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Having propelled Sydney Sixers to a 180-plus score with an unbeaten 23-ball 49, Moises Henriques took three wickets to help his side defeat Chennai Super Kings by 14 runs in their Champions League Twenty20 opener at the Wanderers. Having struck three sixes and five fours as Sydney scored 48 off their last three overs, Henriques dented Chennai's chase with the vital wickets of Suresh Raina, S Badrinath and skipper MS Dhoni, with the Sydney fielders assisting him magnificently with two of those scalps.
Chennai were on course till the 16th over, needing 50 runs from the last four overs before Raina, who top-scored with an impressive 33-ball 57 which included eight fours and two sixes fell in the 17th over. Steven Smith took a stunning catch holding on to a high ball just inches from the ropes. Dhoni was out two balls later, his pull shot held by Josh Hazlewood, who dived forward to pouch a superb catch.
Chennai had two substantial partnerships in their run chase — 61 for the second wicket between Faf du Plessis (43) and Michael Hussey (16) and then the 55-run stand for the fourth wicket between Raina and Subramaniam Badrinath (6).
They began slowly in their run chase and they were dealt with a blow as Murali Vijay was out for just one in the second over. At three for one, Chennai had to settle down for a while but they did not take much time to launch their attack with du Plessis and Hussey finding the boundaries to keep the asking rate under control. Du Plessis punished Mitchel Starc with a six in the fourth over while Hussey also found a boundary as Chennai took 12 runs from that over. Du Plessis then smashed three fours off Pat Cummins in the next over which yielded 13 runs before launching Hazlewood for a six and a then a four in the seventh over.