Moises Henriques starred with bat and ball to help the Sydney Sixers open their Champions League Twenty20 campaign with a 14-run victory over the Chennai Super Kings in Centurion.
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Henriques top-scored with an unbeaten 49 off 23 balls as Sydney made an imposing 185 for five batting first and he then claimed three for 23 off three overs as Indian Premier League superpowers Chennai were limited to 171 for nine in reply.
Among Henriques' victims were India internationals Suresh Raina, who had threatened to take his side home before being dismissed for 57, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (eight) in the same over as the Chennai run chase suffered a setback it could not recover from.
In what was the opening match in Group B, Sydney were given a flying start as Australia star Shane Watson continued his good form from the World Twenty20 - when he was named player of the tournament - by clubbing 46 off 30 deliveries before being run out.
Captain Brad Haddin kept the scoreboard ticking over but it was the fifth-wicket stand between Henriques and Steve Smith that powered Sydney to a total that ultimately proved just beyond Chennai.
Henriques did most of the damage, smashing three sixes and five fours, as the duo added 61 runs in the final four overs before Smith fell to the last ball of the innings for 26.
Chennai suffered a poor start to their reply when Murali Vijay was bowled for three by Mitchell Starc but Mike Hussey (16) - one of three Australians facing their countrymen - Faf du Plessis (43) and Raina got the Indian side back on track and at 141 for four in the 17th over, the outcome remained in the balance.
But man of the match Henriques' double breakthrough to get rid of Raina and the dangerous Dhoni proved crucial and Chennai, IPL winners in 2010 and 2011 and runners-up this year, fell short.
Starc took two more wickets in the final over to finish with three for 31 off his four overs.