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The Chennai Super Kings booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League T20 with a thumping 8 wicket win over the Brisbane Heat in Ranchi on Saturday night. Having been put in to bat on losing the toss, the Heat posted an under par 137-7 in their 20 overs with Ben Cutting scripting a late revival for the Australian side smashing 5 sixes en route to a quickfire 42 from 25 balls.

CSK chased down the target with consummate ease, getting there inside 16 overs for the loss of just 2 wickets with Michael Hussey posting an unbeaten half century with Murali Vijay chipping in with a handy 42 from 27 balls as Chennai added 75 runs for the first wicket.

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AB de Villiers set the Champions League T20 tournament alight with his innings of 77 off just 36 balls (3 fours and 7 sixes) when The Unlimited Titans played their opening match against the Chennai Super Kings at Ranchi on Sunday. In the end it was not enough to get his team over the line as Chennai won by four wickets with seven balls to spare thanks to the outstanding contributions from Mike Hussey and Man-of-the-Match Suresh Raina who both played quick-fire innings of 47.

They took the match away from the Titans as they put on 73 for the loss of only one wicket in the six power play overs in pursuit of a target of 186.

In normal circumstances the Titans’  total of 185/5 would have been well above par but, with the bowlers struggling to grip the ball in the heavy dew conditions from the start of the match, it was always going to be a match dominated by the batsmen.

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The IPL 2013 was widely considered to be a success for the sheer quality of cricket it produced to go with the huge crowds at all venues throughout the competition and the record numbers of viewers on television and online.

There were records broken in all three departments of the T20 game and some great innings, bowling spells and catches which stood out at the end of the competition.

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Mike Hussey took center stage once again continuing his red hot form with a match winning 95 and then effecting a run out of the other star of the evening Manvinder Bisla in what threatened to be an action replay of last year's final. The Chennai seamers held their nerves very well in the tense closing moments overcoming a late assault by Bisla and Eoin Morgan to down a devastated Kolkata Knight Riders at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai.

KKR captain Gautam Gambhir won the flip of the coin and immediately opted to bowl first considering Chennai are ruthless chasers. The unavailability of Sri Lankan players for games at Chennai forced Sachitra Senanayake out of this tie as Brendon McCullum made his first appearance of the season. The visitors also substituted spinner Iqbal Abdulla with Shami Ahmed deciding to go with Sunil Narine as the lone spinner.

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The Chennai Super Kings began their march up the Indian Premier League table by inflicting an embarrassing 86 run defeat on a hapless Delhi Daredevil side that has now lost 6 straight games and for all practical purposes is out of the running just a couple of weeks into IPL 2013.

Batting first on winning the toss, Chennai posted an excellent 169-4 on what is usually a tough batting deck at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Michael Hussey, returning from his 'rest' day, carried his bat through the innings making an excellent 65 from 50 balls to anchor the innings.

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The Chennai Super Kings bounced back from their narrow defeat at the hands of the Mumbai Indians by recording a thumping 10-wicket triumph against the Kings XI Punjab in a one-sided contest at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday evening.

Skipper MS Dhoni marshaled his resources effectively in the field to limit the Kings XI to just 138 after winning the toss and putting the home side in. Barring David Hussey's innings of 41 (36 balls) and Gurkeerat Singh's 31 (26 balls), Punjab barely put a foot right with the bat, and were bowled out a ball short of 20 overs.

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An unbeaten century from Phil Hughes, his second of the series, helped Australia register a comfortable 32 run victory in the final ODI at Hobart to end the series with Sri Lanka level pegging at 2-2. Dropped down the order to no.3 for this game, Hughes came out to bat at 31-1 and stayed through till the very end, contributing 138 runs to help Australia post a competitive 247-5 in their 50 overs on a sluggish pitch at Hobart this morning. Sri Lanka started well in their chase, but lost 4 wickets for 20 runs in between the 12th and 21st overs to fall behind significantly in the run chase. A battling half-century from Angelo Mathews (67) helped the visitors make a game of it, but they were eventually bowled out for 215, with Moises Henriques and Xavier Doherty sharing 6 wickets between them.

There was some disappointing news for Australia at the toss this morning with an ankle injury ruling out the skipper Michael Clarke with George Bailey taking over once again. The toss went Sri Lanka's way, and they put the Aussies in, hoping to continue their trend of getting over the line chasing.

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