Badrinath Steers Chennai To Repeat Win Over Pune
Chennai Super Kings 145-2 (Badrinath 63no) beat
Pune Warriors 141-6 (Yuvraj Singh 62no) by 8 wickets
Indian Premier League 2011, Mumbai
Subramaniam Badrinath scored an unbeaten half-century as the Chennai Super Kings beat the Pune Warriors for the second time in three days to go back to second place in the Indian Premier League 2011 table.
Badrinath was not out on 63 as his side overhauled the Warriors' score of 141 for six with three balls to spare and eight wickets in hand.
He hit six fours and two sixes in a 44-ball innings while unbeaten on 34 in 26 balls at the other end was Suresh Raina, marshalling the reigning champions to their fourth win of the competition.
Pune Warriors, just as they did in the first match between the two sides in Chennai, lost four early wickets and struggled to recover.
Here they slipped to 41 for four after Doug Bollinger bowled a double-wicket maiden as he removed Jesse Ryder (19) and Mohnish Mishra (2) on his way to figures of three for 21.
Yuvraj Singh battled his team out of a crisis by hitting 62 in 43 deliveries and he was supported by Robin Uhtppa, who hit 31 in 22 balls.
Nuwan Kulasekara, Tim Southee and Ravichandran Ashwin also picked up a wicket.
Pune then struck early with th eball to remove Michael Hussey, who was caught in the deep by Manish Pandey for nine, and when Murali Vijay fell to Jesse Ryder for 31, the game was in the balance with Chennai at 80 for two.
However, an unbroken partnership of 65 for the third wicket between Chennai stalwarts Badrinath and Raina ensured there was no way back into the game for the Warriors, who after making an inspired start to the tournament, now find themselves in eighth place and with plenty of work to do.
© Cricket World 2011