Super Kings back ‘at home’

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May 5 The Hindu, Chennai: Fielding, rather catching, has been a major problem area for Deccan Chargers. It was no different at Chepauk here on Friday.

In a critical moment, ‘keeper Parthiv Patel, sprinting with his back to the ball, and Ankit Sharma ran into each other at short third man to floor Dwayne Bravo in the final over.

Bravo not only picked up two for the stroke but hoicked the next delivery for an on-side six and collected two each off the next two balls. These runs made a decisive difference at the end.

Super Kings, defending 160 with verve, overcame Chargers by 10 runs in a crucial match of IPL-V at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.

For Chargers, Cameron White (77) brought his powerful wrists into play, whipping the ball past the on-side field and creating room to propel the ball over cover. The right-hander was able to convert the length.

In a huge moment of the duel, Ravindra Jadeja fired in a throw from deep cover to ‘keeper Dhoni to run out White in the penultimate over.

Shikhar Dhawan (36) promised much for the chasing side before Bravo deflected a straight drive from White to catch him out of the crease at the non-striker’s end.

Suresh Raina pulled off an acrobatic return catch to dismiss the dangerous Kumar Sangakkara and Daniel Christian could not take the Chargers past the finishing line in the end.

The CSK bowlers also stuck to a containing fuller length on or around the off-stump and mixed their pace to create pressure. But then, the host was fortunate that seamer Albie Morkel’s dropped return catch off White (on 0) did not cost the side the match.

Earlier, in an intriguing move, Super Kings left out Michel Hussey after having played him soon after he landed from the West Indies in the last game. Hussey, given his stature and ability, deserved a longer run.

While the ploy created room for an extra bowler, one of the overseas allrounders could have made way for Ben Hilfenhaus. It was also surprising why Murali Vijay and not S. Badrinath, who had forged a successful partnership with Faf du Plessis at the top of the order, walked out as opener.

Vijay, prised out on an attempted pull stroke off Veer Pratap, did not last long.

Pitch factor

The nature of the pitch dictated the dynamics of the contest. This was a surface on which scoring became increasingly difficult as the innings progressed. When the ball was new, it travelled quicker off the bat. And the batsmen could harness the pace on a harder sphere to pierce the in-field in the Power Play overs.

Once that phase was over, the batsmen had to grapple with turn and bounce. The odd ball kept low which meant using the depth of the crease was rather hazardous. Both sides grappled with this factor.

Chargers continued to err on the field. ‘Keeper Parthiv could not snaffle a tough chance offered by Suresh Raina (on zero then) off Dale Steyn. Then, Amit Mishra (at third man) grassed du Plessis (on 10) off seamer Veer Pratap Singh.

For Super Kings, du Plessis (42) drove handsomely through covers and flicked with aplomb. Suresh Raina (32) dismissed the short-pitched stuff from Veer Pratap ruthlessly and M.S. Dhoni (34) worked the ball into the gaps and ran hard.

But then, Super Kings (56 for one after six overs) lost momentum.

For Chargers, the mercurial Steyn, running in with his body and mind in harmony, varied his pace and length and operated with immaculate control.

Super Kings, though, had the final say.


Chennai Super Kings: F. du Plessis c Dhawan b Veer Pratap 42 (35b, 2×4, 1×6), M. Vijay c Mishra b Veer Pratap 14 (11b, 2×4), S. Raina c Jhunjhunwala b Mishra 32 (24b, 2×4, 2×6), M.S. Dhoni b Christian 34 (28b, 2×4), A. Morkel b Jhunjhunwala 13 (9b, 1×4), R. Jadeja c Sangakkara b Ashish 4 (9b), D. Bravo (not out) 12 (4b, 1×6), S. Badrinath (not out) 1 (1b); Extras (lb-5, w-2, nb-1): 8; Total (for six wkts. in 20 overs): 160.

Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Vijay), 2-79 (Raina), 3-109 (du Plessis), 4-124 (Morkel), 5-142 (Jadeja), 6-147 (Dhoni).

Deccan Chargers bowling: Ankit 2-0-13-0, Steyn 4-0-25-0, Veer Pratap 3-0-35-2, Christian 4-0-35-1, Jhunjhunwala 3-0-13-1, Mishra 2-0-18-1, Ashish 2-0-16-1.

Deccan Chargers: Parthiv b Morkel 1 (5b), S. Dhawan (run out) 36 (29b, 3×4), C. White (run out) 77 (53b, 9×4, 2×6), K. Sangakkara c & b Raina 1 (5b), D. Christian (not out) 27 (24b, 2×4, 1×6), Ashish c Vijay b Hilfenhaus 3 (3b), A. Jhunjhunwala (not out) 1 (1b); Extras (lb-2, w-2): 4; Total (for five wkts. in 20 overs): 150.

Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Parthiv), 2-77 (Dhawan), 3-85 (Sangakkara), 4-135 (White), 5-148 (Ashish).

Chennai Super Kings bowling: Hilfenhaus 4-0-31-1, Morkel 3-0-16-1, Bravo 4-0-35-0, Ashwin 3-0-19-0, Jakati 2-0-17-0, Raina 1-0-5-1, Jadeja 3-0-25-0.

Man-of-the-match: S. Raina.

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