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Published on: Apr 08, 2011
The IPL was off to the perfect start with Chennai Super Kings edging Kolkata Knight Riders by just 2 runs in a nail-biter. Jaques Kallis was superb with the bat scoring a classy 50 but it went in vain with some brilliant bowling and fielding by Chennai.
Earlier Anirudha Srikkanth smashed a superb 64 to help Chennai Super Kings post a decent score of 153. Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni supported him well with brilliant cameos.
Earlier winning the toss and electing to bat Chennai Super Kings got off to a worst possible start when they lost opener Murali Vijay in the very first over for just four when he was caught in the mid on by Rajat Bhatia of the bowling off Iqbal Abdulla.
Then coming at his usual poistion Suresh Raina was dropped early on by Yusuf Pathan who also dropped Srikkanth when he was finding the touch with the bat.
Raina along with Aniruda Srikkanth steadied the Chennai's innings with some brisk run making as the duo shared 75 runs stand between them. Raine then departed trying to go for the full monty and was caught in the deep by Sarabjit Ladda on the bowling of Yusuf Pathan.
On the other end Srikkanth was was looking in-form when he slammed bowlers all over the park. He was jioned in the middle by India's World Cup winning captain MS Dhoni.
Raina's wicket slowed down the things and despite a six each from Dhoni and Anirudha off an over from legspinner Sarajbit Ladda, only 43 came off six overs.
Chennai needed some big hits towards the end, but smart bowling from L Balaji and Kallis kept the runs in check. Albie Morkel showed off his strength hitting down the ground, slamming a four and a six off the final tow deliveries to lift the score past 150.