IPL4 Qualifier: CSK stun RCB to storm into finals

Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 23:38 [IST]
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CSK stun RCB to enter IPL 2011 finals

In their reply, the Chennai Super Kings got off to a far from ideal start, losing Michael Hussey for a duck to an lbw by Zaheer Khan in the first over. Then in the following over, Murali Vijay followed Hussey back to the hut when Sreenath Aravind dismissed him in a similar way, for just 5. Chennai were reeling at 7/2 in 1.3 overs. New batsman Subramnaniam Badrinath got off the mark with a boundary off the same bowler, but then went about the repair job with Suresh Raina very cautiously and sluggishly.

However Raina soon upped the ante when he rounded off the fifth over by smashing Zaheer for two consecutive fours as the CSK moved onto 24/2. The batting duo tried tio break the shackles, teaming up to take 3 fours off Virat Kohli in the 9th over as CSK notched up their fifty. In the following over, Raina tonked Daniel Vettori for a six, but CSK was still up against the daunting task of making 114 runs off just 60 remaining balls. Just when it looked like the batting pair was settling into a comfortable little stand, Abhimanyu Mithun removed Badrinath for 34 off 32 balls. Chennai were in trouble at 70/3 when M S Dhoni came to the crease.

He and Raina could take just one run off Chris Gayle in the 12th over. But Raina tried to strike up some momentum when he deposited Mithun over the fence twice in the following over, before Dhoni rounded off the over with a four. Then Dhoni ran a single off Vettori in the 15th over to bring up CSK's 100, before smoking the same bowler for two boundaries. In a dramatic 17th over, Raina and Dhoni each smashed Zaheer for a six before the bowler returned to have the latter caught at long on. Dhoni had to depart for 29 off 19 as Chennai slipped to 131/4 in 16.4 overs.

But Raina wouldn't back down, ending the over with another almighty maximum and thus reducing the victory equation to 38 runs required off 18 balls. However, Chennai's biggest over was yet to come. In the 18th, Albie Morkel hammered Aravind for two consecutive sixes before Raina knocked off another maximum. CSK has soared to 164/4, just needing 12 off the final over. Then Morkel performed the last rites on RCB when he struck Vettori for a four and a six to finish off the match in emphatic style.

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