Jesse Ryder came good when it mattered most slamming an unbeaten 56-ball 73, as Pune Warriors stunned defending champions Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets in the Indian Premier League, here on Saturday.
Steven Smith was equally brilliant as he smashed 44 off just 22 balls with the help of four boundaries and three sixes.
Chasing 156 for victory, the Warriors needed 34 off the last three overs. Smith carted Dwayne Bravo for a six and a four to bring the equation down to 22 off 12.
Ryder then launched into Nuwan Kulasekara as he pulled and cut the medium pacer for two fours on either side of the wicket.
Requiring 10 in the final over, the Warriors cantered home with four balls to spare after Smith hit a four and a six over cover off Yo Mahesh.
Ryder hit seven fours and a six during his stay at the wicket.
Robin Uthappa started the chase in earnest, pulling Albie Morkel for a six over mid-wicket in the second over.
But the Karnataka batsman could not sustain the initial momentum as he was run out by Kulasekara.
Ryder was, however, unfazed by the dismissal of his partner as he went about the task in a calculated manner.In Image: Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) walks away as Pune Warriors India cricketers greet teammates Steven Smith and Jesse Ryder after their win Text: PTIImages: AFPScorecard
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