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Qualifier 2 (N), Ranchi, May 22 2015, Pepsi Indian Premier League
Super Kings won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Player Of The Match
3/28
ashish-nehra
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• The Report by Abhishek Purohit

Nehra, Hussey carry CSK to the final

Chennai Super Kings entered their sixth IPL final in eight attempts, withstanding and overcoming Royal Challengers' fightback on a slow pitch

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Comms: Deivarayan Muthu
Scorecard summary
Royal Challengers Bangalore139/8(20 overs)
Chennai Super Kings140/7(19.5 overs)

Many thanks for your company and comments. Kept me on my toes. Hope you enjoyed this game as much as we did bringing it to you. Looking forward to your company for the final on Sunday. Until then, this is Deivarayan Muthu saying buh-bye and good night.

Nehraji, Man of the Match: I have been in good rhythm and luck is also my way. I am working hard and I had a good Champions League. This Man-of-the-match award I am sharing with Hussey. This was not an easy wicket. I was just bowling wicket to wicket and trying to keep him quiet and that puts pressure on Chris [Gayle]. It was slow but still new ball comes onto the bat. You will have to mix a lot in 16-20 overs.

MS Dhoni: 140 is that kind of a score where you don't know whether to go after the bowlers or keep wickets in hand. The dew was less than what we thought but still significant amount of dew. Credit to Ashwin. I felt he bowled really well and was well supported by fast bowlers. I used Raina against Gayle, we did not want left-arm spinners bowling to him. It is very difficult to say what is a par score on this pitch. It is a high-pressure game and maybe they were 10-12 runs short. We have the habit of playing all games. We have had a few off games but we have to play according to the situation in the final.

Kohli: I thought we were 15-20 runs short. Credit to the CSK bowlers. They squeezed us. Good recovery from DK and Sarfraz. But again CSK were too good with the bat. I always think low totals were very tricky. Against top-quality sides like CSK, you have to grab your chances whey they come your way. It would have been a different result had we held onto our chances. I don't think the dew played much of a role. It stayed the same. I am proud of the way we fought it out. The team that was better on the day and showed composure has gone to the finals.

11:41pm: Ashwin pumps his fist. So does Raina in the dug out. Super Kings lost Smith cheaply in the chase and were jolted further when Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina fell in a space of three balls. However, Michael Hussey brought his experience to the fore, steering a tense chase with 56 before top-edged a pull to short fine leg. MS Dhoni hung in with 26 off 29, aided by a couple of lusty clubs from Negi, but fell after levelling the scores. Ashwin picked one off the penultimate ball as CSK squeaked home in another thrilling finish, making their sixth IPL final in eight attempts.

Abhishek Agarwa: "Interestingly the scores were exactly level at 19.4 overs both in terms of wickets and runs."

Jerry: "Well, it's a replay of the Qualifier 1 in FINAL is going to be so much fun..."

sasi: "So its down to the heavy weights on Sunday...."

Shubham: "Last over of Chahal changed the mode of game towards CSK"

19.5
1
Harshal to Ashwin, 1 run

Chennai Super Kings set up final clash with Mumbai Indians. Fuller and on middle, Ashwin advances down the track and picks it away behind square on the leg side

Ashwin..

19.4
W
Harshal to Dhoni, OUT

Ranchi has been hushed into silence. Dhoni nicks off to DK, who makes no mistake now. Good length and outside off, Dhoni hunts for a powerful drive over the covers and feeds an outer edge to DK

MS Dhoni c †Karthik b Patel 26 (55m 29b 1x4 0x6) SR: 89.65
19.3
2
Harshal to Dhoni, 2 runs

low full toss on off, Dhoni drills a drive to the left of long-off. Kohli sprints across, swoops down the ball and lets a rip a throw to DK, who whips the bails off. But Dhoni is far too quick. The outcome is two

19.2
Harshal to Dhoni, no run

banged in short and outside off, Dhoni seeks to pull and manages an inside edge to the leg side off the pad

19.1
2
Harshal to Dhoni, 2 runs

mighty full on off, Dhoni forces it down to long-off. Kohli fumbles and puts in a wayward throw. They pinch two after some hesitation between the wickets

Five needed off the last over. Harshal slips into the hot seat.

end of over 198 runs • 2 wickets
CSK: 135/6CRR: 7.10 RRR: 5.00
MS Dhoni22 (25)
Mitchell Starc 4-0-27-1
Harshal Patel 3-0-21-0
18.6
W
Starc to Bravo, OUT

Starc splinters the off stump, breaks it into two. DJ Bravo out for a golden duck. Starc goes ventures of the crease and spears it right in the blockhole, too hot for Bravo, who can't dig it out. Is the game still alive?

