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May 18, 2014
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Hussey is given the last over. He has gone for 25 off his two overs before this one with one wicket. The first ball is full and Yuvraj smashes it over long-on for a six. That should be the game. It was in the slot and Yuvraj won’t miss it in this kind of form. Yuvraj then pulls it over mid-wicket and they get a brace. Yuvraj then plays it to short third-man for a single to level the scores. Rana is out! He tries to go over mid wicket and is taken at short mid-wicket by McCullum. Abu Nechim is on strike and he charges down the ground and hits a four over wide long-off for a four. Bangalore have won by five wickets.
OUT! Rana 1(2)
Sachin Rana is on strike with Jadeja in the attack. He gets a single to the deep first up. Yuvraj then tries to pull one but is hit on the pads. There is a loud shout, but it is not out. Then, he tries another sweep and it hits his body. He then charges and misses again as it hits his pads. Finally he gets bat onto it and gets a brace through fine leg. He gets a single of the last ball. Now, 10 needed off the last over,
Hussey comes on and de Villiers carts him for a six over long-on. What a shot! It went way back again. The next ball is full and de Villiers smashes it through cow corner for a four. De Villiers then gets a couple as he hits it through the leg-side. Hussey then bowls one down the leg-side and Dhoni cannot collect. It is a bye and they also get another run. Yuvraj sweeps his first ball to the deep for a single. De Villiers then gets a top edge and he is taken. It went high in the air and Jadeja runs in to take a very good catch.
OUT! de Villiers 28(14)
Ashwin comes back for the last over. Gayle pushes the second ball to cover for a single. Then, de Villiers sits down and smashes over over fine-leg for a six. That was well played. He tries another one off the next, and it is given byes as the batsmen run through. It missed everything. Gayle then smashes one down the ground for a six. That went way back into the stands. And Gayle is bowled as he tries to make room and misses it. It hits the off-stump.
OUT! Gayle 67(50)
David Hussey comes on and the first ball hits de Villiers on the pads. It is a dot. The next ball is pulled by de Villiers through square and they get a couple of runs. De Villiers then charges down the ground and smashes it for a single through mid-wicket. Jadeja fields it brilliantly in the deep. Gayle can only get a single then as it spins away and he can only hit itdown the ground. AB de Villiers tries to pull one but it hits on his pads. The last ball is smashed over square-leg for a six.
And Kohli is gone! He charges down the ground to Jadeja and misses. He is stumps. It spun a mile and Kohli was left in an awkward position. De Villiers is in the middle. He tries the reverse sweep first up! But, wait, has he got his boot outside! Dhoni takes the stumps off as de Villiers misses. But, de Villiers has just got his foot back in. The second ball is hit in the air over cover, but Ashwin doesn’t hold it. Gayle then sweeps as Jadeja comes from over the wicket and smashes it for a four over mid-wicket. Gayle then mishits one, but hello….it has gone for a six over long-on.
OUT! Kohli 27(29)
Raina continues and Gayle tries to make room to him but only gets a single. Kohli then gets a single, but then Gayle tries to sweep but misses. They get a leg-bye. Kohli then charges but it is short and he can only flat bat it for a single. The last ball is a dot ball as it is angled to Gayle’s pads and he tries to sweep. But he cannot get bat to it.
Mohit is back and he starts from round the wicket to Gayle. The first ball is angled down the leg side but it is not given a wide. Gayle then gets a leg bye as it hits his pads and they run through as Kohli calls him. Kohli then plays it to square-leg for a single. Gayle then gets an inside edge and they get a single. Kohli then hits one over the top to mid-wicket but they get a couple.
Raina continues and Kohli gets a single off the second ball. Gayle then improvises. He reverse hits one from Raina for a four behind point. Gayle then takes a single. This over has gone for eight.
Gayle finally gets a four at last as he cuts Jadeja through the extra cover region and gets a boundary. Gayle then sweeps one to the deep and only a single is possible. Kohli then dances down the ground and smashes it for a six over long-off. What a shot! Kohli then smashes it down the ground but gets only a single. Gayle attempts a heave off the last ball but misses.
The struggle continues as Raina is into the attack. Kohli can only get a single off the second ball. Gayle too struggles with the pace and then gets a sweep for a single. Finally, Kohli dances down the ground and gets a four past wide long-on.
Ravindra Jadeja is into the attack and this will get tougher for Bangalore or will it? Kohli plays the first ball very late to third-man and they get a couple. Gayle isn’t running well and they can only get a couple. Jadeja then spins one past Kohli and he misses it. Another one turns more and bounces as well. Kohli then cannot get it away. But, he hits one down the ground for a single. For the last ball, all fielders are in the deep on the leg-side. But it is a dot ball.
