Chennai Super Kings lose quick wickets

Chennai Super Kings lost two wickets as they chased 167 runs to win in their inaugural encounter against the Mumbai Indians.

Parthiv Patel fell without scoring to Lasith Malinga after he edged one straight into the hands of Sachin Tendulkar at second slip. Suresh Raina departed soon after he miscued a pull off Dwayne Bravo and was caught near the boundary ropes by R Raje. Matthew Hayden muscled a few boundaries after a watchful start and Andrew Flintoff used his brute strength to garner after a subdued star.

Chennai Super Kings need 167 to win

Chennai Super Kings were set a target of 167 to win by Mumbai Indians in the inaugural match of the Indian Premier League being staged in Cape Town, South Africa.

Even as Sachin Tendulkar scored his second IPL 50, it was some good, clean hitting by Abhishek Nayar that propelled MI to a respectable 166. The highlight of Nayar innings were the three sixes he hits of the 18th over bowled by Flintoff. He departed after he lobbed an easy one to a fielder off the bowling of Jacob Oram. Oram was the most impressive of the CSK bowlers as he consistently mixed his line, length and pace to make shot making difficult for the MI players.

Mumbai Indians are 105-4 after 15 overs

Mumbai Indians had cantered to 105 for the loss of four wickets after 15 overs in their match against the Chennai Super Kings. Sachin Tendulkar with 35 was at the crease after Dwayne Bravo pulled a shot straight into the hands of Matthew Hayden off Joginder Sharma. Earlier JP Duminy flattered to deceive after he was out to a sharp reaction catch by Manpreet Gony.

Mumbai Indians crawl along after Jayasuriya loss

Mumbai Indians were 64 for the loss of one wicket at the end of 10 overs in their match against the Chennai Super Kings. Sachin Tendulkar and Shikhar Dhawan who had walked in after the loss of Jayasuriya’s wicket, found strokes hard to come by against some disciplined bowling by Jacob Oram and Joginder Sharma. It was a late 10th over surge that saw the Mumbai Indians cross the 60 run mark. And if the battling was rather sedate for a 20-20 match, a pet dog that ran into the field and interrupted play was the source of much excitement for the crowd and the players. It took several ground attendants to cajole the four-legged spectator off the field.

Jayasuriya motors along, Tendulkar survives

Mumbai Indians were 35 for no loss at the end of the first five overs in their match against the Chennai Super Kings. Sanath Jayasuriya did the bulk of the scoring as Sachin Tendulkar struggled to find his feet against Andrew Flintoff who was introduced into the attack after both Manpreet Gony and Thilan Thushara had bowled two overs each. Matthew Hayden gave Tendulkar his first lifeline when he dropped a simple chance in the slips.

Mumbai Indians bat first against Chennai Super Kings

Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya opened the batting for the Mumbai Indians as they took on Chennai Super League in the opening match of the second edition of the Indian Premier League being held in South Africa. The first over was bowled by Manpreet Gony and both the opening batsmen adopted a cautious approach as only three runs came off it.

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