Manan Vohra © IANS (File Photo)
Manan Vohra © IANS (File Photo)

Oct 2, 2014

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That is it! Anureet tries to go for another big one, but finds Raina at long-on. CSK are through to the final and they will face KKR. They have been ruthless today and have sent a clear message to their opponents, who would be without Sunil Narine. This has been a crushing defeat for Punjab.
OUT! Anureet 16(10)

And Anureet gets a six! He dances down the ground and gets a six through long-off.
Anureet gets a six! Ashwin pitches it short and Anureet pulls it for a six. That is their 100.
Karanveer sweeps and gets four. He then sweeps for a single. Anureet tries to go over the top, but only gets a single.
Patel smashes the first ball from Raina down the ground for a four. And then, the next ball stays low and he is bowled. The fighting knock is done. Awana is gone. He finds the man in the deep.
OUT! A Patel 31(18) Awana 0(2)
Akshar cuts one behind point and it is a four. He then plays it down the ground for a four. Dwayne Bravo has conceded two boundaries off the first three balls. Karanveer upper cuts for a single.
This game is dying out now. Only a formality.
Akshar gets a six later in the over. Too late.
And Miller hits a four through mid-wicket. But off the next ball, Ashwin uproots his off-stump. That should be it for KXIP. Karanveer Singh is in and he can only defend the deliveries.
OUT! D Miller 22(14)
Miller gets a single first ball as he hits it for a single through the leg-side. Patel then goes inside out for a four. That is their 50. Patel then sweeps it again and gets a single as du Plessis makes a great save on the boundary.
Miller finally gets a boundary. He sweeps it for a four along the ground and then slows it for a six. Pawan Negi tried to catch it on the boundary, but it has gone over his head.
It gets worse for Punjab! Bailey smashes the first ball from Pawan Negi into the lap of cover. Perera is gone now! He holes out to deep mid-wicket. Terrible situation for Punjab.
OUT! G Bailey 6(6) T Perera 0(2)
Ashwin is in and guess what, there is no Maxwell. He starts off with a wide and Miller takes a single after a dot. Bailey gets a four as he opens the face of the bat and guides it fine for a four. Bailey and Miller then get a couple of singles.
Mohit comes back and it is a dot ball. And he gets Vohra. He came down the track and hit it high in the air. Faf du Plessis takes a good catch at last with one in his reach. Bailey and Miller have a mountain to climb.
OUT! M Vohra 16(17)
Nehra comes in for his third over and Vohra takes a single first ball. And Saha is gone! He swings across the line and the woodwork is shattered. Glenn Maxwell is the new man. And he plays a shot that lobs off something to Nehra. It had hit the ground, then hit Maxwell’s body before going to Nehra. Maxwell is gone! It is pitched short and he tries to pull it. The fielders appeal and it is given out.
OUT! W Saha 6(7) G Maxwell 0(4)
Mohit is back and Vohra makes room to loft it over extra-cover for a four. Good shot by Vohra. These have to keep coming. Vohra tries to scoop over the off-side and it is just out of du Plessis’ reach yet again. The batsmen get three for that. Du Plessis setting a great example for his side. Saha is then hit on the head by Mohit. They get a leg-bye for that.
Nehra continues and off the second ball, Vohra plays it over point for a four. he then pulls it to fine-leg for a single. Saha then gets an edge that flies over mid-on. Du Plessis attempts a valiant catch, but it is out of his reach. Saha gets a couple for that.
Mohit Sharma starts off from the other end. After a dot ball, Vohra plays it mid-on for a single. Mohit then surprises Sehwag with a short ball and he lets it go. Sehwag is gone! He smashes one to point and McCullum takes a good catch diving. Sehwag waits as they check whether it was taken cleanly. And it was a clean catch! Sehwag has to go. Saha is the new man in the middle. Saha pulls across the line and it is a four through mid-wicket.
OUT! V Sehwag 0(5)
Sehwag faces the first ball. Nehra bowls. He defends it solidly. The next ball hits Sehwag on the pads and Vohra calls him for a quick single. Bravo throws it, and Sehwag had given up. But it misses. Vohra gets off the mark off his third-ball as he plays through the leg-side.
Jadeja takes a single off the first ball. Ashwin then scoops to fine-leg but only a single is possible. Jadeja then flicks the third ball over mid-wicket for a six. And then Anureet pitches it short and Jadeja pulls it fine for a four. Awana gets a hand, but it goes for a four. Jadeja then takes a single. Ashwin to face the last ball. Ashwin tries to reverse-scoop but it takes the top edge and flies to fine leg. They get only a single. So, Chennai have scored 182. Punjab will have to chase this down in a while from now.
Akshar is back. And finally Maxwell takes a catch and Bravo is gone! he tries to loft the third ball over long-off, but finds the man perfectly. Good innings by Bravo here. Jadeja then smashes a six over wide long-on. Jadeja then keeps the strike.
OUT! D Bravo 67(39)
Anureet returns and comes in from round the wicket. Bravo is yorked off the first ball and it is a dot. But, off the next ball, Bravo smashes it down the ground for a six. Bravo then manages a single down the ground. Jadeja then flicks to the leg-side for a single. Bravo then tries to make a lot of room and Anureet follows him. Only a single is possible.
Awana is back and timber! Negi has been yorked and the off-stump is out. MS Dhoni walks in to a big cheer. And Dhoni is gone! He plays at one on a length and offers a catch to mid-wicket. That is a hat-trick as he had got a wicket off the last ball of his previous over. Jadeja gets off the mark by playing it through fine-leg for a couple. Jadeja then cuts one over point for a four.
OUT! P Negi 8(5) Dhoni 0(1)
Anureet Singh is back and Negi takes a single through the leg-side. Bravo gets his fifty. Anureet comes from round the wicket and tries to bowl it very full. Instead it is a full toss and Bravo smashes a four over cover. Anureet loses his line and bowls a wide down the leg-side. And there is another full toss. Bravo plays it down the ground for a four.


