SuperKings storm into the finals

DOUG BOLLINGERMatch 58(2nd Semi Final) – Chennai Super Kings put up an inspired performance with the ball to not only defend a modest total but instead thrash the defending champions by 38 runs. Chargers had done half the job by restricting the powerful batting line up that Chennai boasted of to only 142 but they still had to complete the other half which was to chase down the score. But unfortunately their foreign stars Gilchrist and Gibbs batted in a manner contrary to their reputation, preferring caution over attack in the Powerplay which resulted in Chargers making their lowest score (23/2) in the first 6 overs. The required rate which was 7 at the start zoomed to 10 at the end of 10 overs as wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Deccan’s sharp bowling effort went in vain as their batting crumbled to be bowled out for 104 on a tricky pitch.

Rajasthan Royals Fortress gets stronger

Rajasthan Royals' batsman Naman Ojha in action during his superb knock against Chennai.Chennai Super Kings slumped to their 4th straight defeat as the Royals beat them by 16 runs to register their 4th straight win. After having made 177 thanks to a brilliant innings from Ojha who hit 80 from 49, the bowlers from the Royals responded well and survived a late onslaught from Chennai Super Kings to register their 10th win out of 11 matches at home. No wonder they call it a fortress.

Chennai Super Kings Innings

Master Blaster’ magic crushes Chennai

Sachin Tendulkar was in complete control of the Mumbai innings and was in sublime touchWhen you have GOD in your side you have nothing to worry. Mumbai Indians rose to the top of the IPL standings thanks to the batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar splendid innings of 72 in 52 balls who almost carried his bat through to give his side a 5 wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings at their home ground. Dhoni was back but it didn’t make any difference to the Super Kings as they lost their 3rd match in a row.

Mumbai Indians Innings

CSK snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

Kings XI Punjab players surround Yuvraj and Irfan after their victory over Chennai Super Kings.Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils had already done it and on Sunday it was the turn of Chennai to Showcase their talent : Not just how to lose a match but lose it after managing to get it to Super Over which KKR and DD couldn’t do :D. They scripted their own loss and maybe next time when Priyadarshan(who had come to watch the match) makes a movie he can have his script written by the Chennai team. It would surely be a Box office hit just like how the TRP ratings must have sky rocketed for sure during this game. Kings XI won their first game of this IPL season and Preity Zinta was on cloud 9. It just goes to show T20 is not about flat wickets and 200 plus scores but even low scoring encounters can turn out to be humdingers and nobody is complaining or is anyone?? PHOTOS

KKR humbled by CSK

MS Dhoni 2008 – KKR started high by beating Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers, but Super Kings stopped their winning run and then they ended up 6th in the table. Is history going to repeat itself?? It’s too early to say but the script looks the same as of today. Things surely were going according to plan for Kolkata Knight Riders until the final assault from the Chennai duo(Dhoni & Badrinath) spoiled the party for Dada and his million fans. It has only been a month since Dhoni and the Indian team were cheered by the Kolkata fans to equal the series against SA but today Dhoni was on the opposite side but that didn’t deter him one bit. We got to see phenomenal hitting from him which helped Super kings to post a competitive total. KKR who have been on a roll winning their first 2 matches were beaten comprehensively by 50 runs.