Punjab v Chennai, IPL 2012, Dharamsala May 17, 2012

Gilchrist, seamers push Chennai to the brink


Kings XI Punjab 123 for 4 (Gilchrist 64*, Bravo 2-18) beat Chennai Super Kings 120 for 7 (Bravo 48, Awana 2-12, Praveen 2-18) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kings XI Punjab kept themselves in contention for a place in the playoffs with a comfortable victory set up by their seamers in Dharamsala. In conditions conducive to swing and movement, Praveen Kumar and Parvinder Awana stymied Chennai Super Kings, who finished their league campaign on a disappointing note. Super Kings are still hanging by a thread in this IPL though, and are at the mercy of other results.

Kings XI's decision to go in with a four-pronged pace attack paid off and despite a Super Kings fightback led by Dwayne Bravo, a target of 121 proved easy to scale down. Adam Gilchrist, returning to lead his side after a lay-off of nearly a month due to a hamstring injury, smashed an unbeaten half-century to see his team home in front of a full house at the picturesque HPCA Stadium.

Gilchrist, after winning the toss, had no doubts about putting Super Kings in and Praveen went about justifying that decision. Several IPL venues around the country have supported movement off the pitch but here there was genuine swing on offer. The Super Kings openers were confident when the ball was pitched up but indecisive when the length was just held back a touch. Praveen sensed that early and beat M Vijay, before having him caught behind when he tried to play an expansive shot.

Michael Hussey faced a tough time against Ryan Harris, pushing and prodding at away-going deliveries before nicking one to the keeper off Praveen. Suresh Raina was dropped on 2 at slip by Piyush Chawla and he went on to strike two sixes off Azhar Mahmood - one launched over long-off, the other top-edged over fine leg. But Raina chased a wide one that same over, and was snapped up by Gilchrist. Super Kings were in trouble when a nippy Parvinder Awana, who also got excellent carry, dismissed MS Dhoni to make it 46 for 4, but Bravo fought back.

Bravo waited for an opening, provided by the spin of Piyush Chawla, dispatching a long hop over midwicket and creaming him through point. He then went after David Hussey, smashing his offspinners for consecutive sixes towards cow corner. Though Awana continued to be miserly, going for just 12 in his four-over spell and picking up two wickets, Mahmood faced an assault at the death. Albie Morkel hammered him for a six and a four, and Bravo was able to put together stands of 32 and 34 with Ravindra Jadeja and Morkel. His 48 gave Super Kings something to defend but Kings XI were the happier bunch at the halfway mark.

Gilchrist ensured the advantage remained with Kings XI. Though Ben Hilfenhaus and Morkel found some assistance under overcast skies, it wasn't as much as the first innings. Kings XI approached the chase positively and an early burst prevented Super Kings from applying any serious pressure. Mandeep Singh, albeit a little fortuitously, slashed Hilfenhaus for a couple of boundaries in the first over and Gilchrist drove Morkel powerfully twice in the second. When R Ashwin was brought on in the sixth, he was pulled and swept by Gilchrist for two fours.

Mandeep fell after a half-century stand, and Nitin Saini and David Hussey lost their wickets playing avoidable shots but Kings XI were always on track while Gilchrist stayed. He was determined to see his team through, was cautious when the need arose and ruthless when an opportunity came. He slashed Bravo over point, and then tore into Yo Mahesh, whose generous dose of short balls and length deliveries were promptly dispatched. He was thrashed for two sixes over square leg and two more fours in an over that fetched 22, and the result from there on was a foregone conclusion.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    CSK did it.....DHONi Rocks.........

  • Dummy4 on May 20, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Iam hardcore CSK fan ...Dear CSk fans Pleaser support Dhoni ....He need our support in tough times....

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Dhoni is the man to be blamed who gave all chance to Jadeja a useless guy bought for 2million. Dhoni is so criminal minded still to back up Jadja.. Just notice he has not given a single over to Jadeja on this match. He knows very well that Jadeja could concede too much and will spoil his name. To become a better team, Dhoni to play his natural attacking game and Jadeja should be removed not only from CSK and also from Indian Team. I hate Dhoni's captaincy and decision to keep a player like Jadeja in our Indian team and trying to avoid Pathan, Yuvi, Harbajan and so many. I hate him since he left yuvi from test matches prior to win WC 2011. I would say, the WC 2011 cam only bcoz of yuvi and luck of Dhoni. It is not by his captaincy.

