Chennai Super Kings registered their first win of Pepsi IPL 2013 with an authoritative 10 wicket win over Kings XI Punjab at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali. CSK were led by their bowlers who dismissed KXIP for just 138 before their opening batsmen chased it down with 16 balls remaining. (Also Read: We will make a strong come back: CSK Jadeja)
Chasing a modest 139, CSK started their chase cautiously and put on 38 runs in the power play. Michael Hussey (86*) survived a nervous moment as a direct hit from Ryan Harris seemed to catch him short, but the third umpire ruled in the batsman's favor giving him the benefit of doubt. KXIP squandered the opportunities they created as Piyush Chawla put down Michael Hussey off his own bowling before Adam Gilchrist missed a stumping chance giving Murali Vijay (50*) a life.
CSK got a move on smashing Harris, the innings’13th over for three boundaries and in the process, Hussey brought up his fifty. Murali Vijay then got into the act hitting a couple of boundaries. The openers brought up the century partnership in the 15th over. Hussey smashed Azhar Mahmood for a six and a boundary to take his team to the verge of victory, CSK eventually reaching the target in the 18th over.
Earlier, put into bat, KXIP started with a boundary off the very first delivery through Mandeep Singh. But CSK struck early as Dirk Nannes first had Gilchrist (9) caught by Michael Hussey at leg gully before having Mandeep (9) miscue a pull shot to leave KXIP stuttering at 20 for 2. Manan Vohra (16) smashed Chris Morris for two boundaries, before perishing caught by Michael Hussey off Ravindra Jadeja.
David Hussey (41) was given a reprieve when Vijay dropped him on 12. He hit the first six of the match in the 10th over depositing Dwayne Bravo over mid-wicket. Along with Gurkeerat Singh (31), David Hussey steadily built the KXIP innings putting on 55 runs for the fourth wicket. But disaster struck as KXIP lost their two set batsmen in the span of two overs as Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed the dangerous David Hussey before Bravo followed it with the wicket of Gurkeerat Singh. Mahmood (8) fell soon after to give Morris his first IPL wicket. The slide continued as R Satish (8) and Chawla (4) departed in Bravo's 18th over. The late flurry of wickets saw KXIP bundled out for 138.
Man-of-the-Match: Michael Hussey
Brief Scores: Kings XI Punjab 138 all out (David Hussey 41, Dwayne Bravo 3-27) lost to Chennai Super Kings 130 for no loss in 17.2 Overs (Michael Hussey 86*, Murali Vijay 50*) by 10 wickets.
200: David Hussey was playing his 200th Twenty20 match. He became only the second player after Albie Morkel (217) to do so.
100: Praveen Kumar was playing in his 100th Twenty20 match. He became the 17th Indian to do so.
32: Runs added by Kings XI Punjab while losing their last seven wickets – from 106/3 to 138 all out!
9: Number of batsmen dismissed caught in Kings XI Punjab innings- equals IPL record. Deccan Chargers (v Mumbai Indians in 2012) and Delhi Daredevils (v Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2012) had also lost 9 wickets in this fashion.
6: Number of times a team has won a match in IPL by 10 wickets. The other instances are: DC beat MI (2008), DD beat KXIP (2009-D/L), RCB beat RR (2010), RR beat MI (2011) and MI beat RR (2012).
2: The Mike Hussey–Murali Vijay pair became only the second pair to put on two century opening stands after the pair of Swapnil Asnodkar–Graeme Smith for Rajasthan Royals.
Gilchrist: "They just out bowled us and then out batted us. Completely outplayed us. We weren't that far off with the bat in the early stages but let it slip in the end. We were well short with the bat but the guys were prepared to go for their shots. It was a beautiful wicket so we needed a big score ... We were about 40 short, and that might not have been enough. We then dropped a couple of chances and they're not playing run outs anymore so that makes it tough (laughs) ..."
Dhoni: "The bowlers bowled really well, the fast bowlers did a very good job and Ashwin and Jadeja backed them up. Hussey and Vijay played well, gave a bit of respect to the fast bowlers but then finished it off ... I think it was overall a good fielding performance but we can still improve. We did [need this win], it was important that we did well with the bat."
Hussey had already picked up two cash awards, for his sixes and his catch at leg gully off Gilchrist, and now he gets the Man of the Match prize. "Great conditions out here, outfield was really fast, enjoyed batting with Vijay, he kept me calm," Hussey says. "Had a bit of luck, you always need some luck. Vijay was great support for me out there today."