Thursday, September 23, 2010

C L T.20-2010. Day.12. Match.20. Chennai Super Kings vs Warriors SA.

In a match slated as virtual quarter finals, CSK 136 for 6 came up trumps beating warriors 126 for 8 by ten runs.

SuperKings batting first were again given a steady start of 63 runs for the first wicket in nine overs, by Michael Hussey 50 of 39 and Murali Vijay 35 of 27 . From 89 in the 12th over to 136 for in the 20th, it was a crawl, with CSK scoring under 6 runs a over. The pitch offering vicious spin and low bounce was cleverly used by the Warriors. Kreusch was at his best taking 3 for 19, supported by Theron and Botha with a wicket each, complimented by athletic and superb fielding.

CSK was thought to be short of a winning score by about 20 runs. For warriors,a score of 109 was enough to take them to semis, where as clear victory was required by CSK to make the cut. Warriors batted staedily , with Jacobs making 32 of 31, Ingram 17 of 24, Kreusch 25 of 26, Boucher 25 of 18 and Botha 12 of 8, tro keep them in contention. Ashwin 3 for 24, Jakati 1 for 27 and Raina 1 for 12, took wickets at regular intervals supported by good fielding and catching.But it was the magician Murali, who bowled a great 20th over, giving three runs and taking two wickets, who saw CSK through to the semifinals.

Super Kings finished at the top of Group 'B' and will meet Royal Challengers runner in Gr'A',in the first semi finals at Durban on 24th. Redbacks the topper in group'A' will meet Warriors the runner in Gr'B' in the second semi finals on 25th at Centurion.The semifinals should be top of the table affair and should dish out the best of T.20.

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