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So, we're done with this one, but we move on to the next. On Wednesday, 27th March, Kolkata welcome Punjab to Eden Gardens. The action starts at 2000 local (1430 GMT). Do join in for that. Goodbye and take care!
Man of the Match, Shane Watson, says the surface was better than the one in Chennai. Is happy he was able to score some runs tonight. States that he was suffering from a few niggling injuries, so is happy he's fit and able to contribute to the team. Ends by saying that he's delighted to be back in the Indian T20 League, in the Chennai camp, as he loves the positivity around.
Chennai captain, MS Dhoni, says it looks okay as of now (on the team composition). Adds that the wicket was slow but they knew the dew would come into play later on. Credits his bowlers for restricting Delhi to just 147. Continues to say that they have covered all the areas, are preparing well, and also mentions that he rues the loss of Lungi Ngidi. Honestly accepts that they're not a very good fielding side as there are quite a few older players, but they are adjusting well in other areas which is a big positive for them. Emphasizes that death bowling is an area they want to work on, so is looking forward to working on it in the nets.
Kedar Jadhav is caught for a chat. He says that the wicket was a little bit on the slower side, so it's difficult to know how to go about your work. States that he feels disappointed that he couldn't finish things off with the bat, but stresses the chase was always in control, so there was no cause for worry. Reckons that everyone knows what's to be done out there and if their batsmen bat the entire 20 overs, they feel confident of getting over the line. On retaining the title, he says it's too early and they just want to take it one game at a time.
Delhi captain, Shreyas Iyer, says that for a new batsman the pitch was really tough to get going. Mentions that he's usually good against spin, but found it difficult and even cites Rishabh Pant's difficulty in scoring freely as an indicator of this tricky surface. Informs that the slow nature of the pitch was the reason he decided to bat first. Continues saying that if they had done better in the Powerplay with the ball, maybe things would have turned out different. States that there are still positives to take, so they will focus on them and take it forward in the next game.
Delhi needed to start off well, and even if that didn't happen, at the very least capitalized on the advantageous moments. You'd have thought that moment would have come after Raina's wicket, but the Chennai middle order kept a sensible head over their shoulders and saw their side home. Earlier in the day, Delhi were going along well, but in a period where they lost 4 wickets in 12 balls, proved to be the pivotal reason in their downfall. They posted a total on the board which eventually didn't prove to be enough.
So a comfortable-ish end for Chennai as they bag their second win of the season in as many games. Chasing a target of 148 was never going to be any trouble for them. After Watson's start and Raina's brisk knock, the game was more or less sealed. The rest to follow didn't have to do much, just keep the scoreboard ticking and get over the line. Barring Rabada's final over, there was never any sign of nerves or trouble in the Chennai camp.
19.4KRabada to DBravo
FOUR! There it is! Bravo manages to get bat on it and sends the ball to the boundary line. CHENNAI WIN BY 6 WICKETS! Dwayne moves inside the line of this back of a length delivery and whips it through backward square leg stylishly.
19.3KRabada to DBravo
Third dot in a row. Hurled further outside off, Bravo looks to cut and misses once more. Pressure building. Dhoni has a word with Dwayne. Probably just telling him to tap and run.
19.2KRabada to DBravo
Dot ball. Ooohhh... Short of a good length outside off, Bravo looks to cut this through the off side but fails to connect. Some extra bounce and zip once again for Rabada.
Dwayne Bravo walks in next.
19.1KRabada to KJadhav
OUT! Oh... a wicket for Rabada off the first ball. Interesting. A loose delivery outside off, some extra bounce. Jadhav goes after it and pokes at it. Gets a faint nick behind and the keeper does the rest. Still very much Chennai's game, for now.
Kagiso Rabada to bowl the final over.
18.6AMishra to MSDhoni
Quick, short and flat on middle, MSD goes back and works it straight to short mid-wicket.
18.5AMishra to MSDhoni
SIX! Dhoni tees up and that's more or less the game for Chennai. The skipper goes downtown. Clears his front leg as it's tossed right up and smokes it straight back over the bowler's head for a maximum. Just 2 needed now off 7 balls.
