Deccan Chargers get pounded by Chennai Super Kings - Cricket News Roundup – Part 1 – May 05, 2012
In the 46th fixture of the ongoing lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL), the underperforming Deccan Chargers failed to turn their fortunes as they got hammered by Chennai Super Kings, losing by 10 runs, in a game that was played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai on Friday, May 04.
After Chennai staggered 160 runs while batting first, they gave an equally impressive bowling performance by restricting the Chargers on a total of 150 runs.
While opener, Faf du Plessis, was the highest scorer from Chennai after smashing a knock of 42 runs, it was Suresh Raina who took home the Player of the Match award for hammering 32 runs and taking one wicket in his only over of the match.
With this win, Deccan now do not stand a chance of making it to the qualifiers while Chennai are now sitting tight at fourth place on the points table.
Kings XI Punjab skipper, Adam Gilchrist, believes his side would continue their winning ways to secure a place in the play-offs.
Talking to newsmen before their anticipated clash against Rajasthan Royals today (Saturday), Gilly said, “We are not looking at the points table with any great interest other than the fact that it feels good to be up there among the top teams. In this tournament, everyone can beat everyone else. Every game is important and we will try and continue to maintain winning streak."
Punjab skipper further said that there was no chance of taking Rajasthan lightly, as the side had beaten Punjab in the previous encounter, but this time fans expect Kings XI would be looking to return the favour.
Azhar Mahmood the only Pakistani playing in the current season of IPL, believes cricket should be used as a tool to mellow tensions between Pakistan and India.
"I hope the tensions between the two countries ease and like two good neighbours we live together and move forward, which is good for every single Pakistani and Indian as well. We want peace," he said.