Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2012, Chennai April 28, 2012

Punjab win to join mid-table scrum

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Kings XI Punjab 156 for 8 (Mandeep 56, Morkel 3-29) beat Chennai Super Kings 149 for 8 (Mahmood 3-35) by seven runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kings XI Punjab were disconsolate after their previous match, when they leaked 32 runs in the final two overs of the chase to gift victory to Mumbai Indians. Three days later, they were faced with the same situation, but this time there were no goof-ups as they upset Chennai Super Kings and silenced the crowd at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Punjab seemed to have scored too little after choosing to bat first, ending on 156 after 20-year-old opener Mandeep Singh made his first half-century of the season. They lost 6 for 27 towards the end of the innings, which meant there was no late flourish, leaving Chennai the happier side at the halfway stage.

When Faf du Plessis confidently strode down the track to hammer Punjab's quick bowlers, Chennai were galloping along at nine an over. With Chennai possessing a line-up that had hitters down to No. 10, the game was slipping away but Punjab didn't lose faith. They caused a Chennai collapse to match their own - 5 for 38 - to scrap their way back into the game.

Of Piyush Chawla's IPL performances this season, most people only remember the caning he received at the hands of Robin Peterson and Ambati Rayudu, but he has also been one of the most economical bowlers of the tournament.

He showed that the Mumbai mauling was an aberration, with a superb spell in the middle that put the brakes on Chennai. He had Suresh Raina stumped, getting a delivery to slant past the outside edge, and then had Ravindra Jadeja slicing to cover to finish with 4-0-20-2.

Still, Chennai had two power-hitters, Dwayne Bravo and Albie Morkel, in the middle after 15 overs, and the target was 58 away, certainly not beyond their reach. Both had choked Punjab with the ball, and were now seemingly ready to finish the job with the bat.

Azhar Mahmood then showed off his Twenty20 experience, bowling a mix of slower balls and yorkers in the 16th over to stifle Chennai. Praveen Kumar followed up with a series of low full tosses, which also proved hard to put away. Parvinder Awana, the least experienced of the lot, also kept his cool, regularly find the blockhole and following the batsmen as they backed away.

With 32 needed off the final two overs, Praveen stuck to the low-full-toss strategy, and though Bravo smacked a straight six, he holed out three deliveries later. An inside-edge for four brought it down to 17 off the last over, with Mahmood given the responsibility of bowling it. He was spot-on, dismissing Morkel first ball and dishing out the yorkers.

Chennai were nearly out of it, with 11 needed off two deliveries. The batsman Nuwan Kulasekara then backed away from the stumps, Mahmood followed him but Kulasekara shuffled across towards off and the ball went down leg to the keeper. They scrambled a run, and expected a wide to be signalled. There wasn't one, though, much to Chennai's consternation. R Ashwin had a heated argument with Praveen Kumar, but there was no change in the umpire's decision, and the game was finally Punjab's.

Mahmood had been instrumental to changing the game earlier on as well, removing both set openers, du Plessis and S Badrinath. MS Dhoni promoted both Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha ahead of himself, but neither could make an impact. Dhoni himself was run-out in 14th over, charging out after under-edging a ball and not realising it was right next to the keeper. With Chennai at 88 for 5, not only had Punjab fought back, they were ahead.

It hadn't seemed that they would topple Chennai when they wasted the start provided by Mandeep, who wilted under the heat and humidity of the afternoon. He had begun well, avoiding the slogs and heaves that are integral to Twenty20, and favouring inside-out drives to provide the initial acceleration. He faded, though, managing only one boundary in the 11 overs after the Powerplay.

Punjab's captain, David Hussey, also decided to demote himself, sending Mahmood and David Miller ahead of him, another move that didn't work. That left Hussey only four overs to bat at the end, and needing to swing from ball one, he failed. Punjab seemingly ended well short of a total to challenge Chennai, but their bowlers got it right to pull off an unlikely victory.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ElBeeDubya on April 29, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    CSK has only depended on foreign players?!! What exactly is wrong with that even if that is the case? It is not IOPL (where the O stands for ONLY) and let's not forget the contributions of players like Vijay, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin and Badri in various games in the past. Also, a significant number of teams are captained by non-Indian players and players like Gayle, KP, Morne Morkel, Shah, AB, Malinga, Steyn, Azhar, Narine, Kallis et al. have been integral to their teams. Actually, if IPL allows more foreign players in the playing squad, the overall QUALITY of IPL games would increase...

  • InUrFaceLoosers on April 29, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    For all the Patnayaks/CSK Bashers/Hypocrites....

    Calling CSK heavily dependent on foreign players is preposterous.In fact Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi are the only teams which can survive depending only on

    local lads.Dinesh Karthik, Murali Karthik, L Balaji all performing for the respective sides.In this scenario Mumbai will always be the strongest team, since

    their local talent is amazing. So will be (amazing) Delhi and Chennai. And these three will dominate the rest for considerable period.

    Dhoni from Jharkand Rain from UP Jakati from Goa R Jadega from Saurashtra

    The above states do not have respective IPL teams,So these guys should be pooled in a fair auction. Rightfully CSK should return Saha to West Bengal or KKR (for better loyalty:nothing against Saha)

    We won the 2011 IPL final because of R Ashwin and Murali Vijay.S Badrinath is the cornerstone for CSK.Replacing Saha and Jakati with Murali Karthik and Dinesh Karthik makes Chennai formidable.

  • niceguy1977 on April 29, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Dhoni with his stupid tactics dumped India to the bottom and he is dumping CSK too

  • dummy4fb on April 29, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    give chance to other Indian players

  • aujender on April 29, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    The tag of gr8 Indian captain has been thrust upon him, but really he is not that gr8. He has been gr8 till luck was favoring him but his days of dream luck are over now. He has always been a passive captain and now when he is not winning he is surrounded by coterie wrong players. See the performance of his players in his coterie- Raina, Jadeja and Rohit. On the other hand see the performance of those who in his view are on slower side in the field i.e Sehwag and Gambhir. It is his adamant behaviour that India was in the final of Tri series in Australia and Asia cup in Dhaka. So it will be better for Indian cricket and for CSK that he is out of scene for a short time so that real picture of Indian cricket and CSK can come out

  • GSP17 on April 29, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Saha made the difference between victory and loss for CSK. As usual CSK bashers started blabbering about last editions' victories forgetting abt the contributions of Ashwin and Murali vijay at those times... I donno why Dhoni keeping saha in the team... Giving bravo and morkel onli 3 overs & ask them to score 50 odd runs is too much..........

  • dummy4fb on April 29, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    David hussey should not change the batting order....azhar is good in last overs and same is the case with African left handed batsman..

  • pai11 on April 29, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    I hope its a lesson to All CSK supporters that its a T20 game. and anything can happen. So no one is really a KING!!!!!!!!!!

  • dummy4fb on April 29, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    CSK must use Murali Vijay at Saha place.....!! Vijay is big Match player..!! IPL should help him to regain his form..!! he is stylish player worth to watch..!!

  • dummy4fb on April 29, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    sk12: It is because it landed on middle-leg stump line and then deflected a bit, batsman missed it. Its NOT that every ball that goes down the leg-side is called wide. I have seen many a times when off-spinners bowl (to right hand batsmen) on line of wickets and ball turns and just misses the leg stump its NOT called wide.

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