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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

IPL twenty20 – Chennai Super Kings beat Deccan Chargers by 7 wickets to go into the semi finals

Chennai Super Kings has beaten Deccan Chargers by 7 wickets to go into the next stage of IPL. Now they will play Kings XI Punjab in the second semifinal of IPL to be played in Wankhede stadium Mumbai.

Chasing an easy target of 148 runs to win Chennai Super Kings achieved the target with the loss of three wickets in 19.2 overs. Though neither Chennai opener, Parthiv Patel and Stephen Fleming, could really get things off the ground, the middle-order made sure that there was no case a surprise hitting them at the wrong time. Suresh Raina kept one side up after the openers had departed, and his efficient stand with the aggressive Mahendra Singh Dhoni ensured that there were no alarms.

The Hyderabad team did not get too much from their bowlers, with the medium-pacers at no stage looking like keeping them in the game. In the end after the dismissal of M.S.Dhoni (37 runs of 25 balls) although the match get little closer but S.Raina (54 runs of 43 balls) and A.Morkel (12 runs of 12 balls) guide there team to a comfortable win.

The last-over end belied the level of comfort that Chennai had. It however went on to prove Hyderabad's fragility when it comes to finishing off things. They have lost seven close games, which was quite symptomatic.

Earlier Deccan Chargers captain A.Gilchrist won the toss and decided to bat first but they didn’t got of to start they were looking for as both the openers dismissed quite cheaply by the opening bowling pair of CSK. However some sensible batting by Venugopal Rao (46 runs of 46 balls) and R.Teja (40 runs of 28 balls) put on 76 runs for the fourth wicket to get them close to 150 runs mark in their 20 overs.

With the win of Chennai Super Kings the hopes of making into the semifinals for Mumbai Indians is over.

Now the 1st Semi Final of IPL twenty20 will be played between Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals on 30th of May. 2nd Semi Final will be played between Chennai Super Kings Vs Kings XI Punjab on 31st of May. Both semifinals and final of IPL twenty20 will be played in Wankhede Stadium Mumbai which will be Night game started from 20:00 PM India time.

S.Raina was declared Man of the Match.

Match Summary

Deccan Chargers– 147/8 in 20 Overs

Venugopal Rao– 46 R.Teja – 40

L.Balaji– 4-0-34-2 A.Morkel 4-0-37-2

Chennai Super Kings– 148/3 in 19.2 Overs

S.Raina– 54* M.S.Dhoni- 37

P.Ojha– 4-0-28-1 S.Kumar– 2-0-18-1


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posted by KANISH RANJAN @ 11:22 AM  
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