Super kings, super show
Mohali (PTI): In what was easily the most authoritative display of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), two-time winner Chennai Super...
Mohali (PTI): In what was easily the most authoritative display of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), two-time winner Chennai Super Kings (CSK) demolished Kings XI Punjab by a whopping ten wickets at PCA Stadium here on Wednesday. This compensates their first match reversal to Mumbai Indians. The openers, Michael Hussey (86 not out) and Murali Vijay (50 not out) swept the tyeamn to a rathewr effortless win. Earlier, Dwayne Bravo produced a couple of late strikes as Chennai Super Kings took seven wickets for just 32 runs to bowl out Kings XI Punjab for 138 in their Pepsi Indian Premier League match here on Wednesday. Sent into bat, Punjab was fairly well placed at 106 for three at the start of 15th over, when top-scorer David Hussey's dismissal for a 36-ball 41 triggered a collapse from which the hosts could never recover. Some mindless batting by the hosts only made the task easier for Chennai, who showed discipline on the field. Punjab relied on Hussey's knock and his 56-run stand for the fourth wicket with Gurkeerat Singh after suffering three early blows at the PCA Stadium. Mandeep Singh launched Punjab's innings with a boundary off the first ball of the match, punching one fluently through extra cover off Dirk Nannes. Adam Gilchrist found the fence twice in the next over, an outside edge to the third man boundary followed by a cover drive that was a connoisseur's delight. But Punjab could not sustain the tempo for long, as Nannes gave Chennai their first breakthrough in the form of Gilchrist in the third over. Even though he was talking to the TV commentators, Hussey was focussed enough to dive to his left and get hold of Gilchrist's whip off the pads. Two balls later Nannes struck again, sending back Mandeep who was caught at square leg by an agile Dwayne Bravo, who nearly pulled off what would have been a blinder of a catch had he latched onto Gurkeerat's lofted shot towards long-off in the 15th over of the innings. Ravindra Jadeja had Manan Vohra after the batsman helped himself to three boundaries for an 11-ball 16. There was a 56-run partnership for the fourth wicket between David Hussey and Gurkeerat Singh, before the Aussie was snared by off-spinner Ravichandran Aswhin. Gurkeerat followed after the addition of 10 runs, falling prey to Bravo. Bravo got three wickets while there two each for Nannes and Chris Morris. Brief scores: Kings XI Punjab 138 (David Hussey 41, Gurkeerat Singh 31, Dwayne Bravo 3/27, Dirk Nannes 2/17) lost to CSK 139 for no loss (M Hussey 86 no, M Vijay 50 no)