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IPL: Chennai Super Kings crush Deccan Chargers by 19 runs


Opener Sunny Sohal's superb 56 off 30 balls for Deccan Chargers was not enough as defending champions Chennai Super Kings crushed them by 19 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the M A Chidambaram stadium here tonight.


Batting first, Chennai made 165 for five from their 20 overs, with Suresh Raina topscoring with 59 and Michael Hussey contributing 46.


In reply, Deccan Chargers could make only 146 for eight from their 20 overs. For Chennai, Albie Morkel picked up 3 for 38 in four overs while his new ball partner Dick Bollinger got two for 26 and left-arm spinner Shadab Jakti took two for 23.


This was the fifth win in eight matches for the defending champions and, with a tally of 10 points, they remain in the race for a place in the knock-out stage of the tournament.


The Deccan Chargers' chase began in style as their openers Sohal and Shikar Dhawan took Morkel and Bollinger head-on and posted the 50 of the innings in 4.2 overs.


Sohal posted his own 50 off 24 balls with five fours and four sixes.


But after adding six more runs to his score, he fell to Jagati, missing the line while attempting a sweep. His 56 came off 30 balls. The Chargers' run rate at that stage was nine per over.


However, Sohal's departure brought the run rate down. Jagati struck again to castle Dhawan and the pressure began to mount on the visitors.


Skipper Kumar Sangakkara made 15 off 13 ball while Chipli contributed 17. Their departure made it 121 for 4 in 15.5 overs and the Chargers required 45 runs off 25 balls. With three overs to go, they were still 35 runs behind.


In the 19th over, Cameroon White (13) left and at 137 for five, it was more or less curtains for the Chargers, needing 20 off seven balls.


Dumminy's 17 off 11 balls with two fours, in the end, was of little aavil. In the last over, the Chargers lost their seventh wicket off the second ball when Dhoni ran out Daniel Christian (1).


The equation was 22 runs needed off the last three balls as Ishant Sharma faced his first ball, coming in after Christian fell.


Three runs later and off the last ball of the innings, the Chargers lost their eighth wicket when Amit Mishra was caught and bowled by Bollinger, the Aussie speedster taking the catch on his follow through. Mishra made two off five balls.


For the Deccan Chargers, it was their fifth defeat in the tournament and the third in a row.


Earlier, Chennai were powered by left-handers Raina and Hussey and their 60-run stand for the second wicket to reach 165 for five wickets.


Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha picked up three wickets for 26 runs in his quota of 4 overs to become the Chargers' most successful bowler today.


Skipper Dhoni made 21 off 22 balls with a four and a six.


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