Thursday, September 26, 2013

Dhoni is bruising half-century CSK in top Group ‘B’ beat by SH

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is bruising half-century covered Chennai Super Kings top standing in Group ‘B’ of the Champions Trophy T20 as they edged out Hyderabad Sunrisers by 12 runs on Thursday. Before a frenzied home crowd at the JSCA Stadium.

Such was Dhoni impact that he put to shade another blistering knock that had preceded his. Suresh Raina is 57-ball 84 was what placed Chennai in control in the first two-thirds of the innings after they were sent in to bat. The recipient of at least 2 missed catches, Raina struck 9 fours and 1 six, before the Dhoni special took Chennai to 202.

Raina struck again in the same over, bowling JP Duminy for a duck. Dhawan (48) then slammed the door shut on his own team by slashing an R. Ashwin wide delivery into Dhoni alert gloves. From 87 /0 to 106/4 with an asking rate north of 15 – there was only one way this was going to end, with or without a consolatory-but-brilliant half-century by Sammy. Thanks to the West Indian’s 25-ball 50, Hyderabad finished on 190/7 to ensure that the loss will not translate into poor Net Run Rate.
it might have been the dew factor that compelled Dhawan to field first. M. Vijay was out second ball to Dale Steyn for his 3rd repeated duck in competitive cricket. Michael Hussey (22) walked after edging Duminy to wicketkeeper Patel. S. Badrinath (13) spent some time in the middle, and didn’t have much to do with Raina going hammer and tongs at the other end.
Badri became Duminy’s second wicket as Dhoni came in and Chennai reached 141/3 in 17 overs. Thirty-four came off the next over, Dhoni shredding Perera for 5 sixes (66666), one of which was almost an exact retaliation of his World Cup winning strike at the Wankhede. The Indian captain took two more maximums in Sammy’s last over of the innings, Chennai gaining 61 in the last 18 balls of their innings.

Score Details

Chennai Super kings-202/4(20)
S Raina -84(57)

Hyderabad Sunrisers-190/7(20)
D Sammy -50(25)
S Dhawan (C)-48(34)

Player of the match
S Raina

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