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IPL 2019, Chennai vs Bangalore: From Bhajji's spin attack to Raina's 5000 IPL runs, major takeaways from match

Chennai defeated Bangalore by seven wickets in the opening match of the Indian Premier League 2019 on Saturday. Here are major takeaways from the match. 

Chennai beat Bangalore in season's opener

Chennai defeated Bangalore by seven wickets in the opening match of the Indian Premier League 2019 on Saturday. 

Chennai's skipper MS Dhoni put Virat-led team to bat first and restricted them to a low total of 70 runs in 17.1 overs. 

For Bangalore, Parthiv Patel top scored with 29 off 35 balls.

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Spin attack

Harbhajan Singh led an inspired spin attack to help Chennai open the 2019 Indian Premier League season with a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Bangalore on Saturday. 

Singh and South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir claimed three wickets each to dismiss Bangalore for a paltry 70, a total the defending champions achieved with 14 balls to spare in Chennai. 

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Raina crosses 5000 mark

Suresh Raina, who is the top run-getter in the Indian Premier League, has completed 5000 runs in his IPL career. 

The left-handed Raina became the first batsman in IPL history to cross the 5000-run barrier during his 21-ball stay. Raina (5004) is ahead of Kohli (4954) in the IPL batting chart. 

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Virat Kohli's poor start

The Virat-led team, which is known for its world-class batsmen, was bowled out at a low total of 70 runs. 

"No one wants to start like this, but it's good to get a game like this out of the way -- this early in the tournament," said Kohli, who is yet win an IPL title.

"I thought CSK played really well, they deserved to win, but I loved to see our team fighting all the way."

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MS Dhoni's roar

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who led the Chennai to their third IPL title after returning from an illegal gambling ban last year, has started his fourth title hunt. 

"It was a very good bowling effort by him (Harbhajan) to give us a kind of start that was very well capitalised by the other spinners," Dhoni said after the win.

"The wicket definitely needs to be much better, even with dew it was spinning big... other teams have good spinners as well and this isn't the pitch we are looking forward to," Dhoni said of the pitch at Chennai's MA Chidambaram Stadium.

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Chennai's marvellous record at Chepauk

Chennai have won their last six matches against Bangalore dating back to 2014 and at Chepak, Chennai have a 6-1 lead against Bangalore. 

Chennai have won 12 out of their last 13 Indian Premier League clashes at Chidambaram Stadium. 

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