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CLT20 2011 – CSK vs CC: Chennai Super Kings Beat Cape Cobras By Four Wickets

By on September 29, 2011

Chennai Super Kings 146 for 6 (Bravo 45*, Duminy 4-20) beat Cape Cobras 145 for 7 (Shah 45, Bravo 2-23) by four wickets…

Late heroics by Dwayne Bravo (46*) propelled Chennai Super Kings to an emphatic four wickets victory over Cape Cobras in their Champions League T20 match.

Duminy struck thrice for the Cape Cobras to put Chennai on the back foot.

Openers Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay fell after giving Chennai a good start. However, the middle order couldn’t contribute much with the bat as wicket started falling in regular intervals.

CSK was reeling at 77/5 after the loss of 11.5 overs.

Earlier, Owais Shah and JP Duminy chipped in with useful contributions as Cape Cobras set Chennai Super Kings a modest target of 146 runs.

Cobras, who at one stage looked set to score over 170, were done in by pacer Albie Morkel, who put the breaks on the visitors’ scoring rate by claiming two important wickets.

At the end of 16th over, Cobras were comfortably placed at 124 for three, thanks to some brisk batting by Shah and Duminy, but once the former (45 off 38 balls) fell to Morkel, Cobras lost the plot, losing wickets at regular intervals.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got rid of Richard Levi (6) off his first delivery when he had the opener trapped to provide Chennai their first breakthrough.

The Cobras slumped to 40 for two in the fifth over as Herschelle Gibbs (18) too departed, miscuing a Doug Bollinger delivery, but not before playing some exquisite strokes.

After the departure of both the openers, Dane Vilas (18) and Shah kept the scoreboard moving with occasional fours as the South African T20 champions crossed the 50-run mark in the seventh over.

As the batsmen were settling down, Dwayne Bravo bowled Vilas with a slower one that straightened after pitching.

Vilas struck a four and a six in his 19-ball knock. But the loss did not stop Shah from taking risk as he first plundered two consecutive fours off Bollinger in the 11th over and then hit slow left-arm orthodox Shadab Jakati for a huge six over long-on to keep the scoreboard tickling.

Shah and J P Duminy (29), who came at the fall of Vilas, took the team past 100 in 12.4 overs.

Duminy got a reprieve in the 16th over when Jakati dropped him off his own bowling, when he was on 29.

However, Duminy failed to capitalise on the dropped chance as he was caught by Jakati at short fine-leg in the next over off Albie Morkel.

Cobras were dealt a big blow when the in-form Shah too departed in the same over, caught at midwicket by Michael Hussey off Morkel.

Once Duminy and Shah departed, Cobras struggled to get off the blocks against a disciplined bowling effort, led by Morkel as they scored just 16 runs off the last four overs.

For Chennai, Morkel, Dwayne Bravo and Doug Bollinger accounted for two wickets each, while Ashwin chipped in with one.


Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt.), Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, Albie Morkel, Dwayne Bravo, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Doug Bollinger, Shadab Jakati.

Cape Cobras: Justin Kemp (Capt.), Richard Levi, Herschelle Gibbs, Jean-Paul Duminy, Owais Shah, Dane Vilas, Vernon Philander, Justin Ontong, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Charl Langeveldt.

Source: Times of India

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