April 23rd, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   Comments Off on IPL-3 : CHENNAI ENTER FINAL
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Deccan Chargers had won the last five encounters consecutively and the law of averages finally caught up with them. A fine bowling display by Doug Bollinger enabled Chennai to enter the final of the IPL-3.

MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat on Thursday in the Second Semi final between Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers played at the Dr. D.Y.Patil Stadium Mumbai. Dhoni had judged that the pitch would help the pacers now, and would take spin later. But his gamble did not initially work out as his batsmen failed to deliver the goods one after another and went back to the pavilion in quick succession. 

Mathew Hayden and Murli Vijai opened the innings for Chennai and three regulation catches were dropped in the first five overs. Despite this lapse on the apart of Deccan, Chennai were a pathetic 50 for 3 after 8 and and at the half way mark were at 62 for the loss of 3 wickets.

 It was a disappointing display from the Chennai batsmen. Dhoni tried to repair the damage and his partnership with Badrinath proved crucial in the result of the match. Their partnership of 52 comprised just four boundaries did change the complexion of the game. 

Dhoni did repair the damage to some extent but he also fell down caught Rohit bowled Harmeet for 30 runs. Harmeet was mixing his leg spin, flippers and pace balls with perfection. 

Badrinath played well and he unnecessarily committed suicide in trying to take a non-existant run and Gilchrist brilliantly stumped him off R.P.Singh for 37 runs. 

Chennai Super Kings brought back Muralitharan and Anirudh who hit two towering sixes, one each in the last two overs. Anirudh was out caught Gibbs bowled Harris for 24. 

Deccan Chargers have five successive wins that ensured their qualification for the semi final stage, made three changes. RP Singh was preferred over Rahul Sharma. Herschelle Gibbs has been included in place of Mitchell Marsh. 

In reply to 143 for 7 Deccan chargers were shot out for a paltry 104 run. Gilchrist and Gibbs opened the innings for Deccan. Gilchrist was consumed by Bollinger for 15 and Gibbs was bowled by Jakati for 18 runs. Sumanth 16 and Harris 15 were the other contributors to the Deccan score card. 

It was a very sad display of the batting card and wickets fel like nine pins. Deccan Chargers could not fare any better and Bolinger took two quick wickets dismissing Gilchrist and Suman with the score reading at 23 for 2. Thereafter wickets fell at regular intervals and all eyes were glued on Symonds who was being thought to be the saviour of the Deccan Chargers. 

Andrew Symonds hit Jakati for consecutive fours in an over which fetched 17. But  today he could not save the Deccan team and he also perished caught M Vijai bowled Ashwin for 24 runs. 

The pacers got their swing and the spinners their turn on this track which turned after every over. Bollinger appeared to be unplayable today and the three spinners also bowled extremely well. 

Deccan Chargers got their first fifty in 11.3 overs and were 50 for the loss of three wickets. Rohit Sharma also could not rescue Deccan as he had been doing in the earlier matches and was out caught by Murlitharan bowled Morkel for 2 runs. 

It was in fact Bollinger’s feat of four wickets for 13 runs which sealed the fate of the Deccan Chargers. In the last over Deccan required 39 runs to win. The Chennai Super Kings won the match by 38 runs. 

The Chennai Super Kings will now meet Mumbai Indians in the final to be played on April 25th, 2010.

The award for the Maximum sixes was given to Anirudh Srikanth. 

The award for the Karbonn Kamaal Catch was awarded to Suresh Raina. 

The Man of the match was awarded to Doug Bollinger.

Ravi Matah.

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