Sunday, April 18, 2010

IPL.3. Day.38. Match.54. Kings XI Vs Chennai Super Kings

In a Humdinger of a match, Chennai Super Kings, 195 for 4 in 19.4 overs, beat Kings XI, Punjab 192 for 3, by six wickets to assure themselves of a semifinal berth.

Dhoni won the toss and invited Sangakara to bat first on a feather bed of a wicket. Mahela gave an explosive start of 21 of 8 balls, carting Tyagi to all parts of the ground, in the first over. Mahela fell to a Karbon Kamal catch by Tyagi, of the bowling of Albie Morkel. Sangakara, and Shaun Marsh then added 56 runs of 49 deliveries before Sanga perished for 33 of 24, bowled by Ravi Ashwin. Yuvraj did nothing of note falling to an indiscreet sweep of Raina's bowling.

Irafan Pathan joined Shaun Marsh and was involved in a record unbroken 99 run partnership of 48 deliveries. Shaun made an entertaining 88 of 57 and Pathan clouted his way for 44 of 27. In the last five overs Kings XI smashed 61 runs & finished with a fighting score of 192 for 3. Morkel, Ashwin and Raina picked up a wicket each.

Chennai team lost Hayden and Murali Vijay early. Raina made a brisk 46 of 27 and in the company of Badrinath 53 of 26, added 62 of 34 balls before holing out to Karan Goel of Theron's bowling. Dhoni came in and started sedately. At 148 Badri fell stumped by Sangakara of Chawla's, wideish delivery. Badri and Dhoni added 59 but consumed 42 deliveries.

Chennai Super Kings were precariously place at this stage, requiring 53 of 20 deliveries. Morkel joined Dhoni and made a quick 14 of 8. But it was Dhoni all the way from the 19th and 20th over, taking Super Kings to a memorable victory with two balls to spare , making 53 of 36 to be the Man Of The Match.

Super Kings, got away from Jaws of defeat, through a steller performance. Mumbai Indians should now wish that they do not meet them, in Semis.

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