Eight points for Chennai Super Kings with two victories in two matches. While the run-out at the start stalled the chase, Darren Sammy had revived the encounter with some sparkling shots but the injury pulled him back and his dismissal was the final nail in the coffin for the Sunrisers.
Is this the final nail in the coffin? Sammy was under extreme pain and is finally dismissed by a yorker from Jason Holder.
Earlier in the over, Karan Sharma was finally caught by Vijay for 11 after surviving thrice.
23 required in the last over.
SRH 168/5 | Overs 18 | Sammy 43*, K Sharma 11*
Karan Sharma survives thrice. Tries to slog twice. On the first occasion he is caught but umpire declares it as a dead ball since Sammy was standing on the same side of the wicket as Bravo was bowling. The next ball he hits in the air once again but Suresh Raina drops a sitter. Bravo bowls an extra delivery as he exceeds the one short ball in the over. In the final delivery Michael Hussey drops another easiest of the catches. Wonder whether Chennai are in any mood to accept catches!
Sammy is wincing in pain.
It is this 18th over which made the difference. 34 runs came for Chennai Super Kings.
35 needed in 12 balls.
SRH 155/5 | Overs 17 | Sammy 41*, K Sharma 6*
Darren Sammy has done well to revive this chase but the target is still a big one. He hit two boundaries in the over and sneaked a single to retain the strike.
Sammy still trying to keep the Sunrisers in the chase.
Ashish Reddy tries to come down the wicket to a short ball. mistimes it as MS Dhoni runs behind the wicket to take a comfortable catch.
59 needed in 24 balls.
SRH 137/4 | Overs 15 | Sammy 28*, Reddy 3*
Three sixes by Darren Sammy off Ravindra Jadeja. One over wide long-on and other straight down the ground. Sammy has still not given up. The last ball was a full-toss and Sammy smacks it high in the air. The long-on fielder makes a brave attempt but trips over the ropes.
It surely is Suresh Raina’s day. Brought into bowl, Dhawan nudges one on the off side, but Patel from the non-striker’s end runs halfway down. An alert Raina picks and throws it accurately at the stumps.Big breakthrough.
He ties down Duminy who finally tries to come down the track but is beaten by Raina and the stumps are disturbed.
Thisara Perera comes to bat.
SRH 87/0 | Overs 9 | Patel 37*, Dhawan 46*
No-Ball by Holder as Patel is caught at deep fine-leg. Holder had already bowled one shot ball in the over. Drops another one short which saw Patel attempting it only to be caught in the deep. Replays confirmed umpire’s decision. The extra delivery is scooped by Dhawan for a boundary.
Fullish third delivery by Holder and Dhawan flashes but the edge flies past Dhoni for a boundary. Dhawan’s aggressive intent is pretty much evident as he’s hitting the ball extremely hard.
Suresh Raina comes into bowl.
SRH 75/0 | Overs 8 | Patel 36*, Dhawan 37*
Dropped! Jason Holder drops a simple catch at mid-on. Maybe the flood-light was an issue. He went for a jump but the ball was coming straight towards his throat.
Patel lofts the second ball for a four. He backs it up with a sweetly-timed pull over mid-wicket. The openers have set up the chase beatufially with calculated risks paying off. Perhaps time for someone like Ravindra Jadeja to slow things down.
SRH 64/0 | Overs 7 | Patel 27*, Dhawan 35*
Cracking cover-drive by Dhawan to pick another boundary. The run-rate is just about matching the req. rate. Holder generating bounce from the wicket keeping Parthiv Patel tied down with rising deliveries in the second half of the over.
SRH 58/0 | Overs 6 | Patel 26*, Dhawan 30*
Good batting from the openers. Apart from regular singles and twos they are picking boundaries every over to keep the required run-rate in check.
Dhawan hits his first six launching Ashwin over his head.
Jason Holder comes into bowl. 58 runs in the powerplay.
SRH 49/0 | Overs 5 | Patel 25*, Dhawan 22*
Two more boundaries in the over.
Dhawan uses pace of the ball to pick a boundary between point and thirdman off the first ball. While Patel slashes one over the point fielders for a four. The last ball fethces them two more runs after Dwayne Bravo successfully chases the ball.
SRH 37/0 | Overs 4 | Patel 18*, Dhawan 17*
Despite two boundaries, a tidy over from Ashwin.
The last ball turned way across Parthiv Patel and was declared a wide. The final legitimate delivery too turns by Patel does well to connect it for a boundary.
