Chennai Super Kings after loosing to Mumbai Indians in their first game finally showed good all round performance against Royal Challengers Bangalore to beat them by record 92 runs to register their first win in IPL 2009.
Electing to bat first CSK got off to flying start as M.Hayden (65 runs of 35 balls) and P.Patel (30 runs of 26 balls) put on a record first wicket partnership of 106 runs in just 10 overs before the 71/2 Minute break. However it seems that the midway interval is working against the team going well before the interval. So far we have witnessed the same in more or less all the matches of IPL.
Just after the break Chennai Super Kings lost Parthiv Patel bowled by Bangalore Captain Kevin Pietersen. In the same over Mathew Hayden got run out which somehow peg back Chennai. However with some lusty blow in the end Chennai Super Kings able to achieve the highest inning total in twenty20 at Port Elizabeth.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, chasing 180, were only able to manage 87 runs. They bundle out in just 15.2 overs. The star of the day for Chennai was M.Muralitharan who picked up three quick wickets and two in one over (Pietersen and Uthappa) to halt the Bangalore run chase.
The Royal Challengers lost too many wickets and were just not good enough to handle the pressure today. Muttiah Muralitharan and Andrew Flintoff were the stars with the ball after Matthew Hayden appropriated the Orange cap from Rahul Dravid.
Apart from Rahul Dravid (20 runs of 18 balls), J.Kallis (24 runs of 19 balls), R.Uthappa (20 runs of 19 balls) and V.Kohli (11 runs of 13 balls) no batsman able to reach the double figure mark.
After the first five game of IPL twenty20 2009, the points table looks even stevens.
Next game of IPL will be played on 21st of April. There will be total two number of matches will be played. First between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders and then Mumbai Indians will take on Rajasthan Royals.
M.Muralitharan was declared Man of the Match for his superb bowling figure of 11/3 in his four overs.
Match Summary (Chennai Super Kings won by 92 Runs)
Chennai Super Kings – 179/5 in 20 Overs
M.Hayden- 65 P.Patel –30
P.Kumar– 4-0-37-2 K.Pietersen– 3-0-14-1
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 87/10 in 15.2 Overs
J.Kallis- 24 R.Uthappa –20
M.Muralitharan– 4-1-11-3 L.Balaji– 2.2-0-18-2