Pune Warriors v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2011, Navi Mumbai April 27, 2011

Classy Badrinath stars in easy win


Chennai Super Kings 145 for 2 (Badrinath 63*) beat Pune Warriors 141 for 6 (Yuvraj 62*, Bollinger 3-21) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Who said there is no room for a purist in the IPL? S Badrinath walked into a tricky situation, took ownership of the chase of 142 without playing a single ugly shot, and finessed Chennai Super Kings to No. 2 in the IPL table. His effort came after Chennai's seamers made exemplary use of the extra bounce on the DY Patil strip to restrict Pune Warriors to an under-par score, despite a well-paced 62 from Yuvraj Singh.

Badrinath's virtuoso effort made the total seem woefully inadequate though Chennai dawdled listlessly until he came in. Badrinath isn't your typical IPL hero. His upright stance, clean feet movement, classical backlift and high-elbow follow-through are all made for Test cricket. Yet, he has managed to find a niche for himself in Chennai's muscular top order. Today he unfurled an IPL innings of rare beauty: there were no cross-batted slogs, no cheeky lap-scoops to deliveries landed outside off, and not once was he caught napping on the front foot to a short ball.

Chennai are not fond of chasing, and today it was evident why. M Vijay and Michael Hussey began too cautiously and the result was 14 dot-balls in the first four overs. Hussey then heaved Murali Kartik to midwicket where Manish Pandey took a tumbling catch. Badrinath earned a promotion ahead of the out-of-form Suresh Raina, and the swap helped both batsmen.

Chennai had crawled to 39 for 1 in eight overs when Badrinath decided to counter-punch. He trotted out to Kartik and launched him for four through long-off. Kartik tossed the next ball further up, and Badrinath carved him inside-out for a six. Badrinath came out again later in the over, hoodwinking Kartik into dropping short, and then glided him to third man. The over went for 16, and in next over, Badrinath opened up the off side again, lofting Yuvraj for six more. Seventy-seven required off 60, and Chennai did not look back from there.

Rahul Sharma thought he had got Badrinath to edge the first ball of the 11th behind, but the umpire gave it not out and replays were inconclusive. Vijay managed to swipe Jesse Ryder over midwicket but his scratchy innings ended in typical fashion when he holed out against a slow legcutter. Badrinath carried on as if nothing had happened, angling near-yorkers to third man and drilling half-volleys to the straight boundary. Suresh Raina ended the contest in the 18th over, muscling Jerome Taylor for sixes over long-off.

In reality, Pune lost the match in the first half itself. Ryder fell top-edging an effort ball from Doug Bollinger that rose quickly from short of a length. Mohnish Mishra perished to the pull as well, not bothering to adjust to the length after plonking his front foot forward. Nuwan Kulasekara then dismissed Mithun Manhas with a trademark inducker that squeezed between bat and pad to disturb the leg bail. Manish Pandey departed to a replay of Mishra's brain-fade, cross-batting Tim Southee off the front foot straight to mid-on, as Pune stumbled to 41 for 4.

Yuvraj survived a loose flail at a Kulasekara offcutter first ball. He thumped the next delivery, one of the few over-pitched by Kulasekara, through cover. Thereafter he settled in carefully, and set himself for a late assault. Meanwhile, Robin Uthappa tried to dominate spin, and managed to cart R Ashwin for sixes before falling to his carom ball for the second time in three days. Yuvraj opened up after Uthappa's fall, lifting Ashwin with the angle over midwicket before launching Doug Bollinger straight for the shot of the afternoon. He slammed Tim Southee for two sixes in the last over as Pune finished their innings with a flourish. Their last five overs yielded 50, but it was not good enough. What Pune missed was a batsman with the technical excellence and mental fortitude of Badrinath to support Yuvraj.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • j on April 30, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Badri has been a little unlucky in terms of breaking into the Test team with the big 4/5 taking time to move out. He is definitely classy and clever.