Suresh Raina is into the attack and Kohli gets a single only off the third ball. Gayle then blocks one. He then flicks one to mid-wicket for a single. Kohli then flicks it to mid-wicket for another single.
Kohli gets a single off the first ball by Badree as he tries to heave but can only hit it in the ring on the leg-side. Finally! Gayle gets bat on ball and it goes for a huge six over long-on. He sits on one knee and carts it into the stands. Badree then bowls a wide down the leg side. Gayle then charges and hits it past the mid-wicket fielder for a single. Kohli then tries to sweep one but it hits his pads and goes fine down the leg-side for a four. Kohli then hits it down the ground for a single. The last ball is a bit short and it hits Gayle’s pads and they get a couple of leg-byes.
Gayle tries something different. He walks across his stumps as Ashwin runs in. But, he defends once, is beaten once and then cannot play a shot well off the third ball. He then tries a sweep off the fourth and cannot get bat to it. He then hits it to the off-side and it is fielded well by Mohit at cover. The last ball turns past Gayle. What bowling! It is a maiden.
Badree continues and Gayle sweeps the first one, but gets no run. He charges to the next ball, but can only pad it. Gayle tries another sweep and gets an inside edge as the batsmen get a single. Kohli then plays a couple of dot balls. It is a good over as there is only a run scored off it.
Ashwin starts off and two balls spin very well past Parthiv. The third ball is angled to his pads but Parthiv tries a sweep and gets a top edge which is taken by first slip. Kohli is in and he gets a single first up to get off the mark. Ashwin contineus to bowl it outside off stump and it is turning very well. Gayle defends one and gets a single.
OUT! Parthiv 10(14)
Samuel Badree is and Gayle works it to mid-wicket for a single off a full delivery. Parthiv also gets a single through leg-side. Gayle also gets another single. Parthiv gets another single as he places one near the wicket on the leg-side. Gayle tries a sweep and misses, which is the first dot ball of the over. Gayle then charges down the ground and smashes it back to Badree but he cannot hold it. It may have been a bump ball.
Ashwin has been brought on early. Gayle works it to the leg-side for a single off the second ball. And there is turn. There is one that spins away from Parthiv. The batsman also tries a reverse sweep and misses but it is going down the leg-side.
Mohit Sharma starts proceedings and Gayle works it to the leg-side for a single. Parthiv comes on strike and the first ball is full. He punches it down the ground for a four. Mohit then strays on Parthiv’s pads and he is flicked through square-leg for a four. A good start for Parthiv here!
Starc comes in and Kohli has placed three men behind point on the off-side inside the circle. Raina gets an inside edge and they get a single. Jadeja then lofts it behind point and they get a couple as Gayle gets around to stop it. Jadeja then hits it down the ground to long-on and they only get a brace. Jadeja then gets a single to long-on. Raina makes room and misses a cut shot as it is a bit short. The last ball is full and they get a leg-bye. Only 31 runs scored off the last five overs. Plus, no boundary in the last four. What a comeback by Bangalore!
Abu Nechim continues and only two singles possible off the first two balls. Jadeja then hits one down the ground and the fielder stops it well in the deep and they only get a single. Raina then drives it to cover and they get a single. He gets another brace as he hits to wide long-off. Starc stops it well in the deep and they get another couple.
Dhoni was dismissed in the 17th over as he smashed onee straight to Gayle at point. It was hit very well and Gayle took the catch very well. He was as cool as a Sunday morning. Raina had completed his fifty off 35 balls as Ravindra Jadeja walked in to bat. The 18th over is bowled by Mitchell Starc and they are only able to get three off the first four balls. Only six runs off this over.
Chahal continues and Raina gets a leg-bye as he attempts a sweep. Dhoni gets a boundary as he paddles one fine for a four. That was played deftly. He then plays it down the ground for a single.
Muralitharan gets Hussey! It is short and he pulls it to mid-wicket and is taken by the fielder there. Starc takes a good catch in the deep. Dhoni is the new man and Raina gets a single first up. He gets off the mark off his second ball as he plays it for a brace through fine leg.
OUT! Hussey 25(29)
Sachin Rana is the new bowler and he will bowl his gentle medium pace. Hussey gets a single off the first ball and then Raina flicks one to mid-wicket for a couple. Later, both batsmen get a few singles. Raina then places one through third-man and it goes for a four. Muralitharan tries to stop it with his feet, but misses and it is a four.
Chahal comes on and Hussey gets his first six for Chennai. It is full and smashed straight down the ground for a six. He then pushes it down the ground for a single. Raina then smashes one to long-off, but only a single is possible. Chahal foxes Hussey with a turning one, but he gets an outside edge that saves him. Off the last ball Raina charges down the ground and smashes it into the stands at long on.
