Pune warriors India (PWI) led by Ross Taylor scored a shock 24-run win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Match 19 of IPL6 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk on Monday night.
Chasing a target of 160, Chennai were restricted to 135 for eight suffering their first defeat against Pune at home.
Chennai suffered a big blow in the first over with Anirudha being dismissed LBW off Kumar.
Badrinath 34 and Jadeja 27 were the only two batsmen who led the fight with Vijay contributing 24.
Dinda claimed the all important wickets of Dhoni 10 and Morkel 13 to pave the way for victory.
Kumar and Dinda scalped two wickets with Dinda conceding 34 and Kumar 12 runs each.
Chennai simply lost the plot after the fall of Dhoni and Morkel while Pune laboured for victory.
Earlier, Pune electing to bat first posted 159-5.
Aaron Finch was the top scorer with 67 of 45 balls slamming ten boundaries and two sixes.
Finch was dismissed by Jadeja who misread the ball to come out of his crease with the alert Dhoni making no mistake to stump him out.
Robin Uthappa supported him well for a record partnership of 96 runs for Pune in this competition.
He was dismissed with Morris striking a lethal blow.
Smith was the other batsman who impacted the game with a 16-ball cameo of 39 slamming three boundaries and three sixes to give a filip to their total.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS INNINGS
Dinda bowls the final over to restrict Chennai to 135-8 to give Pune a convincing win.
J Morkel c Finch b Dinda 13 (11b 0x4 1x6)
Morkel hammers a full toss to long off, Finch times the leap and plucks it out of the air.
M Dhoni c Smith b Dinda 10 (13b 0x4 0x6)
Pune get their big wicket dismissing Dhoni.
Dinda's the man, for Pune Warriors, he overpitched, Dhoni attempts to get under it, but drills the ball straight to Smith on the long off boundary.
Chennai's danger men Dhoni and Morkel could change the complexion of the game. Morkel goes for the big hits with Dhoni on the crease.
Albie Morkel takes guard with Dhoni on the crease.
D Bravo c Smith b Sharma 1 (4b 0x4 0x6)
Bravo never really got to go for the big shots and was dismissed by Sharma in his final over.
Chennai seem to have lost their plot losing quick wickets in the run chase.
R Jadeja c Dinda b Marsh 27 (22b 1x4 1x6)
Jadeja goes out tamely of Marsh back of a length on the pads, but Jadeja turns it straight to short fine leg to Dinda.
S Badrinath c Smith b Marsh 34 (26b 4x4 0x6)
Badri goes, and the partnership is broken, Badri made some room and ended up slicing the ball it towards long off, Smith runs in and slides to complete the catch.
Sharma bowling a good line and lenght checks Chennai Super Kings, who now, look desperate for the big hits.
Badrinath finds the gap to squeeze a four of Nayar.
Rahul Sharma brought into the attack with Badrinath taking strike.
Ravindra Jadeja and Subramaniam Badrinath face a stiff challenge now in the run chase.
Badrinath takes strike to pull Finch to the deep midwicket rope.
M Vijay c Taylor b Nayar 24 (22b 2x4 1x6)
Nayar brought into the attack tempts Vijay to go for the shots and he takes the bait to loft the ball to Taylor.
S Raina c Suman b Kumar 8 (10b 1x4 0x6)
Pune warriors strike a vital blow to dismiss Raina.
Kumar bowls to Raina and has been taken, by Suman.
Raina going for the heave over the leg side, ended up mishitting it tamely in front of Suman.
Vijay attempts to go for the big shot with Ashok Dinda getting punished twice to the ropes.
The Chennai Kings need to keep their composure as they have more fire power to come in their batting lineup.
Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina face a daunting task after taking hit in their very first over.
S Anirudha lbw b Kumar 0 (2b 0x4 0x6)
Kumar to Anirudha, OUT, Bhuvneshwar doing it again early, Anirudha caught on the back leg, in the crease.
PUNE WARRRIORS INNINGS
Pune finish with a challenging score on the board of 159-5 after the end of 20 overs.
M Pandey b Bravo 9 (8b 1x4 0x6)
Out! Just when the Partnership seemed to buildup Bravo get the middle stumps beating Pandey completely.
Bravo brought into the attack with Smith attempting a reverse flick for a fantastic Six!
Smith slams Nannes twice in this over to change the figures drastically.
Chennai have got back claiming quick wickets to increase the pressure on their opponents.
M Marsh c Morkel b Bravo 2 (4b 0x4 0x6)
Bravo to Marsh, OUT
L Taylor c Jadeja b Morris 8 (13b 0x4 0x6)
Morris to Taylor, OUT
Taylor and Smith attempt to stabilise the innings with some sensible knocks.
R Uthappa c Jadeja b Morris 26 (33b 2x4 0x6)
Morris to Uthappa, OUT, Uthappa has holed out to long on goes for the big lofted shot down the ground.
A Finch st Dhoni b Jadeja 67 (45b 10x4 2x6)
Finch hits Jadeja for a six,but the next ball he is beaten behind the stumps to end his fiery play.
Best opening partnership ever by the Pune warriors so far in this tournament.
Ross Taylor has won the toss and Pune have elected to bat.R Uthappa and A Finch on the crease.
Finch looks unstoppable unleashing a couple of boundaries.
Both batsmen Uthappa and Finch opened well for the Pune warriors punishing the lose ball for a boundary.
Pune cruise along smoothly with Finch getting a quick 52 of 32 balls.
Finch looks comfortable firing all cylinders for Pune with a heavty six of Ashwin.
Finch with eight boundaries and Uthappa beginning to fire, Pune seem to be on track.
Uthappa and Finch partnership of 42 runs with Finch punishing the bowlers with splendid drives to the ropes.
Finch tightens the grip with a couple of boundaries.
Uthappa survives a confident LBW appeal by Ravindra Jadeja.
Aaron Finch slams Dirk Nannes for three boundaries in the first over.
Taylor:"We are going to enjoy oiurselves, we have nothing to lose. We have to try and put pressure on this Chennai side."
Dhoni:"The last two games we have done brilliantly in all departments. It's important to keep the momentum going."
Chennai Super Kings - S Anirudha, M Vijay, S Raina, S Badrinath, D Bravo, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, C Morris, J Morkel, R Ashwin, D Nannes
Pune Warriors - R Uthappa, A Finch, M Pandey, L Taylor, A Nayar, S Smith, T Suman, M Marsh, B Kumar, R Sharma, A Dinda
Pune Warriors are without captain Angelo Mathews, that's due to the ban on Sri Lankan players in Chennai.
But with Yuvraj Singh also not taking to the field, they'll need some real inspiration from Taylor.
Buoyed by Saturday’s thrilling win against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) host Pune Warriors India (PWI) in Match 19 of IPL6 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk on Monday.
After a defeat in their opening match, CSK have recovered well to post two wins in a row.
They will look to carry forward the momentum they have from those two wins against PWI, who suffered a 41-run defeat in the Maharashtrian Derby on Saturday.