Lions roar into final
Chennai Super Kings breezed into the final of the Pepsi IPL for the fourth straight time with a thumping 48-run win over Mumbai Indians in the first...
Chennai Super Kings breezed into the final of the Pepsi IPL for the fourth straight time with a thumping 48-run win over Mumbai Indians in the first qualifier here on Tuesday. Riding on pyrotechnics of Mike Hussey (86) and Suresh Raina (82), CSK posted a massive 192 for one and then did well to bowl out Mumbai Indians for 144 in 18.4 overs. Mumbai will however get another chance to qualify for the final when they meet winner of the the second qualifier between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals. For the record, CSK has made it to the fifth final in six editions of the cash-rich league. The only time they failed to make it to the title round was the second edition held in South Africa where they lost in the semi-finals. Dwayne Smith's big-hitting prowess is well documented and while chasing a target of 193, one needed to be aggressive from the word 'go'. He hit a blazing 28-ball 68 but after his fall, Mumbai lost wickets in heap. Bravo (3/9) and Mohit Sharma (2/32) then polished off the tail without much difficulty. Earlier Hussey and Raina took the Mumbai Indians attack to the cleaners. The duo put on astonishing 140 runs for the second wicket in 12.4 overs.