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Pune: Apr 30, 2013
Pune Warriors continue to remain at the bottom of the points table after their 37-run loss to the Super Kings. They started off well, restricting CSK to 29 for two after first six overs, but Super Kings bounced back and proved too strong for them.
PWI 127/9 | Overs 20 | Bhuvneshwar 24*, Dinda 2* OUT! Rahul 0(1)
All over for the Warriors. A hapless display with the bat once again sumps up their poor run in the tournament as they lose yet another game. Chennai win by 37 runs.
PWI 121/8 | Overs 19 | Bhuvneshwar 20*, Rahul 0* OUT! Richardson 26(20)
Kane Richardson falls after 20-ball 26. The right-hander goes for a big hit, the ball takes top edge and Raina takes a simple catch.
Pune manage four runs off the last three balls after Bravo bowls four dots. Pune need a further 51 runs from 12 balls.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar cracks a six and a boundary off Ravindra Jadeja as Pune add 14 runs to their total.
Sixteeen overs are completed but Pune Warriors India are yet to cross the 100-run mark. It’s been a poor show by the side which is ranked at the bottom of the points table. Only three runs come off Bravo’s second over.
Soft dismissal for Steven Smith as he gives a simple return catch to Ravindra Jadeja. With this, Pune’s hopes are all but over as their last recognised batsman is back in the hut.
Kane Richardson strikes it down the ground for a boundary on the fourth ball off Ravichandran Ashwin and follows it up with a good clean hit over the mid-wicket for a six. Pune need a further 73 runs from 36 balls.
Only five runs taken from Dwayne Bravo’s first over of the game.
Ravindra Jadeja’s second over of the game gets only two runs to the Pune Warriors India. The asking rate is going up fast!
Only four singles taken from Albie Morkel’s third over of the match. Pune have a tough task as they need 93 runs from 54 balls
Apart from the issues that they need to, one among them would be running between the wickets to be addressed for the Pune Warriors India. Abhishek Nayar responds late to Steven Smith’s call for a single and is run-out, which could have been avoided. Pune are slipping fast.
Steven Smith and Abhishek Nayar scamper for five runs as Pune add six more runs to their total.
Unlucky for Luke Wright as he is run-out in a bizarre manner. Smith plays it straight off Albie Morkel, whose boot hits the ball and it goes on to hit the stumps. Wright was backing up too far and has to go back.
Mohit Sharma keeps it quite as Pune batsmen could manage only three runs off the seventh over.
PWI 47/4 | Overs 6 | Smith 11*, Wright 1*
Only three runs off Chris Morris’s second over of the game as Pune are getting into tremendous pressure.
Pune Warriors India are crumbling apart fast! Mohit Mahipal Sharma drops it short on the first ball as Yuvraj Singh pulls it for four, but he nicks the fifth ball as Dhoni takes a simple catch.
Uthappa is run-out! The Pune opener pushes towards the off side and starts for a run. Yuvraj Singh shouts no as Suresh Raina was charging in. Raina collects the ball and throws it on the stumps. Uthappa was far, far away. New man in, Steven Smith, starts off with two good hits for boundaries.
Double breakthroughs! Finch gets a boundary off the third ball off Mohit Sharma towards the third-man area. The fielder at point gets his hands to it but not enough to cut the pace as the ball races away to the fence. But two balls later, Mohit gets his revenge as he gets Finch caught behind the wickets by MS Dhoni. Another breakthrough as Tirumalsetti Suman is trapped in front of the wickets on the last ball for a duck.
Finch smashes a six off the last ball off Albie Morkel as Pune take 12 runs from that over. A misfield by Suresh Raina at the extra cover point gifts Pune skipper a boundary on the third ball.
Robin Uthappa lofts over the cover region for six and Pune start on a good note, getting nine runs in the first over off Ravindra Jadeja. There were a few hiccups while running between the wickets, but both Uthappa and Finch are safe.
CSK 164/3 | Overs 20 | Raina 63*, Dhoni 45*
Mahendra Singh Dhoni signs off with a huge six as Chennai have put up a strong total against the lowly Pune Warriors. Dhoni races to 16-ball 45 while Raina remains beaten on 63.
