Thursday, April 22, 2010

IPL.3. Day.41. Match.58. Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers - Semi Final II

If Mumbai Indians won the first semi finals by a big margin of 35 runs, Chennai Super Kings went one better and won the second semifinals against Deccan Chargers by 38 runs.

On a lively wicket, with seam and bounce, Chennai Super Kings opting to bat first, were three wickets down for 29 in a jiffy. Hayden failed again, in spite of getting two lives at zero and four.

Vijay and Raina followed him quickly. A sedate 52 runs partnership between Dhoni 30 of 32 and Badri 37 of 41 helped Super Kings to rebuild an innings. Dhoni's departed at 81 and was quickly followed by Morkel 4 of 4. Srikkanth Anirudh made a decent 24 of 15. Chennai Super Kings folded out for 142 for 7 in 20.

Harris was brilliant with Symonds,Ojha and Harmeet Bisla were the other wicket takers. Bisla has been most impressive in the end overs throughout the tournament. With a bit of support, he can be groomed in to a front line T.20 bowler.

In a pressure situation, low scores are never easy. Bollinger bowled with fire and downed Gilchrist and Suman early. Rohit followed, caught by Murali of Morkel for 2, and DC were precariously placed at 37 for 3 in seven. They never recovered and were bowled out for 104 in 19.2 overs. Symonds 23 of 22, Gibbs 18 of 26, Sumanth 16 of 18 and Harris 15 of 8 contributed to the team total. Bollinger was at his brilliant best. Ashwin, Morkel, Muralidharan , Jakati and Raina all picked up wickets.

Both the semi finals have been won by good margins. The final is scheduled for 25th April. Both the teams will slug it out for the title. Mumbai Indians appear to have a slight edge due to their all round ability. But Chennai Indians have proved in the last two matches, they handle the pressure situation better.

May the better team on the day win. Whoever wins, the ultimate winner will be the game itself.

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