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Hayden, Murali sparkle for Chennai Super Kings


Matthew HaydenCricket "golden oldies" Matthew Hayden & Muralitharan powered Chennai Super Kings to a 92-run win over Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League.

Australian Matthew Hayden, who deceased the international scene recently at the age of 37, struck a blistering 65 at Saint George's Park in this southern coastal city before being run out by Dravid.

The exodus of Hayden just one ball after fellow opener Parthiv Patel was out for 30 did slow a Chennai charge that saw them rush to 106-0 after 10 overs, but they completed on 179-5 to set Royals a challenging target.

Enter Sri Lanka wizard Muralitharan to source chaos and snap up three wickets, with the prized one of former England skipper Kevin Pietersen for a duck, and all the spoil was inflicted at the expense of just 11 runs.

Bangalore were trouble from the start, losing opener Praveen Kumar in the third ball of the innings and rapidly fell behind the nine-run-an-over victory target.

Jacques KallisSouth African Jacques Kallis take a quick 24 before becoming the next Chennai victim and by the 'strategy break' the Challengers wanted a miracle as they languished at 56-5 with 10 overs completed.

There was no amazing turnaround, only more Chennai wickets on the same track that shaped a bucketful of runs when South Africa trumped Australia in an ODI clash last week.

Kallis finished as top scorer and opener Robin Uthappa and Dravid added 20 runs each as Bangalore slipped from top spot after the opening round to fifth while 2008 runners-up Chennai scrambled two places to third.


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