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Chennai Super kings overpower the Deccans


Riding on their fresh success against the Delhi Daredevils, the Chennai Super kings skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first. While there were no changes in the playing XI, Hyderabad had two changes. The Queenslander Ryan Harris replaced Fidel Edwards and Azhar Bilakhia made way for Laxman.

Matthew Hayden and Murali Vijay opened the innings for Chennai. While Hayden was at his violent best, taking the attack to the bowlers, Murali Vijay showed that the good cricketing strokes were equally helpful in the T20 format. Hyderabad got their first break-through when Hayden, after hitting a quick-fire 43, got out to Shoaib Ahmed. Looking for a good outing at the middle, Skipper MS Dhoni came in at number three. While Dhoni take time to settle down, Murali Vijay reserved the tempo on, maintaining the run-rate. After 10over Chennai were in a good position at 84/1.

MS DhoniThe Deccans got their 2nd wicket on the other side of the break. Murali Vijay, trying to go for a big one off Suman, holed out to Gibbs at long-off. The in-form Suresh Raina came in and got into the furrow straight away. Suman was at the getting end when he was hit for two sixers and a four by Raina. Dhoni, after taking his time, started to cut loose. The pair went on to bring up the fifty partnership, taking just 30 balls. Powerful hits by MS Dhoni towards the end took Chennai to a frightening score of 178. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 58 runs off just 37 balls. He included 6 fours and a six.

After gettng a good score on the board, an positive Chennai side were off to a dream start with the ball. While Skipper Adam Gilchrist was trapped LBW off the very first ball by Morkel, his opening partner Herschelle Gibbs was bowled by Sudeep Tyagi in the 2nd over of the innings. Deccans slouched further when VVS Laxman flaked a Morkel delivery straight to Jakati. Hyderabad's top three got out without scoring a single run.

Dwayne SmithDwayne Smith connected Rohit Sharma at the crease as the pair attempted a turn-around. Smith launched an attack on the bowlers shining them away to all parts of the park. The pair put on a partnership of 72 runs before Rohit got out to Jakati. After surviving multiple chances, the dangerous Dwayne Smith finally out, trapped LBW by Jakati in the same over. Dwayne Smith chopped one run short of his fifty. His innings of 49 came off just 23 balls and included 2 fours and 5 sixers. At the end of 10 overs, Deccans had lost half their side at 79/5.

Post break, The lower half of the Hyderabad team could not add much in the chase. Jakati's dream run in the IPL sustained as he dismissed Venugopal Rao and Ryan Harris, picking up one more four wicket haul. Muralitharan got his share of the Hyderabad scalps, picking up the wickets of RP Singh and Suman. Raina draped it up by dismissing Ojha.

A jubilant Chennai got their third following victory thanks to good batting and bowling by the team. However, MS Dhoni would have been disenchanted with the fielding efforts of the team with lots of chances going down.

Man of the Match : MS Dhoni


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