Muralitharan is into the attack and Hussey pushes Raina for a couple off the first ball. Raina then pulls one through fine-leg for a four. He then switches strike with a single. Hussey then charges to Muralitharan and flicks it in the air over long-on as they only get a single as it is fielded in the deep. Raina is then foxed by a bit of spin, but they get a single. Hussey completes the over with a single.
Aaron is back into the attack and the batsmen get singles off the first two balls. Raina then pulls one through square and that is a four. Finally, that would relieve some pressure off Raina and the Chennai Super Kings. And then Raina opens the face of the bat and guides it down to third-man for a four. Aaron responds with a short ball and Raina guides it to fine-leg for a four.
Chahal comes back and Raina plays a dot ball off the first one. Then, he drives down the ground for a single. Hussey is hit on the pads off the third ball and there is a shout, but is given not out. He then gets a single through the leg-side as an inside edge goes to square-leg. The last ball is hit down the ground for a single. Another good over as only three scored off it. Bangalore doing well.
Abu Nechim comes on and the bowlers knock a couple of singles off the first two balls. David Hussey then plays one to cover for a dot. He then knocks one to mid-wicket for a single. This has been a very good over as they get only four runs. So, the match very much being shared by both teams.
Yuzvendra Chahal comes on and Hussey plays it for a single. Raina has to wait to get singles and even Hussey gets a single off the last ball. They get only three off the over.
Muralitharan comes in to bowl and Hussey defends the first one. The next one is a wide down the leg-side. Later, he is beaten by one that turns into him and is beaten. He gets the inside edge through and it goes past the wicketkeeper for a four.
Starc bowls to Raina and the first ball is a full toss on the legs and Raina gets off the mark by guiding it through square on the leg side for a four. Raina then opens the face of the bat and guides it through third-man for a four. Hussey finally gets off the mark by placing one through square-leg for a single.
Aaron comes in and McCullum charges to him first ball and hits it high over cow corner. It bounces way before the boundary and goes for a four. He then goes for a similar shot, but doesn’t get all of it. It goes to wide long-on again and Starc gets around to take a good catch. And Smith goes as well. Smith tries to pull a delivery that comes fast and ghets a top-edge. AB de Villiers takes a catch at cover. Big wickets for Bangalore. David Hussey is the new man in the centre.
OUT! McCullum 19(13) Smith 9(15)
Abu Nechim comes in. McCullum places one two the off-side and they get off for a quick single. The throw comes in to the non striker’s end, but it misses and McCullum is in.
Varun Aaron is into the attack and Dwayne Smith shows intentions of getting a move on. The West Indian plays a gorgeous straight drive of the third delivery of the over for a boundary. No satisfied, Smith tries to pull a shot ball and only gets a single. McCullum shows Smith how its done and the New Zealand captain hooks to the third man region off yet another short ball to bring up the first six of the match. Chennai looking dangerous.
Mitchell Starc starts off from the other end and he beats Smith with two deliveries outside the off-stump. The fourth ball is a good yorker, but they get a single as Smith digs it out and McCullum runs through for a single. Only the single off the over through as McCullum cannot get a run off the last two balls.
Muttiah Muralitharan starts proceedings from round the wicket and hits Smith on the pads upfront. But then Smith gets off the mark off the second ball by playing one to fine leg. And then McCullum smashes his second ball over long-off for a six. What a start by McCullum.
Here are the two teams for the day. David Hussey has come in for Faf du Plessis in the Chennai team:
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (c and wk), Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, David Hussey, Mithun Manhas, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma, Samuel Badree.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Chris Gayle, Parthiv Patel (wk), Yuvraj Singh, AB de Villiers, Sachin Rana, Mitchell Starc, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Aaron, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Muttiah Muralitharan.
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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the match 42 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). I am Nishad Pai Vaidya and I will be bringing you the live updates. It’s contrasting situation for both teams, Chennai need a win to secure a lace in the playoffs with three more matches top go while RCB have to win all of their four matches to stand a chance of making it to the playoffs. These two teams will be facing again in a few days time.
RCB will be under tremendous pressure to beat the formidable side as any slip-ups will throw their chances of qualifying for playoffs out of the window. The positive aspect for RCB is the form of Yuvraj Singh. After struggling, the southpaw is back with a bang. But CB will require a collective performance from the bowlers and batsmen to outclass a side like CSK. Moreover Chennai are playing at home.
It will be interesting to see whether Chennai include their new recruit David Hussey in the middle-order. At 16 points, CSK are comfortably placed in the points table.
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