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Sydney Sixers cruise past Chennai Super Kings to register comfortable 14 run win

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The Sydney Sixers registered a comfortable 14 run victory over the Chennai Super Kings to get their Champions League T20 campaign off to a flier. A near perfect batting effort from the Sydney Sixers saw them post an imposing 185-5 in their 20 overs. All of the top 6 batsmen of the Sixers made their way into double figures, and that ensured that Chennai were never really in the contest with the ball in hand. Moises Henriques (49*) and Shane Watson (46) played some exceptional knocks at different stages of the Sydney innings to put the Chennai bowlers under a lot of pressure. The Super Kings struggled to keep up with the asking rate, and despite an excellent half-century from Suresh Raina (57), managed just 171-9 in 20 overs. Moises Henriques capped off an outstanding day by chipping in with 3 crucial wickets, while Mitchell Starc also picked up a 3-fer.

Having been put in to bat, Sydney's openers got them off to a blistering start, posting an even 50 runs in the powerplay before Michael Lumb fell for 18 the ball after the field spread, leg before to Ravindra Jadeja. Shane Watson continued to go after the bowling, racing to 46 from just 30 balls before he was run out.

Chennai had a brief spell where their bowlers were on top with Ravichandran Ashwin dismssing both Nic Maddinson (12) and Brad Haddin (20) within the space of 3 balls, but things went pear shaped for the IPL side thereafter as Moises Henriques (49* from 23 balls) and Steven Smith (26 from 17 balls) added 75 runs for the 5th wicket to take Sydney to an excellent score.

Henriques in particular was quite dominant, smashing 3 sixes and 5 boundaries in his unbeaten cameo.

Chasing 186 to win, Chennai got off to a poor start, losing Murali Vijay for 1 in just the 2nd over bowled by young Mitchell Starc. Faf du Plessis led the Chennai fightback, making a brisk 43 from 25 balls before being outfoxed by another Aussie youngster Pat Cummins. Chennai's Michael Hussey meanwhile had a poor outing, making 16 from 19 balls before falling to Steve O'Keefe in his first over, caught in the deep.

Suresh Raina came out and played a bit of a blinder, smashing 57 from just 33 balls to give Chennai some hope. However, the UP left-hander failed to get any support from the other end with Subramaniam Badrinath and Skipper MS Dhoni contributing just 6 and 8 respectively. Henriques though was having a dream outing and removed all three batsmen to leave Chennai virtually out of the contest at 141-6.

The pressure was too much for Ravindra Jadeja, who perished for 2, but R Ashwin played a useful hand, making 18 from 9 balls to keep the game alive for as long as possible. However, Sydney remained too strong in the end, and wrapped up a 14 run win to get their tournament up and running.

The Sixers are in action again on Tuesday when they take on Yorkshire, and will look to put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack. The Super Kings are in action on the same day, and take on the Highveld Lions in the late kick-off in what could be a crucial tie for their hopes of advancing in the tournament.

Teams:

Sydney: M Lumb, S Watson, N Maddinson, B Haddin (c & wk), S Smith, M Henriques, B Rohrer, S O'Keefe, P Cummins, M Starc, J Hazlewood.

Chennai: M Hussey, M Vijay, F du Plessis, S Raina, S Badrinath, MS Dhoni (c & wk), R Jadeja, R Ashwin, Y Mahesh, D Bollinger, B Hilfenhaus

Mini Scorecard:

Sydney Sixers 185-5 (20 overs, 9.25rpo)
M Henriques 49* (23) R Ashwin 2-32
S Watson 46 (30) B Hilfenhaus 1-26

Chennai Super Kings 171-9 (20 overs, 8.55rpo)
S Raina 57 (33) M Henriques 3-23
F du Plessis 43 (25) M Starc 3-31

Sydney win by 14 runs