Pune Warriors India innings
Pune Warriors India beat defending champions Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets in the 16th match of the Indian Premier League season five. Chasing 156 to win, the hosts got over the line with four balls to go. Here is a recap of how the action unfolded.
20th over: Pune 156 for 3 Smith takes a four off the first ball. He glides a low fulltoss past the short fine leg. And here is a flat six over covers. Pune win with four balls to go! What a finish. This is their third win from four matches and with this they go top of the table. Chennai, on the other hand, suffer their third defeat in five matches. Pune's Steven Smith (44 not out off 22 balls) and Jesse Ryder (73 not out) take the credit for their team's win. Super stuff.
19th over: Pune 146 for 3 Steven Smith is really turning it on. Takes two fours off Nuwan Kulasekara's over. 12 runs off the over. Pune now need 10 runs off the last over.
18th over: Pune 134 for 3 Steven Smith does it again. Hits a low full toss straight back for a six. Dwayne Bravo looks dejected. What a shot and what a time to come up with something like that. Here comes a four. A thick edge runs past the wicketkeeper who shakes his head in despair. This match is going down to the wire. 12 off the over. Pune need another 22 to win off 12 balls.
17th over: Pune 122 for 3 Nuwan Kulasekara returns and he bowls a really tight over. Just five off the over. Pune now need 34 off 18 balls. It's turning out to be a great match. Everyone is on the edge of their seats.
16th over: Pune 117 for 3 Dwayne Bravo returns. Ryder hits a flat six off the fifth ball over long-on. What a timely one.
15th over: Pune 106 for 3 Ravichandran Ashwin is back on. Murali Vijay fields well at short cover to deny Ryder a boundary. Anyway, it's a tight over. Just six runs off it. Pune now need 50 off 30 balls to win.
14th over: Pune 100 for 3 Australia allrounder Steven Smith gets in his stride straight away with a six off Raina over mid-wicket. 10 runs come off the over.
13th over: Pune 90 for 3 Marlon Samuels plays a careless shot and is cleaned up by Yo Mahesh. This is inexplicable. He was playing well and there was no need for the swipe.
Samuels b Mahesh 8 (15)
12th over: Pune 84 for 2 Raina bowls another tight over. Just four runs off the over. These overs are very important in the context of the match.
11th over: Pune 81 for 2 Yo Mahesh appeals for an lbw against Samuels but it's been turned down by the umpire. The replays show the ball is missing the leg stump. And here comes the boundary, off the last ball. Ryder hits it past point. What a shot. Just what the doctor ordered for Pune. Match on.
10th over: Pune 72 for 2 After Ganguly's wicket the match is evenly poised now. Meanwhile, Raina bowls a tight over. Jesse Ryder is key for Pune from here. Marlon Samuels should try to support him as much as he can. He can also play some big shots but the situation demands a cautious approach from him.
9th over: Pune 66 for 2 Disaster for Pune. Another run-out. This time it's Ganguly. Like Uthappa, he also hesitates on his return to second and pays a heavy price with his wicket. What a waste. Ryder hits it through the covers and as the fielder misfields it, both batsmen decided to go for a second. Alas, the decision made was too late.
Ganguly run out 16 (16)
8th over: Pune 63 for 1 Some quiet overs come Pune's way. This over from Raina gives away just two runs. PWI can't afford to have too many overs like that.
7th over: Pune 61 for 1 Good over by Ashwin. He is as miser as ever.
6th over: Pune 56 for 1 Ryder is looking in great touch. Gets a four off the fourth ball. A beautiful cover-drive. Dwayne Bravo is baffled at the execution of the shot.
5th over: Pune 48 for 1 Ravichandran Ashwin concedes five runs in the over. Not a bad start. His overs are important in the context of this match.
4th over: Pune 42 for 1 Sourav Ganguly takes two boundaries off the Morne Morkel over. Good start for the former India captain. Good Signs for Pune at present.
3rd over: Pune 31 for 1 Ryder is on fire. Takes three consecutive fours off Nuwan Kulasekara. He is really turning is on. The CSK camp looked troubled. Hang on. There is a run-out off the last ball against the run of play. They need not have taken the risk. Uthappa was a bit hesitant on his return to second and a good throw from long-on sends him back as Kulasekara collects the ball and does his job nicely at his end.
RV Uthappa run out 10 (7)
2nd over: Pune 16 for 0 Albie Morkel comes into the attack. Uthappa hits a six over the mid-wicket off the second ball. What a shot. The rest of the over is quiet.
1st over: Pune 5 for 0 Nuwan Kulasekara opens the bowling for CSK. His stump-to-stump bowling is going to test Pune not a little. Jesse Ryder and Robin Uthappa are the openers. Ryder plays a couple of good shots but a boundary is yet to come.
Chennai Super Kings innings
20th over: Chennai 155 for 5: Ravindra Jadeja's heroic innings of 44 comes to an end. Tries to clear the straight boundary but his execution is not up to the mark and Steven Smith takes a high catch. Ashish Nehra takes his first wicket. A four off the last ball means Chennai reach 155 for 5, which is going to take some getting. Having said that Pune deserve a pat on the back for a disciplined effort in both bowling and fielding.
Jadeja c Smith b Nehra 44 (26)
19th over: Chennai 147 for 4: The first ball off Dinda is dispatched to the boundary by Jadeja. It's all wrist work on the leg side. Despite a bad start, Dinda hits back as just three runs come off the next five balls with the wicket of MS Dhoni, who tries to clear the long-off boundary but finds Murali Kartik.