Bravo plays the first ball from Perera through point, but he sends back Negi . There is a direct hit and they refer, but he is just in. And, the ball ricochet off the stumps and has gone for a four. Bravo then gets a couple through long-off. Bravo is then surprised by one that jumps off a length. He manages to hit it over short fine-leg. Awana runs back to stop it, but takes it into the boundary through his dive. And Bravo gets a six! He smashes it over deep point for a six. What a shot by Bravo!
Akshar Patel is back and du Plessis gets a four first ball. This is a very good assault by the Chennai batsmen. And then Bravo is given another life. He hits it back and Akshar cannot hold on as he did not see it clearly it seems. And du Plessis is bowled by Akshar. He beats his defence. Surprise! Pawan Negi is out! He has walked out ahead of MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja. And guess what! He sweeps the first ball over mid-wicket for a six.
OUT! du Plessis 46(33)
Du Plessis gets a four as he pulls through the leg-side. They then get a few singles to keep it going. What a shot by Bravo to end the over! He flicks it merely through the leg-side and it is a four.
Perera is back and du Plessis moves across the scoops it over fine-leg for a four. Finally, he gets a four with that! And, then Bravo upper cuts one and that has gone for a four. And the over is done when Bravo pulls one fine for a four.
Bravo has been dropped! He hit Karanveer over long-off and Maxwell has let it go through his hands. What is more terrible is that it has gone for a four. They get a life there.
Akshar Patel maintains the right channels and makes it difficult for the batsmen. Only three scored off the over.
Karanveer continues and du Plessis gets a single first ball. And then Bravo solidly defends one. He gets a single off the third ball. Du Plessis then charges down the ground and hits it straight for a four. He does it again but chips it for a single.
Akshar Patel is the new bowler. Bravo and du Plessis get a few singles but Patel is very much on the money and keeps it in the right areas.
Karanveer Singh is into the attack and du Plessis tries to scoop over fine-leg a few times. Bravo is off the mark with a single. Karanveer then errs in length later in the over and du Plessis smashes him for a four over cover. There is a valiant effort from Maxwell in the deep but it is not enough.
Du Plessis gets a six as he charges down the ground and smashes it over long-on. That should bring some life to the innings. And Raina is gone! He smashes it straight to short mid-wicket to Bailey. What a start for Punjab! As Sidhu may say, “Awana ne kar diya hai Raina ko Rawana!”
OUT! S Raina 6(5)
McCullum is gone. He pulls the second ball of Thisara Perera’s over to the fielder in the deep at mid-wicket. What a plan by Punjab! Things are working for them. Du Plessis is the new man and he gets off the mark with a couple.
OUT! B McCullum 6(8)
Smith is gone! Awana bowls one a bit on a good length and Smith is castled. Big wicket early on! Suresh Raina gets off the mark with a couple through the mid-wicket. Raina then gets his first boundary as he pushes one through cover for a four. It was just a push and it has gone for a four.
OUT! Smith 14(14)
Anureet errs in length and Smith pulls it through his favourite area, the mid-wicket region, and that has gone for a four.
Parvinder Awana starts off from the other end. McCullum gets the inside edge off the first ball and it goes to the leg-side for a single. Smith then gets a leg-bye. Awana then gets one to seam away and McCullum is beaten. McCullum charges off the next ball but hits it straight to mid-on. McCullum charges again and misses. And finally, Awana strays on the pads and McCullum gets a four.
Dwayne Smith faces Anureet Singh and the Punjab seamer starts well with three dot balls. The first one hits Smith on the pads and the next two are near yorkers. Smith gets off the mark by driving through mid-on for a couple. Punjab have an interesting field here as the long-on is back and the third-man is in the ring. Smith then gets one through third-man for a four as he opens the face of the bat and picks the gap.


Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Pawan Negi, Mohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra.

Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey (c), Virender Sehwag, Manan Vohra, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Akshar Patel, Thisara Perera, Anureet Singh, Parvinder Awana, Karanveer Singh.




Toss: Kings XI Punjab have won the toss and have elected to bowl first. Faf du Plessis is back in the side. John Hastings is out. Pawan Negi replaces Mithun Manhas. Punjab are playing the same side.




Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the second semi-final between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Hyderabad. I am Nishad Pai Vaidya and I’ll be bringing you the updates of the match. The contest is expected to be a high scoring affair, considering the power packed batting line-ups of both sides.

Read the preview of the match here

For KXIP, Glenn Maxwell will be a key batsman, as he enjoyed batting against the CSK bowlers during this year’s IPL. Maxwell scored 95 in 43 balls in their first encounter, and 90 in 38 balls in their second encounter. The Australian hasn’t really got going in this tournament, despite looking threatening in patches. However, considering his form against CSK, it is quite possible that the law of averages works in his favour during the all-important semi-final. His rivalry with Ravichandran Ashwin (the CSK spinner gave Maxwell a flying kiss after dismissing him in the playoffs) will be one of the key battles to watch out for. Read KXIP’s Likely XI.

In the IPL playoffs, Suresh Raina had almost taken the game away from KXIP, before a misunderstanding with Brendon McCullum and a superb throw by George Bailey saw him being run out. Raina was looking in magical touch, and it seemed as if he was clearing the boundary at will. KXIP’s mammoth total of 226 set with the help of a delightful Virender Sehwag century, looked hugely insufficient for as long as Raina was on crease. He will be another player to watch out for in the semi-finals. Read CSK’s Likely XI.

Check out the key battles to watch out for in this match.


Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey (c) , Virender Sehwag, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell , Akshar Patel, Mitchell Johnson, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Karanveer Singh, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Thisara Perera, Rishi Dhawan, Anureet Singh, Parvinder Awana.

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (c&wk), Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Ashish Nehra, Mithun Manhas, Pawan Negi Mohit Sharma, John Hastings, Samuel Badree.

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