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Matthew Hayden Stars In Chennai Super King’s Victory

By on April 20, 2009

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Chennai Super Kings have managed to bundle out Bangalore Royal Challengers for a mere 87 to register a 92-run victory.

Chasing a huge target, Bangalore Royal Challengers kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

They lost their first wicket in the form of Praveen Kumar early, then Albie Morkel claimed the prized wicket of Jacques Kallis to put Chennai Super Kings in a commanding position.

None of the batsmen could spend time in the middle and they simply kept losing wickets.

More than half of the Royal Challengers side were back to the pavillion for less than seventy runs.

Australian Matthew Hayden cracked a blistering 65 to help Chennai Super Kings post a commanding 179 for five in their Indian Premier League match against Bangalore Royal Challengers on Monday.

The Chennai side began on a rollicking note with Hayden and Parthiv Patel sharing an opening stand off 106 after captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni elected to bat and that set the momentum of the innings.

The duo breezed away to 50 runs in just 29 balls with 20 runs coming from the fifth over bowled by Jacques Kallis with Hayden hitting three fours and a six.

Royal Challengers gave away too many boundaries for their comfort with the run rate rising more than 10 and Chennai reaching 106 for no loss after 10 overs with the help of 11 fours and three sixes.

The run rate slowed down latter on with some intelligent bowling by Bangalore bowlers but they failed to stop the Super Kings from posting the highest score of IPL second season so far, which was studded with 15 fours and six sixes.

Praveen Kumar takes two wickets

Praveen Kumar was the most successful Bangalore bowler, who took two wickets and conceded 37 runs.

Patel had some mishits to his credit but survived with his lofted shots falling either just short or ahead of fielders.

None of the Bangalore bowlers could make an impact before the strategy break time out.

It was left to skipper Kevin Pietersen himself to bring his team back into the game with two dramatic dismissals in two consecutive balls he bowled.

The former England captain first broke the opening partnership bowling Patel from his first ball for 30 (2X4; 1X6) before orchestrating run out of Hayden for 65.

The retired Australian, who entertained the St George’s Park crowd with nine fours and six sixes, failed to beat a Rahul Dravid direct throw to see his side reduced to 106 for two.

Dhoni did not stay for long as he was out for 16 after facing 14 balls to give the first wicket to Praveen Kumar who also scalped Suresh Raina (28; 1X1 1X6), who was dropped by Dale Steyn when on 12.

Andrew Flintoff (22 off 13) gave some fireworks towards the end to take 14 runs off last over which also saw Albie Morkel dismissed last ball of innings off Steyn.Hayden, whose uppish drive before opening his account fell just short of a fielder, was at his dominating best picking gaps at will to reach his third IPL fifty in just 22 balls.


Bangalore Royal Challengers: JH Kallis, RV Uthappa (Wk), LRPL Taylor, KP Pietersen (capt), R Dravid, V Kohli, R Bishnoi, R Vinay Kumar, P Kumar, A Kumble, DW Steyn.

Chennai Super Kings: ML Hayden, PA Patel (Wk), SK Raina, A Flintoff, MS Dhoni (capt), S Badrinath, JA Morkel, Joginder Sharma, L Balaji, MS Gony, M Muralitharan.

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