At half way stage it looks like that Dhoni team has not scored enough and Deccan Chargers with the strong batting lineup they will able to achieve the target quite easily but Chennai has other ideas. They might have got only 142 runs on the board but in the first six overs their two bowlers set the tone for the entire game D.Bollinger and R.Ashwin. Both bowled exceptionally well and conceded just 23 runs in the powerplay overs. Bollinger also grabbed two most important wickets of A.Gilchrist and T.Suman during his first spell of 3 overs.
In the end the target of 143 runs looks way beyond the reach of Chargers and they finally bowled out for 104 runs in the 20th over to give Chennai Super Kings a ticket to play the big final of IPL season three with the Mumbai Indians. This is the second time Chennai has qualified for the final of IPL, first time they have beaten by Rajasthan Royals at the venue where they will take on Mumbai Indians on 25th of April.
Deccan Chargers will take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Saturday for a spot in the Champions League twenty20 2010.
Defending a modest 142, Chennai Super Kings turned the semi-final on its head by putting up an inspired performance in the field after a disappointing show with the bat. Deccan Chargers superb bowling effort gone in vain as they crumbled to 38 runs defeat. Chasing the target of 143 for victory, Chargers were struggling at 54/5 in the 13th over, suddenly Symonds started to take the attack to the opposition and it seems that the game will go down to the wire with Symonds taking 17 runs in the 15th over bowled by S.Jakati.
But the hope of Chargers suddenly disappeared with the dismissal of Symonds in the 16th over. In the end R.Harris did try to put fight but 15 runs an over is always going to be tough ask for number 8, 9 and 10 batsmen.
Earlier, Chennai Super Kings posted 142/7 in their 20 overs thanks to well compiled knock from captain M.S.Dhoni (30 runs of 32 balls), S.Badrinath (37 runs of 41 balls) and S.Anirudha (24 runs of 15 balls).
D.Bollinger was declared Player of the Match for his outstanding bowling spell 4/13.
Match Summary (Chennai Super Kings Won by 38 Runs)
Chennai Super Kings – 142/7 in 20 Overs
S.Badrinath- 37 M.S.Dhoni– 30
R.Harris- 4-0-29-3 A.Symonds– 4-0-18-1
Deccan Chargers– 104/10 in 19.2 Overs
A.Symonds- 23 H.Gibbs–18 D.Bollinger- 4-1-13-4 S.Jakati– 4-0-44-2