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)

Time for the chase, here's hoping Bangalore put all their woes behind and come out all guns blazing! Dravid and Pandey on the way out.

CSK_Fan writes in: "I am not sure if I should sympathize with this line up -- the target is still gettable -- with the likes of Uthappa, Taylor, White, Pandey and to an extent Dravid -- this target is very much attainable."

Dravid taps away at the pitch, can he play a blinder here. Remember, he has the fastest 50 in ODIs by an Indian batsman against his name. Morkel to open the attack. Two slips in.


Morkel to Pandey, no run, starts off with a jaffa. Thought the ball stopped moving, but well, this one moved alright. Comes in, lands on off and darts away with good lift. Pandey survived without edging it, which is a good start


Morkel to Pandey, 2 runs, elegant from Pandey, comes down and towards the leg side, and wrists it with style through the covers though it was too short for the drive, Murali tags it well and pulls it back


Morkel to Pandey, no run, looks for the pull, bu Morkel's followed him and he can't quite free the arms


Morkel to Pandey, no run, outside off, Pandey looks to ease it off the face for a single, but can't elude point


Morkel to Pandey, no run, and again, not so much movement, making it even more lethal. Comes in and straightens just outside off, Pandey plays inside the line


Morkel to Pandey, no run, and again! This is seriously good stuff from Albie, another 5 kph and he could pass for Ambie. Banana movement again, comes in and jags away, leaving Pandey completely befuddled.

End of over 1 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 2/0 (173 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 9.10)

    • MK Pandey 2 (6b)
    • R Dravid 0 (0b)
    • JA Morkel 1-0-2-0

Bollinger to Dravid, OUT, well, no fastest fifty or anything today. Dravid has gone first ball. Bollinger lands it back of a length outside off, Dravid was setting himself up for a drive and went through with it without any conviction. Pops up and lands in front of mid off, Albie tumbles forward, does not injure himself and pouches it easily

R Dravid c Morkel b Bollinger 0 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Uthappa to face.


Bollinger to Uthappa, no run, snorter from Bollinger, that just took off from a length and Uthappa had to yank his bat and head away as his wicket, and he could have been in danger


Bollinger to Uthappa, no run, another beauty, the ball is doing things here. Draws Uthappa forward and it zips away off a length as he misses the drive

A bit of rain in the air. Bangalore need 50 for 1 in 5 overs in case of a reduced game,


Bollinger to Uthappa, FOUR, off target, slides down the pads and Uthappa glances it neatly for four


Bollinger to Uthappa, no run, Bolly makes the adjustment, lands this on off stump, back of a length, and Uthappa plays off the backfoot. Defence to covers


Bollinger to Uthappa, no run, length ball on off stump, Uthappa goes for the expansive heave across the line. Would have probably been better off driving through the off side. Missed and collected by Dhoni

End of over 2 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 6/1 (169 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 9.38)

    • RV Uthappa 4 (5b 1x4)
    • MK Pandey 2 (6b)
    • DE Bollinger 1-0-4-1
    • JA Morkel 1-0-2-0

Morkel to Pandey, no run, another unplayable ball. Well, Pandey is getting an examination here. This is high quality seam bowling, and the ball is picking up the spice in the air and exploding from a length. Dhoni is taking them head high


Morkel to Pandey, no run, looks to make room and free his arms through the off side, but Morkel follows him and cramps him on middle and leg


Morkel to Pandey, no run, again, keeps it tight and Pandey plays it watchfully straight


Morkel to Pandey, 1 run, tennis ball bounce, and a tennis shot in response. This is short of a length and it bounces head high, Pandey backs away and swats it overhead to mid on.


Morkel to Uthappa, no run, another one takes off from a length outside off. Uthappa is dealing with yo-yos here, and plants the bat outside off, can't make a connection


Morkel to Uthappa, OUT, there was an air of inevitability about this. Uthappa perishes as Bangalore search for the boundaries against some unplayable bowling. Back of a length, and a hint of away movement again. Uthappa moved forward, he reckoned straight bat was the way to go, but it was not full enough, so he ended up looking to work it without getting to the pitch. Big loopy top edge, straight up and Vijay takes an easy catch in the covers

RV Uthappa c Vijay b Morkel 4 (7m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

End of over 3 (1 run) Royal Challengers Bangalore 7/2 (168 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 2.33, RRR: 9.88)

    • MK Pandey 3 (10b)
    • JA Morkel 2-0-3-1
    • DE Bollinger 1-0-4-1

Taylor is the new man in. The D/L five overs par score is now steeper.


