New South Wales 201-2 (Warner 135no) beat
Chennai Super Kings 155 (Hussey 37, O’Keefe 3-28) by 46 runs.
Champions League T20, Chennai
A century from David Warner was enough to secure New South Wales’ place in the semi-finals at the expense of match losers Chennai Super Kings and the day’s earlier victors Trinidad & Tobago.
The 24 year-old left-hander hit the biggest six of the tournament so far during his breathtaking innings of 135 not out from 69 balls, and was particularly severe on his Australian teammate Doug Bollinger, who went for 48 runs from only three overs. The Blues eventually ended up with 201 for two on a pitch that was supposed to inhibit expansive strokeplay, meaning that the home side had to score 202 runs from 17 overs at a virtually impossible 12 an over to improve their run rate sufficiently to surpass Trinidad & Tobago in the Group A standings.
They began well and reached 67 for one in the eighth over, with Mike Hussey hitting seven boundaries on his way to a 27-ball 37. However, when he fell the Super Kings crumbled and eventually ended up being bowled out for 155 in the penultimate over, with Steve O’Keefe impressing once again with his left-arm spin for the Blues, and Patrick Cummins passing 150kph on occasions to mark himself out as one to watch for the future.
Mumbai Indians join New South Wales in qualifying for the semi-finals from Group A, while tomorrow’s fixtures, which see Somerset take on the Warriors at 1030 GMT and Royal Challengers Bangalore take on South Australia at 1430, will determine their opponents.
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