Chennai Super Kings Humiliate Kings XI Punjab With Massive Win
CSK 192-3 (McCullum 66) beat
KXIP 95-9 (Vijay 34) by 97 runs
24th match, IPL 2015, Chennai
Brendon McCullum showed some scintillating form as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) embarrassed an out-of-colour Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) team, hammering them by 97 runs to win their fifth game in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and go top of the table.
CSK won the toss and chose to bat on their home ground.
KXIP went into the game without the superstar of last season, Glenn Maxwell, their skipper George Bailey coming back after a shoulder injury.
It was Dwayne Smith (26) who started the carnage knocking Karanveer Singh (0-43) for two sixes and two fours in a 22-run third over.
The usually efficient Sandeep Sharma (0-32) went for runs too as McCullum (66) clobbered a massive six and four off Sandeep in the fourth over.
In the first of many fielding blunders, Mitchell Johnson (0-40) dropped McCullum on 21 in the fifth over at mid-off.
Anureet Singh (1-40), the unlucky bowler got Smith’s wicket though in the same over, Smith pulling one onto his thighs, the ball then deflecting off the elbows to disturb the stumps.
Thanks to an excellent first over from Johnson, CSK went only to 54 for one in the power-play overs after a blazing start.
Anureet went for a 20-run over though immediately after, with five wides and a McCullum six.
CSK had more luck as Suresh Raina (29) nicked the ball to the wicket-keeper but the umpire missed it.
McCullum toyed with Johnson too, hitting him for a six and four to take CSK to 97 for one after 10 overs.
The bad night continued for KXIP as Johnson dropped Raina at deep midwicket in the 11th over, after Axar Patel (1-35) was just hit for couple of fours.
Patel got McCullum caught at long off in his next over but the carnage was continued by MS Dhoni (41 not out) as CSK managed to reach 138 for two in 15 overs.
Raina who was not as fluent, was run-out in the 16th over not grounding his bat after the bowler deflected a strong Dhoni drive on to the non-striker stumps.
But, from then on Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja (18 not out) were lethal.
Johnson got some serious stick in the 19th over with 17 runs scored off him.
CSK finished off on 192 for three, Dhoni’s 27-ball knock studded with two fours and two sixes.
For KXIP every bowler went for above eight, Sandeep the most economical. Patel and Anureet picked a wicket apiece.
KXIP started their chase terribly, Virender Sehwag (1) chipping one meekly to mid-off.
Murali Vijay (34) showed good touch as he played two elegant shots off Pandey in the third over for a six and four.
Hero of the last KXIP win, Shaun Marsh (10) didn’t shine this time though, caught lbw off the bowling of Ashish Nehra (2-16), missing a flick.
Bailey (1) went the very next over, edging one to Dhoni behind the stumps off Jadeja’s (3-22) first over.
Things went from bad to worse as David Miller (3) fell to smart tactics from Dhoni as the batsman pushed one on the leg stump straight to Raina at leg slip, who took a sharp catch.
Vijay skipped out the very next over to Ravichandran Ashwin (2-14) hitting the ball straight to Dwayne Bravo at deep midwicket - game, set, match for CSK with KXIP at 57 for five after 10 overs.
From then on it was just a formality as KXIP’s lower order managed to avoid being all-out in 20 overs.
However, that wouldn’t do much good at all as KXIP still lost the game by a whopping 97 runs which will severely dent their net run-rate taking them to the bottom position in the points table.
There was some turn for the spinners and Jadeja and Ashwin exploited it fully.
However, more than good bowling, it was total lack of application from KXIP that brought their downfall, coupled with some good tactics from Dhoni in his own backyard.
Everyone except Bravo (0-13) had a wicket for CSK.
Nehra continued his fine form. The spin-twins, Ashwin and Jadeja were at the top of their game, accounting for number four to number eight of KXIP batsmen derailing their chase completely.
CSK is now the only team to have lost just one game this season.
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