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Chennai Super Kings innings
20th over: 171/9 21 needed off the last over to be bowled by Starc. A Single taken off the first ball, Ben gets off-strike. Ashwin gets a length ball and he smashes that straight to Steven Smith at long-on! Yo Mahesh is the new batsman, Ben is on strike. Ben hits one over the bowler’s head and ran for the second, which wasn’t there but a full length dive saves Mahesh! 18 needed from 3. Ben hits a full toss for a single towards mid-off, and that’s it. Yo Mahesh takes a couple off the next ball. Mahesh flicks the last ball towards deep midwicket and is caught! The Sydney Sixers have won the match by 14 runs.
VY Mahesh c Lumb b Starc 2 (2b)
R Ashwin c Smith b Starc 18 (9b)
19th over: 165/7 31 needed off 12 balls, Watson to bowl the penultimate over. And he strikes! Jadeja blindly swings the blade and hits the ball high in the air as Rohrer at covers takes an easy catch! Maddinson drosp a tough chance at deep midwicket. Ashwin ends the over with a fantastic cover drives that goes for a boundary! Ten runs from the over.
RA Jadeja c Rohrer b Watson 2 (3b)
18th over: 155/6 Starc comes back into the attack. Jadeja takes a single off the first ball. Ashwin chips the next ball over point for a boundary! Ashwin scores two runs each off the next two balls. Ashwin hits a boundary off the next ball. A dot ball to end the over.
17th over: 142/6 Henriques to continue. Dhoni scores a boundary off the first ball. Henriques bowls a short of length ball to Raina who heaves that very high towards wide of long on and Steven Smith at the boundary, takes a stunner! Excellent innings from Suresh Raina comes to an end. And Henriques gets the skipper as well, short ball and Dhoni pulled it and now Hazlewood takes a good catch at deep midwicket! Six runs and two wickets for Henriques who is probably the Man of the match for the day!
MS Dhoni c Hazlewood b Henriques 8 (8b)
SK Raina c Smith b Henriques 57 (33b)
16th over: 136/4 Cummins to bowl his final over. Raina reaches his fifty with a boundary between mid-off and extra cover. Another great innings under pressure from the left-hander. And Raina ends the over with another boundary wide of point! Eleven runs from the over.
15th over: 125/4 Henriques to continue. And he gets rid of Badrinath! MS Dhoni is the new batsman. Good over from Henriques, just 4 runs from it and a wicket.
S Badrinath c †Haddin b Henriques 6 (11b)
14th over: 121/3 Cummins brought back into the attack. Raina works a length ball over extra-cover for a boundary! Eleven runs from the over.
13th over: 110/3 Henriques brought into the attack. He bowls a short one to Raina who doesn’t time well but it had enough power to go all the way for a Six! Raina ends the over with another boundary as he hits one past the point fielder. Thirteen runs from the over.
12th over: 97/3 Watson brought back into the attack. Raina hits a boundary off the first ball. And Raina ends the over in style with another boundary towards deep midwicket. 11 runs from the over.
11th over: 86/3 O'Keefe to bowl his second over. Raina got a thick outside edge and the ball rushes for a boundary at third man. And he connects the next ball, shimmies down the track and smashes one over deep midwicket for a Six! 13 runs from the over.
10th over: 73/3 Hazlewood to bowl his final over. Badrinath is the new batsman. Raina scored a boundary as he played one through the covers. Six runs from the over.
9th over: 67/3 O'Keefe brought into the attack. And he dismisses Hussey off the last ball. Hussey attempted a slog sweep and hit the ball too high in the air. O'Keefe strikes in his first over! Three runs from the over.
MEK Hussey c Lumb b O'Keefe 16 (19b)
8th over: 64/2 Cummins to continue. Faf scores a boundary off the second ball. Faf hits the last ball high in the air and is OUT! Seven runs from the over and the wicket of Faf who played some fantastic strokes!
