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Raina fires Chennai Super Kings to semis

Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Hyderabad: Suresh Raina batted sensibly and maturely for his unbeaten 43-ball 54 to ensure Super Kings a spot in last-four round as the Chennai outfit registered a convincing seven-wicket win over Hyderabad Deccan Chargers in their final IPL league tieat the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal here on Tuesday.

Raina revived Chennai innings with an invaluable 34-run stand with Parthiv and consolidated it with a rapidfire 55-run stand with Dhoni. The stylish southpaw belted five boundaries and two sixes.

The insipidly inept Deccan Chargers' batters struggled against the probing Chennai seamers as Hyderabad side managed a mediocre total of 147/7. In reply Chennai, riding on the some solid effort from the batsmen up-front, made short work of the measly target.

Scorecard

By virtue of this Chennai moves into semis and at the expense of Tendulkar-led Mumbai Indians. On the other hand Hyderabad finished their IPL campaign on a low. At the start of the tournament Hyd with formidable batting line-up was dubbed as one of favourites to win the title. Their line-up packed with the best of hitters in world cricket failed miserably(Rohit Sharma being an exception). Bowling attack was below par and their ace RP too churned out a disappointing show.

Chennai chasing a measly target started off on a bright note with Fleming (14 off 9) getting them some quick runs. Parthiv (20) and Raina took no risk and were content in milking the ball in gaps for singles and twos with odd boundary hits. The duo ensured that Chennai lose no wickets in the first 8-10 overs and also kept the scorecard moving with nudges and grafts.

Dhoni eased the asking rate with a blazing 25-ball 37 inclusive of four boundaries and a six before holing to Gibbs at long-on off Ojha. Raina stood firm till the end and finished off the things in style with a six over long-off in the final over.

Earlier, Chennai seamers strangled Hyderabad Chargers with a probing line to 147/7. Ntini (1/24) and Gony (1/21) set the tone with an inspiring opening spell that saw the backs of Gibbs and Gilchrist early on and for nothing.

Change bowlers Morkel (2/37) and Balaji (2/34) continued the good work bowling to a tight line. The seasoned Murali (1/22) too joined the party with a teasing spell.

Ravi Teja's blistering 28-ball 40 and Venu's workmanlike 46 ensured Hyderabad a fighting total.

Hyderabad, who had a pretty tourney, aiming to sign off the event on a winning note suffered an early setback losing the formidable opening duo Gibbs and Gilchrist cheaply.

The Chennai opening attack tied the Hyd openers with an immaculate line and length and induced them to take risks and concede wickets. Gibbs after six dot balls slashed and cut the next two balls to boundary and trying to repeat it conceded his wicket to his fellow countryman Ntini in the third over.

In the following over Gony snared Gilly caught by Mukund at thirdman to leave Hyd reeling on 15/2 in the fourth over.

Styris and Venu dug in for sometime and looked set for big partnership before Murali's wrong 'un defeated the former Kiwi all-rounder.

Ravi Teja joined Venu in the middle and the pair revived the Hyderabad innings forgeing a quickfire 76-run stand. Ravi Teja promoted ahead of lusty hitting Afridi did the bulk of scoring with some innovative batting. His 28-ball knock was studded with four hits to fence and one over it.

On the other end Venu was circumspect against a teasing Murali and probing seamers. He even struggled to keep his partner on strike at one point of time his score read 20 off 32 balls but repaired it in the death overs with couple of boundary hits. His inconvincing run-a-ball 46 innings was ended when Gony's throw from backward square-leg defeated him. RP swung the bat in the final over to ensure Hyd a decent total.

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