Raina and Badrinath build a perfect innings
Suresh Raina (83) and Subramaniam Badrinath (55) enjoyed a 3rd wicket partnership of 142 to help the Chennai Super Kings reach 180-2 against the Mumbai Indians at the Brabourne Stadium.
After a quiet first over Matthew Hayden burst into life smashing four consecutive boundaries of the bowling of Zaheer Khan to get the Super Kings of to a good start.
After smashing 16 runs from the second over Hayden (20) called for his long handled Mongoose bat obviously feeling a high score was on the cards but he was soon back in the dugout after missing judging an angled delivery from Harbhajan Singh which wrapped him on the pads.
Parthiv Patel soon (8) followed after he was bowled by the impressive Ryan McLaren to leave the visitors stuttering at 38-2 after such a good start.
Raina, together with Badrinath regained the upper hand with their brilliant 3rd wicket partnership to put the Super Kings on top. The pair came together at the start of the 5 over and slowly built their partnership before Raina picked out Dwayne Bravo in the 9th over smashing him for a huge six and a boundary to signal their intent on increasing the run rate.
Raina picked up his sixth IPL fifty with a sweetly timed single through long off as the Super Kings cruised past the 100 mark in the 12th over.
The partnership continued un troubled passing 100 before Badrinath claimed his half century bringing it up in style smashing a full delivery from Khan through the long boundary.
With danger man MS Dhoni waiting in the dugout the pair continued their excellence partnership finally reaching 182-2 to set the Indians a big run chase.