Johannesburg, Oct 15: Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis' gritty knock couldn't guide Chennai Super Kings to a win off their first Group B clash as they lost to Sydney Sixers by 14 runs on Sunday.
Having elected to field, Chennai Super Kings failed to restrict the opponents to a moderate total, as Henriques and Shane Watson added 75 runs at the end of the innings, which was very crucial as they couldn't have posted 185/5 in 20 overs.
Though Sydney Sixers' innings banked more on Watson and Henriques' knock, all the players performed well to ensure that the team posted a challenging total.
Chennai's bowling was not upto the mark as they hardly cut the run flow, apart from the two wickets off the 14th over.
Chasing a challenging 186 to win, Chennai struggled hard, as Vijay was dismissed in the second over of the innings. Moreover, it was Faf du Plessis and Michael Hussey who played a vital role in the chase, as they added 61 runs for the second wicket while Raina and Badrinath added 55 runs for 4th wicket.
Though they were in the game while Badrinath (6) and Raina (57) were at the crease, as they scored at 10 runs per over but the fall of these two wickets ensured that they lost the race, as the million-dollar baby Ravindra Jadeja was out for 2, captain Dhoni (8) and Ashwin (18) which resulted in a 14-run loss to Chennai.
Moises Henriques' 3/23 off 3 overs was the key, as CSK's Raina, Dhoni and Badrinath were dismissed within a span of 3 overs and was awarded the man of the match.
Chennai Super Kings after their loss to Sydney Sixers, play their second clash against Lions, on Tuesday, Mumbai Indians on Saturday (Oct 20) and Yorkshire on Oct 22.
While Sydney Sixers will be more confident when they take on Yorkshire (Oct 16), Lions (Oct 18) and Mumbai Indians (Oct 22) in the remaining group B matches of Champions League T20.