CLT20 2014: CSK vs KKR – Raina and Negi power CSK to CLT20 title
Highlight: Suresh Raina becomes First Indian to score CLT20 Hundred
Chennai Super Kings, the best IPL team, who span without a trophy has finally ended as they beat IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders comfortabley in the finals of the Champions League T20 to take over the title.
Fianlly in the final, Dhoni won the toss and without any hesitation called to field first. But Knight Riders openers set the stage on fire with getting off to a flying start. Especially Gambhir led with a captain innings scoring quickly. The openers put on stand of 91 off 65 before Uthappa was stumped off Negi for 39. But sending in Kallis effected them as he couldn’t do much damage and returned to pavillion. However, Gambhir and Pandey failed to score much runs between 11th and 15 overs as just 28 runs came in that 5 overs effecting their expected total. However, The next three overs yielded them 42 runs and they were looking to take past 200 but a amazing penultimate over from Negi which just gave 2 runs and in return took 3 wickets. However, Pathan’s hitting in last over helped KKR to end at 180 for loss of 6 wickets.
The chase of 181 didn’t started well for CSK as they lost Smith early. But some sensible cricket from Raina and McCullum wrote the script towards CSK. They kept the required rate under 9 and kept builting a strong partnership. Especially Raina tore down the bowlers with lusty blow over the boundary line. Their 118 run partnership off 74 balls came to end when Pathan struck with wicket of McCullum. However, it wasn’t looking tough even the both players taking their time with the required rate was too less. Suresh Raina went on to score his 3rd T20 century of 59 balls and still looked to be not completed yet. He yielded 12 from 18th over setting up just 8 needing of last two overs. And the father of finishings, Dhoni needed just 3 balls to complete it as he smoked two sixers to power CSK to the title.
Chennai Super Kings: 185 for 2 in 18.3 overs (SK Raina 109*, BB McCullum 39; PJ Cummins 1/32, YK Pathan 1/34) beat Kolkata Knight Riders: 180 for 6 in 20.0 overs (G Gambhir 80, RV Uthappa 39; P Negi 5/22, RA Jadeja 1/25) 8 wickets
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