Chennai Super Kings crush Pune Warriors
Laggards Pune Warriors were no match for table-toppers Chennai Super Kings as the visitors registered a comprehensive 37-run win at Pune.
Chasing 165, Pune never looked in the race as wickets at regular intervals meant they capitulated with ease and handed Chennai sweet revenge for their loss to the Warriors earlier.
Chennai’s medium-pacer Mohit Sharma was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets for 21 from his four overs. The Haryana pacer even had the chance to take a hat-trick, but despite not being able to achieve that landmark, he was instrumental in Chennai extend their winning run to six games.
Pune Warriors India have had a decent record while bowling first in their home games so far this season. They conceded 145 against a strong Rajasthan Royals batting line-up despite a Rahul Dravid 50, and just 119 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
And Tuesday seemed a similar script, as Chennai Super Kings managed to score just 55 runs off the first 10 overs after electing to bat. But Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni, as they have done so often this IPL season, changed the script completely in the final five overs, as the visitors scored 164 for three in 20 overs.
In reply, Pune Warriors managed just 127 for nine from their alloted 20 overs.
Pune were struggling at 61 for five in nine overs with CSK’s medium pacer Mohit Sharma having done well to remove Aaron Finch (15), T Suman (0) and Yuvraj Singh (5). The three run-outs (Robin Uthappa, Luke Wright and Abhishek Nayar) further hampered Pune’s chase.
It all began well for the hosts, with Kane Richardson removing in-form Michael Hussey in the second over of the CSK innings. The other opener Wriddhiman Saha also didn’t last too long, and CSK managed to score just 29 runs in the powerplay overs.