How Chennai Super Kings are Acing the Opening Gambit

While a majority of the eight teams have struggled to find their perfect opening combination in the Indian Premier League 2014, Chennai's Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum have done consistently well to put their side on course for yet another successful campaign.

Updated: December 30, 2014 07:22 IST
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The Indian Premier League, across seven seasons, has seen batting emerge from two distinct schools of thought. Teams have either crashed and burned their way to a good total with an 'all's-well-that-ends-well' philosophy or have managed to imbibe some method to their madness by starting with a flourish and consolidating from thereon.

In the ongoing season, table-toppers Chennai Super Kings find themselves at the opposite end of the spectrum when compared to the rest of the teams as far as batting approach is concerned. Much to Chennai's delight, a new opening combination in Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum has worked well on a rather consistent basis, while other teams continue to fight internal battles in their eternal search for the 'perfect' combination at the top of the order.

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