Match 66- Chennai Super Kings IPL Team vs Kings XI Punjab IPL Team – 17/05/2012
After starting the IPL V on a slightly slower note in terms of winning the matches, Kings XI Punjab have gained momentum as the tournament has progressed. And today they are still in contention for the place in the playoffs as they beat the defending champions Chennai Super Kings by six wickets at Dharamshala. CSK, on the other hand, after suffering a defeat at the hands of KXIP, are now at the mercy of other team’s performance as they finished their league campaign with a defeat.
KXIP won the toss and decided to field first on a wicket which was looking quite lively and apparently would have helped the seam bowlers. CSK batsmen are very good at playing on wickets where the ball nicely comes on the bat. But they were found wanting on a pitch where there was a lot of lateral movement as well as movement in the air. The CSK openers, Murali Vijay and Mike Hussey, succumbed to the swing of Praveen Kumar, both were caught by Skipper Adam Gilchrist, who was making a comeback after nursing a hamstring injury. While Vijay scored 10 runs, Hussey perished after scoring seven runs. Suresh Raina started the innings on a positive note by hitting a couple of sixes. But he too didn’t last for too long and was removed by Azhar Mahmood for 17 runs. Skipper Dhoni, who had a pretty ordinary tournament so far, failed once again as he was dismissed by Parvinder Awana. But full marks to Dwayne Bravo, who not only stood at the wicket while the other CSK batsmen came and went, he also scored runs whenever there was an opportunity. It was his intelligent batting that CSK managed to cross the hundred run mark. Had Bravo not contributed the way he did, CSK’s innings would have folded within the 100 runs bracket. As far as the KXIP bowling is concerned, the bowlers did a commendable job in restricting a strong CSK batting for just 120 runs. Praveen Kumar, who struggled a bit in the initial part of the tournament, is bowling beautifully since the last few games. And this wicket which had bounce and swing was tailor made for Kumar who relishes bowling on these types of tracks. Parvinder Awana, who is one of the finds of IPL V, again bowled beautifully. His express pace normally surprises a lot of batsmen. Ryan Harris too bowled well. All in all, the seam bowlers really set up the game for KXIP.
Chasing a smallish total of 120, KXIP began on a bright note with both openers, Adam Gilchrist and Mandeep Singh, taking on the attack to the opposition. Gilchrist, who was batting after a long hiatus, showed no signs of being rusty as he played some delightful shots. Also, the credit goes to these two openers for playing so well as the pitch was favoring the fast bowlers, and CSK had them aplenty. Ben Hilfenhaus and Albie Morkel did beat the bat of Gilchrist and Singh on some occasions but couldn’t get their wicket early. Singh eventually was castled by Morkel after making 24 runs. But by that time, KXIP had already got a god start. And with a low total to chase, the pressure didn’t get to them. But there was a slight hiccup in KXIP chase when Bravo dismissed Saini and David Hussey in quick succession. Chitnis gave his skipper good company and both took the score to over 110 runs before Chitnis departed for 11 runs. Victory was just a formality for the KXIP from there on and they overhauled the CSK total in 16.3 overs while losing just four wickets. Gilchrist remained unbeaten on 64. And it is because of this effort, he was also awarded the man of the match award.
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