IPL 2014, Kings XI Punjab vs. Chennai Super Kings: Highlights, Scorecard, Recap

Will TideySenior Manager, GlobalMay 7, 2014

Australia's batsman Glenn Maxwell prepares to play a shot during their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match against Pakistan in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
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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 Sehwagb Ben Hilfenhaus3023130.4351
Mandeep Singhc Ishwar Pandey b Mohit Sharma3837.5000
Glenn Maxwellc Ravindra Jadeja b Mohit Sharma9038236.8468
David Millerb Dwayne Smith4732146.8752
George BaileyNOT OUT4013307.6962
Mitchell JohnsonNOT OUT116183.3320
EXTRAS (w 5, lb 5)10EXTRAS (w 5, lb 5)10
Ben Hilfenhaus43619.0010
Ishwar Pandey441010.257
Mohit Sharma43829.5011
Dwayne Smith336112.004
Ravindra Jadeja337012.332
Ravichandran Ashwin238019.002

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 Smithc Mitchell Johnson b Sandeep Sharma44100.0010
Brendon McCullumrun out (Mitchell Johnson)3329113.7930
Suresh Rainac David Miller b Glenn Maxwell3527129.6231
Ravindra Jadejab Rishi Dhawan178212.5030
Francois du Plessisc Murali Kartik b Mitchell Johnson5225208.0071
MS Dhonic George Bailey b Mitchell Johnson2320115.0001
Mithun ManhasNOT OUT83266.6601
Ravichandran AshwinNOT OUT114275.0020
EXTRAS (w 3, lb 1)4 (w 3, lb 1)4
Sandeep Sharma43719.258
Mitchell Johnson43729.259
Murali Kartik440010.005
Akshar Patel42807.004
Glenn Maxwell221110.502
Rishi Dhawan223111.502

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.