Bollinger to Taylor, 1 wide, wide slips down the leg.


Bollinger to Taylor, no run, Bolly throws this up outside off, no feet from Taylor who looks to drive from the crease and misses


Bollinger to Taylor, FOUR, over-pitched again outside off, Taylor cashes in. Good-looking shot there, reaches out, the foot came more across than the last time and he latched on with the square drive, up and over point


Bollinger to Taylor, OUT, another one bites the dust. Sharp bouncer from Bollinger, clearly caught Taylor by surprise, he was not on the backfoot and went for the pull out of nowehere. Straight up, straight down, and Vijay is under it once again

LRPL Taylor c Vijay b Bollinger 4 (3m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Kohli is out to bat now. Good to see him there, despite the back travails.


Bollinger to Pandey, no run, length ball, outside off, Kohli defends watchfully to the leg side

Steyn would have been lethal on this pitch. Just lethal. What have we missed seeing tonight!


Bollinger to Pandey, no run, Bollinger steams in at 139 kph and gets it to take off from a length, Kohli is caught in a nothing position as it bustles past him


Bollinger to Pandey, FOUR, well-played Pandey. Again, that disconcerting bounce from just back of a length. Pandey stayed still, in the crease, got beside the line and brought te bat down from over the shoulder to guide it expertly between point and cover, along the ground. Inventive, and effective

End of over 4 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 16/3 (159 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 9.93)

    • MK Pandey 7 (13b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 0 (0b)
    • DE Bollinger 2-0-13-2
    • JA Morkel 2-0-3-1

Morkel continues.


Morkel to Kohli, no run, wider outside off and more of that away shape, Kohli lets it go

Apologies, that was Pandey playing that shot for four last ball, last over.


Morkel to Kohli, FOUR, well played by Kohli this time. Slides down the leg and Kohli gets inside the line and glances it behind square. Daintily played.


Morkel to Kohli, 2 runs, better line, but still too straight and it ends up on middle and leg. Kohli clips it in front of square this time for two


Morkel to Kohli, 2 runs, and again, looks like the balls has stopped doing things now. It comes in with the angle and Kohli works it off mid stump for one more


Morkel to Kohli, no run, too early into the shot as he closes the face, the leading edge could have gone anywhere, I am surprised it did not hit the non-striker and injure him before rebounding for a catch. Surprise, surprise, it lands safely short of cover


Morkel to Kohli, 2 runs, the seam has subsided, Kohli tucks one behind square for a couple more

End of over 5 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 26/3 (149 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.20, RRR: 9.93)

    • V Kohli 10 (6b 1x4)
    • MK Pandey 7 (13b 1x4)
    • JA Morkel 3-0-13-1
    • DE Bollinger 2-0-13-2

Five overs done, we have a match. At the moment, if rains come down, Chennai are ahead. Balaji to bowl.


Balaji to Pandey, 1 wide, Balaji starts with a really poor delivery, short and too wide outside off


Balaji to Pandey, no run, better line, on and outside off, it is puched into the off side


Balaji to Pandey, no run, the last think Bangalore need now is uneven bounce. This one scoots along from off stump, but it is kept away


Balaji to Pandey, 1 run, think Balaji is trying to get the leg cutter going. 125 kph, straightens outside off and Pandey works it down to third man for one


Balaji to Kohli, 1 run, short and angling into Kohli, who can't put it away though he sets himself up for the pull early

The mathematical Gendy is a Chennai fan: "New definition of infitiy - CSK RR divided by RCB RR"


Balaji to Pandey, 1 run, outside off and played calmly for a single towards point.

Bangalore need boundaries. Real bad.


Balaji to Kohli, 1 run, short and wide outside off, too wide for the pull and he can't get it square. It goes down to long on for one

End of over 6 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 31/3 (144 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.16, RRR: 10.28)

    • V Kohli 12 (8b 1x4)
    • MK Pandey 9 (17b 1x4)
    • L Balaji 1-0-5-0
    • JA Morkel 3-0-13-1

Ashwin comes on, with a slip in place.


Ashwin to Kohli, 1 run, back of a length outside off, comes in and it is worked off the backfoot to midwicket


Ashwin to Pandey, no run, short on off and sharp spin takes it down the leg. Mis-timed pull straight to short fine leg


Ashwin to Pandey, 1 run, fuller on off, worked off the pads to midwicket


Ashwin to Kohli, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he gets it away square to turn the strike over


Ashwin to Pandey, no run, slower and tossed up, turns in sharply, the pull was probably not the right shot to play and he can't evade midwicket


Ashwin to Pandey, 1 run, floater outside off, Pandey picks it and guides it behind square for one

End of over 7 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 35/3 (140 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 10.76)

    • MK Pandey 11 (21b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 14 (10b 1x4)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-4-0
    • L Balaji 1-0-5-0

Balaji to Pandey, 1 wide, another horror ball, short and wide from Balaji


Balaji to Pandey, 1 run, pushes this towards leg stump and it is worked square for one.

