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CSK v KXP, IPL 2nd Semifinal, Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings cruise into IPL final

Chennai Super Kings romped into the final of the Indian Premier League thrashing Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets in the second semi-final on Saturday.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team advanced to Sunday's summit clash with the Rajasthan Royals after a determined and disciplined effort saw them past Kings XI with some ease. Chennai's speedsters set up the victory, reducing Punjab's famed batting line-up to 112 for eight, before Parthiv Patel (51 not out) and Suresh Raina (55 not out) saw them home with more than five overs to spare.
Dhoni handed Muttiah Muralitharan the new ball, but it was Makhaya Ntini who struck the first blow when he induced an edge from the bat of James Hopes (two), in the second over. It was the beginning of a dramatic slide for the Kings XI. Manpreet Gony resumed his place opposite Ntini at the top of the bowling order after Murali's first over proved expensive and immediately struck, getting rid of the dangerous Kumar Sangakkara cheaply. Yuvraj Singh came and went quickly and Shaun Marsh, the tournament's leading run scorer, played on to a delivery from Ntini leaving Punjab XI's batting order in tatters.
Significantly, it was the portly off-spinner Ramesh Powar who top-scored for Kings XI. He added a touch of respectability to the Punjab King's XI total by smashing a 21-ball 28. He flayed Lakshmipathy Balaji for three consecutive boundaries in the final over of the innings to get his team past the 100-run mark.
The absence of Stephen Fleming, who has returned home for the birth of his child, left Chennai looking decidedly brittle at the top, but the 113-run target - less than a run a ball from the start - never had the Super Kings under any sort of pressure. Fleming's replacement at the top, Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan (six) departed early but Patel and Raina batted with poise as they calmly overhauled the target.
Patel flicked a Pathan delivery through mid-wicket to bring up his second half-century of the tournament, while Raina, who had hit a couple of big sixes, reached his with a boundary off Piyush Chawla.
CSK v KXP, IPL 2nd Semifinal, Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings 116 for 1 in 16.5 ovs beat Kings XI Punjab 112 for 8 in 20.0 ovs by 9 wickets

DDD v RR, IPL 1st Semifinal, Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals in IPL final

Shane Watson was the star of the first Indian Premier League semi-final as he steered the Rajasthan Royals to a 105-run win over the Delhi Daredevils.
Captain Shane Warne had feared a neutral venue could hamper the Royals, who topped the regular league table with 11 wins from 14 matches, but those concerns were quickly laid to rest by Watson as the Royals came through unscathed in a disappointingly one-sided affair. The Australian all-rounder, who top-scored for the Royals with 52 off 29 deliveries, also dominated with the ball, dismissing the dangerous Virender Sehwag (three) and Gautam Ghambir (11) in quick succession to leave the Daredevils reeling.
Sehwag mis-timed a pull and was caught at deep square-leg by Sohail Tanvir, while Ghambir was caught in the covers while attempting a drive. Those wickets coupled with that of Shikhar Dhawan (five) - Watson's third wicket - brought the Daredevils' chase to a standstill. And when Dinesh Karthik (10) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (33) departed cheaply, it was all over bar the shouting.
Earlier Watson built impressively on the platform provided by openers Graeme Smith (25) and Swapnil Asnodkar (39) as the Royals finished with a competitive 192 for nine in 20 overs after being asked to bat first. Asnodkar had stifled nerves at the start in typically explosive style as he put on 65 runs for the opening wicket with Smith.
The South African had seemed in considerable pain due to a hamstring injury and called for a runner in only the second over. But his stroke-making skills seemed unaffected as he hit Glenn McGrath for three consecutive boundaries in the third over. The Daredevils had started with Mohammed Asif, just back from an elbow injury, but when the Pakistani proved expensive Farveez Maharoof was pressed into service.
The Sri Lankan delivered immediately, dismissing both openers, but those blows hardly stemmed the flow of runs. Watson bailed his team out of trouble and together with a cameo from Yusuf Pathan (45) ensured a winning total for the Royals.
DDD v RR, IPL 1st Semifinal, Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals 192 for 9 in 20.0 ovs beat Delhi Daredevils87 in 16.1 ovs by 105 runs

DDD v RR, IPL 1st Semifinal, Mumbai: Rajasthan, Delhi evenly matched in first IPL semis

