Champions League T20
Raina blasts Chennai to final
Suresh Raina (Gallo Images)
Durban - Suresh Raina slammed an unbeaten 94 off 48 balls as the Chennai Super Kings stormed past the Royal Challengers in the Champions League Twenty20 semi-final at Kingsmead on Friday.
Raina propelled Chennai to 174 for four after rain reduced the match to 17 overs a side.
Facing an adjusted target of 176, Bangalore crumbled to 123 all out after losing their first three wickets for 12 runs.
Chennai won by 52 runs according to the Duckworth/Lewis method.
Chennai will meet the winners of Saturday's second semi-final between the South Australian Redbacks and the Eastern Cape Warriors in Centurion.
The final is in Johannesburg on Sunday.
The left-handed Raina hit six sixes and five fours as he made the highest score of the tournament.
Raina took advantage of a weakened Bangalore attack after fast bowler Dale Steyn was injured while taking a catch to dismiss Mike Hussey.
Steyn ran backwards at speed after Hussey hit the ball over mid-off. He jumped to take the catch but landed heavily on his back and his head banged into the turf.
He had to go to hospital to be checked for back and head damage.
Steyn had been expected to be a key bowler for Bangalore on a pitch which suited fast bowling.
Faced with a daunting target, Bangalore's hopes were snuffed out by Chennai opening bowlers Albie Morkel and Doug Bollinger, who dismissed first three batsmen within the first 3.3 overs.
The overs were reduced after a rain break of two-and-a-half hours when Chennai were 15 for one after 2.5 overs.