Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers
Indian Premier League 2011, Chennai
The Chennai Super Kings continued their climb up the Indian Premier League 2011 table with a 19-run victory over Deccan Chargers at Chennai.
This win took them to ten points, jointly with Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders, firmly in sight of a knock-out place. Deccan meanwhile lost their fifth game out of eight and are now placed in the lower half of the table.
Chasing 166 runs, Deccan Chargers got off to a super start from Sunny Sohal. The Punjab youngster took apart the opening overs from Chennai bowlers as the first thirty runs came in three overs and the fifty mark was up in only the 5th over. He hit a blistering 56 off 30 balls with six fours and four sixes, comfortably putting his team ahead in over-comparison. At the other end though, they started losing wickets and kept at it, allowing Chennai back into the match. Sohal was the first to go in the 7th over and then Shikhar Dhawan was out for 19 runs in the 11th. The score read 90 for 2 at that moment and it started going downhill from there on.
None of the other top six batsmen crossed the 20-run mark as Chennai skipper MS Dhoni shuffled around his bowlers quite well. He brought on Albie Morkel and Doug Bollinger for a second spell after they had been hit initially, and they responded by picking up crucial wickets. Morkel accounted for Kumar Sangakkara, Bharat Chipli and JP Duminy, while Bollinger picked up Cameron White. It allowed for the run-rate to creep up and in the end, they just ran out of steam. Shadab Jakati bowled well too, picking 2 for 23 in his four overs.
Earlier, Suresh Raina led the Chennai innings with a solid half century when Murali Vijay was out cheaply, again. The home team had gotten off to a slow start with 18 runs coming off the first four overs but Raina and Mike Hussey then stepped on it. They put on 60 runs for the second wicket and then Raina put on another 58 runs with Dhoni for the fourth wicket. He scored 59 runs off 35 balls with six fours and two sixes, and was out in the 18th over. It provided the perfect launch pad for Albie Morkel who hit three mighty sixes off the penultimate over from Ishant Sharma, taking his team from a par-score to a challenging one of 165 for 5 in twenty overs.
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