Defending champions Chennai Super Kings displayed yet another clinical performance to beat the Kochi Tuskers Kerala by 11 runs in the IPL T20 last league match at the MA Chidambaram stadium. On winning the toss, CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni opt to bat first and managed to put up a competitive 152 for four in their stipulated 20 overs. This became possible when Wriddhiman Saha cashed in on the missed stumping from Parthiv Patel when the team was struggling at 34 for three. Most of the CSK btsmen frittered away good starts, but young Wriddhiman (46 not out, 33 balls, 1 x 4 nd 3 x 6) replied his critics who questioned his selector for the tour of West Indies. Besides, who contributed for CSK are Suresh Raina (18, 13 balls, 1×4, 2×6) and Michael Hussey (32, 37 balls, 2×4). Along with Albie Morkel (13 not out), he added 36 runs in 3.4 overs to take the score past 150. For opener Murali Vijay (16, 11 balls, 3 x 4), this tournament has been about hitting some good shots, promising a lot but delivering very little at the end. However, Test discard and pacer RP Singh will be remembered for taking one of the finest catches of the tourney to dismiss the in-form S Badrinath (13, 10 balls, 1×6) as he dived full length at the deep midw-wicket boundary to scoop the ball inches above the ground. Brad Hodge was the bowler. Chasing the set CSK target, the Kochi Tuskers though looked confident with Brad Hodge’s fighting 51, fall short of 11 runs. Yet again, it was Ravidhandra Ashvin, who returned with a fine spell of 1/16 and remains the most economic bowler in the tournament so far.
With this win, Chennai Super Kings top the table as of now, while the debutants Kochi Tuskers to end their campaign in IPL on a disappointing note.