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Rain delay thwarts Super Kings progress

Suresh Raina hit a patient half century to help the Chennai Super Kings set the Kochi Tuskers a tricky run chase after heavy rain caused an hours delay at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi.

Raina (50) and Murali Vijay (28) lead the way for the Super Kings whose progress was thwarted by the rain as the defending champions recorded a total of 131-4 from their 17 overs.

The Super Kings lost Michael Hussey (8) early on but Vijay and Raina fought back with a second wicket partnership of 37 before Ramesh Powar struck in the 8th over to end Vijay’s (28) innings.

Raina and new partner, Subramaniam Badrinath had enough time to add another 17 runs to the total before heavy rain forced both sides of the field at the start of the 10th over with the Super Kings 65-2.

After a delay of more then an hour, play finally got back under way with both sides losing 3 overs from their innings which left the Super Kings with only 8 overs to set a competitive total.

The rain delay clearly effected Raina and Badrinath’s progress as the pair struggle to find the boundary with only 2 fours scored before Badrinath (19) was trapped LBW by Raiphi Gomez in the 14th over.

Raina took the Super Kings past 100 with the first six of the day before the Tuskers made a further break through thanks to Thisara Perera who ran out Raina just 3 deliveries after completing a patient half century.

With the Super Kings innings coming towards an end MS Dhoni (14) and Albie Morkel (9) added 22 vital runs to help the Super Kings reach a competitive total which will leave the Tuskers facing a tricky run chase.

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