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CL T20: Chennai in mauling mode

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Sep 16, 2010 at 12:24am IST

New Delhi: The more you see a T20 match, the more it gets clear that it's a game about getting the basics right. You have to bowl well, get those partnerships, take your catches and effect those run outs. The entertainment that essentially oozes out of a Twenty20 game is when one of those is either done exceedingly well or abysmally.

And Chennai yet again made it an exceptional day at the office. The Wayamba supporters must have been reduced to tears with the utter humiliation that the team faced at the Centurion. The IPL champions left off from where they had finished against the Central Stags in their opening game that they had won by 57 runs and put on a show that is sure to put fear in the hearts of their remaining opponents in the group - the Victoria Bushranger and the Warriors.

The man who won India the inaugural T20 World Cup is determined to not return empty-handed from South Africa and one is sure that MS Dhoni is putting the CL T20 to good use and gaining invaluable information before he leads Team India for a full tour later in the year.

CL T20: Chennai in mauling mode

Chennai yet again made it an exceptional day at the office as they humbled Wayamba Elevens.

But Wednesday was all about MSD's million-dollar babies hitting the right spot - with the bat and the ball. Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina were like a double scoop in a sundae. The duo brought such a flavour to the Chennai batting as they flicked, drove and pulled with elan and left the Wayamba team as mere spectators.

The duo seemed to be in a race right through with Vijay leading it till the 17th over when Ajantha Mendis threw all that he had at Raina who smothered him for 28 runs. He was unlucky to miss his hundred, falling for 87 of just 44 deliveries.

Chennai's bowlers too showed their class with R Ashwin starring with four wickets and Morkel with three. Chennai's playing XI is well settled and seem on course to take home the CL T20 title. They haven't broken into sweat even once in these two games and their class act so far means that the IPL champions will take some beating, in this form.

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