CLT20: Chennai Super Kings Beat Titans
Chennai Super Kings 187-6 (Hussey, Raina 47) beat
Titans 185-5 (de Villiers 77) by four wickets
Champions League Twenty20 Group B, Ranchi
Chennai Super Kings powered to a four-wicket win over the Titans in the Champions League Twenty20 in Ranchi, chasing down 186 to win in 18.5 overs.
Although AB de Villiers (77) and Henry Davids (52) struck half-centuries for the South African side, their score of 185 for five was not enough.
Both Mike Hussey and Suresh Raina made 47 for the 2010 champions before a quickfire 38 in 26 balls from Dwayne Bravo put them on course.
There was a late clatter of wickets but Subramaniam Badrinath, unbeaten on 20 in as many balls, guided them home with seven balls to spare.
The Titans dominated the early stages of the game as Chennai's opening pair Mohit Sharma and Jason Holder were attacked by Davids, who made 52 in 43 balls and Jacques Rudolph, who hit 21 in 17.
Rudolph was run out by Bravo but that brought de Villiers to the crease, and he struck a superb 77 in just 36 balls, including seven sixes, to steer the Titans towards a competitive score before falling in the penultimate over.
Farhaan Behardien chipped in with 21 in 14 balls as Bravo picked up two for 34 with the wickets of Behardien and David Wiese for nought.
Chennai then failed to see out the first over without losing a wicket, Murali Vijay bowled by Roelof van der Merwe for a golden duck.
Hussey and Raina then put on 89 for the second wicket but after Wiese had Raina caught by Morne Morkel and Morkel himself removed Hussey, Titans looked to be back in a strong position.
Badrinath steadied the ship while Bravo launched a counter-attack, striking four fours and two sixes ensuring that their position at the halfway stage of their innings, needing 72 to win in 60 balls, was conveted into a relatively comfortable win.
That said, after Bravo fell to Rowan Richards, the left-arm quick struck twice again to remove Mahendra Singh Dhoni (7) and Ravindra Jadeja (0) before victory was wrapped up by Albie Morkel (4 not out).
Richards ended with figures of three for 29 and the Titans were left to rue what might have been had they either managed more than just six runs in their final over, or had Richards come back on a little earlier.
Chennai next play Sunrisers Hyderabad on 26th September while the Titans are in action before that when they meet Brisbane Heat on 24th September.
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