139 off 59. Bangalore have to go for this now.


Balaji to Kohli, no run, short and wide outside off, Kohli is again looking to pull, and misses


Balaji to Kohli, OUT, folks, this is just not Bangalore's day and it is geting worse by the moment. Kohli looks to flick from leg stump, it comes on slowly and he is early into the shot. It lobs up towards midwicket, but surely Ashwin running in from the boundary did not look like he was going to take it. Well, he did - a couple of big steps towards the end and a tumble forward. Kohli is gone.

V Kohli c Ashwin b Balaji 14 (17m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 116.66

White is the new man in.


Balaji to Pandey, 1 run, short and wide outside off, Pandey times the backfoot punch exquisitely. Single behind square on the off side


Balaji to White, 1 run, comes in with the angle, White stays in the crease and works it towards midwicket


Balaji to Pandey, 1 run, gentle bouncer at 125.7 kph, even that gets big and rises over Pandey's head as he pulls without his eyes on the ball. Safe single behind square on the leg side

End of over 8 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 40/4 (135 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 11.25)

    • MK Pandey 14 (24b 1x4)
    • CL White 1 (1b)
    • L Balaji 2-0-10-1
    • R Ashwin 1-0-4-0

Murali comes on. No. 800 as they call him on air.


Muralitharan to Pandey, 1 wide, starts with a wide down the leg


Muralitharan to Pandey, FOUR, finally some urgency, Pandey gets under a tossed up offie and swings with the turn, to the right of a diving Srikkanth at deep square leg for four


Muralitharan to Pandey, 2 runs, turns in from outside off, Pandey waits on the backfoot and guides it square for two


Muralitharan to Pandey, 1 wide, sliding down as Pandey looks to glance, big appeal from Dhoni as Pandey shakes his head vigorously


Muralitharan to Pandey, 2 runs, tossed up on middle, Pandey has little idea about the turn on that and got a thick outside edge than landed safe square on the off side. Bollinger makes a mess of it as he tumbles and fumbles from the off side


Muralitharan to Pandey, 1 run, Pandey gets a single towards midwicket


Muralitharan to White, 1 run, tossed up outside off, White is all quick hands as he plays it softly square on the off side for one


Muralitharan to Pandey, no run, short and asking to be hit, but Pandey pulls straight to midwicket. That kind of day for Bangalore.

End of over 9 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 52/4 (123 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.77, RRR: 11.18)

    • MK Pandey 23 (29b 2x4)
    • CL White 2 (2b)
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-12-0
    • L Balaji 2-0-10-1

Ashwin to White, 1 run, well down the leg, White reaches out and plays it down to square leg


Ashwin to Pandey, 1 run, back of a length and coming in from off stump, punched off the back foot to long on


Ashwin to White, 2 runs, carrom ball, White had no clue about it as he went for his favourite shot - the slog sweep - leading edge runs down to third man


Ashwin to White, no run, shorter and turns into the pads, plays it towards midwicket


Ashwin to White, 1 run, another carrom ball, this starts from leg stump and straightens, and White take a single in front of square on leg side


Ashwin to Pandey, no run, round arm skidder to finish the over, Pandey stays beside the line and plays the late cut. Straight to short third man

End of over 10 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 57/4 (118 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.70, RRR: 11.80)

    • MK Pandey 24 (31b 2x4)
    • CL White 6 (6b)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-9-0
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-12-0

Muralitharan to White, SIX, White muscles one in the slot, and manages to send it just over long on's head. Finally a six for Bangalore


Muralitharan to White, 1 run, shortens the length and White works it with the spin towards wide mid on


Muralitharan to Pandey, 2 runs, smart from Vijay. Tossed up on off stump, and Pandey looks to launch it straight down the ground. Not too well timed, it lands well in and Vijay running across from long on dives to the right to keep it in play


Muralitharan to Pandey, 1 run, well, he is going for them finally and nearly holes out with the slog sweep deep midwicket. On the bounce to the fielder, who decided to field rather than go for the catch


Muralitharan to White, no run, he's fidgetting in the crease, but Murali fires it in on middle and off and all White can do is defend to covers


Muralitharan to White, OUT, gone. Another slog sweep, and it seeks out deep midwicket, where Srikkanth tumbles forward and takes it nicely

CL White c Anirudha b Muralitharan 13 (12m 10b 0x4 1x6) SR: 130.00

End of over 11 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 67/5 (108 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.09, RRR: 12.00)

    • MK Pandey 27 (33b 2x4)
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-22-1
    • R Ashwin 2-0-9-0

Ashwin continues.


