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Vijay ton helps Chennai Super Kings set up IPL 2012 final clash with Kolkata Knight Riders
By IPL desk
Mumbai 26 May 2012
Murali Vijaypowered the Chennai Super Kings to their third successive IPL final with a sparkling century that helped the defending champions beat the Delhi Daredevils at Chepauk. After Vijay’s 113 (58 balls; 15x4, 4x6) took CSK to a towering score of 222, the bowlers, led by R Ashwin (three for 23), inflicted an 86-run defeat on the Daredevils.
Earlier, DD surprised everyone by opting to play debutant off-spinner Sunny Gupta in place of Purple Cap-holder, Morne Morkel. With Irfan Pathan also nursing a hand injury, the Daredevils opted to play all-rounder Andre Russellinstead. CSK, on the other hand, played the same XI that triumphed against theMumbai Indians in Bengaluru.
Soon, these changes made by the Daredevils backfired completely as the Super Kings openers set off at a brisk pace. Vijay led the assault from the very beginning as he hit Gupta for a couple of fours in the very first over and then went on to do the same to Varun Aaron to bring up CSK’s 50 at the end of the sixth over.
Michael Hussey, who led CSK’s resurgence against MI, hit a steady 22-ball 20, before he edged a delivery to wicketkeeper Naman Ojha while charging down the track to Aaron. CSK were 68 for one in 8.1 overs at the loss of Hussey’s wicket.
There was no slowing down Vijay though. With Virender Sehwag attempting to bring himself on to curtail CSK’s run-rate, Vijay hit the Daredevils captain for a sequence of 6, 4, 0, 4, 6 and 1 to take Chennai to 104 for one at the end of 11 overs. The first of those hits, a six, was caught by Ross Taylor, standing at the midwicket boundary, who unfortunately stepped over the ropes as he landed.
Suresh Raina too contributed to CSK’s cause with a 69-run stand with Vijay that saw the left-hander hit a 17-ball 27, before he was caught and bowled by left-arm spinner Pawan Negi. MS Dhoni then continued his good form with a 10-ball 23-run cameo. While he was dropped by David Warner at long-on when he was on 14, he was eventually caught by Negi off Aaron in the 17th over.
Meanwhile, Vijay, who had reached 99 at the fall of Dhoni’s wicket, brought up his first century of IPL 2012 in just 51 balls by flicking a delivery from Aaron off his pads behind square. Although Albie Morkel fell to Umesh Yadav for a first-ball duck, with Dwayne Bravo (33* off 12 balls) cutting loose, CSK reached a mammoth 222 for five in 20 overs. Bravo hit Aaron for 25 runs in the 19th over, which led to the pacer finishing with figures of 4-0-63-2 – the worst by any bowler in the IPL. Sunny Gupta, the debutant, also fared poorly; his three overs cost DD 47 runs.
Faced with a stiff target, DD made another unusual decision with Mahela Jayawardene sent ahead of Virender Sehwag to open the innings along with David Warner. However, even that move didn’t pay off as Warner (3) fell to Ben Hilfenhuas in the third over. Sehwag (1), batting at No.3, also didn’t trouble the scorers much as he was caught brilliantly by Michael Hussey off Albie Morkel in the fourth over.
From 22 for two, Delhi tried to stay in the game with Jayawardene forging a 52-run stand with Ross Taylor. However, after Taylor (24) was caught by Suresh Raina at long-on in the ninth over, CSK’s spin duo of R Ashwin and Shadab Jakati combined to take five wickets and brought an end to DD’s innings in just 16.5 overs. Jayawardene, who was bowled by Ashwin in the 15th over, top scored for DD with 55 (38 balls); the Daredevils compiled only 136 runs.
CSK will now have the opportunity to win their third consecutive IPL titles when they take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in the final on May 27 at the same venue. Scorecard
Man-of-the-match: Murali Vijay for his brilliant innings of 113* off 58 balls, which powered CSK to their third successive IPL final
CSK beat MI by 38 runs; face DD in second qualifier in Chennai
By IPL desk
Mumbai 24 May 2012
The Chennai Super Kings, who had scraped through the league phase to claim a berth in the final four, beat the Mumbai Indians at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium to keep their hopes of reclaiming the IPL trophy alive. The defending champions beat the 2011 CLT20 champions by a convincing margin of 38 runs.
Leading from the front, MS Dhoni played his best knock of the tournament, while Dwayne Bravocontributed with the bat and the ball to take his team into the second qualifier where they will play the Delhi Daredevils at home.
Chasing 188 to win, Sachin Tendulkar (11) and Dwayne Smith (38) continued from where they had left off in Jaipur. The West Indies batsman attacked from the word go and helped his team to a great start. MI were cruising until Tendulkar returned to the dugout ending the 47-run opening partnership; He was run-out while trying to make an improbable run. Smith followed him back an over later as he was caught by Ravindra Jadeja off Shadab Jakati.
It was all downhill for MI from there on. Albie Morkel removed Dinesh Karthik (6) bringing out James Franklin to join Rohit Sharma. With the asking rate climbing up, MI were under pressure when Sharma (14) departed after edging Morkel to the wicketkeeper leaving his team at 77 for four. Amabati Rayudu (11) was the next to walk back. The middle-order bat hit R Ashwin straight to Murali Vijay at deep mid-wicket. A while later, Dwayne Bravo dismissed Franklin (13). And when Suresh Raina took a brilliant catch to send back Harbhajan Singh (1) off Hilfenhaus, MI needed 76 runs off 30 balls with three wickets in hand. With Kieron Pollard’s (16) mishit off Bravo caught safely by Raina, MI had reached the end of the road. The Mumbai franchise could only manage 149 for nine in their 20 overs.
Earlier, upon opting to bowl first, Harbhajan Singh and Dhawal Kulkarni got the Mumbai Indians off to a good start. While the skipper conceded only one run in the first over, the Kulkarni claimed two off two in the second over. But MI failed to cash in on the early breakthroughs as S Badrinath rescued the CSK innings with 94-run partnership with Michael Hussey. The No. 4 batsman sent Kulkarni twice to the boundary.
Hussey, who had taken nine balls to get off the mark, joined Badrinath in shaping the innings, and the duo kept the scoreboard ticking. Badrinath (47) fell short of well deserved half-century as he took the aerial route and found the safe hands of Pollard.
Dhoni, who replaced him at the crease, made his intent clear form the outset. Although a brilliant catch by Kulkarni at the fence saw Hussey return to pavilion for 49, the CSK skipper continued to hit the ball hard. He sent Franklin over the long-on fence for the longest six (112 meters) of IPL 2012 in the same over.
After being brought back into the attack, Kulkarni dismissed Jadeja (1) off the first ball. However, building on the diligent work of Badrinath and Hussey, Dhoni slammed Kulkarni for three consecutive boundaries. Joining the party, Bravo too hammered the MI bowlers all over the park. There was no stopping Dhoni (50*), who raced to his first half-century of the season off just 20 balls that too on the last ball of the innings. His knock included two sixes and six fours, while Bravo’s 14-ball 33-run cameo was peppered with three fours and two sixes. With an unbroken 73-run stand, the duo took CSK to 187 for the loss of five wickets. Scorecard Man-of-the-Match: MS Dhoni for his quick fire 51 off 20 balls, which included six fours and two sixes