Muttiah Muralitharan produced a superb spin bowling display with three for 16 as Chennai Super Kings restricted Kings XI Punjab to 136 for eight in their Indian Premier League here today.
Muralitharan dismissed visiting captain Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Mohammed Kaif as CSK produced a disciplined bowling performance after captain Suresh Raina asked Kings XI to bat after winning the toss.
Pacers Albie Morkel and Lakshmipathy Balaji also bowled well by taking two and one wicket respectively by conceding 23 and 29 runs from four overs each.
For Kings XI, who had lost their three earlier matches, Yuvraj Singh top-scored with a 28-ball 43 which had four fours and two sixes in it while opener Irfan Pathan made 39 from 32 balls.
Kings XI did not have a great start with in-form opener Ravi Bopara out for just one in the third over. Bopara, who had two half centuries from his three earlier matches, top-edged a Morkel delivery for Balaji to take an easy catch near the boundary.
Pathan, who was promoted to open the innings after his fine batting in Kings XI's previous match, produced some fireworks in front of a near capacity crowd at MA Chidambaram Stadium with some lusty blows off Ravichandran Ashwin including a huge six.
But at the other end, another wicket fell in the form of captain Sangakkara (15) stumped by Chennai wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel in the ninth over.
Sangakkara was deceived by a turning ball by his Sri Lankan team-mate Muralitharan and missed it completely for Parthiv to do the rest.
Run rate plummeted and Pathan fell while trying to push the pace of scoring as he dragged a Balaji delivery on to his middle stump after making 39 from 32 balls with the help of five fours and a six. Kings XI were in trouble then at 58 for three in the 10th over.
Next man in Mahela Jayawardene (3) compounded the Kings XI woes as he fell next over LBW to Muralitharan for a five-ball three.
It was left to Yuvraj and Mohammad Kaif (14) to take the Kings XI score to a respectable total but they were separated in the 17th over when the latter was out after sharing 45 runs for the fifth wicket.
Yuvraj could not accelerate the run rate much before he was out in the penultimate over.
Pacer Justin Kemp apparently suffered a side strain while bowling his first over and the 14th of the Kings XI innings. He was taken off the field and captain Raina completed the over.
Chennai Super Kings: Suresh Raina (capt), Matthew Hayden, Parthiv Patel (wk), Subramaniam Badrinath, Murali Vijay, Justin Kemp, Albie Morkel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Muttiah Muralitharan, Manpreet Gony
Kings XI Punjab: Kumar Sangakkara(capt. and wk), Ravi Bopara, Manvinder Bisla, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Mahela Jayawardene, Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar, Juan Theron, Shalabh Srivastava