Chennai Super Kings recorded their second successive win over the Pune Warriors India when they beat the home side in the 31st game of the Indian Premier League at the Dr. DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. This was Super Kings; second successive win in the competition an fourth overall to ensure that they have eight points in the tournament now off the seven games that they have played. >
Before the start of the game, Yuvraj Singh had lamented the loss of early wickets and how they need to seal the issue. However, and much to the chagrin of the captain, the Pune Warriors went on to lose four early wickets for 41 only and the rest of the game was all about playing catch-up.>
Batting first, Jesse Ryder was off to a quick start, but after he left, Mohnish Mishra and Mithun Manhas followed in quick succession. Manish Pandey tried his best to stall the wickets-fall but another shot ball saw his end off a pull shot.
It was Yuvraj’s partnership with Robin Uthappa that pulled the side out of the mire to an extent. The two added 42 for the fifth wicket with Uthappa doing all the scoring and it was only after he got out that Yuvraj took over.
The Pune captain banished three boundaries and four sixes in his innings of 62 as the side reached 141/6 in their 20 overs, a score that looked improbable at one stage.
However, the Super Kings did not have any difficulties in getting to the target. Michael Hussey, man of the match from the previous game, was dismissed early but first Murali Vijay and S Badrinath and then the latter’s partnership with Suresh Raina ensured that despite the difficult situations on occasions, the side would go on to win with relative ease.
Badri scored a 44-ball 63 whereas Raina remained unbeaten on 34 that came off 25 balls.
It would have been a tough choice for the man of the match award, given that both Doug Bollinger and S Badrinath deserved it, one thought. However, with Bollinger setting up the win with his early wickets of the main Pune batsmen, it was only fair that the award went to the fast bowler.
With this win, the Super Kings have eight points from seven games, but the Pune side are languishing behind with four from six.