Thursday 26 September 2013 

CLT20: Raina And Dhoni Star In CSK Win

Dhoni and Raina take a run
MS Dhoni (left) and Suresh Raina were brilliant for Super Kings as they beat Sunrisers.
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Chennai Super Kings 202-4 (Raina 84) beat
Sunrisers Hyderabad 190-7 by 12 runs
Champions League T20, Group B Match, Jaipur

Chennai Super Kings made it two wins out of two in Group B of the Champions League T20. Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni were the stars as they triumphed over qualifiers Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs.

Raina smashed 84 off 57 balls, while Dhoni plundered five sixes off a single over from the hapless Thisara Perera as Chennai mustered an imposing 202 for four from their 20 overs.

The Sunrisers bowling figures were a mixed affair. Dale Steyn removed Murali Vijay for his second duck of the competition with the second ball of the match and ended with figures of two for 23. His South African team-mate JP Duminy also bowed well, delivering his four overs for figures of two for 27. However, the rest endured a day they will rather forget. Ishant Sharma went for 40 runs off four overs, Darren Sammy for 39 off three and Perera for 60 off three.

Raina did the early damage, adding 45 in six overs with Mike Hussey (23 off 21 balls) and dominating a third-wicket stand of 70 with Subramaniam Badrinath (13 off 18 balls). However, it was the stand with Dhoni for the fourth-wicket that included that over.

The first ball was a wide and was followed by a six, another wide, a couple, and four successive boundary-clearing shots. Perera was clueless and Sunrisers could only watch as the game went away from them in a blink of an eye.

In all, Dhoni and Raina put on 60 in 25 balls for the fourth-wicket, with Dhoni hitting eight sixes in all during his innings to end unbeaten on 63 off only 19 balls.

Sunrisers always needed a good start if they were to get close to their target of 203 and they got one. Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan added 88 in 56 balls, with Patel’s eventual demise unfortunately triggering a steady stream of wickets as incoming batsmen struggled to keep up with the required run rate.

Darren Sammy was the only man to prosper after the openers and hit five sixes during a 25-ball 50. However, he was bowled by West Indies team-mate Jason Holder and Sunrisers ended short, albeit by not too much, on 190 for seven.

Group B standings after two games each: CSK, 8 points; T&T, Sunrisers, Titans, all 4 points; Brisbane, 0 points.