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Chennai Super Kings beat Stags in Champions League

IPL champions Chennai Super Kings overcame an early scare to beat New Zealand's Central Stags by 57 runs in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament on Saturday.

cricket Updated: Sep 12, 2010 00:58 IST

IPL champions Chennai Super Kings overcame an early scare to beat New Zealand's Central Stags by 57 runs in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament on Saturday. Chennai seam bowler Lakshmipathy Balaji claimed three wickets and spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up two each as the Stags were bundled out for 94 in 18.1 overs while in pursuit of Chennai's 151-4.

Batting first, Chennai had needed a 73-run partnership between Subramaniam Badrinath and Srikkanth Anirudha to rescue their innings in the Group B match after it had been reduced to 5-2 in the second over.

Badrinath hit 52 not out, Anirudha made 42 and allrounder Albie Morkel thumped 26 off 15 balls as Chennai started its campaign with a win.

Brief score: Chennai Super Kings 151 for 4 (Badrinath 52*, Anirudha 42, Bracewell 2-28) beat Central Districts 94 (Bracewell 30, Balaji 3-20, Bollinger 2-10, Muralitharan 2-15) by 57 runs.

Warriors keep South Africans smiling
Port Elizabeth: A dream start for South African franchises in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament continued on Saturday as Eastern Cape Warriors defeated Wayamba Elevens by seven wickets. After the Sri Lankans won the toss and made 153-9, the Warriors recovered from the early loss of opener Ashwell Prince at St George's Park to take control with 37-year-old wicketkeeper Mark Boucher (40 not out) top scorer.

The end came after 18.2 overs when the South Africans reached 156-3 with Justin Kreusch (37 not out), Colin Ingram (34) and skipper Davy Jacobs (26) contributing valuable knocks.

Brief score: Warriors 156 for 3 (Boucher 40*, Kreusch 37*) beat Wayamba 153 for 9 (Kulatunga 59, Theron 3-23) by seven wickets.