IPL 2011: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings- CSK win by 6 wickets

first_imgSuresh Raina scored a quick-fire 73 not out as Chennai beat Bangalore by six wickets to reach the final of the IPL-4. Score | PhotosBangalore will now play in the ‘Qualifier 2’ against the winner of the ‘Eliminator’ match between Kolkata and Mumbai.If Bangalore win the second qualifier, they too will proceed to the final to be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium In Chennai on Saturday.Chasing 176, Chennai reached the target with two balls to spare against Bangalore during the ‘Qualifier 1’ at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.In a repeat of the last league game between the two teams, Tuesday saw the openers falling to the same bowlers.Paceman Zaheer Khan got rid of Michael Hussey on the sixth ball of the innings even before he had opened his account. In the next over another left-arm pacer S Aravind got the better of Murali Vijay to reduce Chennai to 7/2 in 1.3 overs.Then S Badrinath and Suresh Raina put on 63 runs for the third wicket trying to bring the Chennai innings back on track after the early setback. But in the 11th over Badrinath fell to Abhimanyu Mithun when batting on 34. He wanted to play the ball inside-out, but failed miserably and gave a catch to S Aravind in the covers.Post Badrinath’s wicket, Raina and captain MS Dhoni got going against the opposition bowlers. They started dealing in boundaries trying to raise the slow run rate. And the two picked Mithun for their onslaught. While Raina hit two sixes off him in the 13th over Dhoni hit a four and the over fetched as many as 23 runs.advertisementThe Dhoni-Raina quick-fire 61 run stand finally came to an end in the 17th over off Zaheer Khan. The Chennai captain hit a six off him and then went for another one but this time Mithun caught him at long on and Dhoni was seen walking back on 29. And Chennai were down to 131/4. Raina and Albie Morkel then treated the slog overs the way they are supposed to be treated – as clubbing exercise.The two hit three sixes in the 19th over that saw 21 runs being scored in it.Chennai now needed 12 runs in the last over. Raina took a single on the first ball and then Morkel hit a four and followed it up with a double. A six off the fourth ball by Morkel pushed the Chennai total to 177 – run above the required target.Raina’s 73 came off 50 ball and included a four and six sixes in it.  Morkel scored 28 off 10 balls hitting a four and three sixes on the way.Bangalore inningsVirat Kolhi scored a dogged 70 as Bangalore put on a competitive 175/4 against Chennai.Earlier, Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to field.Unlike their league games including the last one against Chennai, Chris Gayle didn’t provide Bangalore with a flying start on Tuesday. He departed in the fourth over off the innings off offie R Ashwin, leg before, when the team total was 30/1.Then one-down batsman Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal tried to revive the innings post the early setback. The two had put on 35 runs for the second wicket when Agarwal fell. He holed out to Doug Bollinger off Dwayne Bravo on the last ball of the ninth over when batting on 34.Two overs later Chennai’s left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati got rid of AB de Villiers cheaply to reduce Bangalore to 85/3.Finally, Kohli and Luke Pomersbach got on with a partnership helping Bangalore to a decent score. The two put on 48 runs for the fourth wicket before Bollinger scalped Pomersbach in the 17th over when he was batting on 29.But more than that, the last ball of the 18th over brought in a major blow for Chenani, literally. As Ashwin got hit by Saurabh Tiwary just above the left eye and was helped off the field. Clearly he needed a stretcher, but he was made to walk back.  Virat Kohli and Saurabh Tiwary were at the crease when Bangalore’s came to a close. Kohli’s 70 came 44 balls and included five fours and three sixes.last_img

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