Tirumalasetti Suman (55) struck his back-to-back Indian Premier League half century as Deccan Chargers scored a thumping six-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings here today.
Suman, who hit an unbeaten 78 in his side's seven-wicket win over Bangalore two days back, played sheet anchor with a
sensible 44-ball innings which was laced with four boundaries and two sixes as Deccan chased down the modest target of 139
with five balls to spare.
Earlier, Chennai Super Kings made a modest 138 for eight thanks mainly to Suresh Raina's 42-ball 52 after opting to bat at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium at Jamtha here.
Deccan, who today notched up their fifth win from 11 matches, began their run chase on a shaky note but recovered
later thanks to Suman and Andrew Symonds who made a 22-ball 27 down the order.
Captain Adam Gilchrist (7) was back in the pavilion in the fifth at team score of 32. Three balls and as may runs
later, the other opener Monish Mishra departed for a 18-ball 21 and Deccan were in a spot of bother at that stage.
Rohit Sharma could contribute just eight and it was left to Suman and Symonds to repair the innings which the duo did
with a 46-run stand for the fourth wicket in 32 balls.
Symonds, who also hit an unbeaten half century in Deccan's win against Bangalore in their last match, and Dwayne
Smith took their home with a 32-run stand for the unfinished fifth wicket from three overs as Deccan scored 139 for four in
For Chennai, Ravichandran Ashwin was the most successful bowler with two wickets fro 13 form his four overs while Sadab Jakati and Raina took a wicket apiece.
Earlier, Suresh Raina's (52) half century was the lone bright spot in Chennai Super Kings' batting card as
all-rounder Ryan Harris' three-wicket haul helped Deccan Chargers restrict them to 138 for eight.
Chennai were off to a flyer with opener Matthew Hayden and M Vijay putting on 41 runs in little over four overs.
However, Vijay's run out, after striking one four and a six in his 13-ball 23, slowed down Chennai's innings and
Hayden's dismissal only added to their problems.
The left-hander struck three fours in his 18-ball 19 before being caught behind by former Australia teammate Adam
Gilchrist off Harmeet Singh.
In walked Raina and began repairing the innings but he didn't get a steady partner at the other end as skipper
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's (7) poor form continued and Australian import Michael Hussey (8) to failed to make an impact.