SRH 26/0 | Overs 3 | Patel 13*, Dhawan 12*
Mohit Sharma had bowled a good line to deny any room to Dhawan, but the left-hander shuffles across and scoops it over fine-leg for a boundary. On the final ball, Dhawan walks up and slams it past a diving mid-off fielder for another boundary/ The openers have begun well not being bogged down by the huge target.
Ravichandran Ashwin comes into bowl.
SRH 16/0 | Overs 2 | Patel 12*, Dhawan 3*
Parthiv Patel has begun on a great note attacking right from the start. Pulls a ball on the penultimate over which was brilliantly stooped by Ravindra Jadeja.
Patel picks a boundary on the second ball of the over between square-leg and fine-leg.
SRH 8/0 | Overs 1 | Patel 7, Dhawan 0*
Parthiv Patel with a black-eye after the injury in the previous match collects a boundary pulling it past mid-wicket. Follows it up with a punch through the covers earning two more runs.
Mohit Sharma began with a wide on the off. Albie Morkel to bowl the second over.
Openers Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan have come out to bat facing a daunting target. Mohit Sharma to bowl the first over.
Until the 17th over, Shikhar Dhawan would not have expected to come out thinking of a 200+ plus target to chase, but that was a typical MS Dhoni aggression on display on his home ground — Fastest fifty in the CLT20. Thanks to the 34-run over, CSK picked 60 in the three overs bowled by Thisara Perera. Read our innings report here.
CSK 202/4 | Overs 20 | Dhoni 63*, Bravo 6*
8 sixes by MS Dhoni in the innings. Brilliant batting by the Chennai skipper takes them past 200.
Picks two more sixes in the last over off Sammy. The West Indian medium-pacer bowls wide outside off but Dhoni smashes it beyond the ropes. 63 runs in 19 balls.
Ranchi spectators couldn’t have asked for a better performance with their posterboy Dhoni launching an unbelievable onslaught on the Sunrisers bowling.
Brilliant catch by Thisara Perera on the long-on boundary sends back Suresh Raina. Fine innings by the left-hander hitting nine boundaries and one six in his 57-ball innings.
Dhoni continues the onslaught with a boundary off the last ball.
Darren Sammy to bowl the final over of the innings.
CSK 175/3 | Overs 18 | Raina 84*, Dhoni 43*
Five sixes. 34 runs in the over.
Poor over from Perera. Just the over Chennai wanted. Dhoni slogs and picks 16 runs from the first three deliveries which included two wides and two sixes. The onslaught continued with one more slammed over backward point. And finally cuts uppishly over short thirdman.
The fourth was the biggest six landing 101 metres behind — longest in the tournament so far.
CSK 141/3 | Overs 17 | Raina 84*, Dhoni 11*
Fine over from Dale Steyn. Except for a wide ball concedes just four runs. On the fourth ball, Steyn dives on his follow-through to brilliantly stop the batsmen from taking a single.
Five runs from the over. Perera to bowl the 18th over.
CSK 136/3 | Overs 16 | Raina 82*, Dhoni 9*
Raina continues to pummel the bowlers. Flicks a full-toss from Ishant Sharma past mid-wicket for a boundary. The batsmen pick some runs with their ability two convert the singles into two. A century in the offing for Raina.
10 runs from the over. Dale Steyn back into the attack.
JP Duminy has been the most economical bowler. Badrinath comes down the track and lofts over long-on but Dale Steyn takes a running catch.
Skipper MS Dhoni comes in and smacks on behind the sight screen for a six.
Ishant Sharma comes back to bowl. He has to maintain a tight line if he has to restrain these two strong batsmen.
CSK 115/2 | Overs 14 | Raina 71*, Badrinath 13*
Raina has zomed to 71 from 45 balls. He launches a range of aggressive shots against Darren Sammy. Easy pickings for the left-hander. Raina has completed 500 runs in CLT20.
A boundary past backward point and a six over long-on.
JP Duminy comes in to bowl his last over. Has been effective so far.
CSK 101/2 | Overs 13 | Raina 58*, Badrinath 12*
Fifty for Suresh Raina. Flicks past the fineleg fielder inside the ring to collect a boundary. Badrinath seems to be content.
No Ball from Perera. Bowls well over waist height of Raina and the batsman smacks it over mid-wicket where Hanuma Vihari misses out on comfortable catch running towards the ball. Raina picks one more boundary of the penultimate ball.
Extremely erratic over by Perera, lucky to have escaped Raina’s elegant shots.
40 runs in the last four overs and 100 up for CSK.
CSK 85/2 | Overs 12 | Raina 44*, Badrinath 11*
A quiet over by Sammy with a single picked by the batsmen from each delivery in the over.
Credit to the Sunrisers bowlers. With Raina on the crease virtually from the first over, they have still managed to keep things quiet. Badrinath too hasn’t managed to pick a boundary.
