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IPL match 54:Chennai given no chnace to cheer for Punjab

Postby dilip » Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:27 pm

Full Match: IPL 2010 MATCH54- KXIP vs CSK, 2010-04-18

Match Highlights

Super Kings reign supreme at Dharamsala

Dharamsala: The mists cleared over the Himalayas to reveal MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings as the winners of the night by six-wickets here.

The visitors rode on the back of their captain’s class innings to end Kings XI Punjab’s IPL with a loss sealing a semi-final spot. Chennai’s win with their backs against the wall again showcased the warrior qualities of Dhoni.

Dhoni’s never-say-die attitude was on display tonight with the Chennai Super Kings skipper playing a captain’s knock. It was Dhoni’s knock that took the game away from the Punjab team which had been dominating the match till the 16th over. The skipper showed his class and stamped his authority on the hosts with beautiful wristy shots all over the park. The match was going Punjab’s way till the 17th over when the downfall began with the hosts giving away 46 runs in the last three overs.

MSD bludgeoned the bowling and won it for his team with a couple of humongous sixes, including one that disappeared from the stadium.

An asking rate of around 10 an over is never easy, but S Badrinath and MS Dhoni seemed to have the necessary answers. The duo strung along a 59-run partnership with Badri doing the bulk of scoring. But then the pressure of upping the run-rate told and Badri fell trying to slog sweep Piyush Chawla in the 17th over.

Ramesh Powar bowled beautifully today befuddling the batsmen with his flight and was justly rewarded with the wickets of Matthew Hayden and Murali Vijay early in the innings.

Suresh Raina (46), who was looking like a man on a mission, played a brilliant cameo to bring the visitors back in the game. But Juan Theron struck to dismiss the southpaw and brought the game back to an even keel.

Earlier, it seemed the Dalai Lama’s presence couldn’t calm the murderous intent of the Kings XI Punjab batsmen.

It started with Mahela Jayawardene hitting Sudeep Tyagi for a couple of sixes in the very first over. It needed some magic from the Chennai side to stop the Sri Lankan opener. And the third over saw Sudeep Tyagi at mid-off leap and come up with a magical catch to dismiss Jayawardene.

This dismissal signalled the arrival of Kumar Sangakkara who looked as if he was carrying on from the last match hitting boundaries at will. But again, the KXIP skipper couldn’t build on a great start and CSK’s main strike bowler R Ashwin struck a telling blow getting the wicket of Sangakkara. Yuvraj followed his skipper back to the dug-out in the next over.

The stage was now set for Shaun Marsh to recreate one of his exquisite knocks from the first IPL season and the Australian didn’t disappoint. Marsh, who was dropped on 10 by Tyagi, used his lifeline to good use.

His thank you note to the Super Kings was a masterful knock of 88*, with a peppering of sixes to the leg-side region, including one off Albie Morkel in the 17th over that actually sailed out of the stadium.

Irfan Pathan (44*), at the other end, wasn’t going to be outdone and tried to match Marsh in stroke-making - his hits and even mis-hits went for boundaries. The duo added 61 runs off the last five overs to set CSK a formidable target of 193.

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