Ravindra Jadeja (left) and MS Dhoni's partnership added some punch to the Chennai score  © IANS
Ravindra Jadeja (left) and MS Dhoni’s partnership added some punch to the Chennai score © IANS

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Sep 27, 2014

On a slow surface at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, the Chennai Super Kings struggled against the Perth Scorchers in their crucial Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014. But, it was only due to Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni‘s stand at the end that helped them reach a respectable score of 155 for six. Chennai have to win this game to stay alive in the CLT20 2014.

Perth skipper Adam Voges won the toss and chose to bowl first. They brought in the extra spinner in Michael Beer for Jason Behrendoff. On the other hand, CHennai were forced to make changes as Faf du Plessis was injured. Mithun Manhas and John Hastings replaced du Plessis and Ishwar Pandey.

The innings started with a bang as Brendon McCullum, the birthday boy, showed good intent. He was ready to charge to the seamers and even hit a six and a four down the ground. However, he was bowled in the third-over and then Suresh Raina was run-out. Manhas was sent in at No 4 and he struggled to come to terms with the conditions during his knock of 18 runs. And then Smith was bowled as the powerplay came to a close. Chennai were 33 for three when he was dismissed.

Bravo and Manhas tried to battle the spinners. Brad Hogg and Beer were doing a good job. Beer in particular had a great time in the middle as he bowled his four overs for only 16 runs. Hogg too contributed and did not let the batsmen get away. But, as was the case, Chennai couldn’t quite recover then. They were 82 for five after 15 overs when MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja came together.

Dhoni and Jadeja then started smashing it around. Jadeja started it off by attacking the bowling. They brought up the 50-run stand in 26 balls. In the penultimate over, Dhoni got into the act as he smacked a six off a high full-toss and then sent another one out of the park. He then hit the last ball into the stands at mid-wicket. Dhoni was dismissed in the last over, but he had done his job with 35 off 16 balls.

In the last six overs, Chennai scored 83 runs.

Brief scores:

Chennai Super Kings 155 for 6 in 20 overs (Ravindra Jadeja 44*, MS Dhoni 35; Brad Hogg 1 for 25) vs Perth Scorchers.

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