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Super Kings starts campaign in style

Badrinath, Anirudha and the bowlers set up a 57-run win for the Chennai team

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CRUCIAL KNOCK: S. Badrinath steered CSK to a match-winning total on Saturday.

Durban: S. Badrinath struck an unbeaten 52 to prop up the innings before a disciplined effort by the Chennai Super Kings's bowlers helped it defeat Central Districts by 57 runs in a Champions League Twenty20 match here on Saturday night.

Badrinath's counterattacking 52 from 42 balls was mainly responsible for CSK reaching 151 for four after it was down five for two in the second over and 48 for three at halfway mark after electing to bat.

He got ample support from S. Anirudha (42) and the duo shared 73 runs from 49 balls for the fourth wicket to take CSK's score past 150 on a spongy Kingsmead pitch which saw the odd ball kicking up to trouble the batsmen.

Back up by bowlers

Later CSK's bowlers complemented the good work done by their batsmen by skittling out Central Districts for 94 in 18.1 overs to start the campaign on a winning note.

Chasing 152 for a win, the New Zealand champion side initially looked like it would stand up to the challenge but after it lost its first wicket in the fourth over it was never in the chase.

Medium-pacer L. Balaji was the most successful CSK bowler with three for 20 from his four overs while Muttiah Muralitharan, R. Ashwin and Doug Bollinger claimed a wicket each.

Opener Peter Ingram was the first Central Districts batsman to go in the fourth over for six as he top-edged an Albie Morkel delivery to Suresh Raina at cover as the score read 12 for one. He was earlier dropped while on one off the second ball of the innings by Ashwin.

Next over, George Worker fell to Balaji for four with Muralitharan taking an easy catch at mid-on.

CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni introduced off-spinner Ashwin in the sixth over and got the result immediately in the form of Jamie How's wicket.

The captain of the New Zealand champion side, who was dropped by Raina when on five, misread a delivery which straightened to hit his off-stump.

Central Districts was reeling at 35 for three at that stage.

Sri Lankan spin wizard Muralitharan then claimed two wickets in the space of three balls to leave Central Districts's run chase in tatters.

It was reduced to 37 for five in the eighth over.

Mathew Sinclair (10), who hit Ashwin for a six in his first delivery, followed suit his captain soon as he fell to a superb catch by Matthew Hayden at slip while attempting a reverse sweep off Muralitharan.

Muralitharan, who recently retired from Tests, scalped his second wicket two balls later with Noema-Barnett (0) edging a sharp turning delivery for Dhoni to take a fine catch behind the stumps.

The scores: Chennai Super Kings: M. Vijay c Sinclair b Bracewell 19 ( 29b, 1x4), M. Hayden c Ingram b Mason 0 ( 1b), S. Raina c Diamanti b Milne 4 ( 4b, 1x4), S. Badrinath (not out) 52 ( 42b, 4x4, 2x6), S. Anirudha c Griggs b Bracewell 42 ( 29b, 5x4, 1x6), A. Morkel (not out) 26 ( 15b, 1x4, 2x6); Extras (b-2, lb-4, w-2): 8; Total (for four wkts. in 20 overs): 151.

Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-5, 3-40, 4-113.

Central Districts bowling: Mason 4-0-29-1, Milne 4-0-28-1, McClenaghan 4-0-34-0, Bracewell 4-0-28-2, Worker 2-0-11-0, Noema-Barnett 2-0-15-0.

Central Districts: P. Ingram c Raina b Morkel 6 ( 10b), J. How b Ashwin 13 ( 17b, 1x4, 1x6), G. Worker c Muralitharan b Balaji 4 ( 4b, 1x4), M. Sinclair c Hayden b Muralitharan 10 ( 10b, 1x6), Noema-Barnett c Dhoni b Muralitharan 0 ( 2b), B. Griggs c Dhoni b Bollinger 9 ( 25b), B. Diamanti st. Dhoni b Ashwin 4 ( 6b), D. Bracewell b Balaji 30 ( 28b, 2x4, 1x6), A. Milne (not out) 2 ( 3b), M. Mason c Bollinger b Balaji 10 ( 4b, 1x4, 1x6), M. McClenaghan c Hayden b Bollinger 0 ( 1b); Extras: (lb-1, w-4, nb-1): 6; Total (in 18.1 overs): 94

Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-22, 3-35, 4-36, 5-36, 6-44, 7-82, 8-84, 9-94.

Chennai Super Kings bowling: Bollinger 3.1-0-10-2, Morkel 3-0-20-1, Balaji 4-1-20-3, Ashwin 4-0-28-2, Muralitharan 4-0-15-2 .

Corrections and Clarification

In the report, "Super Kings starts campaign in style," the tally of wickets mentioned in the scoreboard (and not the text) is correct. Muralitharan, Ashwin and Bollinger claimed two wickets each.

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