Morkel, Raina stun Bangalore

2011-05-24 20:49

Mumbai - Suresh Raina smashed an unbeaten 73 as Chennai Super Kings produced a stunning turnaround to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets on Tuesday and storm into the Indian Premier League final.

Raina battled cramps on way to his 50-ball knock and shared 46 runs with Albie Morkel (28 not out) to help the defending champions overhaul Bangalore's 175-4 with two balls to spare at the Wankhede Stadium.

Needing 33 runs to win from the last two overs, Morkel and Raina hammered 21 runs in the 19th over bowled by left-arm paceman Sreenath Aravind to leave Chennai needing just 12 in the last.

Morkel brought off the winning runs with a six off captain Daniel Vettori to cap a memorable outing for Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men.

Bangalore will get another shot at making the final according to the new IPL format, taking on the winner of the second play-off between Kolkata and Mumbai to be played on Wednesday.

The final will be played in Chennai on Saturday.

Chennai were staring down the barrel after being reduced to 7-2 in the second over but Raina put the innings back on track with a vital 63-run stand with Subramaniam Badrinath (34).

Raina's innings upstaged a fine effort by Bangalore's Virat Kohli who hit 70 not out off 44 balls with three sixes and five fours after Dhoni won the toss and elected to field.

Kohli also shared 48-runs for the fourth wicket with Luke Pomersbach (29) to help Bangalore recover from early losses, including the dismissal of explosive opener Chris Gayle for eight.

Gayle, the leading run-scorer of the tournament with 519 runs from 10 just innings, was trapped leg-before by Ravichandran Ashwin while attempting to sweep the off-spinner.

Ashwin, who took a nasty blow on his head while fielding off his own bowling, picked up 1-33 while Doug Bollinger impressed the most among the pacemen with figures of 1-20 off his four overs.

Brief scores:

Royal Challengers Bangalore 175-4 in 20 overs (V. Kohli 70 not out, Mayank Agarwal 34, L. Pomersback 29) lost to Chennai Super Kings 177-4 in 19.4 overs (S. Raina 73 not out, S. Badrinath 34, MS Dhoni 29, A. Morkel 28 not out; Zaheer Khan 2-31) by six wickets.


  • Freshfish - 2011-05-24 21:01

    Where was Albie in the world cup huh??????

      Julius Dilem - 2011-05-25 07:17

      Didnt you read any of the articles during that period? He was left behind...

  • Happybloke - 2011-05-25 06:29

    Hea the questions keeps popping up now if Albie can do that in India in the IPL, why was not he picked for the worldcup squad? and did Hudson made an error or was it just teh quota system that brought the diffrence, will the new couch pick him or what, I believe teh Dhoni said after teh worldcup selection and the series in SA he said where is Morkel , he said Chennia can not without Albie how can the Proteas.Maybe FAF should have stay home and Parnell.

      ICA - 2011-05-25 08:05

      Senior players select the team and squad,got prove of it Albie not in their books

      Flinger - 2011-05-25 09:44

      Albies absence in the CWC was ultimately decided by graham smith...1 more reason to never let him put his stinking foot on a south african pitch again.

  • PCDP - 2011-05-25 09:56

    Sweet CSK... Now to win the final again!! Nice going Albie - "Stick it to the MAN"

      Ollie - 2011-05-25 10:20

      rcb will get revenge

  • MacDaKnife - 2011-05-25 10:10

    He does know how to come to the party when he wants to, good going Albie.CSK to win the IPL and hope your contribution is going to make a difference.

  • courage22 - 2011-05-25 10:24

    The last 2 years he hasn't been performing for the Proteas, that's why he wasn't picked. It's easier to score runs in the IPL than in the World Cup with added pressure.

      DeonL - 2011-05-25 10:47

      I agree, he did not perform well enough for SA, but he deserves a 2nd chance now in the 1day and T20 teams.

  • saliem - 2011-05-25 11:32

    AB choked again :P

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