Looking at the firepower in the CSK batting, they will surely be looking to up the ante now.
CSK 79/2 | Overs 11 | Raina 41*, Badrinath 8*
Perera bowled tidy first three deliveries conceding just one. But concedes five wides on the fourth. That ball started its journey well away from the leg-stump and drifts further to run past a diving Parthiv Patel. That was a really big wide.
Concedes two more to Raina on the last ball of the over. Darren Sammy now comes on from the other end.
CSK 69/2 | Overs 10 | Raina 38*, Badrinath 6*
Amit Mishra targets middle and leg stump; Raina continues to slog him on the legside but to no avail. FInally manages to glance one towards squareleg taking a single. Mishra has tried to deny room for Raina to loft him on the on side, but the left-hander neatly smacks one over mid-wicket for a boundary.
Duminy’s three tidy overs has helped Dhawan to retain Darren Sammy and Thisara Perera for the second half of the Chennai innings.
Great batting from Chennai as well. Despite Hussey’s dismissal, the runs have continued to flow from Raina’s bat.
Perera now comes on to bowl. This is his 100th T20 match.
CSK 61/2 | Overs 9 | Raina 33*, Badrinath 5*
Suresh Raina lofts one over covers and picks a boundary. A quiet over otherwise with the batsmen choosing to pick singles. Raina is slowly building up with 33 from 25 balls.
CSK 52/2 | Overs 8 | Raina 25*, Badrinath 4*
Spin from the other end as well with Amit Mishra into the attack. Bowled a tidy first five balls before a loose last delivery was pulled by Badrinath. Fortunately the fielder manages to save a boundary.
Big Wicket for the Sunrisers. Duminy spins one away from Hussey and the batsman tries to nudge it delicately but the ball turns more than expected and Parthiv Patel takes a neat catch behind the stumps.
Subramanium Badrinath walks in.
CSK 44/1 | Overs 6 | Hussey 23*, Raina 21*
Hussey whips one past mid-wicket on the first ball of the over and runs three; a diving save by Darren Sammy denies the boundary. Hussey pulls Sharma for a six in the third ball. The Aussie picks two more on the penultimate ball before edging delicately past the slips for a boundary.
Both batsmen have timed their shots and earned runs from the loose deliveries.
CSK 29/1 | Overs 5 | Hussey 11*, Raina 18*
JP Duminy replacing Steyn bowls a tidy over. Four singles from the over. The CSK batsmen look steady now with their key batsmen Raina and Hussey on the crease.
CSK 25/1 | Overs 4 | Hussey 9*, Raina 16*
Dropped! Karan Sharma drops a relatively easy catch at point. Hussey picks a single and Raina smacks the fifth ball over covers to score the second boundary in the over. He follows it up with a cover drive which is brilliantly fielded in the deep.
Earlier in the over, an elegant cover drive from Hussey earned him a boundary.
Dhawan replaces Steyn with Duminy from the other end.
CSK 14/1 | Overs 3 | Hussey 4*, Raina 10*
After he went for few runs in the last match, Dale Steyn is looking impressive here. With a wicket in the first over, he’s generating some good pace. Like Sharma, Steyn continues to take the ball away from the batsmen.
CSK 12/1 | Overs 2 | Hussey 3*, Raina 9*
Ishant Sharma bowling to two left-hand batsmen trying shape the deliveries away from them. Hussey gets off the mark and Raina plays two deliveries watchfully before picking a single. Sharma too has been on target bowling a tight line to the left-handers. A wayward last delivery fetches two runs for Hussey.
Hint of swing for Dale Steyn and he is right on target removing Murali Vijay for a duck. Steyn pitches it outside off-stump further moving away from the batsman. Vijay just pokes at the delivery and is caught in the slips by Dhawan.
Suresh Raina joins Hussey. Picks two boundaries on the trot.
Dale Steyn to begin the proceedings and Murali Vijay to take strike.
While Chennai may have lost the toss, but they have a better understanding of the conditions having played their first match here.
Shikhar Dhawan has won the toss and Sunrisers Hyderabad have elected to field. The Sunrisers and Chennai are playing with an unchanged side.
Chennai Super Kings: Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Albie Morkel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder, Mohit Sharma.
Good evening and a warm welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the Champions League Twenty20 Group B match between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad at the JSCA international stadium, Ranchi.
I am Abhijit Banare and I’ll be bringing you over-by-over updates on this match. It’s virtually a home game for Chennai Super Kings with MS Dhoni playing on his homeground. Both teams have played a match and collected four points with a win each. Meanwhile you can read our preview here. A lot of talk about dew making a difference in this game.