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Thursday, May 26, 2011

IPL4 - Raina takes CSK to the finals

Chennai Superkings came from behind to score a wonderful win over RCB (the same team that they lost to, in Bangalore few days back). Suresh Raina scored a quick-fire knock and overcame cramps at the end to guide his team to victory in the company of Albie Morkel. MS Dhoni had given the impetus after Badrinath steadied the ship with Raina. Altogether, a brilliant team effort by CSK to win in the last over.

The confidence the team has to chase down any score from any position is their biggest asset. The trust they show on players like Morkel or Raina was repaid at a very opportune moment. CSK scored 50 runs in the last 3 overs to win the match despite Gayle's heroics with the ball. The Caribbean failed with the bat but made up with the ball to increase his teams chances but to no avail.

Earlier, in the match, the bowlers led by Bollinger had done their bit to restrict RCB to a score that was eventually chased down. Though Virat Kohli helped RCB accelerate at the end, it proved to be less in the final analysis. The early dismissal of Chris Gayle made it easier for CSK. RCB, though, have another chance to make to the final in the next match while CSK are through to the finals at home.

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