IPL 6: Chennai Super Kings make it to fourth consecutive IPL final
Chennai Super Kings breezed into the final of the Pepsi IPL for the fourth straight time with a thumping 48-run win over Mumbai Indians in the first qualifier played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on May 21.
Chennai Super Kings players M Vijay and S Raina celebrate the dismissal of Mumbai Indian cricketer Aditya Tare. (PTI)
Riding on pyrotechnics of Mike Hussey (86) and Suresh Raina (82), CSK posted a massive 192 for one and then did well to bowl out Mumbai Indians for 144 in 18.4 overs. Mumbai Indians' last nine wickets fell for 57 runs.
Chennai Super Kings bowler D Bravo celebrates the dismissal of Mumbai Indian cricketer L Malinga. (PTI)
Mumbai will however get another chance to qualify for the final when they meet winner of the the second qualifier between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals.
Mumbai Indians player Kiron Pollard celebrates the dismissal of Chennai Super Kings batsman Murli Vijay. (PTI)
Dwayne Smith's big-hitting prowess is well documented and while chasing a target of 193, one needed to be aggressive from the word 'go'. Smith, who retained the 'Purple' Cap, hit a blazing 28-ball 68 but after his fall, Mumbai lost wickets in heap.
Mumbai Indians batsman D Smith celebrates his 50 against Chennai Super Kings. (PTI)
Smith took full advantage of the field restriction as he played the lofted shot to good effect. Whether it was rookie Mohit Sharma or South African Chris Morris, Smith deposited all of them in the stands as MI started scoring at a rate of more than 10 per over.
Mumbai Indians batsman D Smith plays a shot against Chennai Super Kings. (PTI)
R Jadeja bowled an arm ball which caught Karthik plumb in-front trying a sweep shot.
Chennai Super Kings R Jadeja being greeted by teammates on taking wicket of a batsman of Mumbai Indian cricketer Dinesh Kartik. (PTI)
Kieron Pollard did hit a couple big sixes off Jadeja but gave a simple catch to short fine leg fielder inside the circle trying to flick one. With Pollard back in the dug-out, a victory was out of question.
Mumbai Indians batsman K P Pollard plays a shot. (PTI)
For the record, CSK has made it to the fifth final in six editions of the cash-rich league. The only time they failed to make it to the title round was the second edition held in South Africa where they lost in the semi-finals.