Chennai Outclass Pune To Take 25-Run Win
Chennai Super Kings 142-6 (Hussey 61) beat
Pune Warriors 117-9 (Morkel 3-29) by 25 runs
Indian Premier League, Chennai
Reigning Indian Premier League champions the Chennai Super Kings thoroughly outclassed the Pune Warriors on their way to a comprehensive 25-run win at home.
Michael Hussey scored a fluent 61 as the Super Kings posted 142 for six and their bowlers then finished off the job by restricting Pune to 117 for nine.
The game slipped quickly away from Pune once they were reduced to 40 for four and despite Yuvraj Singh's best efforts, they were unable to match the intensity showed by Chennai in the field.
Set 143 to win, they made a reasonable start before both Mohnish Mishra (9) and Manish Pandey (12) chopped Albie Morkel onto their stumps before both Robin Uthappa (0) and Jesse Ryder (15) were bowled by Ravi Ashwin.
Thereafter, Pune seemed to lack the stomach for the fight with Mithun Manhas (20) and Nathan McCullum (15) content to work singles to get Yuvraj on strike.
However, even he was subdued by an outstanding fielding and bowling display by the Super Kings and his innings of 33 in 43 balls came to an end when he was caught superbly by Shadab Jakati.
Bollinger also returned two wickets while there were two run outs and countless diving stops as Chennai ended a losing run with an emphatic performance, Albie Morkel taking three for 29.
They had themselves made a shaky start with early confusion and hesitation almost combining to lose Murali Vijay his wicket twice before he went on to forge an opening partnership of 64 inside ten overs with Hussey, Vijay making 13 in 29 balls.
He fell to Alfonso Thomas, who struck again to bowl Raina for two but Hussey was in sublime form, stroking six fours and hitting a six to steer Chennai to a winning score.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni chipped in with 26 in 21 balls and although Jerome Taylor capped his first appearance of 2011 with the joint best figures of the match - three for 29 - and Thomas returned two for 28, the new boys were put in their place by the team that has seen and won it all.
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