The Chennai Super Kings prevailed on Monday and the same stood on Wednesday as the defending champions landed their second win of the week over the Pune Warriors.
While the MA Chidambaram Stadium saw Mike Hussey and Albie Morkel step to the fore for Chennai a couple of days ago, Doug Bollinger and Subramaniam Badrinath were the men of the moment at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy as the visitors climbed to second in the 10-team standings.
A 142-run target across a pitch void of any threat to the batsmen was always going to be an easy chase for Badrinath and company after Man of the Match Bollinger’s three for 21 had skittled the hosts for a substandard 141.
Shrugging off the early departure of Hussey for nine, the talented Badrinath enjoyed a 61-run stand with Murali Vijay (31) before the left-hander obliged Jesse Ryder’s trundlers with a token wicket.
Vijay’s departure paved the way for an unbroken 65-run alliance between the right-handed Badrinath and left-handed Raina, who toyed with their opposition at a rate of 8.29 runs to the over en route to a comfortable win.
Despite milking the result to its fourth-last delivery, the duo were always on course for victory, with Badrinath left to seal the deal with four runs cranked through midwicket.
He finished on 63 not out from 44 balls, while his sidekick, Raina, made do with an unbeaten 34 from 25 balls. The triumphant twosome enjoyed a quartet of sixes between them.
Earlier Yuvraj Singh’s decision to bat first and hope of revenge for Monday’s defeat backfired entirely.
Shoddy shot selection and ill-disciplined strokeplay accounted for Pune’s top four batsmen inside the first eight overs and Yuvraj and Robin Uthappa were forced to pick up the pieces.
The home captain and wicketkeeper-batsman dug deep across 62 and 31 respectively, but short on support and overs had to settle on a score at least 30 runs shy of what a true, reasonably quick track demanded.
Wednesday’s result has Chennai’s title defence back on track thanks to four wins from seven matches, while Pune’s four losses on the trot leaves them languishing at third last on the log. Cricket365