284dThe Report by Abhishek Purohit

Raina century leads CSK to title

Suresh Raina bossed a Kolkata Knight Riders attack without the banned Sunil Narine for his third T20 century to lead Chennai Super Kings to their second Champions League T20 title

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SK Raina
SK Raina
109(62) 6x4 - 8x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 27 runs
  • 1x4 - 3x6
4 1 10 16 20 27 20 11
G Gambhir
80(52) 7x4 - 3x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 14 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
8 8 15 9 21 14 0 5

Best performances - Bowlers

P Negi
O4
M0
R22
W5
Eco5.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
3W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
RA Jadeja
RA Jadeja
O4
M0
R25
W1
Eco6.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Toss

Chennai Super Kings , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Chennai Super Kings won the 2014/15 Champions League Twenty20

Season

Hours of play (local time)

19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.20, Interval 20.20-20.40, Second Session 20.40-22.00

Match days

4 October 2014 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan | Commentator: Devashish Fuloria

That brings us to the end of our coverage of this tournament. Abhishek Purohit's report will be ready soon and there will be many more features to come over the next two days. Thanks for your comments and feedback. Ciao ciao.

"Overall it was a fantastic game for us," says MS Dhoni. "To start off it was a good toss to win. It was slightly difficult for the opposition bowlers. Our fielding was not up to the mark. In finals, you have to take the game to the next level. So we didn't start well. Negi is not afraid to toss the ball. It was important to do that to get something out of the wicket. What's important is to get to the knockouts. After that you may win games, you may lose games. We have made eight finals, won four, i won't say it is too bad. We made quite a few errors in the last two finals, so what we took out of those finals was really important. Raina was aggressive throughout and he ensured he stayed till the end."

"All of us should be proud of each other, the way we showed character," says Gautam Gambhir. "The journey is not yet complete, it has just started. We thought 170-180 was a very good total, but in the second innings there was dew as well, it was difficult to grip the balls for spinners. We have great characters, tough characters. The guys should be proud of what they have achieved. They will be better next year."

Suresh Raina gets an award for hitting most sixes, another for most sixes in the tournament, the golden bat award and the Man of the Series award, but Pawan Negi is the Man of the Match for his five-wicket haul. "There was turn in the wicket, so I tried to bowl slow," says Negi. "It was a big match and a final, i only tried to give my best."

Sunil Narine maybe absent but he has won the golden wicket award.

Cape Cobras get an award for fairplay.

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Celebration goes around Bangalore as Chennai players continue their revelry. It was a good match in the final - a team that surprises you if it doesn't make to the final and another one that has seen itself notch up an amazing run of success this year - but in the end, as often happens, Chennai Super Kings found their stars in the final.

"I have seen Virat Kohli bat and hit big hundreds and i have learnt from him that you can't throw it away," says Raina. "I have also learnt a lot from Yuvraj on how to finish innings. In the last seven years, I have played with Fleming, Hayden, Hussey.. and I have learnt from them on how to build an innings."

"We have been here before in 2010, but it has been a long time since then. So very happy," says Ashwin. "He (Raina) was hitting sixes like he was picking up peanuts. This is a small ground but he was hitting sixes for time pass."

"We were waiting for three years, twice we made it to the finals, but it's sad when you lose the finals," says Jadeja.

"There was a bit of nervousness but it is important because it helps you keep your feet on the ground," says Mohit Sharma

"It was turning a pitch. Suresh's innings was world-class. He showed why he is one of the best T20 batsman in the world," says Brendon McCullum.

"I thought it was a good score. We saw the ball turning. But Suresh Raina, take a bow," says Faf du Plessis.

"For me it's a brilliant change from Mumbai," says Dwayne Smith, who was part of the winning Mumbai Indians team last year. "This has been the best team i have been part of. Everytime someone fails, someone else picks up."

As easy as you like. KKR were not given a whiff during the chase. Suresh Raina came in early but played with the freedom that he often displays in this format. His third T20 century meant CSK maintained control throughout the chase. KKR needed a big effort from their bowling attack after the loss of Narine, but Raina did not allow anyone to settle, dismantling their spin attack with precision hits down the ground. There were as many as eight sixes from him.. most of them looked like they were being hit in the backyard.. such was the ease. The target was not an easy one but they converted into a stroll in the park.

