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Deccan record first win, outplay Chennai by 31 runs

 CHENNAI, Mar 14 (PTI): Chaminda Vaas (3/21) ripped apart the Chennai Super Kings' top-order after Andrew Symonds and Herschelle Gibbs sparkled with the bat as Deccan Chargers beat the hosts by 31 runs to score their first win in the Indian Premier League here today.

Symonds (50) and Gibbs (45) weaved together a crucial 95-run partnership for the third wicket to lift Chargers to a handsome 190 for four.

Skipper Adam Gilchrist (38), at the top, and Rohit Sharma (19), down the order, also contributed in decorating Deccan innings after electing to bat.

The defending champions then restricted Chennai for 159 for nine at M A Chidmabaram stadium.

Skipper MS Dhoni (42) and Albie Morkel (42) were joint top scorers for the hosts.

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