Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers – Indian Premier League 5 – Match Recap – 10-run win propels Super Kings into top four
A 10-run victory against the Deccan Chargers at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk on May 4 allowed the Chennai Super Kings to lift themselves into the top four on the Indian Premier League 5 points table.
The home team won the toss and skipper MS Dhoni elected to bat first. Faf du Plessis (42) and Murali Vijay (14) opened the innings for their team, but the latter’s time at the crease was short-lived, and the third over saw him caught out by Amit Mishra off
He was followed to the crease by Suresh Raina, who chipped in with a useful 32 off 24, in addition to contributing to a 64-run stand with du Plessis, before he was dismissed by Mishra in the 10th over.
Poor fielding was among the many flaws in their performance which cost the Chargers the match. Du Plessis was dropped at 10, and went on to top-score for his side, getting them up to a respectable 109 by the 14th over, after which Pratap Singh
stepped in to send him back to the pavilion.
Dhoni (34), after his 30-run stand with du Plessis, carried on with Albie Morkel (13), but they only managed a combined contribution of 15 runs before Morkel was clean bowled by Abhishek Jhunjhunwala.
After Dhoni’s dismissal in the last over, Dwayne Bravo (12) and Subramaniam Badrinath (1) chipped in with some quick contributions, which got their side up to 160 by the end of 20 overs.
Pratap Singh remained the Chargers’ top wicket-taker, with 2 for 35 to his name, while Daniel Christian, Jhunjhunwala, Mishra, and Ashish Reddy all picked up one scalp each.
The Chargers opened their innings with wicketkeeper batsman Parthiv Patel (1) and Shikhar Dhawan (36), and after Patel’s quick dismissal at the hands of Morkel, Dhawan and Cameron White (77 off 53) teamed up for a valiant 68-run partnership.
Dhawan was run out in the 11th over by Bravo, and skipper Kumar Sangakkara followed suit in the very next over, caught and bowled by Suresh Raina before he had a chance to contribute more than 1 run.
The Chargers were granted some hope in the form of another solid partnership – a 4th wicket 50-run stand between White and Christian (27), which propelled the team to 135 by the 19th over. However, after White was run out by Ravi Jadeja
and Dhoni, it became clear that the Chargers had left it too late – 20 runs were required off the last over, but the team managed only 150, ending 10 runs short of the target.
Suresh Raina was awarded the Player of the Match award, and the victory enabled them to rise up to number 4 on the points table, having won 5 out of the 11 matches they’ve played so far.
Dhoni’s men will be looking to maintain their spot as they prepare to face off against the Mumbai Indians on May 6, while the Chargers, still residing at the bottom of the points table, will be attempting to salvage some pride as they take on the Royal Challengers
Bangalore, also on May 6.