Sunday, September 26, 2010

C L T.20-2010. Grand Finals Chennai Super Kings vs Warriors.

The much talked about finals between Warriors, the champion team from South Africa, taking on Chennai Super Kings the champion team from India, turned out to be a tame and drab affair. Chennai Super kings 132 for 2, won the match beating Warriors 128 for 7 by an extraordinary margin of eight wickets.

Warriors won the toss and elected to bat, on Johannesburg wicket, which normally slows down as the match progresses. A score of around 150, is generally difficult to chase under the lights. Warriors started as if they would end up at around 180 plus, the first four overs yielding 39 runs, when Prince fell, bowled Bollinger of a beauty curving in from off for six runs. The leading run scorer of the tournament at that stage, Jacobs, fell for 34 of 21 with eight fours. Ashwin and Murali took control of the middle overs, with spells of and respectively. Thyssens 25 of 18 in the end, just helped Warriors to finish at 128 for 7.

With abvout 6.4 runs per over to score, Vijay and Hussey gave a grand start to the King's innings, putting on 105 for the opening wicket. Vijay fell trying to finish the match early, caught by Kreusche of Boje for a well made 58 of 53 with six fours and two sixes. Raina fell early heaving Ntini to Botha for just 2. Dhoni joined Hussey and with out much ado, finished the match in the 19th over remaining unbeaten on 17 of 12. Hussey played in a customary professional way and remained unbeaten on 51 of 46, with just three fours, which speaks volumes of this man's talent and cricketing brain. . Ntini and Boje took a wicket each.

Chennai Super kings pocketed $2.5 million prize money and the CL Air Tel trophy. Warriors pocketed $1.5 million and finished runners up. The whole tournament was run like a clock work, and no praise is enough for the South Africans and the IPL organising teams.

IPL 4 will now have ten teams, with new team combination and new formats. 2011 will be an year to cherish in the South Asian cricketing calender, with the cricket World Cup, and IPL.4.

Signing off for now, and will see you in 2011, with more cricketing news and comments.

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