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Valthaty helps Punjab to 6-wicket win over Chennai

 Chennai Super Kings batsman Subramaniam Badrinath takes evasive action to avoid a rising delivery during an Indian Premier League cricket match betwe...
 Kings XI Punjab player Praveen Kumar, left, celebrates as he claims the wicket of Chennai Super Kings batsman Srikkanth Aniruddha, right, off his ver...
 Kings XI Punjab's Paul Valthaty celebrates after scoring a century during an Indian Premier League cricket match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai ...
 Kings XI Punjab's Paul Valthaty celebrates after scoring a century during an Indian Premier League cricket match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai ...

India IPL Cricket

Chennai Super Kings batsman Subramaniam Badrinath takes evasive action to avoid a rising delivery during an Indian Premier League cricket match betwe...

India IPL Cricket

Kings XI Punjab player Praveen Kumar, left, celebrates as he claims the wicket of Chennai Super Kings batsman Srikkanth Aniruddha, right, off his ver...

India IPL Cricket

Kings XI Punjab's Paul Valthaty celebrates after scoring a century during an Indian Premier League cricket match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai ...

India IPL Cricket

Kings XI Punjab's Paul Valthaty celebrates after scoring a century during an Indian Premier League cricket match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai ...

Little-known Paul Valthaty upstaged top India players to help Kings XI Punjab to a dramatic six-wicket victory over defending champion Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.
Valthaty produced a whirlwind 120 not out off 63 balls as the home side scored 193-4 off 19.1 overs in reply to Chennai's 188-4.
The 27-year-old Valthaty, who has never played first-class cricket, smashed two sixes and 19 fours in Adam Gilchrist-led Punjab's first win.
Chennai, which had beaten Kolkata Knight Riders by two runs in the opening match, suffered its first loss despite registering the highest score of the tournament.
Valthaty, promoted as opener, propelled the score with lusty hitting early on and reached 30 off 17 deliveries, taking his team to 50 off just 5.1 overs.
He domination can be gauged from the fact that the next highest scorer for his team was Dinesh Karthik with 21 not out.
Valthaty recorded the first century of this IPL, overshadowing some superb performances including that of World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Dhoni struck a quickfire 43 off only 20 deliveries for Chennai, bludgeoning 22 off an over from Praveen Kumar, during which he hit two successive sixes over the square-leg fence.
Dhoni's fireworks capped a remarkable recovery from a woeful start.
Chennai lost wickets off the first two deliveries of the match. Kumar trapped Anirudha Srikkanth lbw with a lovely inswinger and had left-hander Suresh Raina caught at short square leg with a delivery that moved the other way.
But opener Murali Vijay (74) and dependable middle-order batsman Subramaniam Badrinath (66 not out) scripted a superb recovery.
Vijay completed his 50 off just 34 balls with a six to debutant left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt. He was out stumped by Gilchrist off legspinner Piyush Chawla after hitting four sixes and six fours off 43 deliveries.
Vijay added 124 runs for the third wicket with Badrinath, who faced 56 deliveries and had eight hits to the fence.
The pair featured in a 124-run stand for the third wicket.
In a late match, new franchises Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers Kerala met in Mumbai.
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Scores:
Kings XI Punjab 193-4 in 19.1 overs (Paul Valthaty 120 not out), def. Chennai Super Kings 188-4 (Murali Vijay 74, Subramaniam Badrinath 66 not out, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 43; Praveen Kumar 2-37).


Updated : 2021-10-26 21:56 GMT+08:00