60dThe Bulletin by S Rajesh

Inspired Chennai send Punjab packing

An inspired Chennai Super Kings shrugged off the underdogs' tag with a comprehensive display to thrash Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets and join Rajasthan Royals in the IPL final

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SK Raina
55(34) 4x4 - 4x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 18 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
0 7 0 10 14 9 4 11
PA Patel
51(48) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 13 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
4 2 6 14 4 7 6 8

Best performances - Bowlers

MS Gony
O4
M1
R14
W2
Eco3.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
M Ntini
O4
M0
R23
W2
Eco5.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

So we've had another one-sided semi-final but again it's been down to a team effort. A highly disciplined bowling attack did the job before Parthiv and Raina finished it off. Chennai have now beaten Punjab in all three matches between the two sides and will need to gear up for Rajasthan tomorrow.

No hugs for the Punjab side from Priety today. It's been a disappointing effort but they can hold their heads high for the consistency they've shown through the league phases. They've been one of the most balanced sides in the tournament and strung together some fine wins. On the big day, though, it wasn't to be.

Yuvraj Singh being booed again. This is really not in good taste from the Mumbai crowd. "We had to play well in the first 5 to 7 overs," he says. "I think it was a good wicket to bat on. We didn't bat well and didn't do well under pressure. We've had a great tournament, very proud of the boys, especially Shaun Marsh. It's been a learning experience as a captain. We've been the best team in the tournament except against Chennai."

Dhoni gets the cheers. Mr Popularity. "The bowlers were upto the mark, bowled really well," he says. "Overall the intensity was good and the batting again got the start we needed. It was a good team effort. Fielding has improved as the tournament as gone on. If I say I don't feel pressure, I would be lying. If you walk upto a bowler and act is if you're worried it gets to him. So I act as if I'm not. Around 150 people came from Chennai and we got some good support from the Mumbai crowd too."

Man-of-the-Match Makhaya Ntini: "So far it's been a great challenge. I think everyone in Chennai has appreciated that. I have always smiled and don't show any pressure, make the ball talk. We knew that this wicket is going to be up and down so we needed to hit it as hard as we can. I cannot wait for tomorrow."

So that's it from me. Hope you enjoyed the game and join us again tomorrow for the final from DY Patil Stadium. This is Siddhartha Vaidyanathan signing off. Good night and good luck. Federer 4-2 in the third by the way. Looks like another one-sided one there.

14.5
4
Chawla to Raina, FOUR runs, superbly chipped past mid-off for a four and it's all over, Chennai's players are all in the middle congratulating Raina and Parthiv, it's been a fantastic day for them and they've routed Punjab, who came into this game as favourites. Yuvraj is dejected but he will know that they brought it upon themselves.
14.4
1
Chawla to Patel, 1 run, flighted on off, swept to fine leg for a single
14.3
1
Chawla to Raina, 1 run, turned away to square leg for a single, they're closing in now
14.2
4
Chawla to Raina, FOUR runs, and that's fifty for Raina, he's not to the pitch of the ball that time but goes through with the shot anyway, over extra cover and that's four all the way, what a shot that was
14.1
6
Chawla to Raina, SIX runs, Raina is laying into Chawla here, tossed up on off and he's slog swept that over midwicket for his fourth six, these are rollicking sixes here but he's doing it with ease

END OF OVER:
14 | 10 Runs | CSK: 100/1 (13 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.14, RRR: 2.16)

  • SK Raina40 (30b)
  • PA Patel50 (47b)
  • IK Pathan4-0-24-1
  • RR Powar3-0-28-0
13.6
1
Pathan to Raina, 1 run, full and on the pads, driven confidently through midwicket