Ryder and Smith ensures a come back for Warriors
Set up by a tidy effort in the field, Pune Warriors India got back to winnings ways with a tense seven-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune that took them to top of the IPL 5 table.
Jesse Ryder and Steve Smith put behind the loss to Kings XI Punjab as they powered Pune Warriors to a memorable first triumph over Chennai Super Kings.
The New Zealand left hander struck some big blows even as he lost his opener partner Robin Uthappa, Sourav Ganguly and Marlon Samuels. He was eventually joined by an in-form aggressive partner in Smith.
Chasing 156 to win, the home team was indebted to Jesse Ryder’s measured 73 off 56 balls and a spunky 22-ball 44 from Steven Smith which sealed victory in the final over. The two made victory a certainty uncorking a terrific unbeaten 40-ball 66-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Earlier, CSK after electing to bat was not given the leeway to throw its bat around. The Warriors’s attack showed sufficient pluck, excelled in containment and provided breaks at crucial times. All that the visitor could muster was 155.
Some nimble work with the ball in the end overs by seamer Ashok Dinda and to an extent by left-arm seamer Ashsih Nehra ensured that Warriors’ attack prevailed.
The slow bowlers, leg spinner Rahul Sharma, left-arm spinner Murali Kartik and off spinner Marlon Samuels, bowled to the field on a touch slow pitch and regained control of the proceedings after the downfall of opener Faf du Plessis.