Felix Austin | cricket20
The Chennai Super Kings pulled off a dramatic comeback to seal their place in Saturdays IPL final after a tense 6 wicket victory over the Royal Challengers at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Suresh Raina led the way with an impressive half century to help the Super Kings chase down a victory target of 176 after the 24 year scored 73 runs from just 50 deliveries.
With the tension mounting Raina and Albie Morkel smashed 46 runs from just 18 balls to seal a dramtic victory with 2 deliveries to spare to seal their place in Saturday’s final.
The Super Kings needed 33 runs from the final 12 deliveries to completed an amazing comeback after they were reduced to just 7-2 after 1.3 overs.
Morkel led the way smashing Sreenath Aravind for back to back sixes at the start of the penultimate over before Raina launched the same bowler over mid wicket at the end of the 19th to leave the Super King sneeding just 12 runs.
Royal Challenger skipper Daniel Vettori took on the responsibility but he was powererless to stop the Super Kings charge after Morkel smashed a boundary and then a six over midwicket to seal an amazing comeback victory.
Having lost, the Royal Challengers will now wait and play the winner of tomorrows night’s game between the Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday for the right to face the Super Kings in Saturdays final.
Faced with a tricky run chase, the defending champions got off to a disastrous start after they lost Michael Hussey (0) and Muali Vijay (5) inside the opening two overs after they were both trapped LBW by Zaheer Khan and Sreenath Aravind respectively.
Subramaniam Badrinath and Suresh Raina offered the Super Kings fresh hope with a 3rd wicket stand of 63 but the Royal Challengers hit back thanks to Abhimanyu Mithun who struck in the 11th over to remove Badrinath (34).
Raina remained at the crease to record an impressive half century during a 4th wicket partnership of 61 with MS Dhoni as the Super Kings slowly thought their way back into the game.
With the pressure mounting Zhan struck to remove Dhoni (29) in the 17th over but having conceded 20 runs the game went down to the wire with the Super Kings needing another 33 runs from just 12 balls after Gayle conceded just 5 runs from the 18th over.
Virat Kohli (70) played a vital role for the Royal Challengers, smashing 5 fours and 3 sixes after he arrived at the crease in the 3rd over after Chris Gayle had been dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin.
Having win the toss and elected to bowl first, the defending champions got the innings off to the perfect start when danger man, Chris Gayle was trapped LBW by Ashwin at the start of the 3rd over.
Bollinger was the pick off the bowlers with a another impressive bowling display, conceding just 20 runs from his 4 overs as well has taking the wicket of Pomersbach to leave the game well balanced before Kohli struck back.
The West Indian, who had scored 511 runs in just 9 games managed just one six during a subdued innings which saw him saw just 8 runs from 9 deliveries before he was dismissed.
The Royal Challengers top order was kept in check throughout the early stages of the innings with nobody able to break the shackles thanks to some impressive bowling from Doug Bollinger and Ashwin.
With Gayle back in the dug out, Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli shared a 2nd wicket stand of 35 to help the Royal Challengers recover after losing their danger man so early in the innings.
Their partnership was broken by Dwayne Bravo at the end of the 9th over when Agarwal (34) picked out Bollinger at long on to leave the Royal Challengers 65-2.
AB de Villiers (11) quickly followed before Kohli shared a vital 4th wicket stand of 48 with Luke Pomersbach (29) to slowly wrestle control of the game away from the Super Kings who had started the game strongly.