Cameron White’s superb 77-run knock went in vain as Chennai Super Kings dished out a disciplined allround display to notch up a comfortable 10-run victory over Deccan Chargers in their Indian Premier League here tonight.
The hosts then returned to restrict the Chargers to 150 for five to move to the fourth position in the points table,still five points adrift off table-toppers Delhi Daredevils.
White blasted nine fours and a couple of sixes en route to his third half-century in four innings to keep Deccan in the hunt but the Australian didn’t get as much support from the other end.
Shikhar Dhawan (36) and Daniel Christian (27 not out) were the other two contributors for Deccan.
Chasing 161 to win,the Chargers lost opener Parthiv Patel in the second over when he got an inside edge onto his leg stumps to be bowled for the second consecutive time in the last two matches.
Dhawan and White,however,steadied the innings and stitched together a brisk 68-run partnership in nine over but a lucky break through in the 11th over helped Chennai to put Deccan on the backfoot.
Dwayne Bravo broke the stand when he deflected a straight shot from White,in his own bowling,onto the stumps to findDhawan short of wicket at the non-strikers end.
Raina then pulled off a stunning return catch in the only over he bowled to dismiss skipper Kumar Sangakkara as Deccan slumped to 85 for three in 12 overs.
With the required runrate hovering over 10 runs per over,Daniel Christian picked up a much-needed six over mid-wicket off Ben Hilfenhaus to bring up the hundred after White completed his half-century with a single in the same over.
Needing 47 runs off 18 balls,White blasted two successive sixes and a four off Jadeja to pile up 18 runs to narrow down the calculation to 29 runs off 12 balls.
Jadeja,however,made up for his poor over as his direct throw in the next over helped Dhoni to dislodge the bails with White marginally short of the crease.
Requiring 20 runs off the last over,Christian cracked a four in the first ball but newman Ashish Reddy (3) couldn’t do much and was caught at the boundary line by Vijay as the Chargers ended up 10 runs short of the target.
Earlier,Chennai’s top-order fired in unison to give them a good foundation but their middle order failed to capitalise on the opportunity and could muster 160 for six at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here.
After scoring 100 for two in 11.5 overs,Chennai failed to maintain the momentum and could fetch only 36 runs in the last five overs.
Murali Vijay (14) gave Chennai a positive start but his innings was cut short in the third over by VP Singh.
Newman Suresh Raina (32) and opener F du Plessis (42),however,ensured they keep the momentum going and amassed 56 runs in the first six overs en route to their first wicket stand of 64 runs off 44 balls.
Raina looked dangerous initially and was particularly harsh on VP Singh when he blasted him for a four and two consecutive sixes in the fifth over.
du Plessis,who was dropped in the same over by Amit Mishra,too played some handsome strokes,including a four off Steyn in the fourth over,a flick through fine-leg off Christian and a six off Mishra in the eighth over.
However,Mishra made up for the lost opportunity when he had Raina caught at the boundary line by Jhunjhunwala in the 10th over to break the rampaging parnership.
Skipper Dhoni and du Plessis then brought up the team hundred in 11.5 overs before the opener was sent packing by VP Singh in the 14th over.
Looking for a big hit,du Plessis danced down the pitch but he failed to connect his pull and ended up giving a catch to Shikar Dhawan at deep midwicket.
Jhunjhunwala then struck another blow when he cleaned up Albie Morkel (13) with a quicker one in the next over.
The Chargers further tightened things up in the next overs with Steyn and Christian not giving any space to the Chennai batsman to open their arms.
Ravindra Jadeja once again failed to prove his high price at the IPL auction as he was dismissed by Ashish Reddy with his slower delivery.
Dhoni tried to step the gas and picked a boundary off Reddy but he was cleaned up by Christain in the first ball of the 20th over.
Dwayne Bravo (10) finally blasted a six in the fourth ball and picked up some quick singles to take Chennai across the 150-mark.
For Deccan,V P Singh was the peak of their bowlers as he scalped two wickets for 35 runs. But speedstar Dale Steyn of South Africa and Australian Daniel Christian also bowled well in the death to keep things under control.
Among others,AA Jhunjhunwala,Ashish Reddy and Amit Mishra took one wicket each.