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Finally, Chennai kings at home

The Chennai Super Kings scraped to a 10-run victory over the Deccan Chargers to put an end to their losing streak at home. S Dipak Raghav reports. Scorecard | Points table

india Updated: May 05, 2012 01:58 IST
S Dipak Raghav
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Chennai-Super-Kings-MS-Dhoni-plays-a-shot-during-the-IPL-5-match-against-Deccan-Chargers-in-Chennai-PTI-Photo-R-Senthil-Kumar

The Chennai Super Kings scraped to a 10-run victory over the Deccan Chargers to put an end to their losing streak at home.

Chasing 161, the Chargers lost Parthiv Patel early but Cameron White and opener Shikhar Dhawan kept pace with the asking rate as the duo put on 68 for the second wicket.

White scored 77 off 53 balls with nine fours and two sixes. Chennai, however, pulled things back with two quick wickets and some quiet overs in the middle phase. Dhawan was unlucky as he was run out at the non-striker's end when a White straight drive was deflected by Dwayne Bravo to the stumps.

After Suresh Raina snapped up skipper Kumar Sangakkara off his bowling, Chennai sneaked in a few quiet overs and despite White's 17 runs off Ravindra Jadeja's 18th over, the visitors fell short.

Shoddy fielding

The Chargers' fielding, which had led them down in the earlier games, was again shoddy as the fielders dropped as many as five catches.

Earlier, Murali Vijay, who was dropped after a disappointing first half of the season, made a return to the Chennai team but failed once again.

Raina, who has not looked at his best, survived a hostile spell from Dale Steyn before cutting loose. He scored 32, which included a four and two sixes off Veer Pratap Singh in the fifth over.

At the other end, Faf du Plessis, the Super Kings' leading scorer, scored 42 but could not go on despite being dropped thrice in his 35-ball stay.

Chennai looked set for a big total, coasting along at 109 for two after the 13th over but the Chargers struck twice by removing du Plessis and the dangerous Albie Morkel.

Skipper MS Dhoni, who promoted himself to No 4, started slowly but rotated the strike well en route a 34. For the Chargers, Steyn was again impressive but it was off-spinner Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, who was the pick of the bowlers.