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Chennai proving to be team to beat in Champions League

AFP, CENTURION, South Africa

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings set themselves up as the team to beat in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament with a second successive crushing win on Wednesday.

After winning their opening Group A match against the Central Stags by 57 runs, Chennai outplayed Sri Lanka’s Wayamba Elevens, winning by 97 runs in the second game of a double-header at SuperSport Park. In the earlier match, Australia’s Victoria Bushrangers beat the Stags by seven wickets with two balls to spare to turn Group A into a three-team contest for two semi-final places.

Chennai and South African champions the Warriors have both won two out of two, while it was the first win for Victoria, who lost their opening match against the Warriors.

Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay set up Wednesday’s win for Chennai, putting on 137 in 12 overs for the second wicket as Chennai piled up a tournament-best 200 for three. Wayamba could only manage 103 all out in reply.

Dhoni said his team wanted to win every match they played, but added: “We always talk about not thinking too much about the result, but about the process and preparing well.”

Victoria’s win was less easy. The Stags made a challenging 165 for five and the Bushrangers needed 48 to win off the last four overs before Aaron Finch finally saw them home with a six.

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