Pune Warriors shock CSK by 24 runs

Chennai: Pune Warriors bowlers kept their cool during slog overs as they shocked title contenders Chennai Super Kings comprehensively beating them by 24 runs in the Pepsi Indian Premier League, here on Monday.

Having managed 159 for five in 20 overs, courtesy Aaron Finch's 67 and Steven Smith's late surge, the Pune bowlers put up a commendable show keeping tight leash on a formidable CSK batting line-up restricting them to 135 for eight.

While this Pune's second win in five matches, CSK tasted their second defeat at home, having lost to Mumbai Indians in their lung opener.

While Rahul Sharma (1/24) was brilliant in the middle overs, speedster Ashoke Dinda (2/34) bowled a brilliant 18th over in which he not only gave away only four runs but also removed Mahendra Singh Dhoni out of the equation.

Having given 63 in the last match, it was a good comeback from Dinda.

Catching in the outfield was brilliant with Smith taking three catches and Finch also pulling off a stunner.

It all started when, Aniruddha Srikkanth, predictably looking out of place, couldn't even get his bat down to a sharp incutter from Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/12). The UP seamer was again splendid with new ball.

Suresh Raina (8) didn't fire today as his mistimed swat was taken by Tiru Suman at mid-on.

Vijay (24) was playing well but mistimed a lofted shot off Abhishek Nayar's bowling to get out.

Domestic 'run-machine' Subramanium Badrinath (34, 26 balls, 4×4) added 46 with Ravindra Jadeja before he was caught in the deep off Mitchell Marsh's bowling.

With 70-odd to get, the stage was perfect for skipper Dhoni to launch his signature assault at the death.

But the skipper lost a set partner in Ravindra Jadeja (27), who was caught at short fine-leg to give Marsh his second wicket.

From 98 for five, it soon became 104 for six as Dwayne Bravo was sent back by Sharma caught in the deep. Dhoni never got going and once he was out for 10, the match was as good as over.