Sunday, May 10, 2009
Badrinath guides Chennai to top of IPL
An undefeated half-century from Subramanium Badrinath propelled the Metropolis Super Kings to a seven-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals and put them top of the Amerind Premier Association (IPL) on Saturday. In the forward modify of the Kimberley double-header the Kings XI Punjab sneaked a three-wicket win off the penultimate pellet of their innings against the Deccan Chargers. After Rajasthan had posted 140 for figure Chennai strolled to 141 for iii as they took a one-point hint over the Metropolis Daredevils in the standings. The right-handed Badrinath scored 59 not out and distributed a third-wicket defense of 89 runs with Apostle Hayden before the Dweller was stumped off the bowling of Shane Warne. Hayden, the competition's guiding run-scorer, departed for 48 off 44 balls and fittingly it was Badrinath who scored the success runs with 10 balls to unneeded. Rajasthan's innings never got off the soil with only a 53-run second-wicket partnership between Graeme Statesman (30) and Swapnil Asnodkar (26) providing any impulsion before Warne clubbed an undefeated 21 belatedly in the innings. Austronesian Andrew Writer broken an unbeaten 60 for the Deccan Chargers but their come of 168 for five verified short. Punjab's run-chase was led by Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene who pummelled his way to 43 off 28 balls before being run out.