Chargers score easy win over Chennai

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> T Suman's knock of 55 runs helped Deccan Chargers chase down a 139-run target to beat Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets in Nagpur.

Updated: April 10, 2010 17:19 IST
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Tirumalasetti Suman (55) struck his back-to-back Indian Premier League half-century as Deccan Chargers scored a thumping six-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings here on Saturday.

Suman, who hit an unbeaten 78 in his side's seven-wicket win over Bangalore two days back, played sheet anchor with a sensible 44-ball innings which was laced with four boundaries and two sixes as Deccan chased down the modest target of 139 with five balls to spare.

Earlier, Chennai Super Kings made a modest 138 for eight thanks mainly to Suresh Raina's 42-ball 52 after opting to bat at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium at Jamtha here.

Deccan, who on Saturday notched up their fifth win from 11 matches, began their run chase on a shaky note but recovered later thanks to Suman and Andrew Symonds who made a 22-ball 27 down the order.

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Captain Adam Gilchrist (7) was back in the pavilion in the fifth at team score of 32. Three balls and as may runs later, the other opener Monish Mishra departed for a 18-ball 21 and Deccan were in a spot of bother at that stage.

Rohit Sharma could contribute just eight and it was left to Suman and Symonds to repair the innings which the duo did with a 46-run stand for the fourth wicket in 32 balls.

Symonds, who also hit an unbeaten half-century in Deccan's win against Bangalore in their last match, and Dwayne Smith took their home with a 32-run stand for the unfinished fifth wicket from three overs as Deccan scored 139 for four in 19.1 overs.

For Chennai, Ravichandran Ashwin was the most successful bowler with two wickets fro 13 form his four overs while Sadab Jakati and Raina took a wicket apiece.

Earlier, Suresh Raina's (52) half-century was the lone bright spot in Chennai Super Kings' batting card as all-rounder Ryan Harris' three-wicket haul helped Deccan Chargers restrict them to 138 for eight.

Chennai were off to a flyer with opener Matthew Hayden and M Vijay putting on 41 runs in little over four overs.

However, Vijay's run out, after striking one four and a six in his 13-ball 23, slowed down Chennai's innings and Hayden's dismissal only added to their problems.

The left-hander struck three fours in his 18-ball 19 before being caught behind by former Australia teammate Adam Gilchrist off Harmeet Singh.

In walked Raina and began repairing the innings but he didn't get a steady partner at the other end as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's (7) poor form continued and Australian import Michael Hussey (8) to failed to make an impact.

Raina was dismissed by Harris after making 42-ball 52 that included four boundaries and a couple of sixes.

To negate the regular fall of wickets, Chennai needed to score briskly but they failed to do so as all of Deccan's strike bowlers returned decent figures.

Harris was the most impressive of the lot as his three wickets cost just 18 runs.

R P Singh, Harmeet, Andrew Symonds and Pragyan Ojha were also among the wickets, picking one each.

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