Felix Austin | cricket20
A half century from Subramanian Badrinath helped the Chennai Super King seal a vital eight wicket victory over the Pune Warriors at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai.
Badrinath (63) played a vital role after the early loss of Michael Hussey, the 30 years old smashed 5 fours and 2 sixes to help the Super Kings sucefsully chase down a victory target of 142.
Yuvraj Singh scored a century for Warriors but even his intervention couldn’t stop the home side slipping to their 4th straight defeat in this years tournament.
The skipper shared a 5th wicket stand of 42 with Robin Uthappa after the Warriors had lost 4 early wickets to leave the home side under pressure after just 6 overs.
Despite losing Uthappa (31) at the start of the 14th over, Yuvraj (62) remained at the crease for the remainder of the innings to help steer the Warriors to a total of 141-6.
The Warriors skipper smashed two sixes off the bowling of Tim Southee in the final over to give the home side some momentum going into the Super Kings run chase
Despite losing Hussey (9) at the start of the 5th over, Murali Vijay and Badrinath enjoyed a 2nd wicket stand of 61 to help the Super Kings get their run chase off to a good start.
Having looked set at the crease the partnership was broken in the 12th over when Vijay (31) was caught by Mithun Manhas after he top edged a delivery from Jessie Ryder.
Although the Super Kings still needed another 62 runs from 50 balls Badrinath remained calm to clinch his 8th IPL half century before he Suresh Raina (34) and leading the visitors to their first away victory in this year’s tournament.
Having won the toss and elected to bat first, Warriors skipper Yuvraj Singh would have been disappointed to arrive at the crease site with the home side 28-3.
Jessie Ryder get the innings off to a good start dispatching Nuwan Kulasekara for three boundaries before Doug Bollinger struck twice to remove Ryder (19) and Mohnish Mishra (2) in the 4th over.
Manhas (0) quickly followed to herald the early arrival of Yuvraj who came to the crease in just the 6th over with the home side under pressure for the second time in the space of 3 days against the Super Kings.
Yuvraj’s mood would have worsened two overs later when Manish Pandey (10) picked out Ravichandran Ashwin at mid on after an ill advised pull shot off the bowling of Tim Southee to leave the Warriors 41-4.