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Chennai reach IPL final

2012-05-26 06:57

Chennai - Murali Vijay became the first Indian to hammer two centuries in the Indian Premier League as the Chennai Super Kings stormed into final with an 86-run win over the Delhi Daredevils on Friday.

The opener cracked four sixes and 15 fours in his quickfire 58-ball 113 as defending champions Chennai posted a commanding 222-5 off their 20 overs before dismissing Delhi for 136 at the Chidambaram stadium in Chennai.

Chennai will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the final at the same venue on Sunday.

Vijay, who also scored a hundred in the 2010 edition, was run out off the last ball of the innings while coming back for a second run, but not before helping his team post the highest total of the ongoing tournament.

Delhi never looked like achieving the stiff target and were bowled out in the 17th over, with spinners Ravichandran Ashwin taking three wickets and Shadab Jakati two.

Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene top-scored for Delhi with a 38-ball 55, hitting two sixes and four boundaries.

The Chennai batsmen, led by Vijay, earlier dominated the Delhi attack which was without South African paceman Morné Morkel, the tournament's leading bowler with 25 wickets in 16 matches.

Seamer Varun Aaron bagged two wickets but conceded 63 runs in four overs, the most ever by a bowler in an IPL innings.

Chennai made a solid start after being put in to bat as Vijay and Australian Michael Hussey (20) added 68 runs for the opening wicket to put their team on course for a big total.

Vijay hit the first two balls of the match from off-spinner Sunny Gupta for fours and then smashed three boundaries in an over from Aaron.

The Chennai opener's best came when he cracked two sixes and as many fours in spinner Virender Sehwag's over. He completed his century off 51 balls, the fastest of the ongoing tournament.

Vijay put on 69 runs for the second wicket with Suresh Raina (27 off 17 balls) and 39 for the fifth wicket with West Indies' Dwayne Bravo, who smashed a 12-ball 33 not out with the help of two sixes and three fours.

Brief scores:

Chennai Super Kings 222-5 in 20 overs (M. Vijay 113, D. Bravo 33 not out, S. Raina 27, MS Dhoni 23, M. Hussey 20; V. Aaron 2-63) beat Delhi Daredevils 136 in 16.5 overs (M. Jayawardene 55, R. Taylor 24; R. Ashwin 3-23, S. Jakati 2-40) by 86 runs.

AFP

Comments
  • Richard - 2012-05-26 11:48

    Delhi had only themselves to blame. They had two bites at the cherry and poor selections in both matches let them down. Facing KKR on a turning track, they picked one spinner to KKR's four. And then leaving out Morne yesterday was just crazy. I understand their dilemma with only four international players allowed and Irfan Pathan's injury leaving them both a batsman and a bowler short, necessitating Andre Russell playing. But still, you don't face that Chennai batting lineup without your star strike bowler. Talking about Chennai's batting, I can't help but feel that Albie is being a bit wasted at Chennai. They have any number of star batsmen who can lambaste bowlers not just at the death but throughout - Vijay, Raina, Dhoni, Bravo, Faf, Jadeja. It's really only Hussey and Badrinath who play "sheet anchor" roles with slower strike rates. Besides, Bravo is doing better in the role of "pace bowler who can also smash sixes at the end" anyway, so Albie is playing at most a bit part. This season, he's faced exactly 68 balls in 15 matches. I wonder what impact Chris Gayle would have on the IPL if he faced 68 balls over a whole season? I'm not saying Albie is in Gayle's league or that he should open the batting. But surely the IPL would be even more entertaining if Albie got more opportunity to showcase his spectacular hitting? I'd rather see Albie move to a team like Punjab or Pune where he could play more of a role with the bat and the same role with the ball.

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