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Chennai Super Kings begin IPL 4 with a win

April 9, 2011

After a torturous opening ceremony, Chennai Super Kings played the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL season 4 opener at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. It was a middling match for three quarters of the game, after that the Kolkata Knight Riders contrived to lose it hilariously. The title defense is on.

The players seemed off key till the end and should get better. MSD, Raina and Ashwin being jaded is understandable too, these guys need time to celebrate and recuperate but all of them responded brilliantly soon as a window opened up. Aniruddha Srikkanth earned his ticket for the ride and the new blogs blokes Southee, Randhiv and Styris were all good; now to see how Francois du Plessis, Kulasekara and Tharanga fare. The best XI should be apparent by the first week of May but hopefully they’ll be an all crushing juggernaut by the time they come to play Mumbai Indians in Mumbai on April 22nd.

Food for thought: Teams that have won the season opener have always gone on to finish either 6th (KKR in 2008, 2010) or 7th (MI in 2009). CSK should end up way better than that.

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