Chennai into semis, Brisbane out CLT20
Chennai Super Kings became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions League T20 (CLT20) competition with an eight-wicket whipping of Brisbane Heat, at Ranchi, yesterday.
Ravindra Jadeja and Mohit Sharma overcame the heavy dew at the JSCA International Stadium Complex to help Chennai restrict Brisbane to 137 for seven in their 20 overs, and then the batsmen, led by the consistent Mike Hussey, cruised to the target for the loss of only two wickets to ensure their place in the final four.
The result also gives Brisbane no chance of qualifying, as they have lost all three of their matches, and can now have a maximum of one win when they face Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last group fixture. Sunrisers suffered a big blow to their title aspirations with another eight-wicket defeat at the hands of South Africa’s Titans, at the same venue, yesterday.
Sunrisers will hope Trinidad and Tobago beat Titans tomorrow, and that they can beat the Heat, as the three teams are still in contention for that second semi-final spot out of Group B.
Hussey made sure he stayed in the wicket with a sensible innings mixed with tempered aggression. He was there at the end on 57 (48 balls) when skipper MS Dhoni (13 not out) slammed a big six to finish the innings to the delight of Dhoni’s home crowd.
Chennai finally had a useful innings from Murali Vijay, whose attacking 42 set the stage for the easy victory, while Suresh Raina also contributed with a cameo 23 (15 balls).
After Brisbane were inserted, they never looked like getting to the 137 for seven they eventually made until Ben Cutting came in at No.8, with his team 66 for six, and hammered five sixes, but not a single four, to make their total competitive. But due to the dew and the Chennai batsmen, that knock made little impact on their fate.
Sunrisers were undone by medium fast pacer David Wiese, whose three wickets atop the order stunted the brisk start of the Sunrisers. They finished on a competitive 145 for seven, thanks much to starts from openers Shikhar Dhawan (37) and Parthiv Patel (26) and a quickfire 27 not out from Dale Steyn at the end of the innings.
The chase, however, was uncomplicated for Titans, who made it home in 16.3 overs, with Henry Davids topscoring with 64 and his opening partner Jacques Rudolph finishing unbeaten on 49.
Steyn and Ishant Sharma were the only wicket-takers for Hyderabad.
Brisbane Heat 137/7 in 20 overs (Ben Cutting 42, Chris Hartley 35, Chris Lynn, James Hopes 20; Mohit Sharma 2/35, Ravindra Jadeja 2/18) vs Chennai Super Kings 140/2 in 15.5 overs (Michael Hussey 57 n.o., Vijay 42, Suresh Raina 23; Dan Christian 1/16, Ben Cutting 1/38)
Sunrisers Hyderabad 145/7 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 37, Dale Steyn 27 n.o., Parthiv Patel 26, JP Duminy 17; David Wiese 3/17) vs Titans 147/2 in 16.3 overs (Henry Davids 64, Jacques Rudolph 49 n.o.; Dale Steyn 1/23, Ishant Sharma 1/32)