Ashwin to Pandey, FOUR, short ball, but Pandey is looking to hit everything now. Makes reasonable contact and finds the gap at wide long on for four


Ashwin to Pandey, SIX, Ashwin has lost the radar a bit, another short ball and Pandey is getting better with the pull shot with every passing ball. This one sails high over midwicket. Six more.


Ashwin to Pandey, 1 run, on off stump, Pandey is forced to go back and play it to the off side


Ashwin to du Preez, 1 run, du Preez gets going with a single off a ball speared in on middle and leg. Tapped to midwicket


Ashwin to Pandey, 5 wides, Pandey's round arm delivery catches everyone by surprise. Pandey misses, Dhoni fumbles. Five wides. Something finally going Bangalore's way.


Ashwin to Pandey, OUT, I spoke too soon. du Preez is gone run out. Pandey drove this in the direction of mid on, du Preez backed up looking for a single, Ashwin ran across, took the ball and threw down the stumps from around 5-6 yards away. Easy as they come

D du Preez run out 1 (3m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Ashwin to Pandey, no run, and Pandey finds short fine leg with the sweep again

End of over 12 (17 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 84/6 (91 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 11.37)

    • MK Pandey 38 (38b 3x4 1x6)
    • P Kumar 0 (0b)
    • R Ashwin 3-0-26-0
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-22-1

Slip and leg slip for Praveen.


Muralitharan to Kumar, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, Praveen plays it watchfully


Muralitharan to Kumar, 1 run, goes for a slog, one sighter is too many for Praveen, inside edge for one


Muralitharan to Pandey, FOUR, Pandey gets under one more from Murali and thumps it through midwicket for four more


Muralitharan to Pandey, 1 run, Murali shortens the length to push Pandey into the crease and he plays watchfully for a single


Muralitharan to Kumar, no run


Muralitharan to Kumar, no run, Praveen does the weirdest things you will see. Tossed up, but that was sliding down the leg for sure. Praveen just had to get out of the way towards the off side. Instead he stayed where he was and it thudded into his pads. No shot offered too.

End of over 13 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 90/6 (85 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.92, RRR: 12.14)

    • P Kumar 1 (4b)
    • MK Pandey 43 (40b 4x4 1x6)
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-28-1
    • R Ashwin 3-0-26-0

Bollinger comes back on.


Bollinger to Pandey, SIX, shot of the innings from Pandey. 130 kph length ball outside off, Pandey pull-swung that disdainfully all the way across over midwicket for six


Bollinger to Pandey, 1 run, slow off cutter, 124 kph, Pandey can't pack a punch and gets it away to long off for one. Fifty to Pandey.


Bollinger to Kumar, FOUR, Whacked by Praveen. Stays in the crease, gets a nice short of length ball and the room for the forehand smash to the left of mid off


Bollinger to Kumar, 1 run, Run out appeal. Praveen plays it out to covers, but straight to the fielder. Pandey was backing up too far and the direct hit almost caught him short, but he was just in. Overthrow for one


Bollinger to Pandey, 2 runs, short ball, Pandey goes for the pull and gets it away square for one


Bollinger to Pandey, OUT, gone. 132 kph, not too fast, low full toss coming in towards middle and leg. And Bangalore's best batsman for the day cannot make contact. He misses and the stumps are rearranged

MK Pandey b Bollinger 52 (55m 44b 4x4 2x6) SR: 118.18

End of over 14 (14 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 104/7 (71 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.42, RRR: 11.83)

    • P Kumar 6 (6b 1x4)
    • DE Bollinger 3-0-27-3
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-28-1

Muralitharan to Kumar, SIX, full and in the slot for Praveen who connects with a robust swipe that would have done Tiger Woods proud. Huge six


Muralitharan to Kumar, 2 runs, goes for it again, no idea where it was going and he gets a leading edge that loops up behind the vacant point region


Muralitharan to Kumar, 1 run, and again, chips out and plays airily into no man's land. Another single


Muralitharan to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, Vinay turns the strike over to let the entertainment continue at Praveen's end


