Chennai Super Kings Qualify For IPL Play-Offs
Chennai Super Kings 152-5 (Saha 46no) beat
Kochi Tuskers Kerala 141-5 (Hodge 52no) by 11 runs
Indian Premier League 2011, Chennai
The Chennai Super Kings qualified for the play-offs of the Indian Premier League 2011 with their seventh win in a row at home as they ended the already-slim hopes of the Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
They scored 152 for five as they showed impressive acceleration in the final overs of their innings and they produced a solid effort in the field to hold Kochi to 141 for five.
Chennai added 51 runs in the final five overs of their innings and they came mainly from the bat of Wriddhaman Saha, who thumped 46 not out in 33 balls.
Saha, named in India's squad as back-up wicket keeper to stand-in Kochi captain Parthiv Patel, who by contrast had a poor game all-round, hit one four and three sixes to easily top score.
Michael Hussey had earlier stroked 32 in 37 balls while cameos from Suresh Raina (19) and Murali Vijay (16) set the Super Kings en route to a winning score.
The Tuskers never really got going during their run chase and were unable to accelerate having been tied down by Chennai's spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (1-16), Shadab Jakati (1-23) and Suresh Raina (0-26).
Patel fell for six, Brendon McCullum made a far from fluent 33 in 37 balls before he was bowled attacking Jakati and only Brad Hodge, who made an unbeaten 51 in 42 balls, ever threatened to get the Tuskers on terms.
He was badly dropped by Vijay on 11 and went on to hit three fours and two sixes yet the Tuskers never looked like overhauling their target.
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