Dhoni pilots CSK to match-winning total; Mohit Sharma impresses yet again
M.S. Dhoni’s power-packed knock sent Pune Warriors India crashing to its eighth defeat in 10 outings in their Pepsi-IPL-VI encounter here on Tuesday.
His 45 not out off just 16 deliveries piloted his team to 164 and the home team managed only 127 for nine in reply.
For CSK, Ravindra Jadeja bowled the first over and Albie Morkel the second in a spin-pace gambit. By the time Mohit Sharma completed his three-wicket act, forcing Aaron Finch to nick behind, trapping T. Suman with a ball seaming into the pads off the very next and deceiving Yuvraj Singh with away movement, PWI had lost the plot.
Three run-outs hastened the slide, Suresh Raina’s pick-up and dive to leave Robin Uthappa short of the crease the perfect example of the intensity CSK brought to the middle.
With 16 points from 10 games, the Chennai side widened the gap at the top of the table while PWI remains at the bottom with four points from 10 games.
CSK set a challenging target of 165, helped by Dhoni (45 not out, 16b, 4x4, 3x6). The skipper unleashed his trademark blows while top-scorer Raina (63 not out off 50 balls) kept the fielders busy with placements.
The aggressive approach and effortless hitting saw the duo add 62 off the last five overs.
CSK struggled to 29 for two in six overs and 55 for two in 10.
Bhuvneshwar was simply outstanding in his first spell (3-1-12-0) once again. Badrinath and Raina fashioned the turnaround, rattling up a half-century stand off 43 balls.
But, PWI had matters in control till the 15th over, restricting the visitors to 101.
At this stage, Badrinath (34 off 31 balls) left and Dhoni strode in. The CSK skipper began with an astonishing six over extra-cover off Luke Wright before a slower one from Ashoke Dinda was slog-swept over long-on. The final ball of the innings from Dinda soared over the sightscreen as Dhoni’s men gained sweet revenge for the shock loss they suffered to PWI at home in their first leg encounter.
Dhoni hammers an unbeaten 45 off just 16 balls, with four fours and three sixes Mohit removes Finch, Suman and Yuvraj Singh in quick time
Dhoni hammers an unbeaten 45 off just 16 balls, with four fours and three sixes
Mohit removes Finch, Suman and Yuvraj Singh in quick time