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Chennai Super Kings Win, Perth Scorchers Knocked Out

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni hit four late sixes for Chennai Super Kings
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Chennai Super Kings 155-6 (Jadeja 44no) beat
Perth Scorchers 142-7 by 13 runs
Champions League T20 Group A, Bangalore

Chennai Super Kings beat Perth Scorchers by 13 runs in Group A of the Champions League T20 to give themselves a good chance of reaching the semi-finals, simultaneously knocking Perth out.

Batting first, a late charge led by Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni lifted Chennai to a score of 155 for six.

Perth were always in contention in reply until the late stages when they lost too many wickets- three of them to Ravichandran Ashwin - and they closed on 142 for seven.

Having played all four of their group matches, Chennai's hopes of progressing now rest partly in Perth's hands; should the Scorchers beat Lahore Lions, or avoid a heavy defeat, then Chennai will go through.

Lahore will have to win by 47 runs or with 33 balls to spare if they are to pip Chennai to the knockout stages on net run-rate.

If Chennai make it through, they will look to improve their top-order batting as they crawled to 56 for four in 11.1 overs, losing Dwayne Smith (11), Brendon McCullum (11), Suresh Raina (1) and Mithun Manhas (18).

Dwayne Bravo began the fightback with 27 in 26 balls before Jadeja and Dhoni took over.

Jadeja slammed 44 no tout in 28 balls with four fours and two sixes while Dhoni hit four maximums in a 16-ball innings of 35 as the pair added 63 in five overs.

Joel Paris, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Yasir Arafat, Brad Hogg and Ashton Turner took a wicket apiece.

Craig Simmons (13) and Adam Voges (27 in 24 balls) then launched Perth's strong reply but each time they looked to be getting on top of their task, Chennai struck.

Nehra removed the openers before Ashwin dismissed Ashton Agar (4), Mitchell Marsh (19) and Sam Whiteman (5) as the Australians reached 73 for five in the 13th over.

That might have been ahead of where Chennai were at the same stage, but they lacked the lower-order firepower.

Ashton Turner hit 22 in 17 balls and Coulter-Nile 30 in 21 to give Perth an outside chance, still needing 33 from the final two overs.

However, Coulter-Nile's dismissal in the penultimate over, caught by Bravo bowled by Mohit Sharma, finally ended their charge and Bravo closed out the game by bowling the last over.

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