Superb Vijay seals triumph for Super Kings
The Chennai Super Kings completed a comprehensive 8 wicket victory over the Chevrolet Warriors to secure the 2010 Twenty20 Champions League title after a one sided game at the Wanderers.
The reigning IPL champions made light work of the Warriors total cruising to victory with 6 balls to spare thanks to a superb innings from Murali Vijay who smashed 58 runs to end the tournament as the leading run scorer.
Having won the toss the Warriors struggled with the bat against the Super Kings spin bowlers and despite Davy Jacobsís innings of 34 the Warriors slumped to a total of just 128-7.
Faced with a relatively low run chase the Super Kings got off to a fantastic start thanks to Michael Hussey and Vijay who shared an opening stand of 103 to put the IPL champions in control.
After setting the Super Kings a victory target of just 129 the Warriors needed to make an early breakthrough but the wickets of Hussey and Vijay proved to be elusive as they completed an opening stand of 50 in just 44 balls.
Vijay completed a well deserved half century in the 13th over before securing his place as the tournaments highest run scorer with a single in the next over.
The 26 year old brought up the 100 with a six over long-off before Nicky Boje finally broke through to remove Vijay (58) at the end of the 15th over.
The pairís excellent start increased the pressure on the Warriors who were unable to make a breakthrough until the result of the match had been all but settled thanks to another brilliant innings from Vijay.
Suresh Raina (2) quickly followed but MS Dhoni came to the crease with the Super Kings needing just 22 runs from 25 balls to become the first IPL team to win the Twenty20 Champions League.
With the tension starting to increase after the loss of Vijay and Raina; Hussey (51) calmed nerves by completing an impressive half century to leave the Super Kings needing 13 runs from 13 balls.
The victory was sealed by Dhoni (17) who smashed Rusty Theron for a massive six and then a boundary to leave the Super Kings needing just 2 runs which the skipper delivered to spark wild celebrations.
Having won the toss the Warriors got off to an encouraging start thanks to Davy Jacobs leading the way in the power play overs despite the loss of Ashwell Prince early on.
With Jacobs, the tournaments leading run scorer in fine form Prince played a more conservative role scoring just 6 runs from 9 deliveries before he was bowled by Doug Bollinger at the start of the 5th over.
The skipper smashed 34 runs from just 21 deliveries to get the Warriors innings off to the perfect start as he found the gaps in the field scoring 8 boundaries during the power play overs.
Looking set at the crease for another big innings Jacobs tried to reverse sweep Ravichandran Ashwin at the end of the 6th over but was trapped LBW after the ball wrapped him on the pads in front of middle stump.
With Jacobs gone the Warriors, now 45-2, started to struggle and during the next three over Justin Kreusch and Colin Ingram could only score 11 runs as the Super Kings took a stranglehold of the innings.
Ingram (16), who had struggled since his arrival at the crease tried to break the shackles by dispatching Albie Morkel over long-on but the 25 year old, miscued his shot allowing Suresh Raina to take an easy catch out on the boundary to leave the Warriors 73-3.
The South African Twenty20 champions hopes of setting a big total took a further blow when Mark Boucher (5) was bowled by Muttiah Muralitharan at the start of the 14th over.
Kreusch (17) followed 4 deliveries later after chipping an easy catch to Raina at midwicket to leave the Warriors 82-5. With 6 overs remaining the Super Kings had taken complete control of the game.
With two new batsmen at the crease the pressure increased with the run rate dropping to just 5.81 an over thanks to Ashwin and Balaji who took the pace off the ball which left Craig Thyssen and Johan Botha struggling to get the Warriors stuttering innings back on track.
Thyssen offered some hope smashing Balaji for two fours and a six at the end of the 17th over but once again the Super Kings struck back with Ashwin dismissing Botha (7) to leave the Warriors 111-6 with just 17 deliveries remaining.
Thyssen (25) and new partner Nicky Boje (8) added just more 14 runs to help the Warriors reach 128-7 but without a substantial innings from Jacobs the Warriors struggled to leave the Super Kings chasing a relatively low total.