Chennai Super Kings Close In On Champions League Semi-Finals

The Chennai Super Kings beat the Perth Scorchers by 13 runs at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday in the Champions League T20.  Perth won the toss and elected to bowl first.  Chennai started badly as they lost Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina and Dwayne Smith in the first six overs of the powerplay as they were struggling at 36/3.  Super Kings batsmen Dwayne Bravo and Mithun Manhas continued to build a partnership before Mahnas lost his wicket and later Bravo lost his for 27 and the Indian Premiere League side were in disarray at 79/5.

After 15 overs they were 82/5 before Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja destroyed the Scorchers bowling attack.  Yasir Arafat was hit for three sixes where he conceded 27 runs in his over.  Jadeja was doing his own job sending the ball to the crowd as he finished off with 44 not out and Dhoni maanged 35 before he was dismissed by Nathan Coulter-Nile as the Indian side finished on 155/6 after scoring 86 runs of the last six overs.

The Scorchers did not start well on a turning pitch as they lost Craig Simmons and Ashton Agar and it was 26/2 after four overs as they were on the back foot straight away.  Mitchell Marsh and Adam Voges tried to build a partnership but they were soon out before Sam Whiteman was trapped LBW by Ravichandran Ashwin.  The Western Australians had slumped to 89/5 after 15 overs.

Coulter-Nile and Ashton Turner pushed the score to 123-6 after 18 overs but by now victory seemed improbable.  Last hope Coulter-Nile lost his wicket for 30 and Chennai Super Kings ran out winner by 13 runs.