Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers, IPL 2012, Chennai
Disciplined Chennai go Fourth With Crucial Win04-May-2012 18:10:00 GMT
Chennai: Despite valiant efforts from White (77) and Christian (an unbeaten 27), Chennai held their nerve to win a crucial tie by 10 runs, Deccan Chargers ended up with 150 for 5 an Indian Premier League match at the MA Chidambaram stadium on Friday night.
Chasing 161-run target, Deccan Chargers lost Kumar Sangakkara (1) and Shikhar Dhawan (36) in consecutive overs.
Cameron White raced to his fifty in just 39 balls as he continue to fight the Chennai attack from one end.
Suresh Raina took a brilliant catch off his own bowling to get rid of Chargers skipper in the 12th over soon after Deccan lost Dhawan in the previous one unfortunately run out at straight drive by White.
Deccan lost Parthiv Patel (1) early in the second over when pacer Albie Morkel struck in his very first over to reduce Chargers to 9/1 in 1.4 overs.
Earlier, electing to bat, Chennai top-order batsmen contributed in unison to help Super Kings post 160/6 against Deccan Chargers.
Deccan pacer Daniel Christian dismissed MS Dhoni (34) in the final over to stop the Chennai skipper from final assault against the visitors. Dhoni hit just two fours in his 28-ball innings.
Ashish Reddy make sure that Ravindra Jadeja's poor form with the bat continue as he dismissed the CSK all-rounder in the penultimate over for 4 runs off 9 balls.
Chennai lost Albie Morkel (13) and Faf du Plessis (42) in consecutive overs. Abhishek Jhunjhunwala dismissed Morkel in the fifteenth over to reduce Chennai to 124/4 in 14.6 overs soon after Du Plessis became the second victim of pacer Veer Pratap Singh in the previous over.
The in-form Du Plessis hit a six and two fours in his 35-ball knock and put on valuable 40-run stand with skipper Dhoni for the third wicket.
Du Plessis was also involved in a crucial 64-run stand for the second wicket with Suresh Raina (32) to lead the hosts run charge in the beginning.
Amit Mishra provided Chargers a crucial break in the tenth over when he dismissed Raina to end the dangerous looking stand with du Plessis. Raina smashed two huge sixes and a four in his 24-ball quick-fire innings to revive the CSK charge after losing Murali Vijay (14) early.
Pacer Veer Pratap Singh dismissed Vijay in the third over to give Deccan Chargers an early breakthrough.
Vijay started the Chennai innings confidently as he hit couple of boundaries in his 11-ball short stay at the crease before VP Singh struck with his second ball to reduce the hosts to 15/1 in 2.2 overs.
Earlier, Chennai skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat against Deccan on Friday.
Chennai have dropped Michael Hussey and bring in pacer Ben Hilfenhaus in his place whereas Murali Vijay replaces Wriddhaman Saha.
Abhishek Jhunjhunwala and Daniel Christian are in the playing XI for Chargers.
Chennai Super Kings 160 for 6 (du Plessis 42, Dhoni 34, Raina 32, Pratap Singh 2-35)
Deccan Chargers 150 for 5 (White 77, Dhawan 36, Christian 28*)
Result Chennai Super Kings won by 10 runs
MOM Suresh Raina (Chennai Super Kings)
Points Chennai Super Kings 2, Deccan Chargers 0