Muralitharan to Kumar, no run, flummoxed completely by a fastish offspinner that he did not read and it somehow missed the stumps


Muralitharan to Kumar, OUT, and gone. This was a coming. Chips out, does not reach the pitch and the leading edge bubbles up into the covers

P Kumar c Morkel b Muralitharan 15 (11m 11b 1x4 1x6) SR: 136.36

End of over 15 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 114/8 (61 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.60, RRR: 12.20)

    • R Vinay Kumar 1 (1b)
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-38-2
    • DE Bollinger 3-0-27-3

Balaji to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, goes for a full-blooded pull across the line, but hits it straight to midwicket. Fumble gives a single and Kumble will have strike


Balaji to Kumble, no run, well, even Kumble bowls faster than that. 102 kph, he is completely fooled by the slowness of the bouncer and makes no concact


Balaji to Kumble, 1 run, fuller on leg and Kumble gets a single out to wide mid off


Balaji to Vinay Kumar, no run, full toss on the pads, Vinay drives it down the ground back to the bowler

CSK_FAN: "The Required rate is like stick cricket required rates now."


Balaji to Vinay Kumar, no run, another slow bouncer, no contact made.


Balaji to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, full on leg, mistimes straight to midwicket and they scatter across for a tight single. Direct hit and it could have been another wicket down

End of over 16 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 117/8 (58 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.31, RRR: 14.50)

    • R Vinay Kumar 3 (5b)
    • A Kumble 1 (2b)
    • L Balaji 3-0-13-1
    • M Muralitharan 4-0-38-2

Ankit: "Is RCB becoming CHOKERS of domestic circuit? Is it because of having number of South African players in side? Just a thought." Good observation. One IPL final, one semi-final, one CLT20 semi-final and no silverware to show.


Ashwin to Vinay Kumar, SIX, smashed, right off the screws that one. Vinay trots out, reaches the pitch and launches this one so high that the camera lost the ball for a while before it began its descent well behind long on


Ashwin to Vinay Kumar, OUT, it's all over. Vinay is out, and Steyn won't bat, so Bangalore are bowled out. Vinay walks out again, Ashwin lands it in the slot again, but not so full, so Vinay ends up dragging it leg side this time, and it lands in the hands of deep midwicket.

R Vinay Kumar c Anirudha b Ashwin 9 (9m 7b 0x4 1x6) SR: 128.57

So then, Chennai are in the finals. Can they go all the way? Who will they face in the title clash? The second semifinal is coming our way tomorrow - two high-quality teams - it should be a cracker. Hope to see you there. On behalf of my colleagues, this is Nitin Sundar signing off for ESPNcricinfo. Before you go, here is Sid Talya's bulletin for today's game. Cheers!

Raina, expectedly, (and not Hussey) is MoM "Great feeling to be in the finals. I knew it was 17 overs, I knew they will come hard with me, so I decided to go for the loose balls. We hope to do the double - IPL and CLT20."

Kumble: "Too many runs on the board, then Steyn got injured, and then Virat also got injured. Things did not go our way.. one catch.. if the fielder (Dravid) had taken Raina's catch things could have been different. We needed a good chance while chasing, but it did not happen. It's been a fantastic time with this side."

MS Dhoni: "WELL Of course, Raina's batting made it look so easy. Bangalore got a blow when they lost Steyn. Raw pace would have made a difference - Raina cashed in and good support from Vijay and Hussey. Raina has the kind of talent where he can take it away once he is set. The use of the new ball was important. Bollinger normally does not bowl up, uses the short balls. Once you get in, it is a good wicket to bat, so we needed early wickets and it worked." Shastri: "Are you peaking at the right time?" MSD: "WELL of course there are some rough ends to be corrected, finals will be exciting."

Hang on for the presentations.

Chennai Super Kings have marched into the final then. In four tournaments, Chennai have made three finals and one semi-final. Mighty impressive, and if they can win the final in Sunday, it will look even more impressive. Sad story for Bangalore though. On that one occasion when Chennai did not make the finals - IPL 2009 - Bangalore had stopped them. Not this time though. They started well, then the rain came down, then Hussey mis-timed an off drive and things went downhill from then on at a rapid pace.

Siva: "I believe Chennai is the only team consistent in picking up wickets, they narrowly missed against wariors except that they have picked all the 10 wickets of all their opponents"

The latest on Steyn - he is going to spend the night in the hospital as a precautions. Lets hope he has a speedy recovery.

Rajesh makes another outstanding observation. "Dhoni is the only captain to make into the finals of World T20, IPL and CLT20 and that too all in debut."






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