Tue, 04 October 2011
NSW eliminate Chennai from Champions League

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New South Wales have eliminated the defending champions Chennai Super Kings, beating them by a massive 46 runs to enter the semi-finals.


After putting up a mammoth 201-2, batting first led by a superb century from David Warner, NSW never allowed Chennai in with a fight.


Chennai batsmen too played rash shots to help NSW pick wickets at regular intervals.


In the end Chennai finished with 155 in 18.4. O'Kefee was the most successful bowler for NSW with figues of 3-28.



The writing is on wall. The defending champions are set to be thrown out of the competiton by the an impressive New South Wales side.


After putting up a mammoth 201-2, batting first led by a superb century from David Warner, NSW never allowed Chennai in with a fight.


Chennai batsmen too played rash shots to help NSW pick wickets at regular intervals.


At the end of 17 overs, Chennai were 143-8.



Well with the run rate climbing and big hits hard to comeby, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni perished in the cause of scoring quick runs.


Dhoni and Raina fell off consecutive balls to pehaps dash Chennai's hopes of qualifying for the semis.


Raina was the first to go after he top-edged one to Stuart Clark for 28, while Dhoni was caught in the deep by Steve Smith for just two.


At the end of 12 overs Chennai were 96-4.





So after a good start, Chennai have lost both the openers within a space of seven balls.


Mike Hussey was the first to go as he was adjudged leg-before-wicket. Stuart Clark was the bowler who bowled a slower one, but replays showed that the ball would have gone on on top the stumps. Hussey was back in the hut for a well made 37 off 27 balls.


At the other end, Murali Vijay wa cleaned up by young Steve O'Keefe. Vijay went in for a big heave, missed the ball completely as the ball crashed on to his leg stump.


Chennai were 75-2 after nine overs.



Chennai Super Kings have made a steady start chasing a mammoth 202 for victory.


Both Chennai openers have kept up with the run rate, but for them qualifying would be tough ask.


At the end of four overs, Chennai were 33-0. Hussey is on 20, while Vijay is on 12.



David Warner slammed a brilliant 69 ball 135 to power NSW to a massive 201-2 in the 20 over against Chennai Super Kings.


It was one-man show as far as NSW were concerned as the left-hander smashed 11 boundaries and eight towering sixes.


He was ably supported by Steve Smith (31) and Shane Watson (21) upfront.


For Chennai, Ashwin was the most successful bowler with 1-32 off his four overs.




David Warner smashed a brilliant 58-ball hundred to put New South Wales in command in the crucial clash against the Chennai Super Kings.


Chennai skipper have used six bowlers and none of them had any answers to Warner's big hitting ability.


Warner reached the landmark with a single off Nuwan Kulasekara. Warner smashed 10 boundaries and four sixes.


The duo put on a brilliant 101-runs stand for the second wicket, before Smith was caught in the deep by Wriddhiman Saha off Kulasekara for 31.


At the end of 18 overs NSW were  157-2.



David Warner cracks a brilliant half-century to keep New South Wales Blues in the hunt of semis.


Warner has been positive right from the outset, cracking the boundaries at will.


Warner completed his half-century with a boundary off Jakati. He smashed Dough Bollinger for a maximum to bring the 100-run mark for NSW.


NSW were 106-1 after 13 overs. Warner is on 63, while Smith is on 20.




Ashwin, who has been a touch expensive, gets the first breakthrough for Chennai Super Kings, picking Shane Watson for 21.


Ashwin who gave away 11 runs in the previous over, induced Watson to play a slog-sweep only to find the top-edge and was safely pouched by MS Dhoni.


At the end of seven overs 55-1. Warner is on 33 off 22 balls, and he is joined by Steven Smith, who is yet to open the account.



Ashwin now into the attack as Warner goes for a reverse sweep for a boundary.

New South Wales are off to a flier, picking up 13 runs off Dough Bllinger over, which included three boundaries.


It's interesting to see Bollinger bowl to his teammates as the left-armer plays for NSW.


At the end of three overs NSW were 23-0.



David Warner and Shane Watson are out in the middle as Nuwan Kulasekara will open the proceedings for Chennai.


Warner flicks one through the leg side for a couple. Kulasekara is running hard and hitting the top handle of the bat.


At the end of first over NSW were 4-0.


New South Wales have won the toss and have elected to bat first in a crucial match against Chennai Super Kings.


NSW are going in with same team, while Chennai have made one change to side with Sri Lanka's Nuwan Kulasekara coming in for an injured Albie Morkel.


Earlier in the day, T&T eliminated Cobras in the penultimate match, which means Chennai are still in with the chance.