    My only problem with him is the lack of power. While he's definitely got the technique and touch, I want my ODI and T2 players to have some power. Often times, I see that his power shots simply dont come off and the ball drips off a few little feet when it was intended for the fence. Thats the only weakness I see.

    With this game, he is slotting himself as a misbah or samaraweera for the ODI/T20 holding up one end. If thats the case, he should become a solid part-time spinner like yuvraj/raina to improve his chances for those formats.

    Even for tests, If he puts in a bit of muscle, I feel it will help his stroke-making.

  • Sikandar on April 28, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    N Sundar said it best"...Badrinath isn't your typical IPL hero. His upright stance, clean feet movement, classical backlift and high-elbow follow-through are all made for Test cricket. Yet, he has managed to find a niche for himself in Chennai's muscular top order...." Anyways, I can't put it the way Mr Sundar expresses...but the high-elbow follow-through is an amazing way of hitting six..NOT many you will see in these days... !! Just watch You Tube of Badri mauling Malinga in the last year IPL..look at his posture!! that tells a lot about the talent he has!! Let us just accept the fact that this KID Badri is too talented to be ignored! He is a class act! PERIOD!

  • Sikandar on April 28, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    htonivi: Wow! let me see! How did we loose last T20 tournament? if my memory serves right, Dhoni and Yousuf were there till the end..the so called BRUTAL HITTERS or Explosive players who can score 36 runs in an over????- what happend?? they could NOT even deliver when mattered the most? 6s 7s 8s...are you kidding man??? Yousuf was a big failure in IPL - South Africa!!! Few games back, he never got enough balls to play still Badri played some shots...have you seen how disgusted was when the game was over - that tells a lot about a guy gave all he got whereas the other end, players are going back to dressing room as if they have to attend the loo!! Get this facts right! we indians are the worst for short pitch deliveries and the fact is that BADRI is NOT A FLAT TRACK Bully!! May be you like those kind!!

  • Karthikeyan on April 28, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Oy...Thussi Great Ho Hussey / Badri...!!!

    I read in Cricinfo that CSK has to win 3 out of the remaining 6 league games left to book a confirmed spot in the knock-out stage, and it helps that 4 out of the scheduled total 6 fixtures, will be played in the "Lion's Den" (Chepauk, M. A. Chidambaram stadium), where CSK has not yet dropped a game in three outings this season. So, CSK is peaking at the right time in the IPL 2011 tournament. :)

  • vinod on April 28, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    @harsh1236200 : New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee has been signed up by the Chennai Super Kings to replace injured Australian Ben Hilfenhaus.....simply to find fault on other's don't comment .....know the facts properly ...CSK is the best team to play IPL ...not only wiining the cup but also leading the fairplay ....CSK has the best players and support staff supported by administrators who really use their brains well ....

  • karthy on April 28, 2011, 11:58 GMT

    to mr.harsh1234... csk is not playing dirty politics unlike some other play against spirit of cricket on the field and off field.selection of southee is a cover up to an injured player even as dwayne bravo is not available.

  • Deep on April 28, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    @htonivi The RRR was 8.58 at one time. Enough said. I've always been critical of certain CSK players, but Badri is one unlucky guy. How about looking at it from another angle? What about a tough pitch and not a road where the other team scores at 8 RPO? (so 160+ target). I think Badri (and Hussey) would probably be the only batsmen equipped for that kind of pitch. Look at it both ways my friend!

  • Kelvikuri on April 28, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    It will be difficult for players like Badri to get selected with our biased selection process. How else can several failed well connected players get so many chances...Rohan Gavaskars erstwhile selection comes to mind.......how can one justify that selection then? I pity players like Doshi who lost their careers to petty politics.

  • siyad on April 28, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    tim southee came for ben hilfenhous

  • harsha on April 28, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    @harsh12362004 CSK replaced Hilfenhaus with Southee not Bollinger as was initially reported

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