After the thunderstorm on Wednesday night, Matthew Hayden thundered at the SuperSport Park on Thursday. He pummelled the Kings XI Punjab attack into submission as the Chennai Super Kings rattled up a huge 185 for 3 in the allotted 18 overs.
Faced with an uphill task, KXIP skipper Yuvraj Singh (58 n.o., 4X5, 2X6) and Mahela Jayawardene (44 n.o., 3X4, 2X6) smashed the ball all over the ground and tried their best till the last over, but the plot was as good as lost after Hayden's pyrotechnics. KXIP lost by 12 runs.
It was one of those trademark Hayden innings — laced with half-a-dozen smashing hits over the boundary — that would have sent shivers down Yuvraj's men, especially S. Sreesanth. Sreesanth got hammered for 22 runs in the penultimate over.
On a day marred by rain, it was KXIP opening bowler Irfan Pathan who made an impression with the first ball of the match when he had opener S. Badrinath caught at third man.
Thereafter, Hayden and Suresh Raina started the repair work. The pair had added 68 in 7.2 overs when rain stopped play.
When play finally resumed, Hayden went on to score his highest IPL score of 89 (58 ball, 4X8, 6X6). Skipper M.S. Dhoni scored his second successive fifty to push the asking rate beyond 10 an over.