54th match (N), Hyderabad (Deccan), May 27, 2008, Indian Premier League
(19.2/20 ov, T:148) 148/3

Super Kings won by 7 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

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11.12 pm local time: Deccan have lost all seven matches at home, Chennai have qualified for the semi-finals, there by knocking Mumbai out of the competition. Deccan never had enough runs to defend after scoring only 147. Their stars failed once again and even though it went down to the last over during the run-chase Chennai were always in control.

The semi-finals line-up is Rajasthan v Delhi, and Punjab v Chennai.

"Why not give last over to your best bowler, which is Scott Styris and not Vijaykumar," asks Tushar. Beats me as well, or even Afridi. Styris gave only 16 off his three overs.

"Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar and Ganguly the four icons, along with Kumble are out of T20 competition. That says something," says Raj.

Gilchrist apologises to the fans in Hyderabad for not giving them a victory at home. He's received with a huge cheer.

Dhoni says it's a matter of prestige to reach the semi-finals even though the path wasn't easy. "There was pressure, we have done well in the past. We were capable of reaching the semis, we have the best middle order and it was just about the bowling."

The Man of the Match is Suresh Raina for his unbeaten 54 off 43 balls. He controlled Chennai's run-chase and took them into the final four with a six over long-on in the final over.

Chennai's win today means that tomorrow's match between Mumbai and Bangalore is a dead rubber. It'll be good to watch Jayasuriya and Pollock for one last time though. The second match is a potential cracker between Punjab and Rajasthan, the top two teams in the league. That's it from us at Cricinfo today, this is George Binoy signing off. Good night and thank you for all your emails.

Vijaykumar to Raina, SIX runs

Raina's won it with a six! Chennai are in the semi-finals and Raina's got his 50 as well, he gets down on one knee to a length ball, gets under it, and lofts the ball cleanly over the long-on boundary, the other Super Kings rush in to mob Raina

Vijaykumar to Morkel, 1 run

length ball angling across the left-hander, Morkel swings across the line and mis-times the ball to midwicket where Ojha dives and stops the ball

Chennai need seven off the last over. It's very gettable but stranger things have happened in this tournament. Morkel on strike, Gilchrist's given the last over to Vijaykumar. Fine leg is in the circle.

end of over 1910 runs
CSK: 141/3CRR: 7.42 RRR: 7.00
Suresh Raina48 (42b 5x4 1x6)
Albie Morkel11 (11b 1x4)
RP Singh 4-0-32-0
Pragyan Ojha 4-0-28-1
Singh to Raina, no run

fantastic bouncer to end the over, RP takes Raina by surprise and he can't connect with the hook

Singh to Morkel, 1 run

full toss outside off stump, Morkel drives the ball to long-off for a single, seven off seven needed now

Singh to Morkel, FOUR runs

that's lucky for Chennai! Morkel swings across the line at a good length ball and gets an inside edge that misses his stumps by inches and runs to the fine leg boundary

Singh to Raina, 1 run

full length ball outside off, driven hard to long-off for only a single

Singh to Morkel, 3 runs

Morkel drives the ball square through point and he's placed it well, the fielder saves the boundary but the batsmen run three because the fielder has pushed the ball some distance away from him

Singh to Raina, 1 run

dropped, Raina smashes a length ball straight back to RP who can't hold on, that was hit so hard and it was a tough chance, the ball rebounds to mid-off and a direct hit at the bowler's end would have run out Raina

Chennai need 17 off two overs. RPneeds to produce something special here to keep Deccan in the match.

end of over 1811 runs
CSK: 131/3CRR: 7.27 RRR: 8.50
Suresh Raina46 (39b 5x4 1x6)
Albie Morkel3 (8b)
Pragyan Ojha 4-0-28-1
Scott Styris 3-0-16-0
Ojha to Raina, 1 run

driven off the front foot to long-off for a single

Ojha to Raina, 2 runs

Raina tries to hit through the leg side and mis-hits it to square leg, Afridi runs in from the deep and his throw is poor, it's high over the stumps which allows Raina to come back safely for the second

Ojha to Raina, FOUR runs

it's another full toss and this time Raina lofts the ball into the gap at deep midwicket for four, well placed

Ojha to Morkel, 1 run

full ball in the block hole, Morkel drives hard and straight to Ojha who lets the ball go straight through him for four

Ojha to Raina, 1 run

Ojha's escaped here, it's a full toss and Raina hits it to deep midwicket for only a single, he should have put it away

Ojha to Raina, 2 runs

Raina's safe! He drives the ball firmly off the front foot to deep cover, Sarvesh throws the ball to Gilchrist who breaks the stumps, Raina was just home

Chennai need 28 to win off 18. Ojha from over the wicket. There's a growing roar in the stadium now.

end of over 173 runs
CSK: 120/3CRR: 7.05 RRR: 9.33
Albie Morkel2 (7b)
Suresh Raina36 (34b 4x4 1x6)
Scott Styris 3-0-16-0
Pragyan Ojha 3-0-17-1
Styris to Morkel, no run

a hat-trick of dot balls, Morkel cuts hard off the back foot but can't beat point, a bit of pressure building and the crowd love it

Styris to Morkel, no run

Morkel moves on to the front foot and pushes towards point, another dot ball

Styris to Morkel, no run

good length ball on off stump, driven firmly off the front foot but straight to cover

Styris to Raina, 1 run

Raina moves back and across and nudges off his pads towards midwicket

Styris to Morkel, 1 run

good length ball on off stump, pushed towards point for one

Styris to Raina, 1 run

good length ball from over the wicket, it's the slower ball and Raina drives off the front foot to long-off

Chennai now need 31 off four overs. Styris comes back for his third over.

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