Monday, Sep 22, 2014

IPL 7: King of the Punjab castle

Sehwag flattened the CSK attack with a 58-ball 122, which propelled his side to an imposing 226 for six after being invited to bat on a batting paradise at Wankhede stadium. (Source: BCCI/IPL) This was the second hundred for Sehwag in IPL and he became only the second batsman this season to score a century after Mumbai Indians' Lendl Simmons.  (Source: BCCI/IPL)
Express News Service | Mumbai | Posted: May 30, 2014 6:18 pm | Updated: May 31, 2014 8:45 am

on Friday his unbeaten 42 was not enough.

Earlier, it was not first time that Punjab tormented the CSK bowlers like this, since their previous highest score (231/4) had also come against the Dhoni-led side and it third time they have beaten CSK.

Sehwag put on 110 runs for the first wicket with Manan Vohra (34) and flattened the Super Kings bowling attack, which has conceded a score in excess of 200 for the third time in the season to the same opponents.

The swashbuckling opener’s pyrotechnics, when everyone expected Glenn Maxwell as the bigger threat, caught the two-time former champions by surprise.

No one was spared by the bespectacled Sehwag who looked unstoppable and completed his ton with a single in the 16th
over off only 50 balls, the fastest hundred by any batsman in this IPL season.

Such was Sehwag’s domination of the Super Kings bowling that the smart knocks of Vohra, who hit 2 sixes and a four in 31 balls, and David Miller (38 in 19 balls) went into the shade.

Super Kings bled runs as their two lead spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja conceded 44 and 48 runs respectively. Paceman Ashish Nehra was the costliest by giving away 51 runs for the wickets of Sehwag and George Bailey. Mohit Sharma gave away 46 runs while Ishwar Pandey was the only bowler to concede under 40.

Kings XI got off to a blazing start after being asked to bat first on a good batting track. Both Vohra and Sehwag played shot after shot as the 50 was raised in just 26 balls before the scored jumped to 70 in six overs of power play.

In the next over by Ashwin, the discarded India opener swung the off spinner for a huge six over long on before completing his second half century of the season in 21 balls.

Sehwag greeted left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja too with a slogged six over long on. The 100 of the innings came up in the first ball of the 10th over by the end of which the score looked a very healthy 109 without loss.

Vohra miscued a pull shot and the skier was held well by Suresh Raina at short mid wicket to give Pandey and the harried Super Kings their first breakthrough in the 11th over.

When Nehra came off for his third over, Sehwag smashed his Delhi Ranji Trophy teammate for successive sixes over the straight field and 20 runs came off it.

Sehwag and Maxwell carted Ashwin over the straight field for a six each before the bowler had some consolation by having the latter caught in the deep.

Later Sehwag added 68 runs in 32 balls for the third wicket with Miller before hitting a full toss from Nehra to be caught at covers.

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