IPL: Punjab beats CSK at Dharamsala, stays in the hunt
Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist led from the front with some scintillating hitting as the home side trounced Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by six wickets at the HPCA stadium here this evening.chandigarh Updated: May 18, 2012 12:57 IST
Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist led from the front with some scintillating hitting as the home side trounced Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by six wickets at the HPCA stadium here this evening.
Chasing a modest 121 to win, the Punjab outfit cruised to the target with 21 balls to spare.
Gilchrist, back at the helm of KXIP after recovering from his hamstring injury, was in majestic touch and timing the ball as if he had never taken a break.
The southpaw scored a flawless unbeaten half-century to guide his team to a very important win. Gilchrist's 46-ball 64 was studded with nine boundaries and 2 sixes.
Earlier, Kings XI Punjab produced a stunning bowling display to restrict Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to a paltry 120/7.
The visitors got off to an inauspicious start as they lost three wickets in quick succession against some disciplined bowling from the Kings XI Punjab bowlers.
Punjab pacer Praveen Kumar dismissed CSK openers Murali Vijay and Mike Hussey cheaply to put the home side in the driver's seat.
Praveen got ample support from the other end as all-rounder Azhar Mahmood struck to give Chennai third blow when he removed Suresh Raina to leave the visitors tottering at 42/3 in 7.4 overs.
CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni promoted himself to number four and needed to construct a partnership with Suresh Raina. However, Chennai were in deeper trouble as Raina faltered to continue his big-hitting.
The move to promote Dhoni didn't work as he was dismissed by Awana for six with the score at 46 for four in the eleventh over.
West Indian import Dwayne Bravo (48) and Ravindra Jadeja put together a fighting stand of 32. Jadeja lost his wicket, while trying to accelerate the scoring when Chennai were 78 in the 16th over.
It was Bravo's knock that kept Chennai in the hunt. In the 17th over, he hit David Hussey for two sixes and brought up Chennai's 100 with a four hit by Bravo in the next.
Protean big-hitter Albie Morkel tried to break free and managed to hit a six and a four during his brief stay in the middle.
The Super Kings now lie fourth in the IPL table, in the play-off places, but having played their final game they are now sitting ducks as the teams below them play their remaining fixtures.