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CSK slump to second loss

- Highveld Lions pull off yet another spirited chase

Cape Town: Highveld Lions beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in the Champions League Twenty20 here Tuesday.

Chasing 159, the Lions reached the target with three balls to spare. Gulam Bodi top scored with 64.

The asking rate for Lions hit 10 an aver at the end of the seventh over, but in the next 13 overs they kept up with the rate without a hint of panic.

Neil McKenzie stayed cool as he had done in chasing a similar total against Mumbai Indians, but left the work half finished. Jean Symes continued that with 39 off 23 to finish the chase with three balls to spare.

This was the Super Kings second loss on the trot while the second consecutive victory for the Lions.

Earlier, Mahendra Singh Dhoni top scored with a 26-ball 34 as Chennai Super Kings posted a challenging 158 for six.

Dhoni, who promoted himself to No.4, hit two fours and as many sixes in his knock after coming in at the halfway stage of the innings after being sent in to bat in the Group B match.

The Super Kings lost wickets at regular intervals and looked like they would settle below 150 but the 50-run stand from 4.2 overs between Dhoni and Subramaniam Badrinath (27 not out) for the sixth wicket saw them go past that mark.

The last two overs yielded 27 runs, with the penultimate bowled by Dirk Nannes, producing 19 and that saw the Super Kings reach a challenging total.

Badrinath was the second highest scorer while all the other batsmen, except for Albie Morkel (4), contributed in the 20s.

For the Lions, Aaron Phangiso grabbed two wickets for 17 from his quota of four overs while Sohail Tanveer, Nannes, Chris Morris and Zander de Bruyn took a wicket each.

The Super Kings openers Faf du Plessis (25) and Murali Vijay (22) began on a confident note with the former hitting Nannes for a huge six in the second over and then gave the treatment to Tanveer with three fours from the next over.

Vijay, who played second fiddle so far, then struck an effortless six off Nannes to take the Super Kings to 43 for no loss at the end of fifth over.