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Chennai Super Kings registered their first win of Pepsi IPL 2013 with an authoritative 10 wicket win over Kings XI Punjab at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali. CSK were led by their bowlers who dismissed KXIP for just 138 before their opening batsmen chased it down with 16 balls remaining.
Chasing a modest 139, CSK started their chase cautiously and put on 38 runs in the power play. Michael Hussey (86*) survived a nervous moment as a direct hit from Ryan Harris seemed to catch him short, but the third umpire ruled in the batsman's favor giving him the benefit of doubt. KXIP squandered the opportunities they created as Piyush Chawla put down Michael Hussey off his own bowling before Adam Gilchrist missed a stumping chance giving Murali Vijay (50*) a life.
CSK got a move on smashing Harris, the innings’13th over for three boundaries and in the process, Hussey brought up his fifty. Murali Vijay then got into the act hitting a couple of boundaries. The openers brought up the century partnership in the 15th over. Hussey smashed Azhar Mahmood for a six and a boundary to take his team to the verge of victory, CSK eventually reaching the target in the 18th over.
Earlier, put into bat, KXIP started with a boundary off the very first delivery through Mandeep Singh. But CSK struck early as Dirk Nannes first had Gilchrist (9) caught by Michael Hussey at leg gully before having Mandeep (9) miscue a pull shot to leave KXIP stuttering at 20 for 2. Manan Vohra (16) smashed Chris Morris for two boundaries, before perishing caught by Michael Hussey off Ravindra Jadeja.
David Hussey (41) was given a reprieve when Vijay dropped him on 12. He hit the first six of the match in the 10th over depositing Dwayne Bravo over mid-wicket. Along with Gurkeerat Singh (31), David Hussey steadily built the KXIP innings putting on 55 runs for the fourth wicket. But disaster struck as KXIP lost their two set batsmen in the span of two overs as Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed the dangerous David Hussey before Bravo followed it with the wicket of Gurkeerat Singh. Mahmood (8) fell soon after to give Morris his first IPL wicket. The slide continued as R Satish (8) and Chawla (4) departed in Bravo's 18th over. The late flurry of wickets saw KXIP bundled out for 138.
Man-of-the-Match: Michael Hussey
Brief Scores: Kings XI Punjab 138 all out (David Hussey 41, Dwayne Bravo 3-27) lost to Chennai Super Kings 130 for no loss in 17.2 Overs (Michael Hussey 86*, Murali Vijay 50*) by 10 wickets.
Mumbai Indians won their first match at home routing Delhi Daredevils by 44 runs. MI, led by electric knocks from Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma, posted a mammoth 209 before their bowlers put on a good show to hand DD their third loss in three matches.
Defending a huge 210, MI struck with the very first ball of the run-chase as Ricky Ponting pulled off a spectacular catch to dismiss Unmukt Chand (0). Mitchell Johnson then struck sending back DD captain, Mahela Jayawardene (3) to further dent the chase. Johnson's 5th over was dispatched for three boundaries as DD, under Warner and Manprit Juneja (49), attempted to rally back.
Juneja survived a few anxious moments as a stumping appeal was referred to the third umpire off Harbhajan Singh. Warner smashed Kieron Pollard for a six and a boundary in his 10th over but despite Warner and Juneja's best efforts, DD still required 126 runs at the halfway stage.
Johnson got rid of the dangerous Warner (61) in the 11th over, caught by Ambati Rayudu at deep point. Pollard then caught Jeevan Mendis (0) of his own bowling and the slide continued as Irfan Pathan (10) holed out, followed by Kedar Jadhav (1) and Shahbaz Nadeem (2). Morne Morkel smashed Johnson for three successive boundaries in the 19th over but it was all a little too late, as the visitors fell short by 44 runs.
Earlier, MI won the toss and chose to bat. MI started badly losing their champion openers, Ricky Ponting (0) and Sachin Tendulkar (1), with just a run on the board. First Pathan had Ponting caught at mid-off before a brilliant throw from Jayawardene caught Tendulkar short of his crease. Dinesh Karthik (86) resurrected the innings with a magnificent counter-attacking knock. He hit Ashish Nehra for a six before following it with a boundary. He and Rohit Sharma (74*) led the charge adding 132 runs for the third wicket.
Karthik brought up his fifty in just 29 deliveries, taking apart Umesh Yadav's 9th over smashing three boundaries. The runs continued to flow as Karthik and Sharma found the fence at will. Karthik was eventually dismissed by Morne Morkel with MI at 133 for 3. Pollard (13) played a few lusty blows before Nehra dismissed him. Rayudu played the perfect cameo near the end scoring 24 of just 8 balls. Rohit Sharma finished the proceedings with a flurry smacking three sixes of the final over to take MI to 209 for 5.
Man-of-the-Match: Dinesh Karthik
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 209 for 5 (Dinesh Karthik 86, Ashish Nehra 2-49) beat Delhi Daredevils 165 for 9 (David Warner 61, Pragyan Ojha 2-34) by 44 runs.