  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    @Karthi_2K11!!!buddy all the case is possible but deccan beating banglore!!!ohh that will be crazy to say

  • santho on May 19, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    What was Abinav Mukund doing in the bench....He has not even played a single match in the IPL and yet Dhoni gave chances to that good for nothin Vijay. HOw pathetic is that? Abinav performed well even in England where all the masters including failed to contribute. Atlease Dhoni should have considered that. My support from here on is for Delhi and RCB.

  • santho on May 19, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    For those who bash Dhoni and CSK and support your local teams you forgot to realise that CSK is the mirror image of the current Indian team as for as Dhoni's captancy is concerned. No matter what you think according to Dhoni the Jadejas, the Ashwins and the Rainas are match winners and they will be in Indian team too. And Dhoni himself is a big diadvantage for the team his charm and luck is long gone, his is only a shadow of the Dhoni what we saw a year back. He will continue to be adamant in his decision and he will not give chance to good players and for that India is suffering in international matches and continues to suffer also in IPL.

  • Karthikeyan on May 18, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Part 2 of 2: .…The path to the eliminator match has become murkier for CSK & they are almost knocked out of IPL-V, but they are not completely out yet. They depend on 4 results to make it to the 4th play-offs qualifier position in the IPL table: DD (away) beating KXIP, MI (away) beating RR, DC (home) beating RR, & DC (home) beating RCB. These results are not outlandishly impossible or far-fetched, as DD & MI are used to winning away, & even though DC has lost all its home matches this season, (& only won two away), the home factor is usually an advantage. If CSK make it to the eliminator, they would prefer to play against KKR (CSK beat them recently) instead of MI, to which they have lost both their home & away matches, as well as in last years's CL. And, if CSK make it to the Qualifier 2 round, they would prefer to play against either DD or KKR, (CSK has notched up away wins this season against both) rather than MI, which had earlier, beaten CSK both home and away easily.

  • Karthikeyan on May 18, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Part 1 of 2: @Vijay Venkatesh: if RCB beat DC, they are through to the eliminator ahead of CSK, because then RCB then has 19 points, 2 more than CSK. @Ankush Jangid: if MI lose against RR, then RR has a clearer chance of going to the play-offs ahead of CSK by one point, especially as they will be having the easier task of beating lowly-placed DC earlier. @Rajesh Kanna: You are right that KKR has qualified for the play-offs sooner than their last league away game against lowly-placed Warriors is due to be played, because KXIP did them a favour. But, whether it is enough for them to make it to the Qualifier 1 match between the top 2 teams, is yet to be seen, and depends on whether MI beat RR or not, and also whether, if, RCB can still displace them, if MI don't, from 2nd position, and then, would have to aim to have a higher NRR than KKR (highly unlikely even though the two teams may have the same number of wins in the league phase). Now, assuming there are no more rain-ruined matches….

  • subra on May 18, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    CSK have only themselves to Blame. I wrote last time-unless CSK bat well their bowlers cannot do any thing. I feel Dhoni has given too many chances for a useless player like Jadeja.Underused Badrinath and other players.He is lacking inspiration as too much ios expected of MSD in every match Once he fails rest of them give in easily.Ashwin is off his rythm.No body performed with enthusuaiasm.So CSK should considerthemselves atleast to be in 17 points position but further progress is impossible.They need to drop Jadeja who is a liabilty for CSK and for India.

  • FARHAN on May 18, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    i've been a csk fan since 2009 and whether they're out or not out of IPL 5,they are a great team and will continue to be till the IPL saga ends (I hope it does soon !!) They haven't played like champs this year. Jadeja was a big mistake : Buying him was worse than Matthew Hayden buying the Mongoose bat. I think he is only fit to perform well for Rajasthan (like in 2008 and 2009). Despite the faith that CSK have shown in Srilankan players evry year, they failed to buy good players like Jayawardene this auction. Dhoni and Raina need a break 4m cricket for now.. let them bash others in t20 wc this year !

    As for the bright side Chennai have always played fair in every match. Looking at teams like Mumbai,RCB,KKR,KXIP,DC & PWI most of their 'close' matches were rigged !! Delhi,Rajasthan,Kolkata deserve to be in the playoffs. I wish the fourth team to join them was CSK : but they failed. It's okay lions, even Man Utd did'nt win EPL this year. Form is temporary ,class permanent !!

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