Taylor's Warriors stun Chennai

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Pune Warriors managed to pull off only their second win of the tournament on Monday, shocking the more fancied Chennai Super Kings by 24 runs, despite posting a middling score and missing a number of key players.

Pune Warriors managed to pull off only their second win of the tournament on Monday, shocking the more fancied Chennai Super Kings by 24 runs, despite posting a middling score and missing a number of key players.

The Warriors batted first, without the injured Yuvraj Singh or the Sri Lankan Angelo Mathews to call on, leading New Zealander Ross Taylor to lead the side. They put on 159 for five, thanks to a half century from Aaron Finch and contributions from Robin Uthappa and Steve Smith.

The Super Kings, given their batting power, would have expected to chase down the target, but their middle-of-the-table efforts continued and they again failed with the bat, reaching 135 for eight in their 20 overs.

The Warriors' innings promised a big score, given the opening partnership between Finch and Uthappa garnering 96 runs, but Chris Morris and Dwayne Bravo took two wickets each so the final eight overs did not see as many runs scored as anticipated.

Finch's knock of 67 off 45 balls saw two sixes and 10 boundaries struck, and he was the first to fall, meaning he scored the vast bulk of the 96 before Ravindra Jadeja claimed his wicket, stumped by MS Dhoni. Uthappa fell five runs later, caught by Jadeja off Morris.

This left Smith to make sure the score reached something defendable, with Taylor and Mitchell Marsh back in the hut, and he was on 39 not out off 16 balls when the innings came to a close.

The Super Kings' knock got off to a dire start when Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck with the second ball, removing Srikkanth Anirudha with an LBW, leaving Murali Vijay to rescue the situation. He was unable to do so though, and made only 24.

Wickets fell at regular intervals, with Jadeja top-scoring with 27 and the Pune bowlers spreading the wickets around. Kumar, Marsh and Ashok Dinda took two each, while Rahul Sharm and Abhishek Nayar bagged one apiece.

The win still left the Warriors in seventh on the table, while the Super Kings were just one place ahead, though with a game in hand. The table is still headed by the Mumbai Indians.

Chennai Super Kings: S Anirudha, M Vijay, S Raina, S Badrinath, DJ Bravo, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, C Morris, A Morkel, R Ashwin, D Nannes

Pune Warriors: R Uthappa, A Finch, M Pandey, R Taylor, A Nayar, S Smith, T Suman, M Marsh, B Kumar, R Sharma, A Dinda

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