Gritty CSK dash Kings XI hopes

Gritty CSK dash Kings XI hopes

Punjabs chances of entering semis in peril after their 24-run defeat

Gotcha: Chennai’s Suresh Raina (centre) celebrates with team-mates the wicket of Kings XI’s Yuvraj Singh. APMuralitharan (2/8), R Ashwin (2/13) and Suresh Raina (2/17) spun their web around Punjab batsmen and saved the day for Chennai as Yuvraj men’s found runs hard to come by in the low and slow conditions and could only manage 92 for eight in their alloted 20 overs.

With this win Chennai became the second team after Delhi Daredevils to have secured their semifinal spot with 17 points from 14 matches.

On the other hand, Punjab with 14 points in their kitty desperately needed to win Wednesday’s match to assure themselves of a semifinal spot, but they could not achieve that.

Earlier, S Sreesanth and Irfan Pathan snapped two wickets each as Kings XI Punjab restricted formidable Chennai Super Kings to a paltry 116 for nine.

Kings XI’s run chase started on disastrous note as they lost dangerous Sunny Sohal early in the second over, caught by Parthiv Patel off Thushara. Simon Katich was next to depart clean bowled behind his legs by Muralitharan to send Punjab in a spot of bother at 32/2 after six overs.
As expected Punjab batsmen found scoring tough against Chennai spinners. Their struggle can be ascertained from the fact that they scored just 13 runs in the four overs before the last strategic timeout.

Needing 72 off 54 deliveries, willy Muralitharan struck again when he induced an edge from Luke Pomersbach (26 off 32) that Raina pounced sharply at the first slip to see the Sri Lankan end his spell with superb figures of 4-0-8-2.

Raina then ended Yuvraj’s struggle at the middle, disturbing the Punjab skipper’s stumps in the very next over to give his side the upper hand in the contest. Earlier, Parthiv Patel (32 off 23 balls) and George Bailey (15) got Chennai of to a flying start scoring 35 runs in the first four overs.
It took Yuvraj Singh’s magic on the field to break the dangerous looking partnership. The Punjab skipper came up with a direct hit from mid-off to catch Bailey short of the crease.
After that Chennai lost wickets at regulat intervals to lose the momentum.

SCOREBOARD

Chennai Super Kings: George Bailey (run out) 15, Parthiv Patel b Powar 32, Suresh Raina c Lee b Mota 20, S Badrinath c Pathan b Sreesanth 4, Mahendra Singh Dhoni b Sreesanth 2, Jacom Oram c & b Pathan 17, Manpreet Gony b Chawla 7, R Ashwin c Pomersbach b Irfan Pathan 8, Thilan Thushara (run out) 1, Lakshmipathi Balaji (not out) 2, Muttiah Muralitharan (not out) 1. Extras (B 3, lb-2, W-2) 7. Total (for 9 wkts; 20 overs) 116.
Fall of wickets: 1-40, 2-54, 3-68, 4-70, 5-87, 6-96, 7-105, 8-109, 9-114.
Bowling: Brett Lee 4-0-16-0, Irfan Pathan 4-0-32-2, Ramesh Powar 4-0-19-1, S Sreesanth 4-0-23-2, Piyush Chawla 2-0-13-1, Wilkin Mota 2-0-8-1.
Kings XI Punjab: Sunny Sohal c Patel b Thushara 3, Simon Katich b Muralitharan 8, Luke Pomersbach c Raina b Muralitharan 26, Yuvraj Singh b Raina 6, Kumar Sangakkara c & b Ashwin 7, Wilkin Mota lbw Ashwin 5, Irfan Pathan c Oram b Thilan Thushara 14, Brett Lee c Jacob Oram b Raina 6, Piyush Chawla (not out) 4, Ramesh Powar (not out) 7. Extras (lb-3, W-3) 6. Total (for 8 wkts; 20 overs) 92.
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-32, 3-45, 4-49, 5-59, 6-60, 7-67, 8-83.
Bowling: Manpreet Gony 2-0-9-0, Thilan Thushara 4-0-28-2, Muttiah Muralitharan 4-0-8-2, R Ashwin 4-0-13-2, Suresh Raina 4-0-17-2, Lakshmipathi Balaji 2-0-14-0.

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