Man of the Match Doug Bollinger ripped through the Deccan Chargers with 4-13 to propel the Chennai Super Kings to the IPL Final.
Chennai were dented by a poor start and some determined Deccan bowling, but big hitting and fortuitous batting carried them to a respectable 142-7, having scored 46 in the final five overs. This proved more than enough to dethrone the defending champions; the Super Kings bowling, led by Bollinger, was exemplary whilst Deccan’s batting floundered.
Earlier Ryan Harris made use of difficult conditions, nabbing Chennai’s opening pair and troubling the top order, who failed to make use of reprieves after Deccan dropped three simple chances in the opening stanza. Chennai, 29-3 at the end of the fifth, were in trouble, but the pitch slowed and lost some of it’s venom.
MS Dhoni [30 from 32] and Subramaniam Badrinath [37 from 41] consolidated when Gilchrist opted to protect the boundary rather than attack the wicket and built a foundation from which Srikkanth Anirudha launched his 24 run cameo in the final stages. Their measured 52 run partnership kept the modest run-rate afloat but only produced four boundaries.
Having given their spin-heavy bowling attack a few runs to play with, Chennai were poised to make use of the sluggish wicket and ultimately their suffocation of the Deccan top order proved decisive. The opening two overs went for one run each, an out of form Adam Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs struggling before Bollinger and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Deccan fell to 31-3 midway through the eighth, and it fell on Gibbs and Andrew Symonds to provide impetus to the wayward Deccan charge. This time the pair could not deliver, and succumbed to the mounting pressure; first Gibbs playing on to fall for 18 [from 26] with the innings at 48-4, and Symonds later [23 from 22] with Deccan out of contention at 82-6 with only four overs remaining.
Deccan, with only Symonds exceeding 20, never looked likely to eclipse Chennai’s modest total and were truly dominated by the Super Kings bowling unit. Each bowler took a wicket, with Bollinger the key destroyer.
The Chennai Super Kings now face the favourites, the Mumbai Indians, in the IPL final in three days time.
Chennai 142-7 (20 overs)
Subramaniam Badrinath 37, MS Dhoni 30, Ryan Harris 3-29
Deccan 104 all out (19.2 overs)
Andrew Symonds 23, Doug Bollinger 4-13, Shadab Jakati 2-44.
Chennai won by 38 runs
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