Chennai Super Kings continued their domination at home with a five-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. MS Dhoni's heroic unbeaten 67 saw CSK home in yet another last over thriller.
|MS Dhoni and Cameron White at the toss during match 34 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Chennai Superkings and the Sunrisers Hyderabad held at the MA Chidambaram Stadiumin Chennai on the 25th April 2013|
Chasing a competitive 160, Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey started positively for the hosts. Hussey hit Darren Sammy for a six and a boundary in the 4th over before he stepped down the track to launch Amit Mishra for a six in the 6th over. CSK made 58 runs in the power play with both openers still at the crease. Mishra provided the breakthrough when he beat Vijay (18) in the air and had him stumped. The leg-spinner then had the dangerous Hussey (45) caught behind attempting a sweep.
Dhoni was put down by Mishra when he was yet to open his account and he made the most of the opportunity smashing Sammy for two boundaries in the 13th over. Mishra picked his third wicket – to go level with Lasith Malinga as the leading wicket-taker in the IPL - as Suresh Raina (16) holed out in the deep. Dhoni went after Ishant Sharma hitting him for consecutive boundaries. However, Karan Sharma bowled a maiden in the 16th to bring the Sunrisers back into the game.
Needing 46 from 24, Dhoni deposited Dale Steyn for consecutive sixes, including pulling a short delivery bowled at 146 kmph over the midwicket fence. Though Ishant Sharma picked up Dwayne Bravo soon after, Dhoni continued his domination of Steyn as he hit him for a boundary before launching him deep into the crowd to bring up his half-century. Steyn dismissed Ravindra Jadeja (1) to leave CSK needing 15 from the final over. Dhoni blasted a six, and a boundary off Ashish Reddy to see his team home with 2 balls remaining.
Earlier SRH won the toss and chose to bat. Mohit Sharma struck early to send back Quinton de Kock (4) caught by a sharp Vijay. Raina then ran out Hanuma Vihari (2). Shikhar Dhawan counter-attacked, by stepping out to the bowlers and hit two boundaries off Jason Holder and Sharma before Mohit Sharma had Cameron White (2) caught behind. Mishra, promoted up the order hit Holder for consecutive boundaries in the 7th over. Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Mishra (15) to leave SRH 61 for 4.
The innings suffered a bit of setback when Dhawan retired hurt after being injured by Bravo in the 14th over. Sammy sent Jadeja over the fence the next over before Bravo dismissed Thalaivan Sargunam (10). Bravo struck again to dismiss Sammy (19) bringing Dhawan (63*) back to the middle. Dhawan immediately hit consecutive boundaries to bring up his fifty. Ashish Reddy (36*) smashed Sharma for a six as SRH scored 17 runs from the 19th over. Some lusty blows by Reddy saw SRH reach 159 for 6.
|MS Dhoni is man of the match during match 34 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Chennai Superkings and the Sunrisers Hyderabad held at the MA Chidambaram Stadiumin Chennai on the 25th April 2013|
Man-of-the-Match: MS Dhoni
Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 159 for 6 (Shikhar Dhawan 63*, Mohit Sharma 2-30) lost to Chennai Super Kings 160 for 5 (MS Dhoni 67*, Amit Mishra 3-26) by 5 wickets.
|MS Dhoni wins the Yes Bank sixes award during match 34 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Chennai Superkings and the Sunrisers Hyderabad held at the MA Chidambaram Stadiumin Chennai on the 25th April 2013|
2: Karan Sharma’s economy in the match (4-1-8-0) – best for any bowler in a complete quota of 4 overs in IPL 2013. Kings XI Punjab’s Praveen Kumar had an economy of 2.50 against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur on April 13.
4: Number of consecutive matches won by Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2013 – most by any team.
8: Number of batsmen to score 2000 runs in IPL. MS Dhoni joins Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir, Chris Gayle, Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar. Virender Sehwag and Jacques Kallis. Dhoni is the first captain to do so.
88: Number of wickets taken by Amit Mishra in IPL- most by any bowler, along with Lasith Malinga.
100: Cameron White’s dismissal was MS Dhoni’s 100th as keeper in Twenty20 cricket. He became third wicketkeeper to do so after Kamran Akmal and Kumar Sangakkara.
263.63: Dhoni’s strike-rate against Dale Steyn – 29 runs off 11 balls with 3 sixes and one four.
1014: Runs scored by Suresh Raina in IPL matches at Chennai. He is the first batsman to aggregate 1000 runs at a particular ground in IPL.
|Amit Mishra wins the Star Plus award during match 34 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Chennai Superkings and the Sunrisers Hyderabad held at the MA Chidambaram Stadiumin Chennai on the 25th April 2013|
Cameron White: Was a good total in the end, bit poor in the first six overs but did well in the last five. The loss was disappointing, to get ourselves in this position and lose was bad too. There were a few areas we were off, which we need to improve for the game day after tomorrow. You need to learn from your mistakes and make better players.
MS Dhoni, who is also the man of the match: I think we started off well with the ball but gave away too many runs in the death. Chasing 160 becomes difficult, the bowlers did not do well. Got off to a good start with the bat but slowed down in the middle and lost wickets. Leggies bowled well but the wicket also got slower. Playing like this is not only dependent on me, it also depends on the batsman at the other end, Bravo, for instance played a maiden. Difficult to gauge how many is too many, cannot have a fixed game plan, there is no formula like Duckworth-Lewis. I was sure that I had nicked the ball (second last ball) and hence told the umpire that it's happened. The performance of the side has been good but as we get to the latter stage, we need to raise our games. Bowlers need to start bowling yorkers, becomes critical towards the end of the tournament, they need to realise that it's the one recipe that does not go wrong.