Chennai Super Kings took on the Pune Warriors in a bid to revive their falling fortunes, on Monday. And they made a match of it despite setting a moderate target. (AFP PHOTOS)
Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey began well for the hosts and set up a 64-run partnership for the opening wicket.
Murali Vijay scored a fluid 31 with two boundaries and a six but eventually gave his wicket up to Alfonso Thomas.
Hussey on the other end looked solid as ever as he raced to his half century and finish on a 48-ball 61 to provide good support to an otherwise slow rate of scoring.
Apart from Dhoni's 26 and S Badrinath (in pic) who scored 11, there was no real fight from the Chennai batting after Hussey's exit.
Jerome Taylor was the pick of the Pune bowlers and finished with three wickets against his name. Chennai managed just 142 in their full quota of overs.
What the batsmen couldn't do, the bowlers did and did extremely well. Albie Morkel struck early on to remove Mohnish Mishra and Manish Pandey.
The big names like Jesse Ryder, Robin Uthappa and Yuvraj Singh either did not get starts or failed to convert as R Ashwin came in to wreck havoc in Pune's middle-order.
Much like Suresh Raina in this image, the Chennai fielding was excellent as well and did not allow easy runs to the batsman.
It was too much for the Pune outfit to deal with as the team folded 25 runs short with both Ashwin (in pic) and Morkel finishing with three wickets each.
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