Super Kings thrash Warriors
Mumbai: Stunning performances by Doug Bollinger and Subramaniam Badrinath saw Chennai Super Kings thrash Pune Warriors by eight wickets in an Indian Premier League match at the DY Patil Sports Academy Wednesday.
Man-of-the-match Bollinger bowled exceptionally well for his three wickets for 21 runs and restricted the Warriors to 141 for six in 20 overs after skipper Yuvraj Singh remained unbeaten on 62. Ravichandran Aswhin, Tim Southee and Nuwan Kulasekara also picked up a wicket apiece.
Badrinath then starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 63 off 44 balls as the Super Kings raced to 145 with three balls to spare and eight wickets in hand. Opener Murali Vijay scored a run-a-ball 31 while Suresh Raina was not out on 34 from 25 balls.
The win means Chennai jump to second spot with eight points from seven matches while the Warriors are eighth with four points from six.
The Super Kings made a slow start and lost Mike Hussey (9) in the fifth over with just 19 runs on the board. But Badrinath held the innings together and was involved in two crucial partnerships to take them home safely.
Badrinath first forged a 61-run stand with Vijay and then an unbeaten 65-run with Raina as the Super Kings maintained their winning record over the new entrants. Badrinath hit six fours and two sixes in his third 50 of the tournament, becoming the leading run-scorer for the Super Kings with 235 runs in seven matches in the process.
Earlier, opting to bat, Warriors made another disastrous start, losing their first four wickets for 41 runs. Singh played a captain's knock of 62 from 43 balls to take the team to a respectable total. In their last match, also against the Super Kings, the Warriors suffered a similar collapse, losing the top four for 40 runs.
The Warriors top-order failed yet again as Jesse Ryder (19) and Mohnish Mishra (2) succumbed to short-pitched deliveries from Bollinger, who troubled the batsman with swing early in the innings.
Manish Pandey (10), playing his second match this season, failed to make an impact while Mithun Manhas didn't trouble the scorers.
Yuvraj, along with Robin Uthappa (31), steadied the innings by adding 42 runs for the fifth wicket. Uthappa was the aggressor in the partnership as he smashed two sixes and as many fours in his 22-ball cameo. Yuvraj hit two sixes off Southee in the last over to take the score to 141.
Jesse Ryder c Anirudha b Bollinger 19
Mohnish Mishra c Jakati b Bollinger 2
Manish Pandey c Ashwin b Southee 10
Mithun Manhas b Kulasekara 0
Yuvraj Singh not out 62
Robin Uthappa c Anirudha b Ashwin 31
Mitchell Marsh c Ashwin b Bollinger 11
Jerome Taylor not out 1
Extras (lb 1, w 4) 5
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 141
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Ryder, 3.1 overs), 2-22 (Mishra, 3.3), 3-28 (Manhas, 5.2), 4-41 (Pandey, 7.2), 5-83 (Uthappa, 13.2), 6-123 (Marsh, 18.2)
Bowling: Nuwan Kulasekara 3-0-26-1; Doug Bollinger 4-1-21-3; Tim Southee 4-0-33-1; Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-29-1; Shadab Jakati 2-0-15-0; Suresh Raina 3-0-16-0.
Chennai Super Kings:
Mike Hussey c Pandey b Kartik 9
Murali Vijay c Manhas b Ryder 31
Subramaniam Badrinath not out 63
Suresh Raina not out 34
Extras (lb 2, w 5, nb 1) 8
Total (for two wickets in 19.3 overs) 145
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Hussey, 4.2 overs), 2-80 (Vijay, 11.4)
Bowling: Alfonso Thomas 3.3-1-24-0; Jerome Taylor 4-0-27-0; Murali Kartik 4-1-27-1; Mitchell Marsh 1-0-7-0; Rohit Sharma 4-0-27-0; Yuvraj Singh 1-0-10-0; Jesse Ryder 2-0-21-1.
Toss: Pune Warriors, who chose to bat
Result: Super Kings won by eight wickets
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and Suresh Shastri (India)
TV umpire: Ameish Saheba (India)
Match referee: Graeme Labrooy