CSK v Sixers, Group B, CLT20, Johannesburg October 14, 2012

All-round Henriques sinks Chennai


Sydney Sixers 185 for 5 (Henriques 49*, Watson 46) beat Chennai Super Kings 171 for 9 (Du Plessis 43, Raina 57, Henriques 3-23) by 14 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A blistering stand of 75 between Moises Henriques and Steve Smith towards the end of the innings was the difference, as Sydney Sixers' 185 was enough to keep out Chennai Super Kings in a high-scoring contest at the Wanderers. Henriques made telling blows on the field as well, as his three middle-order wickets derailed Super Kings' chase just as the asking rate started reducing. Suresh Raina threatened with an attacking half-century, but the lack of support at the other end hurt Super Kings' chances.

Shane Watson gave the Sixers a rousing start after they were put in to bat, and Chennai's spinners hit back with wickets, but none of the bowlers were spared once the Smith-Henriques pair came together.

Watson was harsh on anything short, and he made R Ashwin and Jadeja pay by cracking sixes over the on side. Only a run-out could have ended Watson's stay and he fell in that manner four short of a fifty. He attempted a risky second run but wasn't quick enough for Ben Hilfenhaus' fiery throw from deep cover, which hit the stumps on the half volley.

The spinners pulled things back for Chennai after Watson's departure. R Ashwin struck twice in an over, removing Brad Haddin and Nic Maddinson as they tried to push the scoring. It wasn't the worst thing to happen to the Sixers, though, as it brought Smith and Henriques together. The pair began by bashing two boundaries down the ground off the part-time leg spin of Faf du Plessis and from that point on, an above-par score looked possible. The bowlers hemorrhaged 61 off the last four overs, which included eight fours and three sixes. Bollinger and Hilfenhaus, who were held back for the final overs, came in for some stick as the pair of Smith and Hilfenhaus muscled boundaries and played some cheeky ramp shots to exploit the infield.

Super Kings got off to a circumspect start, limping to 7 for 1 after three overs. Du Plessis gave the chase a push with a flurry of boundaries through the off side, charging the fast bowlers to unsettle their rhythm, in particular Pat Cummins. Cummins had the last laugh, though, when du Plessis advanced down the track to launch a straight six but couldn't clear long-on.

Sixers captain Brad Haddin risked introducing his spinners when Suresh Raina walked in. Raina targeted his favourite cow-corner region against the left-arm spin of Steve O'Keefe and was also alert to put away the length offerings from the seamers. The bowlers didn't exploit Raina's weakness against the short ball and with every Raina boundary, the game was Sixers' to lose.

Like they had done with the bat, the Henriques-Smith pairing proved decisive, this time in the field. Raina aimed for the long-on boundary off Henriques' medium pace, but Smith took a well-judged catch at the edge of the rope. Henriques struck two balls later with MS Dhoni's wicket and that had all but sealed the game for Sixers, with 44 needed off the last three overs.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    though the bowling was bad for chennai super kings they have a wonderful batting lineup that they didnt use it much except suresh raina the one man to blame for the loss was the wicket of captain dhoni throwing away at the crucial stage of the match

  • prasad on October 15, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    @JG2704 Those 3 cherries from that team played better than the 11 cherries who were runners of big bash.

  • Bryn on October 15, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    the day of australians. all the aussie stars were out doing what they do best, dominating cricket matches.

  • Sriram on October 15, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Bad day for Dougie and Hilfy in the end!! but why not bowl dougie in the first 10 as he is good when its moving, Raina has not been used as bowler for a long time, he should be tried at least in these games unless he has injury. And for Dhoni to come after Badri in those circumstances was ridiculous. Dhoni need 5-6 deliveries before he hits..and it would have been ideal to come ahead of Badri and he and raina run very well between wickets. The problem is this CSK team does not have gr8 bench strength, if Dougie dropped for Morkel it would make sense unless Morkel is injured. Kula is good option but he too at times is vulnerable in death bowling. Whom to bowl in those last 4-5 overs will be Dhoni's biggest challenge.

  • ansar on October 15, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    when dhoni gave T20WC,,WC 2011 to INDIA>>> HE was an indian Hero now,,just few useless matches if he lose he is Zero strange Guys....Good Wishes Dhoni From PAk Fans

  • Andrew on October 15, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    @ JG2704 on (October 15 2012, 08:18 AM GMT) - oh & btw, IF Henriques gets selected in a national side, you'll be able to bag Cric Oz for poaching from the mighty Portuguese cricket acadamy! LOL!

  • Andrew on October 15, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    @JG2704 on (October 15 2012, 08:18 AM GMT) - assume you are talking about Henriques. He is a top youngish talent that hasn't quite clicked at the top level YET. He could be a contender for National duties by the end of the summer - assuming he keeps his form going. As far as the Champ League, it does get on my nerves that last year, NSW had 3 fairly key players (think it was Haddin, Watto & Bolly) choose an IPL side over their state. It probably has less meaning now we have franchises, but you should have to play for your domestic side before your guest team IMO. I don't begrudge the player for actually choosing the money though - particulalrly Bolly.

  • John on October 15, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    @Meety/Chris_P - So is this guy the business then? I wonder if by doing well it might do the side future harm as these IPL sides seem to cherry pick the top overseas players and I guess you don't want your best players playing against your domestic reps in future CLT0s.

  • John on October 15, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Didn't actually watch this game but well played to the Australian side - and I don't mean the side which was playing 3 cherry picked Australians.

  • John on October 15, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    @TSJ07 on (October 15 2012, 04:55 AM GMT) Probably wasn't a great bit of management by MI to put MJ in up the order but he helped get his team off to a decent start with the ball - which is what he was there for. Not that this is a MI thread but wasn't there a specialist batsman who scored 16 off 24 (worse score and SR than Mitch) at the top of the inns?

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