Tuesday, September 28, 2010

India's Chennai Super Kings win Champions League final

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The Chennai Super Kings beat South Africa's Eastern Cape Warriors by eight wickets to win the Champions League Twenty20 final in Johannesburg.

The Warriors were restricted to 128-7 and once Chennai openers Mike Hussey and Murali Vijay put on 103 for the first wicket, the result looked secure.

They cut it fine, though, with just six balls remaining when captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit the winning runs.

Indian Premier League champions Chennai won $2.5m for winning the tournament.

The Warriors had to make do with a runners-up cheque for $1.3m and at one point, having won the toss and chosen to bat first, they looked likely to set a decent target.

Captain Davy Jacobs hit 34 off 21 balls and after four overs they were 39 without loss, but the South African team lost their first victim when Ashwell Prince was bowled by Doug Bollinger for six.

Jacobs then followed in the next over as he attempted a reverse sweep, and from that point the scoring ground to a halt.

The tournament's top wicket-taker Ravichandran Ashwin claimed two for 16 in his four overs, with fellow off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan taking one more wicket for the same runs scored.

After Jacobs was gone, the rest of the Warriors team could only manage five fours and a six between them, with two fours and a six hit by Craig Thyssen off successive balls in the 17th over.

Once the sides had switched, Vijay (58) and Hussey (51 not out) soon got to work on their target, but Vijay, the tournament's top scorer, had two lucky escapes along the way.

Wicket keeper Mark Boucher missed an edge off Rusty Theron when Vijay was on 15, then fumbled a stumping chance off Nicky Boje when he had reached 34.

In the 15th over, Vijay's luck ran out as he was caught by Justin Kreusch off the bowling of Boje, and Suresh Raina came and went for just two runs before Dhoni came to the crease.

The Indian then scored 17 runs, including the match-winner, to seal the lucrative prize.

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