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Published: Friday, September 24, 2010, 11:50 [IST]
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CSK to lock horns with RCB

Two IPL sides, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings will face each other in the first Champions League T20 semi-final match at Kingsmead, Durban.

Chennai has had a superb run in the series except for that Super Over defeat against the Bushrangers. They won three matches and lost one and finished No 1 in Group A with a better run-rate than Warriors and Victorian Bushrangers who finished second and third respectively in the same group.

The important thing about the Chennai side is that most of the players have been doing well for the team. Their bowlers have been exceptionally good with both the spin attack and fast bowlers maintaining a good run of form with the ball until this stage. Spinner R Ashwin has been amongst the wickets and he will be a man to watch out for against the Challengers from Bangalore.

Michael Hussey coming in to replace out of form Mathew Hayden has been a treat to watch as he scored a crucial half-century in the match against Warriors which helped Chennai win by 10 runs. Murali Vijay at the top of the order has been in sublime form as well and he will be hoping to take his form into the semis and hopefully in the finals as well.

On the other side, Royal Challengers Bangalore who started the League with a promising 8-wicket victory against Guyana have suffered a few hiccups as the tournament came along. They lost two games back to back against South Australia and Mumbai Indians and in the end did well to defeat Highveld Lions to make it to the semi-finals.

With their star South African all-rounder Jaques Kallis missing, they will be hoping to bring in their best game and knock the Chennai side out of the tournament.
Rahul Dravid at the top of the order has been consistent for the team and he will be looking for support at the other end to guide the Challengers batting side.

Virat Kholi in the last two matches has shown his mettle with a superb innings in their game against Mumbai Indians, followed up by another delightful innings against the Warriors in a crucial tie. He was the difference maker for the RCB in their last match as they now look to win against CSK.

Skipper Anil Kumble has led from the front with his bowling, he has kept it very economical throughout the tournament. He will be an interesting test for the likes of Murali Vijay, Michael Hussey and rest of the Chennai batting order.

Dale Steyn has also been their main threat and he will be hoping to disrupt the Chennai batting side.

The winner of the contest will face either South Australia Redbacks or Warriors in the finals scheduled to be held on 26th in Johannesburg.


Chennai Super Kings: Murali Vijay, Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, MS Dhoni(c)(k), Srikkanth Anirudha, Justin Kemp, Ravichandran Ashwin, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shadab Jakati, Doug Bollinger.

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


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