18.4AMishra to KJadhav
Jadhav too goes down the ground, finds long on and takes one.
18.3AMishra to MSDhoni
Quicker through the air, outside off, Dhoni stays back and hits it aerially to long off, on the bounce, for a run.
18.2AMishra to KJadhav
A lot of air on this as it's pitched outside off, full in length, Jadhav drags this as he places it through mid-wicket. Wide long on moves across to his right and keeps the batsmen to just the one.
18.1AMishra to KJadhav
Quick and flat just outside off, Jadhav punches it back to the bowler. A dot ball to begin things.
Amit Mishra comes back on to bowl.
17.7KPaul to MSDhoni
Good running. Short of a good length outside off, MSD punches it through the covers. Runs the first one hard and is able to come back for the second as a result. 11 needed to win off 12 balls.
17.6KPaul to MSDhoni
FOUR! Can't give a batsman of his quality that much room. Paul serves it on a length outside off and Dhoni cuts it fiercely through the covers, beating the man in the deep.
17.5KPaul to MSDhoni
Full and wide outside off, Dhoni lets it go once again. This time, however, the ball stays inside the tramline. No wide given.
17.4KPaul to MSDhoni
Wide! Hurled too far outside off, across the tramline, Dhoni lets it go. Wide called by the umpire.
17.3KPaul to KJadhav
Jadhav drives this full delivery a little square through cover-point. One more run to the total.
17.2KPaul to MSDhoni
Outside off, played to point for a single.
17.1KPaul to MSDhoni
An unnecessary run conceded. Short and wide outside off, Dhoni cuts it to Axar Patel at short third man. He moves to his left, collects and throws it at the striker's end, even after Jadhav has made it in. Misses and the batsmen take an extra run.
Keemo Paul is back on.
16.6APatel to MSDhoni
Nopes, not a maiden! Axar drags his length short on off and Dhoni drags his pull shot down to long on for a single.
16.5APatel to MSDhoni
Advances down the track and forces it back to the bowler. Five dots. Maiden?
16.4APatel to MSDhoni
Quicker and shorter on off, punched again but not in the gap. The extra cover fielder did the fielding.
16.3APatel to MSDhoni
A back foot punch to a short ball but he finds the cover fielder. 23 needed off 21 balls.
16.2APatel to MSDhoni
Walks forward to a full ball and flicks it straight to mid-wicket. Two dots. Dhoni is taking this deep.
16.1APatel to MSDhoni
Bowls it flat and short on off, MS cuts it but finds the point fielder.
Strategic break. Easy going for Chennai, 23 more needed off 24 balls and unless something extraordinary happens like yesterday's game, the visiting team is taking all the three points.
15.6KRabada to MSDhoni
Yet another short ball, this time it's around off at 142 kph and Dhoni rides the bounce before pulling it to deep square leg for a run.
15.5KRabada to MSDhoni
A good bouncer around middle and leg at 145 kph, Dhoni allows it go to the keeper. Nothing from the square leg umpire.
15.4KRabada to KJadhav
A slower short ball around off, at 118 kph, Kedar pulls it down to long on for a single.
15.3KRabada to MSDhoni
Back of a length ball on off at 142.8 kph, Dhoni is on the back foot on his one leg as he strokes it to sweeper cover for a run.
15.2KRabada to KJadhav
On a length around off, Jadhav stays back and chops it down to third man for one.
15.1KRabada to MSDhoni
Short and wide outside off, Dhoni reaches out for it and cuts it through point for a single.
Kagiso Rabada returns into the attack. Is it too late or the South African speedster can still do some magic? He has troubled MSD in the past with his pace.
14.6APatel to MSDhoni
Picks up a single off the last ball. Dhoni gets back and eases it to covers for a run. 28 needed off 30 balls.
14.5APatel to MSDhoni
Four dots now! Shortish and on off, Dhoni punches but finds the cover fielder this time.
14.4APatel to MSDhoni
Arm ball on middle, skidding in, MSD keeps it out off the inner half of the bat to mid-wicket.