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Tendulkar’s Fine Innings Crushes Chennai Super Kings

Mumbai: Tendulkar’s fine innings of 72 of 52 balls including 8 fours and a six and Shikhar Dhawan’s 56 of 34 balls (5 fours and 3 sixes) make Mumbai Indians reach the huge chase of 181 runs easily with one over remaining.

Earlier Half-centuries from Suresh Raina and S Badrinath powered Chennai Super Kings to a healthy 180-2 against Mumbai Indians at the Brabourne Stadium on Friday.

Raina hammered an unbeaten 83 off 52 balls while Badrinath was 55 not out as the pair added an unbroken 142 runs for the third wicket, the highest third wicket partnership in the IPL, after Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar won the toss and asked them to bat.

The visitors were given a typically quick start by Matthew Hayden, but Tendulkar’s move to bring on Harbhajan Singh in the fourth over paid off immediately as the off-spinner removed the opener after he had raced to 20. Hayden’s decision to change to the Mongoose bat in the middle of his innings didn’t work again.

Mumbai struck again next over when Ryan McLaren bowled Parthiv Patel, but the the hosts’ bowlers had no luck for the rest of their innings as Raina and Badrinath cashed in. Raina’s rapid knock was studded with seven fours and three sixes while Badrinath scored a sedate yet fluent 45-ball 55 that had six fours.

Chennai received a timely boost with the return of captain MS Dhoni, but he hard-hitting batsman didn’t get a chance to bat with the visitors losing just two wickets.

Mumbai are currently second in the league standings and beat Kolkata Knight Riders in their last match, while Chennai suffered an upset defeat at the hands of Kings XI Punjab.

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