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‘Golden oldies’:

Hayden, Murali sparkle for Chennai

Cricket ‘golden oldies’ Matthew Hayden and Muttiah Muralitharan powered Chennai Super Kings to a 92-run win over Bangalore Royal Challengers on Monday in the Indian Premier League.

Autralian Hayden, who departed the international scene recently at the age of 37, struck a sizzling 65 at Saint George’s Park in this southern coastal city before being run out by Rahul Dravid.

The departure of Hayden just one ball after fellow opener Parthiv Patel was out for 30 did slow a Chennai charge that saw them dash to 106-0 after 10 overs, but they finished on 179-5 to set Royals a challenging target.

Enter Sri Lanka wizard Muralitharan to cause havoc and snap up three wickets, including the prized one of former England captain Kevin Pietersen for a duck, and all the damage was inflicted at the expense of just 11 runs.

Bangalore were in trouble from the start, losing opener Praveen Kumar in the third ball of the innings and quickly fell behind the nine-run-an-over victory target.

South African Jacques Kallis made a quick 24 before becoming the next Chennai victim and by the ‘strategy break’ the Challengers needed a miracle as they languished at 56-5 with 10 overs completed.

There was no miraculous turnaround, only more Chennai wickets on the same track that produced a bucketful of runs when South Africa trumped Australia in an ODI clash last week.

Kallis finished as top scorer and opener Robin Uthappa and Dravid contributed 20 runs each as Bangalore slipped from top spot after the opening round to fifth while 2008 runners-up Chennai climbed two places to third.

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, Tuesday,

AFP

	Chennai Super Kings 
PA Patel b Pietersen 30
ML Hayden run out (Dravid) 65
SK Raina c Kohli b Kumar 28
MS Dhoni c Bishnoi b Kumar 16
A Flintoff not out 22
JA Morkel b Steyn 05
Extras (lb 5, w 8) 13
TOTAL (5 wickets; 20 overs; 79 mins) 179
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-106, 2-106, 3-144, 4-165, 5-179
Bowling: P Kumar 4-0-37-2, DW Steyn 4-0-35-1 (2w), JH Kallis 2-0-28-0, R Vinay Kumar 1-0-12-0, V Kohli 1-0-9-0, A Kumble 4-0-26-0 (1w), KP Pietersen 3-0-14-1, LRPL Taylor 1-0-13-0 (1w)
Bangalore Royal Challengers
P Kumar b Gony 00
RV Uthappa st Dhoni b Muralitharan 20
JH Kallis lbw b Morkel 24
LRPL Taylor c & b Flintoff 01
KP Pietersen lbw b Muralitharan 00
R Dravid c Flintoff b Balaji 20
V Kohli c Badrinath b Joginder Sharma 11
R Bishnoi c Balaji b Muralitharan 00
R Vinay Kumar c Hayden b Balaji 05
DW Steyn run out (Raina/Dhoni) 00
A Kumble not out 01
Extras (lb 1, w 4) 05
TOTAL (all out; 15.2 overs; 71 mins) 87
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-0, 2-40, 3-47, 4-49, 5-50, 6-66, 7-66, 8-74, 9-78
Bowling: MS Gony 3-0-24-1 (2w), L Balaji 2.2-0-18-2, JA Morkel 2-0-12-1 (1w), A Flintoff 3-0-11-1, M Muralitharan 4-1-11-3, Joginder Sharma 1-0-10-1

 

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