Clinical approach by the overseas players on a very hot summer day, ensured a thrilling play between the two teams. However, only two out of the four best performers of the day, namely Glenn Maxwell and David Miller, could be in the winning side.
Match Review Indian Premiere League – Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab. 18th April 2014 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
When MS Dhoni won the toss – as usual – he chose to utilize CSK’s batting talent. Boasting a side where the batting order went down till the 7th guy, CSK seemed pretty much in control. At least in the beginning.
Dwayne Smith (66 off 43) and Brendon McCullum (67 off 45) did a phenomenal job as an opening pair. A 115 – run partnership, which established the innings in CSK’s favor. The two batsmen took on KXIP bowlers with raw power. They managed to get their team to a 50 in a mere 27 balls. Next 50 came in another 30 balls.
CSK managed to score 70 runs in the Power-Play without loosing any wickets. When the opening pair was sent back by Lakshmipathy Balaji and Akshar Patel, Suresh Raina paired with MS Dhoni to add some much needed fervor to the score. They managed to bring up the score to a 205 runs – enough, in their opinion, to defend.
Where normal 200+ run-chases in Twenty20 format involve a lot of high-end shots and strategic play, KXIP’s Glen Maxwell and David Miller did it differently.
When the not-so-surprising failure of openers Cheteshwar Pujara and Virendre Sehwag brought KXIP to a stage where they were down three wickets in the first 5 overs, Maxwell had his mind set to win. And he found a fitting partner in Miller to do so.
Maxwell and Miller brought their team back into play by rotating strike as often as allowed and taking more boundaries than CSK bowlers wanted. Maxwell took on Ashwin in the very first over. And moved on from bowler to bowler. He found the gaps, reverse-swatted away, textbook drives and perfectly timed pushes at short-cover.
Pawan Negi suffered the most when the 13th over went for 22 runs. 14th over brought bad-luck to CSK when Dwayne Bravo injured his shoulder in a bid to catch Maxwell’s reverse-pull.
With one death – bowler short, things were made tougher for Dhoni when Ravindre Jadeja was pulled for two sixes by Miller in the 17th over. One and half over later, Kings XI Punjab had won. Maxwell and Miller outshone Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum.
Chennai Super Kings: 05 for 4 (McCullum 67, Smith 66)Kings XI Punjab: 206 for 4 (Maxwell 95, Miller 54*)
Player of the day: Glen MaxwellDisappointment of the day: Ravindre JadejaUmpires: RK Illingworth (England) and C Shamshuddin (India)