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IPL Match 24: Chennai Super Kings rout Kings XI Punjab in virtual no-contest

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The Chennai Super Kings produced the near perfect game, hammering the Kings XI Punjab by 97 runs at Chepauk on Saturday night.

The Super Kings won the toss and opted to make first use of a gorgeous batting track in Chennai. Brendon McCullum (66 from 44 balls) and Dwayne Smith (26 from 13 balls) shared a half-century stand for the first wicket in just 4.3 overs to put Chennai en route to a big score.


Smith was dismissed by Anureet Singh, but McCullum kept the runs flowing at a steady pace from one end, while Suresh Raina came in at no.3 and rotated the strike. The duo added another 66 runs for the second wicket before McCullum fell to young Axar Patel.

Raina failed to hit top form, making a steady 29 from 25 balls before he was run out, but skipper MS Dhoni appeared to regain his long lost touch with the bat, smashing an unbeaten 41 from 27 balls to guide the Super Kings to a massive score of 192-3 in their 20 overs.

Kings XI Punjab failed miserably in response, crawling to 95-9 in their 20 overs, thus recording the lowest score in IPL Season 8. Veteran opener Virender Sehwag fell cheaply for just 1 to Ishwar Pandey, while Ashish Nehra accounted for the dangerous Shaun Marsh for 10.

The wickets kept tumbling with skipper George Bailey contributing just 1, while David Miller made only 3. Both men fell to Ravindra Jadeja, who finished with excellent figures of 3-22.

Former Super Kings star Murali Vijay waged a lone war from his end, top scoring with 34, before he became the first of Ravichandran Ashwin's two victims. Ashwin too finished with outstanding figures of 2-14 from 4 overs.

Punjab managed to just about bat out the overs, but they won't really be feeling proud of their effort today with either bat or ball, and after doing so well last year, it appears that their think tank needs to really re-evaluate how to structure their side going forward in the competition.

The win for Chennai meanwhile sees them leapfrog the Rajasthan Royals in their customary place at the top of the IPL standings, a position they should hold on to considering they still have a game in hand over the home-less Royals.

Mini Scorecard:

Chennai Super Kings 192/3 (20 overs, 9.60rpo)

B McCullum 66 (44) A Patel 1-35 (4)

MS Dhoni 41* (27) A Singh 1-40 (4)

Kings XI Punjab 95/9 (20 overs, 4.75rpo)

M Vijay 34 (32) R Jadeja 3-22 (4)

W Saha 15 (23) R Ashwin 2-14 (4)

Chennai Super Kings win by 97 runs