CSK has reached to Semifinals of IPL 2010, after winning a close match by 6 wickets against Kings XI Punjab. Chennai became the second team this season to qualify for semifinals.
In points tally they are at Third Position. Chennai came out to be the winner of the match in the final over, in which Chennai needed 16 runs to win. Final over which is bowled by Irfan Pathan get brutally treated by Mahendra Singh Dhoni all over the ground who finishes the game with 2 spare ball Hits 1 four and 2 huge sixes which help CSK to move ahead in this mega competition IPL 2010.
Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to field first against Kings XI Punjab at Dharamshala, Punjab batted superbly and scored 192-3; Good knocks from Shaun Marsh (88 unbeaten of 57 balls hits 8 fours and 5 distant sixes), Irfan Pathan (44 unbeaten of 27 balls hits 1 six), Sangakkara and Jayewardene (hits 2 sixes in the very first over of the match). R Ashwin bowled economically for CSK as he gave 20 runs in his spell of 4 over’s and get rid of captain Sangakkara, who was looking in good touch.
In CSK innings while chasing a huge target Chennai loses both the openers Hayden and Vijay early in the game, Badrinath and Raina set up the innings for CSK, Raina made quick 46 in just 27 balls with 3 long sixes. Badrinath on the other side played sensibly as demand of the time and scored 53 runs in 36 balls hits 7 fours and 2 sixes.
But it was Dhoni`s day whose batting in the end opens the Gate of semifinals for CSK, Dhoni was awarded Man of the Match for his magical performance. He scored his half century in just 29 balls and he got it by hitting a mammoth six, which finishes the match. He was unbeaten at 54 in 29 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes, when asked about the semifinals Dhoni replied that it is all now like lottery system in the next game as one played can change the game for any team as all the team that has gone though league stages has good players and players are in form. He is keen in looking forward to semis, as get some days in between to get refresh before the semifinals. They might have to play their semifinal match against Deccan Chargers.
- Kings XI Punjab:- 192/3 in 20 over’s.
- Chennai Super Kings:- 195/4 in 19.4 over’s.
- Match Result:- CSK won by 6 wickets.
- Man of the Match:- Mahendra Singh Dhoni
- Maximum Sixes Award: Shaun Marsh(5 sixes), Kings XI Punjab
- Kamaal Catch Award: Sudeep Tyagi, Chennai Super Kings