Champions League T20

Super Kings flay Wayamba

2010-09-16 08:46
Suresh Raina (File)
Centurion - Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay flayed the Wayamba Elevens bowling and set up a second successive big win for the Chennai Super Kings in a Champions League Twenty20 tournament match at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.

Raina hit 87 and Vijay 68 as Chennai raced to a tournament-best 200 for three after being sent in to bat.

Wayamba could only score 103 all out in reply as Chennai won by 97 runs to take control of Group A.

The Indian Premier League champions won their opening match against the Central Stags by 57 runs and with two matches remaining must be hot favourites to reach the semi-finals.

Raina and Vijay put on 137 in 12 overs for the second wicket for Chennai.

Opening batsman Vijay set the early pace but once the left- handed Raina got set he played some stunning strokes, scoring his 87 runs off only 44 balls.

His innings included six sixes - four of them in one over from Wayamba's star spin bowler Ajantha Mendis, all struck over mid-wicket.

Raina looked set for a century until he was caught by a leaping Jehan Mubarak at cover off Chanaka Welegedara with 15 balls remaining in the innings. Vijay was caught in the deep off the next ball after making 68 off 46 balls.

Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised Raina and Vijay for the way they paced their innings.

"It was a good total to defend," he said.

Wayamba's chase started disastrously, with the Sri Lankan side losing their first six wickets for 35 runs in six overs.

Albie Morkel took a wicket with the second ball of the innings and followed up with wickets in both his next two overs in an opening spell of 3-22.

Fellow opening bowler Doug Bollinger claimed the key wicket of Mahela Jayawardene, who was caught at third man by Sri Lankan team-mate Muttiah Muralitharan for 10, and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets in his first over and finished with four for 18.

Wayamba captain Jehan Mubarak admitted his team had been outplayed.

"They are a very good team. We knew we had to be at our best to compete with them. We had a good start but they had some big overs to set up their total. Then we self-destructed with the bat."

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