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Super Kings cruise to victory over the Stags

The Chennai Super Kings over came a disappointing start with the bat to cruise to a 57 run victory over the Central Stags to get their Twenty20 Champions League campaign off to a winning start.

The defending Indian Premier League champions made light work of the Stags batting line up who crumbled in their attempts to chase down the Super Kings total of 151-4.

Peter Ingram and Jamie How started the Stags run chase is a positive manner with a partnership of 12 but once Ingram (6) had been dismissed by Albie Morkel the Kiwi Twenty20 Champions suffered a top order collapse which left them 36-5.

How (13), George Worker (4), Matthew Sinclair (10), Kieron Noeman-Barnett (0) and Brendon Diamanti (4) quickly followed as the Stags lost 6 wickets in the space of 7 overís with Muttiah Muralitharan picking up two wickets in his first over.

Having been reduced to 44-6 the Stags were in danger of suffering an heavy defeat but Doug Bracewell (30) and Bevan Griggs (9) halted the slip with a 7th wicket partnership of 38 which was ended by Doug Bollinger who dismissed Griggs in the 16th over.

Bracewellís valiant innings came to an end an over later when he was bowled by Lakshmipathy Balaji to leave the Super Kings on the verge of an impressive victory which was completed by Bollinger who picked up two wickets in the 18th over to leave the Stags 94 all out.

The ease with which the Super Kings cruised to victory was even more impressive given the torrid time they had with the bat after losing Matthew Hayden and Suresh Raina at the start of the innings.

A partnership of 73 between Srikkanth Anirudha and Subramaniam Badrinath helped the Super Kings recover after the lose of Hayden and Raina.

The pair came together in the 8th over and their vital partnership 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 pairís partnership was ended in the 16th over but South African Albie Morkel completed the recovery which Anirudha started; 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 Hayden (0) and 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 turned they game around thanks to Badrinath and Anirudha; whose vital partnership gave their bowlers a target which was easily defended.

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