Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2013, Mohali April 10, 2013

Super Kings demolish listless Kings XI


Chennai Super Kings 139 for 0 (M Hussey 86*, Vijay 50*) beat Kings XI Punjab 138 (D Hussey 41, Bravo 3-27) by ten wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The abbreviated nature of Twenty20 is supposed to bridge the gulf in quality between sides, but there was no hiding the vast difference between the weakest batting line-up in the tournament, and perhaps the strongest one. After being sent in, Kings XI Punjab lost all ten wickets; Chennai Super Kings chased down 139 without losing any in an embarrassingly one-sided contest in Mohali.

Australia's Shaun Marsh, still nursing an injury and not expected in India at least for a few more days, can't come soon enough to shore up a batting unit seriously lacking quality. With no renowned Indian batsman in the line-up, the star turn is provided by the ageing Adam Gilchrist and the 35-year-old David Hussey.

Not much can be expected from Gilchrist five years after his international retirement, and one year after he said he had played his last match of competitive cricket. As in the first game of the season, Gilchrist played a few vintage shots that had fans reminiscing about his free-swinging batting, but again he perished cheaply, picking out Michael Hussey at a deepish leg gully in the third over.

With Mandeep Singh holing out to square leg, and Manan Vohra heaving a half-tracker from Ravindra Jadeja to the man at deep midwicket, David Hussey needed to put in a big performance. He began well, with a series of eye-catching off-side boundaries, and with the help of some butter-fingered fielding from M Vijay and a cameo from Gurkeerat Singh, Kings XI moved along to a reasonably decent position of 106 for 3 after 14 overs.

That's when it all went wrong for Kings XI. R Ashwin's carrom ball had Hussey slicing a catch to long-off, and an over later Gurkeerat top-edged a sweep to Dirk Nannes at short fine leg. Kings XI's batting not only lacked in firepower, it lacked in depth as well. Azhar Mahmood is a position too high at No. 6, and the No. 7 R Sathish, primarily in the team as a batsman, has never scored a Twenty20 half-century. The long tail was ruthlessly exposed by Super Kings, as the lower-order perished in a series of big hits that weren't big enough. The final seven wickets went down for 32 runs.

For Super Kings, a team overflowing with batting riches, 139 was never going to be too much of a challenge, on a surface that was true and with a fast outfield to help. Kings XI were also hurt by a dicey third-umpire decision to rule Michael Hussey not-out though there wasn't much evidence to show he had made his ground. In the next five minutes, Piyush Chawla put down a return chance and Adam Gilchrist fluffed a stumping opportunity in the same over. Hussey and M Vijay were in no hurry early on, taking their time to blunt the Kings XI bowling, before finishing off the match with a series of huge hits.

It was an absolute hammering for Kings XI, and particularly humiliating as it was their first home game of the season, and one from which Gilchrist had hoped to "send the crowd home happy".

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ram on April 11, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    @Ramli I said exactly the same coming close or losing by small margin and winning the match are two opposite results, I prefer losing by huge margin by going for a win instead of losing by small margin certainly, loss is a loss whether small or big especially in a sport. All the great teams, which ruled cricket for years (WI and Aus) were in that position because of playing fearless cricket even when the odds are against them.

  • Cric on April 11, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    The next team should have Aparajith instead of Rajpoot. Aparajith is a better batsman and can bowl good spin. The team doesnt need an india pacers as they are getting hit badly. the tam can be 1)M Vijay 2)M Hussey 3)S Raina 4)S Badrinath 5)D Bravo/Albie Morkel 6) MS Dhoni 7)Chris Morris/hilfy 8)R Jadeja 9)R Ashwin 10)Aparajith 11)Dirk Nannes.

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Superb batting from Hussey(i am telling the both Husseys).

  • Yasiru on April 11, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    It is MSD 's team people!!! So they are going to win nothing less than that.....This time no sudden heroes at the finale....Best indian players see CSK as their mere destination...So nobody owns better local talent than CSK does....With Vijay ,Hussey in form with early stages it will be massacre for opponents ..I see RR and RCB are the only sides to watch out for.MI loss was terrible for CSK.But u know expect the unexpected in cricket . from that loss to this win all of viewers see clearly as a crystal how dedicated side they are to perform well and win.

  • RAVINDER on April 11, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    KXIP was in good position but dramatic collapse led to their downfall. That can happen once in a while and there is no need to panic for KXIP team and fans.However Gilchrist should make way for Miller who can play at no.5/6 and Nitin Saini can come as wk in place of R Satish. Gilly's injury was a big boon last year for KXIP team and they started winning matches after that. Also Saini did well last year when Gilly was injured.Also another change they should think is that replacing R Harris with Pomerbach or any other foreign batsman would be good idea as batting is our weak link with no Indian star in it.But we have decent Indian bowlers in KXIP with Azhar which can do well provided batsmen have posted good score.The likes of Awana,Parvin,Azhar,Chawla and Gony can do well if KXIP can use home advantage of preparing green wickets which teams like CSK, KKR, PW would struggle.I just hope Darren Lehman can read this though last year I thought he is the worst coach roaming with least success

  • Ramesh on April 11, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Hussey is in form now, if he gets going surely CSK can post a big score with the help of big hitters down the order in every game based on the foundation laid by him and surely CSK will win the cup.

    M Vijay will take time to get into form. Remember he is the only INDIAN player to score 2 centuries in IPL and surely he will fire.

    My Playing XI for the next game in Chennai against RCB is: 1)M Vijay 2)M Hussey 3)S Raina 4)S Badrinath 5)D Bravo 6) MS Dhoni 7)Albie Morkel/Chris Morris 8)R Jadeja 9)R Ashwin 10)Imtiaz Ahmed 11)Dirk Nannes.

    After Morris performance in KXIP match,it will be tough to choose between him and Albie.

    Ankit Rajpoot should be replaced by Imtiaz Ahmed. He has good record in Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy with 11 wickets in 6 games with an economy rate of 6.16 and can bat too, he has an strike rate of 200.00 in the season. If he had played in 1st game against MI after Dhoni's departure he might have provided a shock to MI unlike Rajpoot he wont have wasted balls.

  • John on April 11, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    I doubt if Morris will continue once Albie's ankle is well rested. Nannes cannot be dropped, neither can Bravo.

  • RAJARAMAN on April 11, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    ram4crictheory ... trading wickets for quick runs is foolish ... that is what KXIP did and failed ... instead building on partnership by punishing loose balls and taking minimum risk is the way forward ... this will at least get them some runs on the board when they bat first and get them close to target when batting second

  • RAJARAMAN on April 11, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Why SRH should be in tier 2? I thought they have won a majority of the matches played and presently in top 4. mainly these teams are there in the circuit to cause an upset here and there ... to add uncertainty to others in the tournament.

  • RAJARAMAN on April 11, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Well ... KXIP is still ahead of CSK in rankings ... so nothing to lose heart ... may be they have to lift their standards tremendously if they intend to preserve this ranking ... Gilchrist has to show the way ... no use in cracking a quick 10-20 runs and leaving the rest to others