MS Dhoni c Kartik b Dinda 26 (28)
18th over: Chennai 140 for 3: After no action for the most part of the over, Jadeja smashes Marlon Samuels for a six over long-on off the fifth ball. Ravi Shastri believes any score in excess of 150 is going to be challenging here. Well, Chennai fans will sure be happy to hear that.
17th over: Chennai 129 for 3: Ashok Dinda is back on and bowls a good over against the run of play. Just four runs off the over. Super.
16th over: Chennai 125 for 3: Four runs off the last ball of Ashish Nehra's over. CSK are now heading towards a good total.
15th over: Chennai 114 for 3: Ravindra Jadeda gets a boundary off the last ball to make up for the quiet first five balls. One boundary has made the over look different.
14th over: Chennai 106 for 3: Ashish Nehra is back into the attack and he bowls a tidy over. Just six runs off the over. Good stuff. Another strategic timeout. Let's see what happens after this. Remember, immediately after the first one, du Plessis lost his concentration to get stumped.
13th over: Chennai 100 for 3: Ravindra Jadeja takes off right away, gets a four and a six off Murali Kartik. With these boundaries he has put Chennai back on top.
12th over: Chennai 88 for 3: Rahul Sharma gets his second wicket. Raina tries to clear the long-on but fails to do so as Steven Smith takes a neat catch on the boundary.
Raina c Smith b Sharma 20 (19)
11th over: Chennai 84 for 2: MS Dhoni joins Suresh Raina and gets a four off the second ball of Ashok Dinda. The fourth ball is a no-ball but Dhoni fails to make the most of the Free Hit opportunity. Dinda bowls another no-ball and this time Raina is on strike. The bowler is all over the place, and Pune captain Ganguly is seriously upset with it. Guess what, Raina also fails to make it count as just one run comes off the ball. Two Free-Hit opportunities wasted. Dinda can't believe his luck.
10th over: Chennai 71 for 2: Rahul Sharma's first ball, du Plessis dances down the track and misses the ball, and Pune wicketkeeper removes the bails in a flash. Big wicket for Pune Warriors India. du Plessis has been CSK's best batsman so far in this tournament and his wicket has given Pune some hopes to restrict this mighty batting to a manageable total.
du Plessis st Uthappa b Sharma 43 (33)
9th over: Chennai 67 for 1 Angelo Mathews bowls his second over. Raina looks in imperious touch as he gets fours off the first two balls; one through third man, the other through the covers. The second one is a sight for sore eyes. Beautifully executed. The rest of the over is a bit quiet.
8th over: Chennai 55 for 1 Marlon Samuels bowls another good over. Both du Plessis and Suresh Raina are taking utmost caution against the West Indian allrounder.
7th over: Chennai 49 for 1 Vijay out. Plays an aerial shot towards square leg and finds Ashok Dinda there. Really a soft dismissal. Angelo Mathews strikes in his very first over. Despite the jolt, du Plessis is as impressive as ever as he fetches another boundary through the covers. This man is not all about muscles; he is elegant as well. Some of his drives have been breathtaking.
Murali Vijay c Dinda b Mathews 8 (11)
6th over: Chennai 43 for 0 Marlon Samuels does a good job in his first over. Only four runs come off the over.
5th over: Chennai 39 for 0 Rahul Sharma replaces Kartik. Eight runs from the over as du Plessis fetches another boundary.
4th over: Chennai 31 for 0 Ashish Nehra comes in and du Plessis treats him with contempt. First two balls have sped to the boundary. And the fourth goes for a six. The South African hits it straight back after dancing down the track. Another four, through the covers. Nehra is wincing. 18 runs from the over.
3rd over: Chennai 13 for 0 Kartik is unplayable right now. Both batsmen are finding it hard to score off him. Five runs off the over.
2nd over: Chennai 8 for 0 Now comes the best seam bowler in India, Ashok Dinda. Nobody but only Ganguly thinks that. du Plessis greets him with a six off the second ball. Beautiful pull shot. So much for the praise. However, Dinda pulls it back over the next four balls, conceding just a single.
1st over: Chennai 1 for 0 In-form Faf du Plessis and Murali Vijay are out there in the middle. Surprise, surprise. Murali Kartik opens the bowling for Pune. And he does a great job as he concedes just one run in the over.
7.30 p.m.: MS Dhoni wins the toss and Chennai will bat first. Great atmosphere in the brand new stadium. Both Sourav Ganguly and Dhoni expect it to be a high-scoring match. Ganguly also informs that spinner Murali Kartik is back at the expense of a batsman. Some mouth-watering stuff is coming our way, to be sure. The teams will be out in a while. Here they are.
Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(wicketkeeper), Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Vijaykumar Yo Mahesh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Nuwan Kulasekara
Pune Warriors India: Jesse Ryder, Sourav Ganguly(c), Marlon Samuels, Robin Uthappa(wicketkeeper), Angelo Mathews, Mithun Manhas, Steven Smith, Murali Kartik, Rahul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Ashok Dinda
7.15 p.m.: Welcome to the match number 16 of the Indian Premier League season five. It's Pune Warriors India against Chennai Super Kings, who chased down more than 200 in their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Pune, who lost to Kings XI Punjab in the last match, will look to put the defeat behind in front of their home fans.
Pune are third in the table right now, with two wins from three matches, while Chennai lie sixth with two wins and two losses.
It's a hard surface at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, and is expected to be full of runs. It seems a high-scoring contest is in the offing.