Champions League Twenty20, 1st semi-final: Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Durban, Sep 24, 2010
Champions League Twenty20 - 1st semi final
Chennai Super Kings won by 52 runs (D/L method)
Played at Kingsmead, Durban (neutral venue)
24 September 2010 - day/night match (20-over match)

Kumar to Vijay, FOUR, this time he gets it off the meat, and it goes in his favourite region. Emphatic, over midwicket. Plants the front foot across, picks the length early and times it crisply.

Chennai Super Kings 15/0   M Vijay 11* (8b 1x4)   P Kumar 1.5-0-11-0

Vinay Kumar to Vijay, FOUR, good shot, back of a length on the off stump line at 132 kph, Vijay made something happen out of nothing. Stays in the crease and cracks the wrists to send it square - uppish, but between point and cover - and through to the boundary

Chennai Super Kings 23/1   M Vijay 16* (12b 2x4)   R Vinay Kumar 2-0-10-1

Kumar to Vijay, FOUR, and again, that pull-swing across the line. When it comes off, like it did here - one bounce, two, over wide long on - it looks majestic. Praveen landed it on the length Vijay likes - and no movement anymore.

Chennai Super Kings 28/1   M Vijay 20* (13b 3x4)   P Kumar 2.2-0-17-0

Kumar to Vijay, FOUR, Vijay has out-thought Praveen to pick four here. Praveen knew Vijay will pick his spot and predicted the pull-swing over midwicket. So he went for a short slow leg cutter. Vijay instead backed away to the leg side, and opened his wrists late to guide it between point and short third man

Chennai Super Kings 34/1   M Vijay 25* (15b 4x4)   P Kumar 3-0-23-0

White to Dhoni, FOUR, what a forgettable over this. Slips down the leg, Dhoni rotates on his axis twice as he plays the pull and gets it very fine

Chennai Super Kings 118/2   MS Dhoni 6* (3b 1x4)   CL White 0.4-0-12-0

du Preez to Dhoni, FOUR, short on off stump, Dhoni looks for the bottom handed whiplash outside off, and gets a thick outside edge wide of Uthappa for four to third man

Chennai Super Kings 133/2   MS Dhoni 11* (9b 2x4)   D du Preez 2.5-0-32-0

Kumble to Raina, FOUR, googly, but too short and coming into Raina. I don't think he picked it. He got some top edge, but square leg was vacant

Chennai Super Kings 137/3   SK Raina 62* (34b 1x4 5x6)   A Kumble 3.1-0-23-0

Kumble to Raina, FOUR, Well, Kumble has the variations going, but Raina is smartly staying in the crease to pick him off the pitch. Another straight one, sliding across, Raina waits for it to come beside him outside off and slaps it through the covers. Supreme placement. Eludes all the fielders and finds the ropes

Chennai Super Kings 141/3   SK Raina 66* (35b 2x4 5x6)   A Kumble 3.2-0-27-0

Vinay Kumar to Morkel, FOUR, loses the plot, does Vinay, after so much discussion and field placement and stuff - he serves up a gentle full toss well outside off. Morkel scythes it through point for four

Chennai Super Kings 159/3   JA Morkel 4* (1b 1x4)   R Vinay Kumar 3.4-0-26-2

White to Raina, FOUR, well, starts with a 101 kph length ball on leg stump, Raina could have hit it anywhere on the leg side, but pulled it very fine past short fine leg for four

Chennai Super Kings 165/3   SK Raina 85* (44b 3x4 6x6)   CL White 1.1-0-17-0

White to Raina, FOUR, another short ball, angles across, well outside off and Raina dismisses it with a cross-batted swat - tremendous bat swing to send it away to third man. Nearly a six that

Chennai Super Kings 169/3   SK Raina 89* (45b 4x4 6x6)   CL White 1.2-0-21-0

White to Raina, FOUR, and that sums up the innings. Another short gift from White and Raina has it for dessert before running back into the dug out. Pulled high and to the left of midwicket, the fielder runs across and dives. I hope he did not pick an injury in the process. The ball speeds past to the boundary. Raina has finished with a bang.

Chennai Super Kings 174/4   SK Raina 94* (48b 5x4 6x6)   CL White 2-0-26-1





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