Kings XI Punjab achieved a dominant 44-run victory against Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday, taking their record to six wins from seven in the 2014 Indian Premier League.
Chennai's loss ended a run of six straight victories and was their second to Kings XI this season.
The Super Kings won the toss and elected to field at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, with Mohit Sharma taking the early wicket of Mandeep Singh.
Kings XI lost Virender Sehwag soon after, but the partnership of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller soon steadied the ship. The pair put on 135 for the third wicket, with the Australian Maxwell hitting a brutal 90 from just 38 balls—including eight sixes.
Miller went for 47, but George Bailey's rapid knock of 40 steered Punjab to an imposing total of 231-4 from their 20 overs.
|Kings XI Punjab, 231-4 (20 overs)|
|Virender Sehwag||b Ben Hilfenhaus||30||23||130.43||5||1|
|Mandeep Singh||c Ishwar Pandey b Mohit Sharma||3||8||37.50||0||0|
|Glenn Maxwell||c Ravindra Jadeja b Mohit Sharma||90||38||236.84||6||8|
|David Miller||b Dwayne Smith||47||32||146.87||5||2|
|George Bailey||NOT OUT||40||13||307.69||6||2|
|Mitchell Johnson||NOT OUT||11||6||183.33||2||0|
|EXTRAS||(w 5, lb 5)||10||EXTRAS||(w 5, lb 5)||10|
It was always going to be a challenge for the Super Kings, and they got off to a bad start when Sandeep Sharma dismissed Wayne Smith in the second over.
Brendon McCullum and Suresh Raina recovered the cause, but neither could make it past the 30s to contribute the defining innings Chennai needed to chase down such a big total.
Mitchell Johnson ran out McCullum, then took two wickets himself as the Super Kings struggled to maintain the run-rate necessary for victory.
Francois du Plessis top-scored with 52 for Chennai, but by the time Johnson sent him packing, the Super Kings' hopes were already over.
|Chennai Super Kings, 187-6 (20 overs)|
|Dwayne Smith||c Mitchell Johnson b Sandeep Sharma||4||4||100.00||1||0|
|Brendon McCullum||run out (Mitchell Johnson)||33||29||113.79||3||0|
|Suresh Raina||c David Miller b Glenn Maxwell||35||27||129.62||3||1|
|Ravindra Jadeja||b Rishi Dhawan||17||8||212.50||3||0|
|Francois du Plessis||c Murali Kartik b Mitchell Johnson||52||25||208.00||7||1|
|MS Dhoni||c George Bailey b Mitchell Johnson||23||20||115.00||0||1|
|Mithun Manhas||NOT OUT||8||3||266.66||0||1|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||NOT OUT||11||4||275.00||2||0|
|EXTRAS||(w 3, lb 1)||4||(w 3, lb 1)||4|
The result means Super Kings XI are level on points with Chennai at the top of the table but have a game in hand.
Next up, the Super Kings face Mumbai Indians on Saturday, while Kings XI Punjab will play Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday.
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