Pune: It is often assumed that when a team has hit rock bottom, things can't get worse. But sadly for Pune Warriors India that was far from the truth as they were in for another hammering. Chennai Super Kings avenged their loss to Pune at home with a 37-run victory at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium on Tuesday night (April 30). This was Chennai's sixth consecutive win in the Indian Premier League 2013, and with eight wins in 10 matches, they consolidated their position at the top of the points table.
For the best part of Chennai's innings, it looked like Pune might just be able to keep them to total below 140. But once Chennai crossed 160, largely due to a blistering unbeaten 16-ball 45 by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it was always going to be an uphill task for Pune. (Also see: Match in pics)
Pune made early inroads after Chennai opted to bat. Kane Richardson, playing in his second game, struck to dismiss Michael Hussey (5) in the third over, forcing Suresh Raina and Wriddhiman Saha to adopt a cautious approach. Saha, who was lucky to survive a close leg before appeal on nought, threatened to fire with a couple of sparkling strokes but when he was out for 13 in the sixth over, Chennai went into damage control mode. (All the stats from the match)