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Chennai Super Kings break losing streak with 10-run win over Deccan Chargers
By IPL desk
Mumbai 05 May 2012
The Chennai Super Kings returned to their winning ways with a 10-run victory over the Deccan Chargers at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here. The defending champions are now fourth in the points table and will take on the Mumbai Indians in an away game next.
Earlier, Murali Vijay came out to open the innings for CSK along with Faf du Plessis after MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat first, while Ankit Sharma took the new ball for DC. However, Vijay’s (14) stay in the middle was short-lived as he holed out to Amit Mishra off Veer Pratap Singh after hitting a couple of boundaries. This brought Suresh Raina to the middle. He immediately got after the DC bowlers. Even du Plessis, who was dropped in Singh's second over, joined the party. The pacer went for 21 runs in the same over, which saw Raina (32 off 24 balls) clubbing him for two sixes. However, the southpaw perished while attempting to clear deep mid-wicket off Mishra only to find Abhishek Jhunjhunwala in the deep.
Later, du Plessis was caught by Shikhar Dhawan off Singh for 42. His 35-ball stay at the crease included two hits to the fence and one over it. After his departure, Albie Morkel joined Dhoni in the middle. But the South African lost his off stump to Jhunjhunwala after adding just 13 runs to the total. With five overs left in the Super Kings’ innings Ravindra Jadeja came out to bat. He top-edged Reddy to Sangakkara, while Dhoni (34 off 28 balls) was castled by Christain off the first ball of the last over after hitting Reddy for a four in the previous one. The next man in, Dwayne Bravo, was dropped by Ankit Sharma. In an over full of drama, Bravo (12* off 4 balls) made the most of the life granted to him by hitting a six over mid-wicket off the very next delivery; CSK scored 13 runs off it.
The DC bowlers did their best to keep the hosts on a tight leash, but it was the fielding that let the visitors down with dropped catches and half-chances.
Defending 160, Morkel claimed opener Parthiv Patel (1) in the second over but dropped Cameron White off the very next ball. Opener Shikhar Dhawan (36 off 29 balls) and White added 68 runs for the second wicket, until the former was run-out at the non-striker’s end in a freak dismissal. After White hit the ball straight back to Bravo, the bowler managed to deflect the ball onto the stumps successfully. The Charger’s skipper, Kumar Sangakkara, came out to the middle next and was sent back by Suresh Raina, who took a brilliant return catch diving to his right.
Although the asking rate steadily climbed, White continued his valiant effort with Daniel Christian at the other end. In the 18th over, he hit consecutive sixes off Jadeja over long-on and long-off, followed by a boundary a ball later. With 18 runs coming off the over, and 29 runs required off 12 balls the Chargers were still in the match. In the penultimate over though, White was run-out for 77 (off 53 balls) trying to sneak in a second run.
With DC requiring 20 runs off the last over, Dhoni handed the ball to Ben Hilfenhaus. Although Christian (27* off 24 balls) hit him for a four at fine-leg off the first ball, the experienced pacer took CSK to a victory and also picked the wicket of Reddy in the process. The Chargers could only manage 150 for five in their 20 overs. Scorecard
Man-of-the-Match: Suresh Raina for his all-round performance that saw him score 32 runs off 24 balls and pick up one wicket for five runs in his only over
Bowlers deliver one-run win for Mumbai Indians in nerve-racking match
By IPL desk
Mumbai 04 May 2012
The Mumbai Indians defended a mere 120 runs at the Surbrata Roy Sahara Stadium in a match that went down to the last ball. They registered a dramatic one-run win against the Pune Warriors India to stay in third place in the points table. It was an extraordinary performance by the MI bowlers, led by Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh, who helped restrict PWI to 119 for six in 20 overs.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians brought back Pragyan Ojha and Thisara Perera for this game. Pune Warriors India, meanwhile, replaced Marlon Samuels and Manish Pandey with Jesse Ryder and Ashok Dinda in the playing XI. Harbhajan Singh, the captain of the visiting team, won the toss and opted to bat first.
It was a slow start by the MI openers with Ashok Dinda bowling a rare maiden to Sachin Tendulkar in the second over of the innings. Tendulkar, however, smote Dinda for three consecutive fours in the pacer’s very next over, while James Franklin hit Ashish Nehra for fourteen runs in the sixth over to get MI to 42 for no loss at the end of six overs.
The visitors’ batting fortunes plummeted thereafter as Franklin (25), trying to play one shot too many, was caught at long-on off Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bowling in the eighth over. Rohit Sharma fell in the next over; after surviving a shout for lbw, the MI batsman was unable to make it back to the batting crease as he looked to take a non-existent single. MI were 56 for two in nine overs at the fall of Sharma’s wicket.
It got worse for MI. After Sachin Tendulkar (34) edged a delivery from Nehra to wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa, the visitors went from 81 for three at the end of the 12th over to 93 for seven in 16.1 overs. Robin Peterson, who was the fourth batsman to fall, managed a double-digit score (13). But Ambati Rayudu (1), Perera (0) and Harbhajan (0) contributed just a solitary run among themselves. Dinesh Karthik (18*) and Lasith Malinga (14 off 14 balls) then took MI to a score of 120 in an innings, which saw as many as four of the visitors’ batsmen being run-out – Sharma, Perera, Malinga and Ojha.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-0-9-2) and Ashish Nehra (4-0-19-2) were the pick of the bowlers for the hosts.
If PWI thought 121 was going to be easy to chase, the second half of the match saw an entirely different plot play itself out. Robin Uthappa hit a couple of boundaries and struck a big six off Munaf Patel to get the home team’s innings underway. Uthappa (18 off 18), however, couldn’t make the most out of that start as he was ruled lbw to Patel with PWI’s score at 20 in 3.3 overs.
Harbhajan Singh then turned the match in the visitors’ favour as he got rid of Jesse Ryder (9) and Michael Clarke (14) in successive overs. Pragyan Ojha, bowling his left-arm spinners from the other end, strengthened Mumbai’s position when he knocked over Steven Smith’s stumps as the middle-order batsman looked to charge down the track in the 10th over. PWI were 47 for four and pretty much up against the wall at this stage.
Sourav Ganguly and Mithun Manhas, nevertheless, brought the home team back into the contest with a 47-run stand. While Ganguly was playing the anchor’s role in the partnership, Manhas’ feisty innings kept the required rate within PWI’s reach. But with the hosts needing 27 off the last 19 deliveries, Lasith Malinga broke through Ganguly’s (16 off 24) defence to give the visitors their fifth wicket of the innings. Malinga even followed up Ganguly’s wicket with Wayne Parnell’s (2) scalp when he had the all-rounder out caught at point in the 19th over.
With PWI needing 12 off the last over, and Manhas still in the middle, the hosts fancied their chances. However, with Munaf Patel holding his nerve, despite being clobbered for a boundary by Bhuvneshwar Kumar off the penultimate ball, MI won the match by one run.
The win helps MI retain their hold on the third spot in the IPL 2012 table with 12 points from 10 games. PWI, on the other hand, remain in eighth spot with seven defeats from 11 matches.