Dwayne Bravo b Starc 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Round the stumps..

DJ Bravo..

18.5
W
Starc to Dhoni, OUT

direct hit at the strikers', Negi walks off. Yorker at the base of off, jammed out to the covers. Dhoni rushes across for a quick single, Negi reciprocates. Sarfraz lasers a direct hit and ends Negi's cameo

Pawan Negi run out (Khan) 12 (13m 6b 0x4 1x6) SR: 200
18.4
2
Starc to Dhoni, 2 runs

angled in very full and on off, pushed back to Starc, who stretches his right hand and deflects it towards mid-off. Negi hustles across for the second

Sakshar: "Dhoni last ball six is on its way"

18.3
1
Starc to Negi, 1 run

low full toss, tails in, hacked down to long-on

18.2
1
Starc to Dhoni, 1 run

yorker at the base of off, jabbed to the covers. Sarfraz has an aim at the non-strikers' and misses. The pair take the single they wanted via overthrow

Mid-off slides back to the boundary

18.1
4
Starc to Dhoni, FOUR runs

length on off, Dhoni races down the track and lifts it over mid-off. Tense faces in the RCB camp

Starc.. Round the stumps

end of over 1814 runs
CSK: 127/4CRR: 7.05 RRR: 6.50
Pawan Negi11 (5)
MS Dhoni15 (21)
Harshal Patel 3-0-21-0
David Wiese 4-0-30-1
17.6
2
Harshal to Negi, 2 runs

mighty full and outside off, Negi flat-bats it forcefully past the covers. Starc runs across to his left from sweeper cover and hunts it down

17.5
1
Harshal to Dhoni, 1 run

good length on off, Dhoni winds up and manages an inside edge onto the pad

manoj kini: "Dhoni playing a very good innings here"

17.4
1
Harshal to Negi, 1 run

full length on off, mistimed slog-sweep to long-on after sinking to one knee

17.4
1w
Harshal to Negi, 1 wide

hurled full and outside off, past the tram-line. Wide called

17.3
2
Harshal to Negi, 2 runs

stump-to-stump line, Negi, who had initially backed away, adjusts and drives it past the covers

17.2
6
Harshal to Negi, SIX runs

length and around off, Negi clears his front leg and has an almighty swipe at it. Walloped over deep midwicket

17.1
1
Harshal to Dhoni, 1 run

shortish, top-of-off line, steered square on the off side for one

Harshal..

end of over 177 runs • 1 wicket
CSK: 113/4CRR: 6.64 RRR: 9.00
Pawan Negi0 (1)
MS Dhoni13 (19)
David Wiese 4-0-30-1
Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-28-2
16.6
Wiese to Negi, no run

good length on middle, pushed back to the bowler

16.5
3b
Wiese to Dhoni, 3 byes

122ks slower ball outside off, Dhoni can't connect with the dab. DK is beaten. His night has just gotten worse. Negi hares back for the third

Best performances - batters
Michael Hussey player pic
MEK Hussey CSK
56 runs (46)
3 fours
2 sixes
Control74%
Productive shot
cover drive
13 runs
1 four
0 six
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Chris Gayle portrait
CH Gayle RCB
41 runs (43)
2 fours
3 sixes
Control82%
Productive shot
off drive
7 runs
0 four
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Ashish Nehra
A Nehra CSK
O
4
M
0
R
28
W
3
ECO
7
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Yuzvendra Chahal portrait
YS Chahal RCB
O
4
M
0
R
28
W
2
ECO
7
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
TossChennai Super Kings, elected to field first
SeriesPepsi Indian Premier League
Season2015
Player Of The Match
Ashish Nehra
Ashish Nehra
Series resultChennai Super Kings advanced
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50-23.20
Match days22 May 2015 - night (20-over match)
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Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpire
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Chettithody Shamshuddin
Reserve Umpire
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Krishnaraj Srinath
Match Referee
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Roshan Mahanama
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