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28-Apr-2012 14:40:00 GMT
Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2012, Chennai

Azhar Guides Punjab to Close Win

Chennai: Azhar Mahmood helped Punjab defend a modest total with a 3 wicket haul to restrict Chennai to 149/8. Dwayne Bravo top-scored for CSK with 30 in their IPL 5 match at MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai.

Needed 17 in the last over, Chennai managed to score nine runs with Ravichandran Ashwin and Nuwan Kulasekara stayed unbeaten on 7 and 5 respectively.

Azhar Mahmood was pick of the bowler by claiming three wickets including the prized scalp of Albie Morkel. Chennai lost the momentum after the dismissal of Faf du Plessis as the wickets kept falling at the regular intervals.

Punjab rocked Chennai's chase with quick strikes to reduce the defending champions to 98/6 in 14.4 overs.

Piyush Chawla, who conceded 27-run in the penultimate over against Mumbai Indians, gave Chennai huge blows by dismissing Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja.

Skipper David Hussey also joined the part as he scalped Wriddhiman Saha to pile more misery on Chennai.
Azhar Mahmood struck twice to scalp Faf du Plessis and Subramaniam Badrinath.

Mahmood dismissed Badrinath in his second when the batsman was caught on the square leg boundary.

Chennai got off to blistering start with a 47-run opening stand by Subramaniam Badrinath and Du Plessis in 5.3 overs. Du Plessis made 29 off 20 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes.

Earlier, Chennai Super Kings made a stunning fightback as their bowlers scalped six wickets in the last five overs to restrict Kings XI Punjab to 156/8.

Praveen Kumar and Parvinder Awana remained unbeaten on 6 and 0 respectively. Albie Morkel led Chennai's fightback, striking in his successive overs to dismiss David Miller, David Hussey and Piyush Chawla to dent Punjab's hopes of reaching huge total.

Kings XI Punjab have lost the momentum after the loss of Miller as they have added 29 runs in the last four overs. Dwayne Bravo gave Chennai Super Kings vital breakthrough by dismissing dangerous Azhar Mahmood.

Mandeep Singh scored a composed fifty in 44 balls to lead Punjab's innings after losing Marsh and Mahmood.

Mahmood was looking good as he smacked two huge sixes in his 18 runs innings before caught plumb in front of the wicket.

Shaun Marsh has been unlucky as he got run-out by Ravichandran Ashwin while backing up at the bowler's end. Mandeep Singh drove it powerfully straight back to Ashwin who got finger tips to it and the ball ricocheted onto the stumps.

Marsh was found well short after the umpire has gone upstairs. He played fine cameo, smashing four fours and a six in his 32 runs knock off 22 balls.

Brief scores
Kings XI Punjab
156 for 8 (Mandeep 56, Morkel 3-29)
Chennai Super Kings 149 for 8 (Mahmood 3-35)
Result Kings XI Punjab won by seven runs
MOM Mandeep Singh (Kings XI Punjab)
Points Kings XI Punjab 2, Chennai Super Kings 0

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