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Chennai (PTI): Pune Warriors bowlers kept their cool during slog overs as they shocked title contenders Chennai Super Kings comprehensively beating...

war2Chennai (PTI): Pune Warriors bowlers kept their cool during slog overs as they shocked title contenders Chennai Super Kings comprehensively beating them by 24 runs in the Pepsi Indian Premier League, here on Monday.A Having managed 159 for five in 20 overs, courtesy Aaron Finch's 67 and Steven Smith's late surge, the Pune bowlers put up a commendable show keeping tight leash on a formidable CSK batting line-up restricting them to 135 for eight.

While this Pune's second win in five matches, CSK tasted their second defeat at home, having lost to Mumbai Indians in their lung opener.A While Rahul Sharma (1/24) was brilliant in the middle overs, speedster Ashoke Dinda (2/34) bowled a brilliant 18th over in which he not only gave away only four runs but also removed Mahendra Singh Dhoni out of the equation.

It all started when, Aniruddha Srikkanth, predictably looking out of place, couldn't even get his bat down to a sharp incutter from Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/12). The UP seamer was again splendid with new ball.

But the skipper lost a set partner in Ravindra Jadeja (27), who was caught at short fine-leg to give Marsh his second wicket. From 98 for five, it soon became 104 for six as Dwayne Bravo was sent back by Sharma caught in the deep. A Dhoni never got going and once he was out for 10, the match was as good as over.

Earlier, CSK bowlers made an impressive comeback despite Finch's swashbuckling innings as Pune Warriors frittered away a good start to manage only 159 for five.

The burly Victorian clobbered 67 off 45 balls with 10 fours and two sixes but the momentum provided by him was gone with his dismissal having added 96 for the opening stand with Robin Uthappa (26).A However Steven Smith tried his bit with a brilliant cameo smashing 39 off only 16 balls (3x4, 3x6) with a breathtaking reverse swept six off Dwayne Bravo's bowling.

BriefScores: Pune Warriors India 159 for 5 (Aaron Finch 67, Steven Smith 39 no, Chris Morris 2/25) bt Chennai Super Kings 135 for eight (S Badrinath 34, RA Jadeja 27, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 2/12, AB Dinda 2/34).

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