F du Plessis c Starc b Cummins 43 (25b)
7th over: 57/1 Shane Watson comes into the attack. Hussey welcomes his teammate with a boundary over extra-cover! 11 runs from the over.
6th over: 46/1 Hazlewood to bowl his third over. Faf makes some room off the first ball and dispatches the ball for a Six! The next four balls produced four runs and Faf was offered some width off the last ball and he dispatched it for another boundary towards deep cover! 14 runs from the over.
5th over: 32/1 Pat Cummins brought into the attack. He bowls the first one on the pads and Faf flicks that for a boundary towards deep square leg for a boundary! Cummins follows it with a fuller length ball and Faf drives it beautifully for his consecutive boundary! Cummins follows it with two dot balls. Cummins fires another short ball and Faf pulls that off the backfoot for another boundary! Faf ends the over with a single. Another good over for CSK, 13 runs from it.
4th over: 19/1 Mitchell Starc to bowl his second over. Faf gets some width and he smacks one over extra-cover for a Six! Top shot that! Hussey also flicked one on the leg-side for a boundary. Good over for CSK, 12 runs from the over.
3rd over: 7/1 Hazlewood to continue. He continues to bowl a tight line and length. Just 4 runs from the over. Great start so far by Sydney Sixers.
2nd over: 3/1 Mitchell Starc to bowl the second over. And he gets the first breakthrough! Swings one into Murali Vijay which knocks his stumps!
M Vijay b Starc 1 (5b)
1st over: 2/0 Murali Vijay and Mike Hussey to open for CSK, Hazlewood will bowl the first over. Two runs from the first over.
Sydney Sixers innings:
What an innings from Moises Henriques! 49 runs from just 23 balls. He has taken his side to a very competitive total.
20th over: 185/5 Ben to bowl the final over. He offers width to Henriques and he smashes that over covers for a boundary. Ben follows it with a length ball and Henriques smashes that over the bowler’s head for another boundary! Henriques takes a single. Smith once again scores a boundary towards fine leg. He gets a length ball and this time he hits it straight to the fielder at long-off.
SPD Smith c Vijay b Hilfenhaus 26 (17b)
19th over: 172/4 Bollinger to bowl his last over. Smith gets off-strike with a single. Henriques works a slower one over extra-cover for a boundary! Henriques follows it with a flat Six over long-off. Henriques gets a fuller length and he smacks that over deep square leg for another Six! What a special knock Henriques is playing here! Henriques takes a single. Smith works the last ball for a boundary at fine leg. Twenty two runs from the over!
18th over: 150/4 Ashwin to bowl his final over. Henriques hit a six and a boundary in that over. Thirteen runs from the over. Henriques is looking dangerous here.
17th over: 137/4 Faf to bowl his last over. Smith shimmies down the track and smashes one straight down the ground for a boundary! Henriques also scores his first boundary with a straight drive. Thirteen runs from the over.
16th over: 124/4 Jadeja to bowl his final over. Five runs from the over.
15th over: 119/4 Faf to continue. Eight runs from the over.
14th over: 111/4 Ashwin to bowl his third over. He bowls a short ball, Haddin goes on the backfoot and pulls that towards deep square leg, Ben Hilfenhaus dives to his front and takes a fantastic catch to dismiss Brad Haddin! Commendable effort there! Steven Smith is the new batsman. And Ashwin strikes again! Maddinson charged down the track, missed the line and the balls hit the stumps! Two wickets in the over for Ashwin, CSK are back in the game!
NJ Maddinson b Ashwin 12 (16b)
BJ Haddin c Hilfenhaus b Ashwin 20 (18b)
13th over: 104/2 Faf to continue. Haddin scored a boundary in that over.
12th over: 98/2 Jadeja to continue. Maddinson charges down and the ball takes an outside edge and goes for a boundary at third-man. Seven runs from the over.
11th over: 91/2 Faf du Plessis comes into the attack. Five singles from the over.
