Monday, April 20, 2009
Hayden and Murali help Chennai thrash Bangalore
Matthew Hayden and Muttiah Muralitharan steered the Chennai Super Kings to an emphatic 92-run win over the Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League on Monday. The 37-year-old Hayden hammered 65 in 35 balls as the Super Kings amassed 179 for five in their 20 overs before the Challengers were skittled out for 87. The former Australia opener retired from international cricket at the start of the year but again showed the skills that allowed him to dominate bowling attacks around the world for more than a decade, cracking nine fours and two sixes. England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff also chipped in with an unbeaten 22 from 13 deliveries. Sri Lanka spinner Muralitharan then took three for 11 in four overs to ruin Bangalore's victory hopes and scoop the man of the match award. Jacques Kallis top-scored with 24 in 19 balls while Robin Uthappa and Rahul Dravid hit 20 apiece. Both teams now have two points from two games.