Chennai Crush Punjab To Reach CLT20 Final
Chennai Super Kings 182-7 (Bravo 67) beat
Kings XI Punjab 117 (Nehra 2-9) by 65 runs
Champions League T20 semi-final, Hyderabad
Chennai Super Kings hammered Kings XI Punjab by 65 runs in the second Champions League T20 semi-final in Hyderabad, setting up a final against Kolkata Knight Riders.
A ruthless performance from MS Dhoni's side saw them dismiss Punjab for 117 after posting a score of 182 for seven.
Dwayne Bravo top scored with a flamboyant 67 and then wickets were shared around as Kings XI collapsed in the face of mounting pressure.
Chennai did not get off to a great start with Dwayne Smith (14), Brendon Mccullum (6) and Suresh Raina (6) all falling cheaply before their innings was revived by Faf du Plessis and Bravo.
Du Plessis made 46 in 33 balls and Bravo 67 in just 39, with seven fours and three sixes, and their 65-run partnership for the fourth wicket set Chennai on their way.
And although Pawan Negi (8) and Dhoni (0) also fell cheaply, Ravindra Jadeja belted an unbeaten 27 in 13 balls to push Chenna past the 180-run mark.
Parvinder Awana finished with four for 30, Akshar Patel two for 30 and Thisara Perera one for 31.
On their way to the Indian Premier League final earlier this year, Punjab chased down a target of 206 to beat Chennai and beat them on two more occasions, but they could not make it four wins in a row.
Quickly in trouble when Virender Sehwag (3) was brilliantly caught by du Plessis off Mohit Sharma, they lost a clatter of wickets and the game was over as a contest as early as the eighth over when Perera was caught in the dep for nought, leaving his side reeling at 34 for six.
Manan Vohra (16), David Miller (22), Patel (31), Karanveer Singh (17 not out) and Anureet Singh (16) were the only players to reach double figures as Punjab's Champions League hopes disappeared.
Chennai delivered a bowling and fielding performance that was as good as the latter part of their batting effort.
Ashish Nehra (2-9), Sharma (2-14), Negi (2-28), Raina (2-10), Ravichandran Ashwin (1-33) and Jadeja (1-9) were the wicket-takers with only Bravo, who conceded 12 runs from one over, failing to strike.
Punjab were bowled out in 18.2 overs.
Chennai now meet Kolkata in a repeat of the opening match of the competition, which saw Kolkata run out victors by three wickets.
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