CSK won the toss and asked the Kings X11 to bat first. The idea was clear . With the boundaries so small and the history of the ground stating that the ground has been favouring the chasing team , Dhoni’s decision looked sensible.
But the script was already written and Sehwag had other ideas . It was just a message to all those who felt that Sehwag is finished. He started right from the start and just carried it almost till the end of the innings. He was well supported by Vohra initially and then well supported by Miller towards the 2nd half of the innings. Viru launched each and everyone out of the park. He finished with 122 of 58 runs before mis-timing a delivery from Ashish Nehra. Manan Vohra also contributed with 34 from 31, playing second hand to Sehwag. Maxwell could not create any major impact and mistimed a poor one from Ashwin. He, though scored 13 from 6. But the manner in which Ashwin showed him the way to dog out was what was the highlight. Ashwin took revenge of his past hammering and the emotions just came out. Rest of the batting of Kings X11 Punjab just came and went and have nothing significant to show. Overall, it was Sehwag toying with the bowlers. Kings X11 scored 226 for 6 wickets.
In the bowling lineup, CSK bowlers were taken for cleaners. Ashish Nehra went for 51 runs in 4 overs and none except Ishwar Pandey went for less than 40 runs in 4 overs. Ashwin , Mohit Sharma and Jadeja went for 44 , 46 and 48 runs respectively in 4 overs. Nehra picked up 2 wickets and rest other except for Jadeja picked up a wicket each.
It was always going to be difficult for them and the wicket of duPlesis in the first over just turned the tables against them. But then golden boy of the IPL had some ideas and started going after the bowlers right from the ball 1. No matter who the bowler is, be it Johnson , Sandeep Sharma or Awana, everyone got their share. Meanwhile, Sandeep Sharma counted for Smith with a gem of an in swinger. Raina was still going good but then a slight mis understanding and it saw Raina getting run out but not before hw seemed good to get a hundred in a good time. He finished with 87 from just 25 balls. Jadeja was sent in next just to go after the spinners , and he could do it better with the spin. But , on the other hand, Brendon McCullum was struggling on the other hand . The pressure mounted on Jadeja also. Meanwhile, McCullum ran himself out , a result of display of poor basics. He jusr scored 11 from 16 balls. The very next over saw 2 dismissals , Jadeja and Hussey. Jadeja went for 25 and Hussey for just 1. Dhoni came and batted in his own way , took time and never exploded. He was out of a no ball of Johnson but could not make it count. Ashwin could not prove his worth as an all rounder.Dhoni’s tactics must be questioned , the way he never looked to pace his innings.
The bowlers were belted even in this innings and had a tough time.Sandeep Sharma was belted in his first over but came back to pick Dwayne Smith. Awana also went for plenty but his 2 wicket in a single over just turned it towards the Kings X11. Johnson went for 44 runs in 4 overs but his last over was brilliant. The spinners were excellent , and proved to be decisive. Karanveer Singh just gave 32 in 4 overs and Akshar Patel was the star of the show , giving just 23 in 4 overs. The fact that he even bowled in the death makes it more special.
Chennai finished with 202 for 7 and finshing 24 short of Kings X11 Punjab . Kings X11 made it to the finals for the first time.