10th over: 86/2 Ashwin to continue. He begins with three dot balls. Haddin smashes the next one over deep midwicket for a bSix! Eight runs from the over.
9th over: 78/2 Jadeja to continue. The first ball spun sharply, hit Dhoni’s gloves and still went for four byes. Now Jadeja bowls one short, Watson quickly gets out of the way and hits that over deep midwicket for a Six! Watson nudges one towards deep backward point and returns for a risky second run and he is Out! The danger man has perished! Another good knock from Watson comes to an end! 14 runs from the over.
SR Watson run out 46 (30b)
8th over: 64/1 Ashwin comes into the attack. Ashwin bowls one short, Watson immediately goes on the backfoot and clobbers it over deep square leg for a Six! Ten runs from the over.
7th over: 54/1 Ravindra Jadeja brought into the attack. And he strikes first ball! Lumb went on the backfoot and the ball spun sharply and he was caught plumb in front of the wicket. CSK get their first breakthrough. Nic Maddinson is the new batsman. Four runs from the over.
MJ Lumb lbw b Jadeja 18 (16b)
6th over: 50/0 Bollinger to bowl his third over. Watson flicks the second ball towards deep midwicket for a boundary! Watson smashes one high in the air towards long-on, lands safe. Watson times that last ball through covers for a lovely boundary! Ten runs from the over, Sydney Sixers reach their 50.
5th over: 40/0 Yo Mahesh comes into the attack. Lumb shimmies down the track, hits it high in the air and the ball lands safely behind Ben Hilfenhaus. Michael Lumb connects well off the fourth ball, length ball and he smashes that towards square leg for a boundary. Mahesh goes fuller the next ball and Lumb flicks that over deep midwicket for a Six! 18 runs from the over!
4th over: 22/0 Bollinger to continue. And Watson nicks the first ball for a boundary! Good comeback from Bollinger, bowls five dot balls after being hit for a boundary first ball.
3rd over: 16/0 Hilfenhaus to continue. And Watson connects this time, pulls a short ball for a boundary! And Ben offers some width off the next ball and Watson drives that for another boundary! Eleven runs from the over.
2nd over: 5/0 Bollinger to bowl the second over. Shane Watson attempted a big shot off the last ball, didn’t connect. Good stuff from Bollinger, two runs from the over.
1st over: 3/0 Ben Hilfenhaus to bowl the first over, Michael Lumb and Shane Watson to open for Sydney Sixers. Lumb gets off the mark with a couple on the leg-side. Three runs from the first over.
TOSS: CSK have won the toss and Dhoni has decided to bowl first.
In yet another high-voltage encounter, two time IPL winners Chennai Super Kings take on Australia’s Sydney Sixes in their opening Group B encounter of the Champions League T20, here on Sunday.
Chennai Super Kings squad:
MS Dhoni*, R Ashwin, S Badrinath, DE Bollinger, F du Plessis, BW Hilfenhaus, MEK Hussey, RA Jadeja, SB Jakati, KMDN Kulasekara, VY Mahesh, JA Morkel, SK Raina, WP Saha, M Vijay
Sydney Sixers squad
BJ Haddin*, PJ Cummins, JR Hazlewood, MC Henriques, MJ Lumb, NL McCullum, NJ Maddinson, IA Moran, PM Nevill, SNJ O`Keefe, BJ Rohrer, SPD Smith, MA Starc, DJ Thornely, SR Watson.
Players to watch out for:
MS Dhoni: The Indian skipper has been facing a lot of criticism recently for his poor form and his inability to take his side into the top four of the ICC World T20. Dhoni would be eager to get back into the rhythm and inspire his side with a formidable show with the bat.
Shane Watson: In the recently concluded ICC World T20, Shane Watson once again proved his worth in the shorter format of the game. The Super Kings would be wary of the damage he can cause single-handedly and they would try their best to get his wicket early in the innings.