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2nd Semifinal: Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Chennai Super Kings

By on May 23, 2009

Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings have managed to post 146 for five in their alloted 20 overs against Bangalore Royal Challengers…

Chennai Super Kings got off to a flying start after Bangalore Royal Challengers won the toss and put them into bat in the second semifinal of the IPL II at Johannesburg on Saturday.

Openers — Matthew Hayden and Parthiv Patel came out firing all guns to give Chennai a fabulous start. The duo simply took off from the word go as they showed little mercy on Bangalore bowlers.

When Vinay Kumar managed to get the important breakthrough for the Royal Challengers by seeing off Hayden, Chennai had already scored 61 in seven overs.

Hayden departed for a well-made 19-ball 26. Thereafter, Patel also took little time to join his partner in thedressing room, getting out for 36 off 25 balls.

Captain MS Dhoni (28) and Suresh Raina (20) also chipped in and got the momentum going even though they failed to maintain the same run-rate.

Earlier, Bangalore made just one change in the team, bringing in Vinay Kumar in place of injured Akhil.
On the other hand, Chennai announced two changes — Jakati comes in for Ashwin while Hayden returns in place of George Bailey.

Bangalore look to stretch their dream run when they clash with Chennai in the second IPL semifinal in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Both the teams have taken contrasting routes to reach the last-four stage as Chennai Super Kings dominated in the first-half of the league stage before suffering some close defeats while Royal Challengers Bangalore gradually picked up after the change of guard in their team.

Bangalore was one of the two bottom placed teams in the first edition and have done a remarkable job this season.

Teams:

Chennai Super Kings: Matthew Hayden, Parthiv Patel, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Jacob Oram, Albie Morkel, Shadab Jakati, L Balaji, Muttiah Muralitharan, Manpreet Gony.

Bangalore Royal Challengers: Manish Pandey, Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid, Robin Uthappa, Ross Taylor, Virat Kohli, Mark Boucher (wk), Roelof van der Merwe, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Anil Kumble (capt).

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