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Pune Warriors v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2012, Pune

Ryder, Smith put Warriors top of the table

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

April 14, 2012

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Pune Warriors 156 for 3 (Ryder 73*, Smith 44*) beat Chennai Super Kings 155 for 5 (Jadeja 44, du Plessis 43) by seven wickets
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Jesse Ryder on his way to an unbeaten 73, Pune Warriors v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2012, Pune, April 14, 2012
Jesse Ryder provided a turbo-charged start to Pune Warriors' chase © AFP
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Pune Warriors had only four wins in their entire campaign in 2011, and were expected to struggle again in the absence of their marquee player Yuvraj Singh. Instead, they've got three victories in four games and are top of the table after upsetting the fancied Chennai Super Kings in front of a boisterous home crowd.

It was an all-round performance from Warriors, with their bowlers first stifling the power-packed Super Kings batting by hitting the blockhole as often as possible, backed up by some sharp fielding, something which is a rarity in the IPL.

Their chase was then controlled by two contrasting innings from two men struggling to hold down a place in their national sides. Jesse Ryder began in a hurry, but calmed down to play through the innings for the first time in his T20 career. Just when things started to become tense in the chase, Steven Smith hammered a bunch of boundaries, including two in the final over to complete the victory.

It hadn't seemed that it would be this close an encounter after Ryder, who would probably have been dropped had he failed again, provided a turbo-charged start, and even the run-outs of Robin Uthappa and Sourav Ganguly weren't too big a hindrance. The spin duo of R Ashwin and Suresh Raina, though, choked the runs to inflate the asking rate, making it difficult to understand why Ravindra Jadeja was not used. It came down to 34 required off the final three overs, in which Ryder only needed to take three singles - Smith's big hits took care of the rest.

Both captains had been uncertain about how the pitch at the new Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune would behave, but it had few demons in it. Super Kings' innings was built around a clutch of boundaries at the start of the innings from one of their cheapest buys, Faf du Plessis, and a flourish from their most expensive signing, Jadeja, in the second half.

The openers began slowly before du Plessis waded into the fourth over from Ashish Nehra, taking 18 off it including a six over the bowler's head after advancing down the track. Du Plessis went on to become the highest run-getter of the tournament, but his opening partner M Vijay's struggles continued.

Still, Super Kings were well placed after du Plessis' blast, but were slowed down by legspinner Rahul Sharma's strikes, who removed both du Plessis and Raina. Warriors then kept a lid on the scoring through some fast and full bowling from Marlon Samuels, who fired in a succession of quicker deliveries, some clocked as high as 127kph. The batsmen couldn't get under those deliveries, and even MS Dhoni couldn't find the boundaries, finishing on an underwhelming 26 off 28.

Jadeja came out firing, and provided some impetus. Samuels' darts and Ashok Dinda's impressive ability to consistently deliver yorkers, though, kept the scoring down. All through the second half of the innings, one kept waiting for Super Kings' big onslaught, but Warriors' bowlers ensured that it never came.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay 16-20 overs NB/Wides
Chennai Super Kings 39 13 4 43-0 41-2 2/3
Pune Warriors 38 12 5 56-1 50-0 (19.2) 0/3

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Posted by Matrix on (April 17, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Dhoni did not have slow left arm spinner bowl to a left arm batsman like Ryder - who was still at the crease because Ryder would have made a meal of the him. Right decision not to play Jakati or not to have Jadeja bowl to Ryder. Had Ryder been out, Dhoni would possibly have thrown the ball to Jadeja. But that was not the case till the end of the match - unfortunately. CSK's fast bowlers let Dhoni down in this match.

Posted by Matrix on (April 16, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

CSK : Drop Vijay for Abhinav Mukund.

Posted by Garry on (April 16, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

rubelewu and replace who for him? Look at his average in 20/20 both domestic and international, it is average to say the lease. People were saying before this match to replace Ryder with him but lets be honest Ryder is a class above him.

Posted by sowmi on (April 16, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

Why Dhoni isn't bowling jadeja is a real mystery. This guy just came off a 5 wicket haul and still Dhoni is hesitant to bowl him. The medium pacers like Kulasekara Yo Mahesh Morkel and Bravo were never going to bother Smith and Ryder who have grown up on fast bowling. When Ashwin can bowl 4 overs for 19 runs and Raina 4 overs for 22 runs jadeja not getting a bowl is preposterous. The captaincy and batting of Dhoni is costing this CSK side big time.

Posted by Venkatesh on (April 16, 2012, 0:21 GMT)

It's clear Dada can do magic when no one interferes with his ways (John Wright and now Pune); interfering can be disastrous (Greg Chappell and SRK), SRK clearly didn't have a clue as to how to use him. Go Dada and Subrata Roy!!!

Posted by rubel on (April 15, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

TAMIM should get his chance........he is also aware of this and hope he will grave that opportunity.....cum on tamim..u r really a great player and it's just a matter of time to show it to every1.........

Posted by Senthil on (April 15, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

@Felix_E, Really a great comment. I completely agree with you. Both Ganguly and Dhoni always had the better Indian team then any other Indian captains had hence they had a better captaincy record then any1 else. But as you said I wouldn't rate this 2 for captaincy skills as they have always had many captaincy flaws and stick with some one not really potential. Ganguly at least had given chances to some of the good players now to shine but Dhoni fans, can they name any1 good player debut under Dhoni? They might name Kohli but he was sure shot after his U-19 fame itself. List out the players debut under Dhoni, most are mediocre at best as Dhoni is.

Posted by Freddie on (April 15, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

Someone called me a 'die-hard Ganguly fan'. Let me make it clear I am not the typical Indian Cricket Fan. I appreciate some great players and yes, Ganguly is one of them. However, I have noticed that there are invariably double standards while commenting about him... Take for example today's matches. Kallis Strike Rate 20, Gilly 55, Dravid 80... and Ganguly was 100 yesterday. But the comments? Ganguly gets the worst of them all. Saying this makes me 'die-hard"?

Posted by RAJ on (April 15, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

Dhoni with his superb batting skills dumped CSK. He is no more use to CSK and India, Kindly drop him. When different coloured caps are given for best perfomance, why not a colour to be introduced for worst performance. Dhoni's innings is the worst IPL innings. His stupid tactics are the reason for India's contnuous failures, he always beleive in luck and dont have any special skills.

Posted by Aravind on (April 15, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

With a very strong batting line-up, CSK has performed way below par in these 5 matches. Their bowling looks pretty weak anyway. If they have to win more matches, they can do it only with their batting. If they bat first, they need to score at least 170 to 180.On a reasonably good track, scores like 110, 120, 150 are disasters with their bowling line-up. Dhoni seriously messed up with his weird batting. Both Ganguly & Dhoni are highly over-rated as far as their leadership skills are concerned. Traditionally Indians have had pretty soft and defensive captains (maybe with the exception of Kapil Dev). So, these two guys appear to be "great", when in reality, they are just reasonably good. Pune won yesterday in spite of Ganguly and not because of him. If CSK had won yesterday, again it would have been in spite of Dhoni and not because of him.

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