Pune, Apr 14: It was yet another thrilling last-over finish. This time, the winners were Pune Warriors. Thanks to Jesse Ryder and Steve Smith's excellent knocks, Pune edged out Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets in Game 16 of IPL 5 here at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium on Saturday night.
[Scorecard: IPL 5: Game 16: Pune Warriors Vs Chennai Super Kings]
IPL 5: Results, Points Table
Smith finished the match off with a six on the second ball of the final over bowled by Yo Mahesh as Pune successfully chased 156 with the loss of three wickets. The winning hit by Smith could have been caught on the boundary by Ravindra Jadeja but he misjudged and the ball sailed over the rope.
Smith and Ryder both remained unbeaten. Opener Ryder top scored with a match-winning innings of 73 not out off 56 balls. Smith was exceptional in the end, undefeated with a 22-ball 44 with four boundaries and three sixes. Ryder was adjudged Man-of-the-match.
The fourth-wicket unbroken association between Ryder and Smith yielded 66 in 6.4 overs. This alliance was the turning point of the match. They came together at 90/3 in 12.4 overs.
Pune required 34 runs off the final 18 balls. A six and a four by Smith off Dwayne Bravo in the 18th over further brought the equation down to 22 in 12 balls. Australian Smith was again in the spotlight as he smashed two boundaries off Nuwan Kulasekara in the 19th over and Pune went into the final over with 10 runs needed.
Captain MS Dhoni handed the ball to the inexperienced Mahesh to deliver the 20th over and Smith sealed the match with a four and six in the first two balls.
For the second match in a row, Chennai were involved in a last-over finish. But unlike the previous game, where they won against Royal Challengers Bangalore on the final ball, they had to be on the other side today.
This was Pune's second triumph in two games on their home ground. This win catapulted them to the top of the table while Chennai slipped to sixth with just two wins from 5 games. Pune have six points from three wins out of four games.
Chennai Super Kings Innings Report
Good knocks from Faf du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja took Chennai Super Kings to 155/5 in 20 overs against Pune Warriors.
Du Plessis (43) carried on his good form to take the Orange Cap from Rajasthan Royals" Ajinkya Rahane. After he had made 71 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the previous game, the South African opener yet again played an aggressive game. Du Plessis now heads the batting charts with a tally of 171 runs with a strike rate of 144.91. So far, he has smashed 10 sixes and 14 fours in five games.
Pune will be happy with this total as Chennai at one stage looked to get more than this. With the beginning the defending champions made, they would have fancied for few more runs.
The blazing start provided by Du Plessis did not go waste as Jadeja came out and fired a 26-ball 44 to take team past the 150-run mark. Jadeja, along with his captain MS Dhoni had a good partnership for the fourth wicket. Both Jadeja and Dhoni fell in the space of three overs, trying for big shots in the 19th and 20th overs.
With his partner Murali Vijay (8) failing again, it was left to Du Plessis to take the team off to a flying start. He hit a 33-ball 43 with five boundaries and two sixes.
The right-handed opener took 18 off the 4th over bowled by Ashish Nehra. He hit three fours and a six in that over. It was the left-arm paceman"s first over of the innings and he was taken off the attack immediately after his treatment.
Vijay"s place in the team for the next game is in question. He has just 31 runs in five games with a highest of 11.
Du Plessis was stumped by Robin Uthappa off a fine delivery from legspinner Rahul Sharma. Rahul accounted for Suresh Raina also a few overs later. Raina"s promising run-a-ball 17 was ended by Rahul and he was overjoyed with the wicket. He celebrated by blowing a kiss to the Pune crowd.
Sourav Ganguly opted to open the innings with spin. Left-arm spinner Murali Kartik made a good start by conceding just 1 run in the opening over but Chennai later picked the scoring rate up thanks to Du Plessis.
Chennai Super Kings will bat first after their skipper MS Dhoni won the toss against Pune Warriors.
Chennai, for the first time in five games, decided to change their playing XI. Doug Bollinger and Shadab Jakati have been omitted and replaced by Nuwan Kulasekara and Yo Mahesh.
Pune have brought back Murali Kartik in place of out-of-form Manish Pandey.
Both Chennai and Pune have two wins apiece. However, the former has played four games, one more than Pune.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain, wicketkeeper), Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Nuwan Kulasekara, Faf du Plessis, Yo Mahesh.
Pune Warriors: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Murali Kartik, Mithun Manhas, Ashish Nehra, Jesse Ryder, Rahul Sharma, Steve Smith, Robin Uthappa (wicketkeeper), Marlon Samuels, Ashok Dinda, Angelo Mathews.
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Bruce Oxenford (Australia)
Third Umpire: Anil Chowdhury (India)
Match Referee: Rajendra Jadeja (India)