1st Qualifying Final (N), Mumbai, May 24 2011, Indian Premier League
(19.4/20 ov, target 176)177/4
Super Kings won by 6 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
player of the match
Suresh Raina
Chennai Super Kings

So Chennai are through to the final. A warning for whoever faces them: they haven't lost a match in Chennai this year. Deserving winners tonight after they refused to give up. Bangalore get another shot at making the finals. Do join us for the Eliminator tomorrow, the equivalent of a quarter-final. Okay bye


Suresh Raina is MoM. He says: "It was an important game for us, I knew I had to do well. God has been really kind to me. We executed the plans really well. I was not thinking about the ramps, just play my game, and play the big ones when the ball was in the zone. I was just looking to play till the 20th over."

MS Dhoni: "It was a difficult target, but we have been in similar situations, and we have the belief that we can win these games. We kept believing that we could do it, but you can say I was not 100% confident. We know as a team we have the firepower to chase anything. This was a good scenario where the set batsmen kept on going, and the others chipped around him."

Daniel Vettori first: "You do get these guys. You loom abck and say this is a great game of cricket. That innings from Suresh took it away. You can never think the game is in the bag with this size of boundaries. But we expect to bowl a little bit better than we did. We can focus on the loss, or look at the good things. Unfortunately we didn't defend it, but a few guys bowled well too."

What a lovely chase this has been for Chennai. They were down and out, chasing 12-13-14 an over for the last eight-nine overs, and they refused to go away. Raina finishes with a cramp-ridden 73 off 50, Morkel smashed 28 off 10. How quickly redemption has come for him: he went for 19 off the 19th over, and has now finished the game off with the bat. Bangalore lost their nerve in the end, but this is what Chennai always do well, they somehow play the better cricket in tougher, bigger moments. Bravo does the bhangra inside the dressing room. They are in the final, Bangalore get another shot when they play the winner of the match between Mumbai and Kolkata

Vettori to Morkel, SIX runs

Morkel has finished it off! Raina needn't run any more. Similar ploy, makes room, Vettori follows hi, but misses the length, and he has slogged it over midwicket for six. Kohli stands stunned at the fence. Raina is elated and congratulates Morkel. Ashwin comes onto the field too, with his bandaged head. Bollinger breaks into a dance

Raina is cramping again. Vettori has a chat with de Villiers. They need a dot from somewhere. CSK physio is out. Raina gets back on his feet. But he says he can't run. Taufel asks him, "Are you sure you can't run?" Rauf says, "He has been running okay." Taufel says only three balls to go, run yourself. Raina agrees. Rauf says, "Brave man."

Vettori to Morkel, 2 runs

Drama. Gets the yorker right, and they shout for two right for the word go. He loses his bat while turning, and even without the bat Morkel makes a swimming-pool dive to make the second

Vettori to Morkel, FOUR runs

Morkel makes room, Vettori follows him, but Morkel gets it wide enough of long-on for a crucial four. Nothing wrong with the ball, missed the yorker by inches

Dan makes more adjustments with the field

Vettori to Raina, 1 run

yorker-length, flicked away into the leg side, brings Morkel on strike

Well, well, well. Dan the Man has taken it upon himself now. Twelve required off the last over. Left-arm spinner, bowling into the left-hand batsmen who are on rampage. Ray Jennings drinks his enrgy drink at the sidelines. Vettori, de Villiers and Gayle have a chat in the middle. Raina adjusts his gloves. Vettori will cut down the angle, and bowl round the stumps. Deep field set on the leg side

end of over 1921 runs
CSK: 164/4CRR: 8.63 • RRR: 12.00 • Need 12 runs from 6b
Suresh Raina72 (49)
Albie Morkel16 (7)
Sreenath Aravind3-0-32-1
Chris Gayle4-0-19-0
Aravind to Raina, 1 run

full toss, hit down to long-on for one, sets up the last over beautifully

Aravind to Raina, SIX runs

Low full toss,, crunched away over midwicket. Chennai have their noses ahead now. Rains is playing a beauty here. He has hurt every loose delivery here

Third man in, fine leg in

Aravind to Morkel, 1 run

Kolhi has saved runs again. Length ball, muscled down the ground, and Kolhi makes the diving save at long-on. Doesn't even concede the second

Zaheer and Vettori have a conference with Aravind. proud moment for Communists. All lefties here. Tension. Bangalore are feeling it

Aravind to Morkel, SIX runs

Morkel is paying back in kind here. Low full toss, smacked over long-off. Chennai are not going away that easily

Aravind to Morkel, SIX runs

slower ball, pitched on a length, and Morkel picks it early, and lofts it over long-on. This is what Kohli did to Morkel in the 19th over. Will he get his own back?

Aravind to Raina, 1 run

starts off with a wide yorker, just the single to sweeper-cover

Thirty-three required off the last two, and Vettori has kept the last over for himself. And there are two left-hand batsmen batting, so that makes it even more interesting. Aravind, another left-arm bowler, to bowl the 19th