IPL 2013: Chennai Go Four Points Clear

IPL 2013: Chennai Go Four Points Clear
IPL 2013: Chennai Go Four Points Clear
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Chennai Super Kings 164-3 (Raina 63no) beat
Pune Warriors 127-9 by 37 runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Gahunje

Chennai Super Kings extended their Indian Premier League winning streak to six with a comprehensive 37-run victory over bottom side Pune Warriors.

Two-time champions Chennai scored 164 for three as Suresh Raina hit an unbeaten 63 and then restricted Pune to 127 for nine in reply.

The result puts Chennai (16) four points clear of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians and within touching distance of another appearance in the play-offs.

Pune, meanwhile, are still searching for a third win this season - this was their fifth straight defeat.

Raina faced 50 balls, hitting four fours and a six, his timely return to form coming at just the right time for Chennai, and he was well supported by Subramaniam Badrinath's 34 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 45 not out in just 16 balls.

The captain hit four fours and three sixes as he and Raina put on 61 together inside the final five overs to ensure Chennai's poor start, when they fell to 28 for two, made little difference to the outcome of the match.

As has been their way throughout the competition, the Pune batting line-up flickered briefly before being put out of the game. Aaron Finch hit 15 in nine balls, but after slipping to 43 for four, Steve Smith was in restorative mode as he made 35 in 39.

Mohit Sharma led the way for Chennai once again with figures of three for 21 before Kane Richardson (26 in 20 balls) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (24 in 24) added a touch of respectability to Pune's score towards the end, although Chennai were barely threatened.

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