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.
Super Kings won by 9 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)
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.
flighted on off, swept to fine leg for a single
turned away to square leg for a single, they're closing in now
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
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
full and on the pads, driven confidently through midwicket
You little beauty, says Binoy about Parthiv. You little beauty, I say about Federer winning the second set.
135kph, yorker length and on middle, turned away to square leg for a single, fifty comes up, his second of the tournament
Lalit Modi having a laugh with Dhoni. Priety is nowhere to be seen. She was pretty serious throughout. Understandably so
punched towards mid-off
132.6kph, short and outside off, wide called, Sangakkara is clapping again, he's in a generous mood today (especially after the decision to walk)
driven neatly through the covers
short and bouncing a bit extra, he tries to glide through to third man but can't get it, bit too much zip
and another! Raina is in six mode, short of a length and he's backed away and pulled that way over midwicket into the crowd, sweet sound of bat on ball, crunched away with a flat bat, everyone has struggled to pull on this pitch, Raina is managing just fine
Irfan back on
tossed up and that's been beefed away, slog sweep through deep square leg, nearly carries all the way, one-bounce through for four, whistled through
Federer 5-3 in the second set, by the way.
holds that one back a bit, Raina moves back and pulls away to midwicket
swept away for a quick one
a bit short and that's peppered the point fence, Yuvraj tries to pull off a diving stop but no chance there, that was travelling
worked away to the leg side
shuffles across and tries to sweep, there was an appeal there but not give, looked close
OK. I wasn't serious about the Churchgate station. Apologies to true blue Mumbaikars. Just wanted to give an idea of the distance. That probably went towards Marine drive.
tossed up on middle, driven forcefully down the ground, Powar is slightly wide at long-on and needs to put in a dive to stop that, sweetly timed again
bit too short again, pulled away off the back foot towards midwicket
Over 15 • CSK 116/1Super Kings won by 9 wickets (with 31 balls remaining)