Pune Warriors v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2013, Pune April 30, 2013

CSK consolidate top spot with big win


Chennai Super Kings 164 for 3 (Raina 63*, Dhoni 45*) beat Pune Warriors 127 for 9 (Mohit Sharma 3-21) by 37 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Chennai Super Kings continued with their formula of going at roughly a run a ball for the first 10 overs, keeping wickets in hand, and then exploding to take 10 an over off the last 10. On a pitch on which the ball seamed and bounced variably, they reached 55 for 2 after 10 overs, but Suresh Raina, S Badrinath and MS Dhoni looted 109 in the rest of the innings to set up an easy 37-run, sixth consecutive win, which kept them at the top of the table and Pune Warriors at the bottom.

With the ball seaming around, Super Kings lost their openers for 28 runs, that too thanks to generous umpiring. However, out came their crisis man Badrinath, and did his job without any fuss. He and Raina added 75 off 59, without taking risks, and picking the rate up progressively. Raina kept providing the odd boundary, and Badrinath found the gaps for ones and twos.

It was in the 13th over that the real charge began. Badrinath drove consecutive deliveries from Rahul Sharma down the ground and through point for fours to take his strike past 100. Raina's was already a healthier strike rate, but he accelerated by sending Kane Richardson over midwicket for a six in the next over.

Badrinath fell in the 16th over, but he and Super Kings will know he fell at just the right time, after just the right innings of 34 off 31. Dhoni came out and took four and six off the first two balls he faced. The six was a demoralising - for the fielding side - punch off the back foot, over extra cover.

Dhoni then took apart Ashok Dinda, a bowler he is often criticised for not giving enough chances. He took 25 off eight Dinda's deliveries, two of them swept boundaries, and one a six off the last ball of the innings. Seamlessly Raina went from being the dominant partner in the earlier partnership to taking back seat and watching Dhoni subdue the bowlers. Along the way he brought up his second half-century of the season.

The target was bigger than ever chased in Pune, which became more daunting because of the seam movement available. Mohit Sharma, the Haryana fast bowler who has been the find of the season for Super Kings, utilised it to end the chase for all intents and purposes with an unbroken four-over spell. With successive deliveries in his first over, he got rid of Aaron Finch and T Suman. He missed the hat-trick, but got Yuvraj Singh to edge behind, making it 43 for 4 in the fifth over. There was no way back from there.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Arunkumar on May 1, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Guys.. guys... How many of you notice the way CSK played this match.. is third time out of the 10 games they played where the Top order fails and the middle order batsmen (badri) just sticks there and score 30 odd runs @ the rate of run a ball.. without loosing anymore wickets and at the end of the game the tail enders comes out with a license to go there and hit as far as they could.. This this and this wat make the difference from the rest of the teams playing IPL.. A real Champion Signature.. I see most of the team lose their games once their top order fails.. Nobody can't argue this fact guys.. It happened for MI,RCB,KKR.. CSK stands different (a winning way) from the rest only by this character.. It is the only team which made more than 40 odd runs in their last 3 overs while chasing the total for more than couple of times.. they knew how to do.. rest of the teams have to learn..

  • ttn on May 1, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Dhoni hit 45 runs while raina and Mohit did most of the work and scored 63 runs and 3-12 and got himself the MoM. Perera hit 31 runs, picked 2 in-form international bat's wickets and scored a run-out of a aggressive marsh and it was mishra who picked 3 wickets of some unknown out of form players (Nayar,Pandey,Singh) got the MoM. The Judgement panel is too biased. Once MSD scored 37 odd runs vs Pakistan and got himself MoM while his sprited bowlers bowled out of their guts. This is great injustice. I am sure they will give MSD the MoS even if his side's don't win the IPL.

  • prasad on May 1, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Still some more wins needed to stay top 2 of the table. And CSK is the only team having an allrounder with purple cap. Thats what amazing stuff. Away games with bangalore and mumbai is not so easy, but it gonna be a nail biting match.

  • RAJARAMAN on May 1, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    2nd_slip ... purists will always be thrilled if the ball is cleanly connected and does not look ugly ... that is the innovation any purist will buy ... what MSD did was in this category ... when people like Gavaskar/Boycott don't complain ... so what?

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Wow!! Clinical performance from the lions.Post - Match Interview with dhoni suggest that they are in mood to dominated throughout.Good Intensity.The only team is good enuf to post a threat this year it will be RR.But Would love CSK to beat RR,RCB and MI in their own ground. They seem unbeatable.For me Those are the Match which Could Define who has the Upper hand going into the Play-offs!!!

  • suresh kumar on May 1, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    i wondered how badrinath repeatedly without any flaw constructs this type of innings over the period of six seasons without any failure. According to me, In ipl3 against Kings eleven while chasing 190 odd runs to qualify for semis, he scored 53 at strike rate of 147, and in ipl4 playoff against bangalore partnered with raina chasin 180 odd runs, another important innings against mumbai in first playoff in ipl5 are VERY BEST under pressure. AFTFR EVERY DIASASTOUR THERE IS ONE HOPE, for CSK it is BADRINATH.

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    People often talk about Gayle-Storm but Dhoni-Dhamal is also strong wind with more effect. See, how!

    Chris Gayle(RCB) 10 10 484 166.89 (Strike Rate)

    MS Dhoni(CSK) 10 9 298 172.25 (Strike Rate)

    T20 is all about Strike Rate

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Not sure why Pune is continuing with superflop players such as Dinda, Nayar, Suman, Manish Pandey, Uthappa, Rahul Sharma etc. They have very good bench strength. But, none of the bence players is given opportunity till date. Pune can win only when they decide to drop usual superflops and give opportunity to bench players.

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    @everybodylovessachi, CSK have won all the away games that they have played so far, its only the 2 home games that they have lost till now. I think your comment comes from the fact that CSK hasnt played away games in Mumbai and Blore yet, its not their fault. wait for ur turn ;)

  • Logan on May 1, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    CSK has enough games to experiment for the best 11.I would like to see some srilankans in the away games.