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Allround Pune hammer Chennai to register unexpected win

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A much changed Pune Warriors side stunned a complacent Chennai Super Kings outfit by 24 runs in a match that was widely tipped to go the other way. The introduction of young Aussie superstar Steve Smith energized the Warriors as they scripted an unlikely win against the former champions in a match they dominated right from the off.

Pune under the new leadership of Ross Taylor, due to Angelo Mathews' inability to play in Chennai due to political tension in the city, and without star player Yuvraj Singh were expected to be easy fodder for the superstars from Chennai. The Super Kings in fact decided to rest veteran superstar Mike Hussey for the game and the move backfired horribly as they struggled to cope with the Pune bowling unit, which restricted the hosts to an ordinary 135-8 in their pursuit of 160.

 

Pune won the toss and opted to bat first with Aaron Finch setting his stall immediately by launching compatriot Dirk Nannes for 13 in the opening over. Finch went on to top score for his side, making 67 from 45 balls and sharing in an opening partnership worth 96 with Robin Uthappa (26 from 33 balls).

Pune appeared to be on the verge of wasting their fantastic start as Chris Morris (2-25) and Dwayne Bravo (2-35) produced some good spells in the second half of their innings, but a fantastic unbeaten 39 from just 16 balls from Steve Smith helped push Pune's score to a competitive 159-5.

The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk has produced plenty of runs over the years, so 159 didn't really seem like a threatening score, but the Pune bowlers made it feel like 200 by bowling some excellent lines right from the start.

India's latest seam sensation Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced an excellent opening spell of 2-6 from 3 overs, accounting for S Aniruddha (0) and Suresh Raina (8). S Badrinath (34), Ravindra Jadeja (27) and Murali Vijay (24) all made handy contributions, but Pune kept things tight in the middle overs and kept picking up wickets at regular intervals to make matters difficult for Chennai.

Even skipper MS Dhoni (10) failed to rescue them on this occasion as Pune cruised to a comfortable 24 run win in the end to register just their second victory of this season's competition.

The Warriors will hope to take this momentum forward when they host the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday in a rare midweek early start. The Super Kings meanwhile are on the road next as they travel to Delhi to take on the beleaguered Daredevils on Thursday.

Teams:

Pune Warriors: Aaron Finch, Robin Uthappa (wk), Ross Taylor (c), Manish Pandey, T Suman, Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Abhishek Nayar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Ashok Dinda

Chennai Super Kings: S Anirudha, M Vijay, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Chris Morris, R Ashwin, Dirk Nannes

Mini Scorecard:

Pune Warriors 159-5 (20 overs, 7.95rpo)

A Finch 67 (45) C Morris 2-25

S Smith 39* (16) D Bravo 2-35

Chennai Super Kings 135-8 (20 overs, 6.75 rpo)

S Badrinath 34 (26) B Kumar 2-12

R Jadeja 27 (22) A Dinda 2-34

Pune win by 24 runs