Dhoni demolition job outguns Sunrisers

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Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni recorded the fastest half-century in the history of the Champions League Twenty20, as the Chennai Super Kings amassed a formidable total of 202 for four in Thursday's Group B fixture against the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni recorded the fastest half-century in the history of the Champions League Twenty20, as the Chennai Super Kings beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs – in Thursday's Group B fixture at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.

Dhoni reached 50 runs off a mere 16 deliveries, which included as many as five sixes struck off one over from seamer Thisara Perera. Trinidad and Tobago's Kieron Pollard held the record previously, having reached 50 off 18 against the Mumbai Indians four years ago.

The hard-hitting Dhoni eventually reached 63 not out from just 19 balls. The left-handed Suresh Raina, meanwhile, weighed in with a quickfire 84, nine boundaries included, en route to a final total of 202 for four.

South African recruits Dale Steyn and JP Duminy were the pick of the Hyderabad bowlers, with the fast bowler and spinner claiming figures of two for 23 and two for 27 respectively.

The Sunrisers' reply was a largely fruitful affair, but ultimately lacked contributions of Dhoni- or Raina-esque proportions. An 87-run stand between openers Parthiv Patel and skipper Shikhar Dhawan promised more, but the rest of the order failed to capitalise.

Hyderabad's final tally of 190 for seven, too, would have read considerably poorer – were it not for all-rounder Darren Sammy's standalone 50, lined with a quintet of handsome sixes. Sammy, fittingly, was removed by fellow West Indian Jason Holder.

The outcome was, ostensibly, capped by some Caribbean flair – with Holder and the veteran Dwayne Bravo snaring a brace each. Raina was later named Man of the Match. Friday's match will see the Lions meet the Mumbai Indians for a crucial Group A encounter in Jaipur.

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