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Kings XI Punjab won their all-important away game against the Chennai Super Kings by seven runs. After setting the home side a target of 157, thanks to Mandeep Singh’s 50-ball 56, KXIP restricted CSK to 149 for eight. Azhar Mahmood’s bowling performance was instrumetal in preventing the visitors from pulling off a win.
Faf du Plessis and S Badrinath got CSK’s run-chase off to a flying start. However, Azhar Mahmood took a great catch off his own bowling to dismiss the dangerous du Plessis (29 off 20 balls). Mahmood followed this up with the wicket of Badrinath (25 off 17 balls) in his next over.
This slowed down the scoring-rate and added pressure on the new batsmen – Suresh Raina and Wriddhiman Saha. Raina eventually succumbed to the pressure and was stumped by Nitin Siani off Piyush Chawla after scoring 15 (17 balls). Two overs later, KXIP skipper David Hussey brought himself into the attack and managed to castle Saha (six off 14 balls). Even MS Dhoni couldn’t do much damage and was run-out by Saini after scoring just one run.
After being dropped once, Ravindra Jadeja (17 off 11 balls) was finally caught by Hussey off the bowling of Chawla, leaving CSK tottering at 99 for six in the 15th over. This brought the explosive pair of Dwayne Bravo and Albie Morkel together in the middle. Although Bravo (30 off 21 balls) stepped on the pedal towards the end, he holed out at long-on off Praveen Kumar.
With CSK needing 17 off six balls, Mahmood ensured there were no last-minute heroics from the home side. After getting Morkel’s wicket off the first delivery of the last over, he effectively ended all of CKS’s hopes by restricting them to 148 for eight in 20 overs. The all-rounder recorded amazing bowling figures of 4-0-25-3.
Earlier, KXIP won the toss and chose to bat first on a good batting wicket. With Adam Gilchrist still missing in action, the visitors opened with Mandeep Singh and Shaun Marsh. The duo gave KXIP a good start and added 68 for the first wicket. After playing second fiddle to Mandeep for the first few overs, Marsh finally joined the party in the eighth over when he hit Jakati for one six and two fours. However, he soon perished for 32 as he was found short of his crease at the non-striker’s end when a straight drive from Mandeep was deflected onto the stumps by R Ashwin.
After that, Mahmood came in to bat, but he was trapped lbw by Dwayne Bravo after a brisk 18 off 12 balls. Meanwhile, Mandeep continued to rally on and brought up his maiden IPL half-century. The right-hander strung together a handy 30-run partnership with David Miller (19 off 15 balls), who was caught by MS Dhoni off Morkel. Mandeep (56 off 49 balls) soon followed him to the hut after he lofted a Bravo delivery that landed straight into Suresh Raina’s reliable hands.
Skipper David Hussey (7) stepped up to the plate next, but he holed out to Shadab Jakati when he tried to smash Morkel on the off side. KXIP suffered another blow in that over as Piyush Chawla (0) was caught off a slower delivery by Bravo. Bipul Sharma (7) was the next to depart, run out by Dhoni while trying to sneak in a bye. Nuwan Kulasekara bowled a great last over in which he conceded seven runs and got the wicket of Nitin Saini (6).
As a result of this mini-collapse, the visitors ended up scoring just 43 runs off their last six overs. They scored 156 for eight in their 20 overs. For CSK, Morkel did bulk of the damage with the ball and ended up with figures of 4-0-29-3. Even Bravo (4-0-28-2) registered impressive bowling figures.
Sehwag leads top-ranked Delhi Daredevils to 37-run win over Mumbai Indians
By IPL desk
Mumbai 28 April 2012
When Virender Sehwag, Mahela Jayawardene and Kevin Pietersenscore half-centuries in a 20-over innings, not often will their team end up on the losing side. Inserted to bat first, the Delhi Daredevils indulged in a run-fiesta and thrashed the Mumbai Indians by 37 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.
After their batsmen gave them a cosy cushion of 207 runs, the DD bowlers did the rest. The stage was set when they dismissed three MI batsmen – Aiden Blizzard (0), Sachin Tendulkar (7) and Rohit Sharma (12) – by the time the score was 19 in 3.1 overs. Irfan Pathan picked up two of those early wickets.
However, a belligerent 96-run stand between Dinesh Karthik (40 off 28 balls) and Ambati Ruyudu (62 off 39 balls) delayed DD’s rout of MI. Just when MI threatened to make a match out of it, Daredevils’ new spin star, Shahbaz Nadeem, dismissed the dangerous Rayudu and Kieron Pollard off consecutive balls. That put to rest Mi’s victory hopes. Morne Morkel continued to be mean and miserly, bowling four overs for 21 runs and picking up the prized wicket of Tendulkar.
Earlier, the contest between the two heavyweight teams was set rolling with a battle between two Sri Lankans – Lasith Malinga and Mahela Jayawardene. It was the batsman who emerged victorious hands down, scoring 25 runs off his countryman off 12 balls.
The silken touch of the Lankan batsman was perfectly complemented by the marauding style of Virender Sehwag. Jayawardene showed his class with elegant flicks, crisp cuts and exquisite drives. His Indian partner, however, sent the ball in the air time and again. He slashed it over point, smashed it over midwicket and lofted it straight. With this fire and ice combination, the two toyed with the MI bowlers and put up 135 runs – the highest opening partnership in IPL 2012 so far. Sehwag brought up his half-century in 30 balls. The carnage ended when Jayawardene’s uppish reverse sweep off Robin Peterson was caught at point.
Kevin Pietersen took some time to set up his breathtaking 26-ball half-century. He then unleashed some muscular drives and heaves all round the wicket to steal the spotlight from Sehwag. Spending too much time at the non-striker’s end is clearly not Sehwag’s thing. It showed when the dashing opener moved far too across to play an aerial cover drive and got caught in the deep. However, before departing, the Daredevils captain had scored 73 runs off 39 balls with eight fours and four sixes.
After losing Irfan Pathan a ball later, the Daredevils were bolstered by yet another power-packed partnership, between Pietersen and Ross Taylor. In their 41-run stand off 16 balls, Pietersen did all the damage, and he was especially harsh on left-arm spinner Robin Peterson. Of all the thrilling shots that he played during his unbeaten knock of 50, the audacious switch-hit off Peterson for six in the 18th over was the highlight. Scorecard:
Man-of-the-Match: Virender Sehwag for his scintillating 73-run knock off 39 balls that was embellished with eight fours and four sixes