20th T20: Chennai Super Kings vs Warriors Highlights Champions League 2010

Chennai Super Kings vs Warriors Highlights Champions League 2010 22nd Sept.

Chennai Super Kings vs Warriors Highlights Champions League 2010 22nd sept 2010. Watch Chennai Super Kings vs Warriors Highlights Champions League 2010 Cricket Highlights Online for free

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September 22, Port Elizabeth: It was carnival time at St George’s Park when Chennai Super Kings took on local favourites and Pro20 Series champions Warriors in the final Group A encounter. The spectators were at their rambunctious best, cheering every opposition run stopped, applauding every boundary hit by the home side. The trumpets and trombones were out playing at full blare, setting the perfect stage for this high octane clash between two prospective semi-finalist teams from Group A. Rudi Koertzen couldn’t have asked for a better atmosphere at the start of his final game on his home ground.

MS Dhoni’s luck with the toss continued and the Chennai captain opted to bat first on a wicket which had proved to be on the slower side in the earlier game between Wayamba and Central Stags. Dhoni wasn’t lucky enough to have Albie Morkel in the side, though – the all-rounder is yet to recover from a side strain.

Michael Hussey and M Vijay started in similar fashion in their game against the Victorian Bushrangers. The duo held steady while putting on 37 runs in the first six overs without losing any wicket. Vijay then changed gears and hit Nicky Boje for 16 runs in the seventh over, but this proved to be a minor aberration in what was to otherwise be a very tidy bowling performance by the Warriors.

Justin Kreusch’s introduction into the attack paid immediate dividends as the medium pacer struck three crucial blows to keep Chennai in check. Vijay, Suresh Raina and S Badrinath all fell to Kreusch and with Hussey falling to Johan Botha after a well paced half-century, the Kings were against the ropes. Dhoni’s 21-ball 31 got them to 136 but for a side battling for a place in the semi-final against two other teams (Bushrangers included), this was a most ordinary score. And with the Warriors needing to make only a 109 runs to qualify for the semi-final, irrespective of the result, the pressure was most certainly on CSK.

Yet, Chennai weren’t about to roll over. The St George’s Park wicket favoured the slower bowlers and with the addition of Shadab Jakati in their ranks, CSK must have believed at the halfway stage that they could still win this game.

Doug Bollinger came steaming in and R Ashwin bowled his unorthodox spin with the guile of a veteran. The Warriors’ openers were kept in check and Ashwell Prince was caught brilliantly at slip by Justin Kemp in trying to break free of the shackles. Davey Jacobs, the man in form for the Warriors, was in no mood to surrender the advantage. He hit a couple of boundaries to the mid-wicket fence and long-on, but got out to Jakati having made 32 off just 31 deliveries. Colin Ingram’s horrid run at CLT20 continued when he was dismissed by Suresh Raina. At 63 for 3 in 11.3 overs, Chennai had clawed their way right back into this match.

Justin Kreusch then struck a handy 44-run partnership with Mark Boucher off 35 balls and the duo were looking to not only take the Warriors past the qualifying mark, but also knock Chennai out of the competition with a victory to the home side. Dhoni then brought on Ashwin to bowl the 18th over and the spinner got rid of both batsmen – but not before Boucher had steered the Warriors past the qualifying mark of 109. And with 25 required off the last two overs, Bollinger and Muralitharan took a few wickets to keep the Warriors’ total down to 126 and hand Chennai a famous win.

After the fascinating game, Rudi Koertzen took a victory lap to mark the end of his umpiring career. It was also the end of Victorian Bushrangers’ CLT20 campaign. Over to the semis.

Brief Scores – Chennai Super Kings 136 for 6 (Michael Hussey 50, Murali Vijay 35, Justin Kreusch 3-19) beat Warriors 126 for 8 (Davey Jacobs 32, Justin Kreusch 25, Mark Boucher 25, R Ashwin 3-24) by 10 runs

Man-of-the-match – Mike Hussey for his knock of 50 runs on a difficult wicket and his two outstanding catches.



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