Jay: "Poor Pawan. He bowls a dream spell against some relly good hitters such as Yusuf and yet Raina's blinder will be the one that will be highlighted. Hopefully Pawan gets the MoM, which he truly is."

Gaurav Manchand: "Every time Gambhir plays a big innings in the final, someone shadows him out."

18.3
6
Pathan to Dhoni, SIX runs, Dhoni takes CSK to their second CLT20 title with a big mow, high over wide long-on
18.2
0
Pathan to Dhoni, no run, he waits on the back foot and pushes it straight to cover
18.1
6
Pathan to Dhoni, SIX runs, here comes the helicopter! Dhoni whacks it flat and hard over midwicket, that sails over the line easily

END OF OVER:
18 | 12 Runs | CSK: 173/2 (8 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 9.61, RRR: 4.00)

  • Suresh Raina109 (62b)
  • MS Dhoni11 (11b)
  • Piyush Chawla3-0-38-0
  • Pat Cummins3-0-32-1
17.6
6
Chawla to Raina, SIX runs, he has done it all day! Comes down the pitch and just swings it down the ground.. This is more high than long, but it's long enough to beat Cummins at long on.. Yet another six
17.5
1
Chawla to Dhoni, 1 run, takes a step out of the crease and nudges the tossed up delivery to midwicket for a single
17.4
3
Chawla to Raina, 3 runs, comes down the pitch, realises he is not close to the pitch of the ball, then dabs it to long on softly for a couple.. Cummins doesn't have his eyes on the ball, he doesn't pick it up in the first go and the batsmen steal a third. There is a direct hit from Cummins but Dhoni beats it well in time

A champion team

4

Number of T20 finals that CSK have won (2 IPLs and 2 CLT20s). Only Sialkot Stallions have won more (7)

Racking them up

3

Number of T20 hundreds for Suresh Raina, the most by an Indian, and fifth highest in the world

Chance to make history

1

Number of teams that have remained unbeaten through a CLT20 (Sydney Sixers in 2012) - KKR could become the second if they win

Pressure player

3

Number of 50+ scores for Suresh Raina in finals of T20 tournaments - no player in the world has more

Sixes in a spin

6

Number of bowlers who concede more than 1 six per innings (min. 70 sixes). The list includes Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin

Chase Champs

10

Number of times CSK have made more than 180 while chasing - only Kings XI have done it more often (11) in T20 cricket

Early Exits

13

Number of times Dwayne Smith has been dismissed in the first over of the innings - the second most in T20 cricket

Opening Woes

20.75

Average opening partnership for CSK in this CLT20 - it was exactly double in the last IPL (41.50)

Bat Big and Win

83

Win percentage of the team batting first after scoring 180-plus in the final of a T20 tournament (19 out of 23 matches)

Wickets Galore

8

Number of 4+ wicket hauls taken by bowlers in this CLT20 - the most in any edition

Slowing Down

2

Number of boundaries KKR scored between the 11th and 15th overs - they scored 11 in the first 10

Big Match Player

2

Number of 50+ scores for Gambhir in T20 finals - only Brad Hodge, Hamilton Masakadza and Michael Hussey have more (3 each)

Halfway Without Loss

6

Number of times KKR have not lost a wicket in the first 10 overs while batting first - first time in the CLT20

Top of the Table

36

Robin Uthappa's score after nine overs, which has taken him past Jonathan Carter as the leading run-getter in the main edition of the tournament

Starting Big

54

KKR's score in the Powerplay. Their highest against CSK when they have not lost a wicket

Champions League Twenty20

Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
KKR440160.716
CSK421100.945
PS4228-0.038
Lions4126-0.051
DOLPH4040-1.338
Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
KXIP440162.13
HH431121.193
BT4134-0.256
COBRA4134-0.955
ND4134-2.667
Qualifying Group
TeamMWLPTNRR
ND330122.08
Lions3218-0.065
MI3124-0.064
Expre3030-2.033