Hayden-Suresh Raina rally Super kings to 208

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Chennai, Apr 23 (UNI) Looking for their second win on the trot, Chennai Super Kings, put into bat by Mumbai Indians, scored 208 losing five wickets in the stipulated 20 overs led by a brilliant 81 by opener Mathew Hayden and a fine 53 by Suresh Raina and their 104 run stand in the DLF Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the M A Chidambaram stadium here today.

The Super Kings, who had outplayed Punjab in their first outing, went into bat to a bright start opening with left handers Parthiv Patel and Mathew Hayden. With both the former India stumper and the hard hitting Aussie opener taking on the Mumbai pace spearheads former Proteas all rounder Shaun Pollock and the dropped India medium pacer left hander Ashish Nehra.

Striking hard blows, Parthiv and Hayden put on 8 runs in 1.3 overs, 16 in two overs and 34 in 3.4 overs.But the Mumbai Indians, looking to compensate their loss against Royal Challengers, Bangalore on home turf, struck two early blows. Nehra forced Parthiv Patel to nick to wicketkeeper LootsBosman off the first ball of the fourth over. Patel fell for 14 off 11 balls with the help of three fours.

Hayden in the meanwhile struck 15 runs including a six and two fours off Pollock as a near full house at the historic Chepauk ground cheered wildly, enjoying every hit by the two batsmen.

Harbhajan, leading the Mumbai team for the second successive match in place of the injured Sachin Tendulkar, the original captain, brought in Dhaval Kulkarni in place of an expensive Pollock at the pavillion end. Kulkarni had the no 3 batsman, left handed Aussie Mike Hussey castled missing the line of the ball. Hussey fell for five off nine balls and hit one four.The Super Kings were reduced to 37 for 2 in 4.4 overs and Suresh Raina. The Kings under pressure to post a fighting score, pushed themselves to 88 for 2 posting the 50 run stand and Raina touching 25, in 10.2 overs. It was 90-2 in 10.3 overs. Even the West Indian speedster Bravo, who was picked in place of an injured Lankan Lasith Malinga in the Mumbai Indians XI, could not put the breaks on the two Super Kings batsmen.

Harbhajan Singh took himself off to bring in off spinner Vikrant Yelligetti but he conceded two fours and a single to see Chennai Super Kings posting their 100 mark off 11.3 overs with Hayden coasting to his 50 batting on 41 and Raina on 31. Hayden was severe on medium pacer Abhishek Nayar. He reached his 50 off 37 balls with seven fours and two sixes.

Suresh Raina too posted his 50 in 33 balls with three fours and three sixes. The Super Kings were 143 in 14.4 overs.

Not only the near full house, the Super Kings Hayden and Raina regaled the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunidhi, Chief Secretary and a few state ministers. But the Mumbai bowlers had another breakthrough when Suresh Raina fell, caught by Bravo off Musavir Khote who replaced Nayar. Off 15 overs, the Super Kings scored 143 losing three wickets. Raina and Hayden put on 104 runs for the third wicket off 63 balls.

As skipper joined Hayden, the Super Kings hoping to reach 200, coasted to 168 for 3 in 17 overs and the Mumbai Indians making trying out all its bowlers. Hayden, dominating the bowling and Dhoni put on 50 Bravo off Khote for 30 off 16 balls with four fours and a six. partnership in 24 balls. But off the last ball of the 19th over Hayden fell for 81 run out off a direct throw by Harbhajan Singh.He faced 46 balls and hit 12 fours and two sixes. As Jacob Oram, the Kiwi all rounder came in, Super Kings posted the 200 mark in 19.1 overs, five balls remaining in their innings.

The local lad S Badrinath faced the last ball of the Super Kings innings which closed at 200-5.

Oram remained not out on 5 with one four and Badrinath on 2.for Mumbai Kings, Musavir Khote picked up two wickets for 29 runs in his three overs.

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