Badrinath and Anirudha rescue Super Kings
A partnership of 73 between Srikkanth Anirudha and Subramaniam Badrinath helped the Chennai Super Kings recover after losing three early wickets against the Central Stags at Kingsmead in Durban.
The pair, who came together in the 8th over built a vital partnership which helped the defending Indian Premier League champions recover from 40-3 after winning the toss and deciding to bat.
The Stags, who started the game by taking two early wickets will be disappointed with the way they let Anirudha (42) and Badrinath (52) turn the game around allowing the Super Kings to reach 151-4.
The pair's partnership was ended in the 16th over but South African Albie Morkel completed the recovery by building a 38 run partnership with Badrinath to put the Super Kings in control.
Earlier on the Stags bowlers utilised the pace and bounce in the wicket to trouble the Super Kings experienced batting line up with a number of short balls; 19 year old Adam Milne was the pick of the bowlers impressing with the new ball.
The innings started off badly for the Super Kings as they suffered a double blow early on losing Matthew Hayden (0) and Suresh Raina (4) inside the first two overs.
The pressure will now be on Hayden after another failure with the bat, the former Australian test player hasnít played since the IPL in May and with David Hussey missing out; his place in the line up could be in jeopardy.
With Hayden and Raina departing early on the Super Kings played cautiously with Murali Vijay and Badrinath taking 6 overs to build their 3rd wicket partnership of 35 before Vijay was dismissed by Doug Bracewell.
Despite the disappointing start the Super Kings will now feel confident of opening their Twenty20 Champions League campaign with a victory thanks to Badrinath and Anirudha whose vital partnership will now give their bowlers a target which should be easily defendable.