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Chennai Super Kings win Champions League Cricket T20 tournament

Posted by anccricket on September 27, 2010 at 11:40 PM
           

Chennai Super Kings were crowned Champions League Twenty20 winners after outplaying the Warriors at the Wanderers on their way to an eight-wicket victory.

Muttiah Muralitharan (three for 16) and Ravichandran Ashwin (two for 16) starred with the ball to restrict the home side a mediocre 128 for seven, with only home captain Davy Jacobs (34) making any meaningful contribution.

Murali Vijay (58) and Michael Hussey (51) then hit half-centuries in a 103-run partnership to hand the Indian Premier League champions the title of best Twenty20 club in world cricket.

After winning the toss, the Warriors made a powerful start putting on 39 for the first wicket, which the out-of-form Ashwell Prince contributed just six towards before he played on from Doug Bollinger.

Jacobs, who found the boundary eight times in his 21-ball stay, fell shortly after when he was trapped leg before wicket while trying to reverse sweep Ashwin, the leading wicket-taker in the competition, leaving his side at 45 for two in the sixth over.

Colin Ingram and Justin Kreusch then found the going tough against the slower bowlers, reaching the halfway stage at 66, and the loss of the former for 16 further hampered their progress.

Muralitharan then struck a double blow in the 14th over removing the dangerous Mark Boucher (five) and Kreusch (17). Craig Thyssen (25) tried to lift the Warriors, but the two spinners were difficult to get away as they kept the victory target down to a below-par 129.

In reply Vijay, who surpassed Jacobs during his stay to end as the top-run getter in the tournament, and Hussey were calm, yet convincing, in their approach.

They took seven overs to reach 50, before the India opener raised his 50 from 47 balls.

The century stand followed in the 15th over, before his wicket fell followed by that of Suresh Raina (two) but Hussey and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (17 not out) guided their side over the line.


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