Rain, rain then Raina!

2010-09-25 00:00

AFTER the heavens had shaken off their excess, Suresh Raina’s cracking 94 warmed up all of Kingsmead as the Chennai Superkings romped to a 52-run win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore last night.

Not much went right for Bangalore skipper Anil Kumble, as he lost the toss, lost his star bowler freakishly, and then proceeded to lose the plot.

And then, unsurprisingly, his side lost the contest too.

The scheduled 5.30pm start realised all of 17 balls before a breezy drizzle settled in for nearly two hours. At that stage, Chennai had meandered to 15 for no loss.

Upon their return, they were informed that the match was now a 17- over affair, and they had to get their skates on.

Mike Hussey didn’t last too long, as he was stunningly held by Dale Steyn. The catch was Steyn’s sole contribution to the match, however, as he landed heavily and was taken to hospital with pain in his neck and lower back.

Hussey’s departure only hastened the arrival of master Raina. Where others had dithered, the dashing left-hander dazzled.

He found a willing partner in Murali Vijay as they rattled up a whirlwind second wicket stand of 81 to get Chennai’s charge on the go.

Vijay fell for 41 off 32 balls, and that set the stage for the rampant Raina.

He spanked five fours and a half- dozen maximums, making Bangalore pay for some slack fielding.

By the time the young blazer was done, Chennai had put themselves in an excellent position.

Kumble, crippled by the loss of Steyn, bowled an expensive last over, while his plan to use Cameron White as a seamer backfired spectacularly.

Bangalore’s chase could hardly be called that, as they barely laid a bat on Albie Morkel and Doug Bollinger’s early overs.

Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had implored his quickies to step up, and they really did. Morkel bowled with purpose and pace, while Bollinger’s bounce was too much for the batsmen.

It was a damp squib to a trying day, but Chennai won’t care a jot.

Their catching was sure, and their hunger for the victory saw them overwhelm a bumbling Bangalore outfit.

Manish Pandey struck a defiant 52, but it was in a losing cause.

Bollinger snared three wickets, and Muralitharan nabbed two as the Royal Challenge descended into poverty.

Chennai now travel up to the Wanderers for tomorrow’s final. On this form, with bat and ball, the IPL champions will take some serious stopping.  

SCOREBOARD

CHENNAI INNINGS

M Hussey c Steyn b V Kumar 6

M Vijay c Kohli b V Kumar 41

S Raina not out 94

MS Dhoni b Du Preez 11

A Morkel C Kohli b White 5

A Srikanth not out 0

Extras: ( 4b, 8lb, 2w, 3nb) 17

Total: 174 for 4 in 17 overs

Bowling: P Kumar 3-0-23-0, V Kumar 4-0-28-2, V Kohli 1-0-15-0, A Kumble 4-0-38-0, D du Preez 3-0-30-1, C White 2- 0-26-1.

BANGALORE INNINGS

M Pandey b Bollinger 52

R Dravid c Morkel b Bollinger 0

R Uthappa c V Kumar b Morkel 4

R Taylor c V Kumar b Bollinger 4

V Kohli c Ashwin b Balaji 14

C White c Srikanth b Muralitharan 13

D du Preez run out (Ashwin) 1

P Kumar c Morkel b Muralitharan 15

V Kumar c Srikanth b Ashwin 9

A Kumble not out 1

D Steyn did not bat

Extras: (10w) 10

Total: 123 for 9 (16.2 overs)

Bowling: A Morkel 3-0-13-1, D Bollinger 3-0-27-3, L Balaji 3-0-13-1, R Ashwin 3.2-0-32-1, M Muralitharan 4-0-38-2.

Result: Chennai Superkings won by 52 runs on D/L method.

 

IN light of yesterday’s Braai Day festivities, Weekend Witness compiled a braai-themed rating for yesterday’s match.

• TOP CHOP — SURESH RAINA : 94 runs, 48 balls, six sixes. Enough said.

•  CHOP OF THE DAY — ANIL KUMBLE: A chop for all the wrong reasons, Kumble had a nightmare. Really.

• VEGGIE DELIGHT — MURALI VIJAY­: Not quite as filling as Raina’s meaty feast, Vijay certainly set the tone with his breezy 41.

• CHILLI BITE MOMENT — DALE STEYN: His contribution was brief, but certainly hot stuff. One heck of a catch.

• SALAD BOWLER — CAMERON WHITE : The limp bowling served up by the Aussie did very little for the Challengers’ aspirations.

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