Champions League T20
Dhoni smashes CSK to victory
Ranchi - The Chennai Super Kings, guided by the quickest fifty from MS Dhoni, defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs in their Champions League T20 Group B match at the JSCA International Stadium Complex on Thursday.
Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 63 off just 19 balls with one boundary and eight huge sixes as the Super Kings totalled 202 for four in ther allotted 20 overs. The Sunrisers put up a brave fight, ending on 191 for seven with Darren Sammy top scoring with 50 off 25 balls, smashing two fours and five sixes along the way.
But the evening belonged to the Chennai captain as he scored the fastest fifty in Champions League T20 history, needing only 16 deliveries to do so. Suresh Raina laid the platform with a wonderful 84 off 57 balls, hitting nine fours and a six along the way.
Raina and his captain shared a whirlwind partnership of 60 off only 29 deliveries that helped boost the total. Raina and Subramaniam Badrinath (13) laid the foundation with a 70-run partnership for the third wicket off 50 deliveries.
The manner in which the Super Kings reached their total held the crowd in awe as they were 141 for three at the end of the 17th over. But Dhoni tore into Thisara Perera (3-0-60-0), hitting the medium pacer for five sixes on an over that yielded 34 runs.
Only Dale Steyn (2-23) and JP Duminy (2-27) held respectable figures as the South Africans combined for figures of 8-0-50-4.