The Chennai Super Kings were the recipients of sweet revenge as they trumped the Pune Warriors by 13 runs in Thursday's Indian Premier League clash at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk.
The Chennai Super Kings were the recipients of sweet revenge as they trumped the Pune Warriors by 13 runs in their Indian Premier League clash at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk.
Trounced by seven wickets by the same opposition earlier in the tournament, the defending champions turned the tables on Sourav Ganguly's men to move one place higher on the nine-team standings. While Thursday's defeat left Pune rooted in fourth spot, Chennai rose to fifth.
The Super Kings' innings was afforded a superb foundation on the back of Subramaniam Badrinath and Faf du Plessis' fluid work at the top of the knock. The duo, combining Indian flair with South African pizzazz, orchestrated a record 116-run alliance inside 16 overs to achieve the highest first-wicket partnership of the 2012 competition.
Badrinath, for his 57 from 48 balls, struck eight fours but couldn't loft the ball over the ropes once. Du Plessis, though, made no mistake in striking two sixes and four boundaries en route to 58 from 48.
As they succeeded in similar fashion, so their respective departures paralleled each other. Both chasing big, quick runs, each holed out to Angelo Mathews in the deep off the bowling of spinner Marlon Samuels.
Momentarily jolted by two wickets in three deliveries and Suresh Raina's fall for a duck in the next over, Chennai soon had themselves back on track thanks largely to their captain.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, true to form, ended the innings with his characteristically strong finishing. Moving through three fours and a hefty six that traveled well over the long-on fence, the swashbuckling right-hander finished unbeaten on 28 off just a dozen deliveries as the Super Kings' outfit finished on 164 for five.
Pune's reply was in early trouble when Robin Uthappa and Jesse Ryder departed for eight and nine respectively. Sri Lanka seamer removed both openers and new full well the value of Ryder's scalp after the New Zealand left-hander proved Chennai's tormentor-in-chief in Saturday's clash.
No Pune batsman was able to emulate the lofty heights of Badrinath or du Plessis, and a string of 20-odds made for a stop-start chase. Mathews' 27 was as good as it got amid Man of the Match Kulasekara and company's strangle act before Bravo sealed the deal by removing Mathews across an entirely economical final over.
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