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Kings XI Punjab beat Chennai Super Kings in Super Over

cricket Updated: Mar 22, 2010 13:34 IST
Nikhilesh Bhattacharya
Nikhilesh Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times
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A low-scoring match between the Chennai Super Kings and the Kings XI Punjab went into the super over here late on Sunday night before Yuvraj Singh reverse swept Muttiah Muralitharan to give the visitors their first win in IPL III.

After being completely outplayed for nearly three-fourths of the match, the Kings XI fought back gamely to take it to the wire. And in the end, they managed to silence the crowd.

Chasing a small target, the Super Kings just needed to bat sensibly, though Matthew Hayden was his brutal self at the start.

Forget bat speed, when Hayden is at the crease the real jaw-dropper is the speed at which the ball travels towards the boundary. At least twice, the ball scorched the grass and crashed into the boundary boards before the fielders had a chance to move.

Hayden got out in the ninth over and the chase threatened to crash land with three more quick wickets. Parthiv Patel completed his half-century, but could not complete the job.

In the end it proved costly.

It should not have been so close though. After stand-in captain Raina put the opposition in, his team bowled precisely, fielded athletically and caught almost everything that came their way. Two run outs and a stumping completed the show.

The star of the first half was Muralitharan with his three for 16 from four overs. He was on the button from ball one, getting spin and bounce. Albie Morkel picked up a wicket each at the start and at the end.

Although things were going the Super Kings' way, the crowd sounded a tad disappointed by the scarcity of big hits. The bugle had to be employed repeatedly to bring out the cheers. The only Kings XI batsman to entertain the spectators was Yuvraj Singh, whose 28-ball 43 included two sixes.

There was a roar at Chepauk when Yuvraj's name was announced over the public address system. The left-hander was walking into a tricky situation: Lakshmipathy Balaji had just got rid of Irfan Pathan and the Kings XI innings was stagnating.

Muralitharan, in the middle of his mesmerising spell, beat Yuvraj's outside edge with his first ball to him in the next over. However, a cut executed late off the second delivery sent the ball to the third man boundary and Yuvraj was away.