close to the batsmen. They try and get inside the line to whip to leg, but find it difficult to find gaps to get more than singles.
Over 12 Noema-Barnett 0-1-1-0-4-1
69-3 - Kieran Noema-Barnett replaces Worker, and he'll bowl some classic Kiwi dibbly dobblies. He's pretty difficult to get away, but then Anirudha gives himself some room and manages to get the ball over short third man for four. The Chennai run rate is still below six, but things are looking up.
Over 11 McClenaghan 1-1-4-0-6-2
62-3 - Good batting from Badrinath, as he backs away to give himself room and then pummels a length ball through cover for four. Then he backs away again and throws his bat at a short one and just clears the fielder on the cover-point boundary. McClenaghan comes around the wicket, but is pushed through a gap at backward point for a couple more. That's injected some life into the Chennai innings.
Over 10 Worker 0-1-0-0-1-4
48-3 - Change of pace now as left-arm spinner George Worker comes on to bowl. He's not giving the ball much flight, and is looking to fire it into the right-handers from around the wicket and cramp them for room. Dropped! Worker drops short with his final delivery, and it's put down at square leg as the fielder runs around to his right. He was on the move and it hit was hit quite hard, but he got two hands to that and ends up conceding four. Anirudha's the man to profit.
Over 9 Bracewell W-0-0-1-wd-0-0
42-3 - WICKET! Huge credit to the Stags here, because they've kept a slip in as they continue to attack, and Sinclair has taken a ripper. Bracewell got one to take off and find the edge of Vijay's bat, and the slip fieldsman took the catch high above his head. Chennai send in Srikkanth Anirudha rather than one of their big guns, and I suspect Dhoni would rather come in a bit later once things have perhaps settled down a bit. Anirudha gets off the mark with a quick single, but a wide is the only other run in the over.
Over 8 McClenaghan 1-1-1lb-1-1-1
40-2 - The Chennai batsmen are warming to the task now, and look for the quick singles in the absence of boundaries. Both are solid batsmen technically so they've actually been the best pair for the job. They'll be looking to set the platform for the likes of Morkel and Dhoni to launch later.
Over 7 Bracewell 2-0-0-1-1-2
34-2 - Doug Bracewell into the attack now, and Vijay flicks one from outside off stump through midwicket for a couple. Bracewell gets a bit straight to allow both batsmen to flick singles through square leg, and then Vijay flicks off his hips but is denied a boundary by some brilliant fielding at fine leg.
Over 6 Milne 1-0-1-1-2-wd-1
28-2 - Nearly another chance for Diamanti, but this time a guide from Badrinath flies just to his left as he sticks out a hand. Vijay profts from a bizarre misfield to grab a couple through midwicket, but the boundaries are refusing to come for Chennai here. These two seem content to see off the tough spell for the moment and hope batting gets easier.
Over 5 McClenaghan 1lb-0-1-0-1-0
21-2 - Dropped! But there won't be much blame on Diamanti here, because Badrinath murdered a cut shot to gully, where the fielder did well just to get two hands and stop a certain boundary. It's a good first over from the promising youngster Mitchel McClenaghan, a left-armer with plenty of pace.
Over 4 Milne 0-0-1-1-0-4
18-2 - It's seriously tough going out there for the batsmen, with the ball just sticking in the pitch a little bit. Vijay mistimes an attempted hack over extra cover and just gets it over the infield, fortunate to see it drop safely. Then he finally finds the boundary from the final delivery, but it's through another slice of luck as he gets an edge over the slips.
Over 3 Mason 0-0-4-1-0-1
12-2 - There's no doubt who the crowd are supporting, as a big roar goes round as Badrinath flicks one off his pads and gets it away fine enough to find the boundary. But there's still some lateral movement for Mason, so this is really encouraging stuff for the Stags.
Over 2 Milne 4-0-0-W-1-0
6-2 - WICKET! Super start for the Stags, as Adam Milne removes Suresh Raina with a snorter! He'd started badly with a legside delivery that was flicked away for four, but then discovered how much bounce he could get. From there on he troubled Raina, before squaring him up with one that jagged away and took off. Brendan Diamanti takes the catch at second slip.
Over 1 Mason 0-0-0-0-1-W
1-1 - There was some rain overnight so there might be something in this pitch, and the Stags have gone in with four seamers. The most experienced of those gets them underway with Michael Mason charging in to Murali Vijay, and his second ball catches the edge but doesn't carry to slip. WICKET! First-ball duck for Matthew Hayden! He tried to pull but the ball bounced a bit more than he expected, and the top edge is taken at deep backward square leg. Great start for the Stags.
Just about ready
The umpires are making their way out to the middle. Today's game is apparently sold out, but there are a few latecomers still filtering into the ground.
Murali Vijay, Matthew Hayden, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, Albie Morkel, MS Dhoni (capt, wk), Srikkanth Anirudha, Doug Bollinger, Ravichandran Ashwin, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lakshmipathy Balaji
Jamie How (capt), Peter Ingram, George Worker, Mathew Sinclair, Bevan Griggs (wk), Brendon Diamanti, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Doug Bracewell, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan, Michael Mason
Matthew Hayden, Doug Bollinger, Muttiah Muralitharan and Albie Morkel are Chennai's four overseas players in a hugely talented side. There are five Black Caps in the Central Districts side, but none of them are exactly top Kiwi players.
News from the middle is that Chennai have won the toss and elected to bat first. Stags skipper Jamie How says he would have bowled anyway so it hardly matters.
We've just seen the Warriors dispatch Wayamba with impressive efficiency, and now we wheel across to Durban for the second match of the day. New Zealand side Central Districts hare up against it as they take on the IPL champions Chennai Super Kings.
- 7th Sep 2010
- K Bayney and C B Gaffaney
canada BATTING CARD
|Patel||c Jones b O'Brien||9|
|Kumar||c Mooney b Johnston||12|
|Bagai||c Sub b Bennett||44|
|Surkari||c Poynter b Bennett||7|
|Hansra||c McCann b Bennett||32|
|Balaji Rao||run out||24|
|Bhatti||c Mooney b White||18|
|Chauhan||c Poynter b Bennett||0|
|Extras||3w, 4b, 4lb||11|
|Total||Close, 46.3 Overs||233|