MS Dhoni slams over the point region for a boundary off Bhuvneshwar Kumar as Chennai add another 12 runs to their total and go past the 150-run mark.
Raina cracks a boundary off the first ball, as MS Dhoni follows it up with a reverse sweep off Ashok Dinda. The Chennai and India captain then dances down the track to smack a six over the long-on fielder. Dhoni has raced to 26 off just eight balls.
Suresh Raina takes a single off Kane Richardson’s third ball to not only complete his half-century, but also to complete 2,500 runs in the Indian Premier League tournament. He’s the first batsman to achieve the milestone. Well, this is some record! CSK add seven runs to their total.
CSK 114/3 | Overs 16 | Raina 49*, Dhoni 10* OUT! Badrinath 34(31)
Badrinath falls after a solid stand in a bid to up the scoring rate. The Chennai batsman tries to hit over the long-off fielder but is caught by Steven Smith for 34. Badri faced 31 balls during his innings with the help of two boundaries. Luke Wright takes his first wicket in the game. MS Dhoni walks in and smacks a boundary and a six over the long-off boundary to start off.
Nine runs come off the 15th over as Chennai go past the 100-run mark.
Suresh Raina slams first six of the innings with a lofted shot over the midwicket area off Kane Richardson. Chennai are pushing up the scoring rate as another 12 runs garnered from that over.
Badrinath hits consecutive boundaries off Rahul Sharma to mark a good over for the Super Kings as 13 runs come off it.
Raina and Badrinath are leading Chennai’s recovery, not with a counter attack but with the steady partnership which has extended to 40 runs from 6.2 overs.
Chennai batsmen rotate the strike well as another six runs are added to their total.
Raina hits a fluent cover drive off the final ball mark a good over for the Super Kings, as nine runs are scored off Bhuvneshwar’s third over of the game.
CSK 46/2 | Overs 9 | Raina 17*, Badrinath 10*
Luke Wright fails to judge the trajectory of the ball standing at the short midwicket position, as an attempted pull shot by Suresh Raina falls short of him. Chennai add five more runs to their total.
Suresh Raina hits over the fielder at point to collect a boundary as Chennai add seven runs to their total in the eighth over of the innings off Abhishek Nayar.
Impressive by Ashok Dinda as Chennai batsmen manage only five runs in his first over of the game.
Rahul Sharma traps Wriddhiman Saha in front of the wickets as Chennai lose their second wicket. Slow start for the Super Kings as only 29 runs have come in that over.
Wriddhiman Saha gets in to the hitting mode and lofts Kane Richardson for a six straight down the ground, and follows it up with a boundary. This was after Suresh Raina cracked a boundary off the first ball.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar continues the good work as his second over yields only three runs. The Super Kings have made a slow start.
CSK 7/1 | Overs 3 | Raina 1*, Saha 0* OUT! M Hussey 5(8)
Big wicket! Australian young pacer Kane Richardson comes around the wicket and knocks down Michael Hussey’s off-stump. This is a big breakthrough. Richardson nearly dismisses Suresh Raina as a leading edge drops just short of the mid-on fielder.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been playing a different game all together this IPL 2013, something which is not very usual from a seamer in the T20 format. He starts with a maiden against CSK.
Michael Hussey starts off with a boundary in the first over off Rahul Sharma.
Pune Warriors India: Aaron Finch (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Luke Wright, Steven Smith, Abhishek Nayar, Tirumalsetti Suman, Rahul Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kane Richardson
Chennai Super Kings: Michael Hussey, Wriddhiman Saha, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Albie Morkel, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Chris Morris, Mohit Mahipal Sharma.
Good evening and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the Indian Premier League Match between Pune Warriors India and Chennai Super Kings at Pune.
Chennai Super Kings are sitting at the top in the IPL 2013 points table, while the struggling Warriors are at the bottom of the pool.
It’s Devarchit Varma here and I’ll be bringing you ball-by-ball updates of the game. While we wait for proceedings to begin, read our preview here.
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