Chennai, Apr 15: Pune Warriors stunned two-time champions Chennai Super Kings by 24 runs in Match 19 of IPL 2013 here tonight at MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Chasing 160, CSK were never in the hunt as they did not have a good beginning. Anirudh Srikkanth was out for a duck in the second ball. The required run rate kept going up and it went out of control in the last five overs even with big hitters in the side.
Earlier, Aaron Finch's 45-ball 67 helped Pune post 159/5 in 20 overs. After a fine start, Pune should have ended up with more but CSK bowlers came back well to keep them to 159/5. They crossed 150 thanks to Steve Smith's hurricane knock of 38 not out off 16 balls towards the end. Finch and Robin Uthappa put on 96 runs for the first wicket in 12.3 overs. However, Finch, Uthappa, captain Ross Taylor and Mitchell Marsh fell in quick succession and that slowed down the run rate.
Here are the highlights of this match.
# CSK needed 61 runs to win off 30 balls with skipper MS Dhoni at the crease. But Dhoni (13-ball 10) was dismissed by Ashok Dinda in the 18th over and with it CSK's hopes were gone
# Dinda bowled the final over where CSK required 36. R Ashwin hit two boundaries and they got 11 off the final 6 balls
# Dinda, who had IPL's worst figures of 0/63 against Mumbai Indians in previous game, came back strongly with 2/34 in four overs with 7 dot balls
# Steve Smith was excellent with the bat (38 not out off 16) and also as a fielder, taking three catches including Dhoni's
# Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a wicket-maiden over to start the innings. He was outstanding (3-1-6-2) in his first three-over spell where he gave just 6 runs and took two wickets (Anirudh Srikkanth and Suresh Raina)
# S Badrinath was the topscorer for CSK with 34
# This was second win in five games for Pune while CSK tasted second defeat in four matches
# Legspinner Rahul Sharma finished with 1/24 in four overs
# CSK were 38/2 in six overs. 50 came in 47 balls and 100 in 92
# CSK hit 10 fours and 3 sixes
# Ravindra Jadeja made a 22-ball 27 with 1 four and 1 six
# Ross Taylor replaced Angelo Mathews as captain of Pune Warriors as the Sri Lankans are not allowed to play in Chennai in this IPL
# CSK brought in Albie Morkel for his first match in place of Michael Hussey while Anirudha Srikkanth came for Mohit Sharma
# Yuvraj Singh was ruled out of the match and he was replaced by Manish Pandey
# Aaron Finch hit 67 off 45 balls with 10 fours and 2 sixes. The Australian opener reached 50 off 32 balls
# Smith played his first game for Pune this season and made an impact straightaway. The Australian hit 39 not out off 16 balls with 3 fours and 3 sixes
# Smith reverse flicked a Dwayne Bravo ball to six. It was an extraordinary shot over short third man
# Chris Morris and Dwayne Bravo took two wickets each for CSK
# Ravindra Jadeja, who opened the bowling with Dirk Nannes, took 1/27 in four overs
# Pune hit 16 fours and 5 sixes
# Finch-Uthappa's opening wicket stand of 96 is the best for Pune in IPL history
# In first 6 overs, Pune were 48/0. Their 50 took 38 balls and 100 in 82 balls. 150 was reached in 116 balls