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Super Kings hold the advantage over the Warriors

The Chevrolet Warriors struggled with the bat to leave the Chennai Super Kings chasing a total of just 127 to win the 2010 Twenty20 Champions League Final at the Wanderers.

The Warriors struggled with the bat against the Super Kings spin bowlers and despite Davy Jacobs innings of 34 the Warriors slumped to a total of just 128-7.

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.

source - cricket20.com
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