Nehra, Hussey, put Super Kings in final

CSK v RCB, IPL 2015, Qualifier 2, Ranchi
MS Dhoni won the toss in his hometown and put Royal Challengers in on a slowish wicket. Ashish Nehra struck early, dismissing Virat Kohli for 12 in the fifth over© BCCI
© BCCIMS Dhoni won the toss in his hometown and put Royal Challengers in on a slowish wicket. Ashish Nehra struck early, dismissing Virat Kohli for 12 in the fifth over
Five balls later, Nehra had AB de Villiers lbw for 1, leaving Royal Challengers on 25 for 2© BCCI
© BCCIFive balls later, Nehra had AB de Villiers lbw for 1, leaving Royal Challengers on 25 for 2
R Ashwin exploited the pitch efficiently, picking up the wicket of Mandeep Singh while keeping Gayle quiet© BCCI
© BCCIR Ashwin exploited the pitch efficiently, picking up the wicket of Mandeep Singh while keeping Gayle quiet
With Royal Challengers at 67 for 3 after 13 overs, Chris Gayle struck two succesive sixes off Suresh Raina's third over but fell the very next ball, top-edging a return catch© BCCI
© BCCIWith Royal Challengers at 67 for 3 after 13 overs, Chris Gayle struck two succesive sixes off Suresh Raina's third over but fell the very next ball, top-edging a return catch
Chennai Super Kings pressed on and removed Dinesh Karthik and David Wiese in a space of two overs, reducing Royal Challengers at 125 for 6© BCCI
© BCCIChennai Super Kings pressed on and removed Dinesh Karthik and David Wiese in a space of two overs, reducing Royal Challengers at 125 for 6
However, Sarfaraz Khan's cameo of 31 from 21 balls dragged Royal Challengers to 139 for 8© BCCI
© BCCIHowever, Sarfaraz Khan's cameo of 31 from 21 balls dragged Royal Challengers to 139 for 8
Dwayne Smith's poor run of form with the bat continued as he holed out to Mitchell Starc in the fourth over of the chase, after making 17© BCCI
© BCCIDwayne Smith's poor run of form with the bat continued as he holed out to Mitchell Starc in the fourth over of the chase, after making 17
Royal Challengers, though, were sloppy on the field as they two dropped catches inside six overs© BCCI
© BCCIRoyal Challengers, though, were sloppy on the field as they two dropped catches inside six overs
Yuzvendra Chahal helped Royal Challengers pull things back when he rattled Faf du Plessis' leg stump for 21 by the tenth over
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Two balls later, he took out Suresh Raina for a duck, applying the brakes on Super Kings
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Michael Hussey, however, kept the chase under control compiling a 46-ball 56 before falling to Wiese© BCCI
© BCCIMichael Hussey, however, kept the chase under control compiling a 46-ball 56 before falling to Wiese
MS Dhoni pitched in with 26 off 29 balls and fell after levelling the scores.© BCCI
© BCCIMS Dhoni pitched in with 26 off 29 balls and fell after levelling the scores.
Ashwin took a single off the penultimate ball and ensured Super Kings advanced to their sixth IPL final in eight years© BCCI
© BCCIAshwin took a single off the penultimate ball and ensured Super Kings advanced to their sixth IPL final in eight years

5

Number of 3-wicket hauls for Nehra this IPL, the joint-most (with Sohail Tanvir) by any bowler in a single IPL season

5.6

R Ashwin's economy rate this IPL, the lowest for any bowler (min. 10 overs)

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  • Dummy4 on May 23, 2015, 7:06 GMT

    A testimony to the captaincy of MS Dhoni. So cool and calm and make things happen. Proud to see his captainship, his strategies and moreover i am a fan of his wicketkeeping - see yesterday's runout.

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