Chennai: Apr 19, 2012
Subramaniam Badrinath and Faf du Plessis struck a half century each as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) posted a challenging 164 for five in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Pune Warriors India (PWI) on Thursday at Chennai.
Badrinath (57) and du Plessis (58) shared IPL five's highest opening stand of 116 runs from 15.3 overs after Chennai were put into bat at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here.
Chennai seemed to have lost the advantage of a strong start before captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (28 not out) gave the home fans something to cheer with some lusty hits towards the end.
But for the last over which yielded 18 runs, the Chennai score would have been lower as they took just 49 runs from the last five overs with all the wickets at their hands at that time.
For Pune, Marlon Samuels took three for 39 from his four overs while Ashish Nehra claiming two wickets for 23.
The Chennai opening duo scored almost at the same pace, taking 48 balls each in their knocks with du Plessis hitting four fours and two sixes while Badrinath, who was promoted up the order in the absence of Murali Vijay, smashed eight fours in his innings.
After a slow start, Chennai picked up the tempo with Badrinath hitting two fours off Samuels in the fourth over and his fellow opener du Plessis joining in with a six and a four of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Two more fours by Badrinath off Angelo Mathews brought Chennai's fifty in the eighth over and the home side were heading for a big score.
Most of Pune bowlers were going for runs except for Nehra whose first spell of two overs yielded just six runs as Chennai raced to 68 for no loss at the halfway stage.
Du Plessis continued his good form in the tournament as he reached his half century, his second this season, with a two off Rahul Sharma in the 13th over. His fifty came from 42 balls with the help of four fours and a six.
Badrinath survived a close run-out call in the last ball of the 13th over with the third umpire taking a long time to decide on it and he was lucky to continue with Pune wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa missing out a stumping chance in the next over bowled by Murali Kartik.
In the same over, du Plessis hoisted Kartik for a huge six as Chennai reached their 100 in the 14th over.
With all the wickets in their hands, Chennai expectedly launched themselves but Badrinath was lucky again with Pune captain Sourav Ganguly failing to hold on a difficult catch off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Ganguly landed awkwardly with his right hand beneath his body but luckily he did not have any injury.
Badrinath then smashed Bhuvneshwar Kumar for three consecutive fours to raise his fifty off 42 balls with the help of six fours.
The record opening stand finally ended in the 16th over with du Plessis out for 58. He spooned a Samuels slower delivery to Angelo Mathews at deep square leg. He hit four fours and two sixes in 48-ball innings.
Two balls later, Badrinath also departed as he tried to slog-sweep Samuels only to find Mathews again.
Two new batsmen in Dhoni and Suresh Raina were at the crease and the latter did not survive long, dismissed for a duck while trying to fend off a Nehra bouncer. The top-edge carried to Kartik at fine-leg.
Nehra bowled a fine penultimate over, not goving any room for Dhoni and Bravo to play shots and the pressure eventually resulted to the wicket of the West Indian.
New man in, Ravindra Jadeja (7) then lifted Samuels for a huge six in the first ball of the final over and then Dhoni smote the same bowler for even bigger six. (PTI)
Brief Score: CSK in 164 for 5 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 58, S Badrinath 57; Marlon Samuels 3 for 39, Ashish Nehra 2 for 23) vs PWI