Expectation was an easy victory for CSK. But first Finch and then the bowlers with some good fielding created the biggest upset of the tournament with Warriors winning comprehensively by 24 runs. Playing the first match of the season, after being made to sit on bench, Steven Smith earned MOM for his 3 catches, and 16-ball 39 runs.
Smith went on to win other two awards also, for hitting maximum sixes and innovative thinking in using reverse sweep for a six.
- PWI won by 24 runs
MOM: Steven Smith
Final Score: 159/5 (PWI), 135/8 (CSK)
6 overs: 48/0 (PWI), 38/2 (CSK)
10 overs 78/0 (PWI), 63/3 (CSK)
50 runs: 6.2 ov (PWI), 7.5 ov (CSK)
100 runs: 13.4 ov (PWI), 15.2 ov (CSK)
150 runs: 19.3 ov (PWI)
6s/4s: 5/16 (PWI), 3/9 (CSK)
Best Bowling: 2/12 B Kumar (PWI), 2/25 Morris (CSK)
Best Batting: 67 Finch, 39 Smith (PWI), 34 Badrinath (CSK)
Ross Taylor won the toss and elected to bat first. With CSK deciding to not rest many players and only Albie Morkel coming to replace Michael Hussey, a drubbing for warriors was ensured. But Finch had other plans. He started the innings with 3 boundaries in the first over bowled by Nannes. Jadeja got the second over and gave only 7 runs. Third over saw Nannes getting back to normalcy. But in 4th over Jadeja was expensive. Nannes bowled one more over and Finch took Warriors to 42/0. Introduction of Ashwin in 6th over did not help much as they reached 48/0 when Powerplay finished, without losing a wicket.
Ashwin was hit for a six by Finch in 8th over and even Morris failed to be his usual economical self. Finch was on rampage. His half-century needed only 32 balls, and in 10 overs Warriors reached 78/0. But on the other end Uthappa was slow scoring 20 runs of 23 balls. It was just the matter of taking Finch. Finally in 13th over after hitting Jadeja for a six, Finch was stumped by Dhoni on 45 ball 67 runs (10 boundaries, 2 sixes). At 12.3 overs score read 96/1.
With 7.3 overs more to bat for remaining 9 wickets, a high score would have been anyone’s guess. But slow Uthappa was joined by out-of-form captain Taylor, and CSK tightened the screw. Finally Uthappa (26 runs, 33 balls, 2 boundaries) did a favor to his team by giving a catch to Jadeja of the bowling of Morris in 15th over. Smith again had the expectation of getting Pune to a decent score, as he and Taylor had slowed the pace. As expected he started with two boundaries in Bravo’s over. Another boon for Warriors was Taylor getting out on the same combination c Jadeja b Morris (8 runs, 13 balls). Score read 118/2 in 16 overs. Finch must be cursing Uthappa and Taylor for ruing his good work. It was all left on Smith now, as in 18th over even Mitch Marsh perished scoring only 2 runs. On the other end Smith fired shots on Nannes and Bravo hitting them all over the park.
His 39 off 16 balls with 3 boundaries and 3 sixes took them to 159/5 as Manish Pandey was bowled by Bravo with two balls to go and Abhishek Nayar could not take any run on the last ball.
For CSK Nannes reached the most expensive zone giving 42/0. Morris was the most successful (25/2), Ashwin was most economical (24/0), Bravo (31/2) and Jadeja (27/1) were among the wickets.
CSKs Chase of 160 runs
With B Kumar sending Anirudha back on 2nd ball of the inning and finishing with a maiden wicket, warriors had a bad start to say. But they would not bother as their batting line was deep till number 10 when Morris would come. Dinda in 2nd over saw Suman dropping a sitter of Vijay and that costed few runs in 4th over when Dinda was hit for two boundaries. B Kumar in his 3rd consecutive over had Raina (8 runs, 10 balls) caught as Suman did not fumble.
Vijay (24 runs, 22 balls, 2 boundaries and a six) was opening up as he took a six of the 6th over bowled by Marsh, but introduction of Abhishek Nayar in 7th over saw him caught by Taylor. With score reading 40/3 in 6.4 overs Jadeja joined Badrinath. They not only steadied the inning but also successfully attacked. Rahul Sharma was introduced as late as 9th over. They took CSK to 63/3 in 10 overs. Both had a partnership of 46 runs in 6.2 overs when Badrinath (34 runs, 26 balls, 4 boundaries) was caught by Smith of Marsh at the end of 13th over.
With 74 runs required of 7 overs and 6 wickets at hand, Captain Dhoni joined Jadeja. Till then Jadeja was on 18-ball 19 runs. With Dhoni on other end he switched gear hitting Rahul Sharma for a six. But clever Marsh got Jadeja (27 runs, 22 balls, 1 boundary and a six) in his next over caught by Dinda.
With 62 required of 32 balls, Dwayn Bravo walked in!! The list of dangerous batsmen fails to stop when CSK bats. But in the next over he too perished trying to hit Rahul Sharma out of park as Smith took an easy catch. Albie Morkel, the big hitter, joined Dhoni as CSK needed 56 runs in last 4 overs with 4 wickets at hand.
Morkel hit Marsh for a six in 17th over and CSK got 10 of the over.
Rahul Sharma (24/1) and Mitch Marsh (35/2) have got CSK back in the game.
3 more overs and 46 runs required. In last match Dinda bled and Angelo Mathews kept him giving all four overs. Here also in first 2 overs he had already given 19 runs but Taylor got him in 18th over. CSK would have smiled. But Smith’s third catch of the match at long on sent Dhoni back. With Dhoni (10 runs, 13 balls) gone the chase suddenly appeared difficult. 45 runs needed in 15 balls with 3 wickets in hand.
Two South African allrounder were on crease with Morris joining Morkel. But Dinda bowled his best over giving only 4 runs, assured of getting the last over too. B Kumar came to complete his quota in 19th over, and CSK now needed a boundary on every ball. He gave only 6 runs and finished with the 4th best economic performance (12/2 with a maiden) of IPL 2013.
6 sixes were required in last over, but the first ball saw Finch converting a six of Morkel (13 runs, 10 balls, 1 six) to catch. Dinda was on a roll. CSK were 124/8, and there was no chance of winning in the remaining 5 balls. Ashwin did take 11 runs in the last 5 balls he faced. Morris remained unbeaten on run-a-ball 5 runs. Dinda had 34/2 to smile. Good come back after creating record in the last match. Abhishek Nayar (21/1 in 3 overs) provided good support in the middle overs.