Valthaty blazes KXIP to win over CSK

Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 19:33 [IST]
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Valthaty blazes KXIP to win over CSK

The Kings XI Punjab got off to a steady start with Paul Valthaty striking off-break R Ashwin for the first four of the innings in the first over. Then the same batsman picked a boundary of Tim Southee in the second, before Morne Morkel put him down off Ashwin in the third over as the Kings moved onto 25/0.

Then Gilchrist pulled Southee away for his first boundary, before Valthaty executed two straight shots for four as well. Valthaty and Gilchrist teamed up to knock a four each off Ashwin in the 5th over, following which, Gilchrist took a single off Morne Morkel to bring up the Kings 50 in 5.1 overs. Valthaty celebrated with a six and a four before Gilchrist was caught at deep midwicket for 19 off 15 balls.The Kings were 61/1 in 5.5 overs.

But Valthathy refused to allow the momentum to dip, rounding off the over with another four. The batsman struck a boundary off Suraj Randiv and then ran a single to notch up his 50 off just 23 balls as the Kings completed the 7th over at 72/1. Valthaty was on a roll, creaming Styris for a four and six in the 10th over as the score moved onto 99/1. But no sooner had the Kings reeached 100, than Shaun Marsh was run out for 12 off 14 balls.

But Valthaty was in no mood to relent, smashing Randiv for two consecutive fours. The new batsman and local boy Sunny Singh clobbered a 6 and a four off Suresh Raina in the 13th over. Randiv removed Singh for a cameo of 20 off 12 balls as the Kings slipped to 136/3 in 14 overs, still requiring 53 off 36 balls.

Then Southee got rid of Abhishek Nayar for a golden duck with Dinesh Karthik the new man at the crease. Valthaty and Karthik each took a four off Jakati and then ran a double to bring up KIXP's 150 in 15.5 overs. The former batsman then knocked two back-to-back fours off Morkel to notch up his century off just 52 balls. But he wasn't finished. He picked the gap for another boundary and ran three doubles, reducing the equation to 21 off 18 balls.

Dhoni dropped Karthik off Southee in the penultimate over before Valthaty got Southee away for another four and then another. With just 2 runs required off the last over, Karthik struck Jakati for a six as the Kings XI Punjab won by 6 wickets with 5 balls remaining.

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