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Airtel T20:First Semis Chennai Beats Banglore-Highlights

Postby dilip » Sat Sep 25, 2010 12:57 pm

Courtesy Suresh Raina, Chennai Super Kings defeated RCB by 52-runs (D/L method) and reached the finals of the ACLT20
Suresh Raina's scintillating 94-run knock powered Chennai Super Kings into ACL T20 finals at Kingsmead, Durban.

On a day where sell-out crowd braved rain and chill, Suresh Raina blitzkreig ensured that Chennai Super Kings had no hiccups in sealing a place for the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 final. MS Dhoni's team romped home with a comfortable 52-run Duckworth/Lewis win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Durban.

The India batsman blasted six sixes and five fours in his 48-ball knock as his side set a 175 target in just 17 overs - revised to 176 after more than two-and-a-half hours were lost due to rain.

Doug Bollinger (three for 27) and Albie Morkel (one for 13) were then lethal with the ball up front, and despite Manish Pandey (52) making a half-century, three quick wickets ended all Bangalore's hope.

The Indian Premier League champions won the toss and batted, but found it tough going early on with the first boundary taking the better part of three overs to come.

And after it came the rain arrived to frustrate both sides.

When play resumed, the Super Kings continued their struggles and lost Mike Hussey (six) to an outstanding Dale Steyn catch taken running back from mid-off. The wicket came with a price as the South African paceman seemed to injure his neck in the fall. Steyn was later ruled out of the match, a blow which Bangalore failed to recover from.

Without their premier bowler, captain Anil Kumble had to find a replacement and his first choice Virat Kohli was smashed for 16 in his first over - Raina taking the part-timer apart.

He and Murali Vijay (41) took Chennai to 100 in the 12th over, before the stand was eventually ended by Vinay Kumar (two for 28).

But Raina continued his assault raising 55 from 29 balls and then cut loose completely towards the end to lift his side to 174 for four.

Morkel and Bollinger were outstanding in the opening four overs when they reduced Bangalore to 16 for three - Rahul Dravid, Robin Uthappa and Ross Taylor all going cheaply.

The in-form Kohli managed to steady the innings temporarily with Pandey, but he then departed for 14.

Once Cameron White (13) then fell with more than 100 still to get, the end was near as the Royal Challengers were all out for 123 - Steyn not batting due to injury.

Their opponents will now meet the winner of Saturday's second semi-final between South Australia and the Warriors in the final on Sunday.

Man of the Match: Suresh Raina for his 94-run heroics.

Teams:

Chennai Super Kings : Murali Vijay, Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, MS Dhoni(w/c), Albie Morkel, Srikkanth Anirudha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Muttiah Muralitharan, Doug Bollinger

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Manish Pandey, Rahul Dravid, Robin Uthappa(w), Virat Kohli, Ross Taylor, Cameron White, Dillon du Preez, Praveen Kumar, Dale Steyn, Anil Kumble(c), Vinay Kumar

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