A high-octane contest between two well-balanced sides is on the anvil when table toppers Rajasthan Royals take on the confident Delhi Daredevils in the first semifinals of the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on Friday.
The two teams, which finished first and fourth in the preliminary 56-game phase of the Twenty20 league, look evenly matched ahead of what promises to be a top-drawer stuff in front of a capacity crowd at the Wankhede Stadium. The team that holds its nerves better and grabs chances that come its way would go through to the summit clash against the winners of the second semifinal, on May 31, between Punjab King's Eleven and Chennai Super Kings.
The second semifinal is also to be held at the Wankhede while the final is scheduled on June 1 at the D Y Patil Stadium, having a bigger crowd capacity. The Shane Warne-led Rajasthan, impregnable at home in Jaipur, had finished with only three losses from their 14 preliminary phase ties and have a 1-1 head-to-head record against the Daredevils, led by Virender Sehwag, who got into the last four with seven wins and 15 points to their credit.
Both had lost their matches to hosts Mumbai Indians when they visited this metro earlier and those ties were held in D Y Patil. Both must be wishing fervently that a change in venue for this knock-out tie would bring in happy tidings.

KXP v RR, IPL Match 56, Mohali: Marsh leads Kings to win

Shaun Marsh struck a century to confirm himself as the Indian Premier League's leading runscorer as the Kings XI Punjab coasted to a 41-run win in their top-of-the-table clash with the Rajasthan Royals.
The gloss of the encounter, the 56th and final match of a protracted round-robin series, was reduced by its dead-rubber status as both team's had already secured their place in the weekend's semi-finals. And while defeat for Rajasthan did not prevent them from finishing as table leaders, perhaps worryingly for their title hopes was the ease in which they were cast aside by the home team.
The Royals were without the inspiration of captain Shane Warne, who opted to rest his 38-year-old body, but in his absence Marsh (115) led a demolition of their attack as the Kings XI posted a formidable 221 for three. The Royals' reply was immediately undermined by the early dismissals of Mohammad Kaif (one) and Younis Khan (three).
With nothing riding on the game the visitors' batsmen seemed more intent on gaining some valuable time in the middle ahead of their semi-final against the Delhi Daredevils on Friday. Niraj Patel did his hopes of playing in that game no harm with a breezy 57 at the top of the order while Yusuf Pathan chipped in with 39, including three sixes, as the visitors completed their 20 overs at 180 for seven. Teenage leg-spinner Piyush Chawla was the pick of the Kings XI bowlers claiming three for 35 from four overs.
The Kings XI will play the Chennai Super Kings on Saturday for the right to play in the IPL's first ever final.
KXP v RR, IPL Match 56, Mohali: Kings XI Punjab 221 for 3 in 20.0 ovs beat Rajasthan Royals 180 for 7 in 20.0 ovs by 41 runs

MRC v MI, IPL Match 55, Bangalore: Mumbai win by nine wickets against Bangalore

Mumbai Indians put up an all-round display to end their Indian Premier League campaign with a thumping nine-wicket victory over Bangalore Royal Challengers at Bangalore on Wednesday.
The win though came late for Mumbai Indians, who went out of the semi-final contention after losing three close games in a row, which made them dependant on other teams' losses to reach the last four.
Set to chase a paltry 123 to win, Sanath Jayasuriya (54 off 37) and Sachin Tendulkar (40 not out) made it a lopsided contest and reached the target with 12 balls to spare. The experienced duo paced their innings beautifully, punishing the bad deliveries. Jayasuriya smashed four sixes and four boundaries while Tendulkar batted around him without taking any risks. The match was reduced to 18-overs a side after rain delayed the start by an hour and a half. The lacklustre Bangalore Royal Challengers finished their campaign at the seventh place in IPL points tally.
Dilhara Fernando, who gave away 15 runs in the last over in their must-win match against Rajasthan Royals to see his team lose, was the pick of the bowlers on Wednesday, taking four wickets that cost just 18 runs in his quota of four overs. Fernando bowled a controlled spell and restricted the Bangalore Royal Challengers to a low score.
Shaun Pollock and Ashish Nehra bowled a disciplined line to Bangalore openers. They made scoring difficult for openers Shreevats Goswami (20) and Mark Boucher (18). Fernando was all fire right from the start and took three wickets for three runs in his first two overs to rock Bangalore's start. From 35 for no loss, the hosts were reduced to 39 for three. The damp outfield conditions made scoring difficult for the batsmen.
The pressure of losing three early wickets meant Bangalore had hit only five boundaries in the first 10 overs. Cameron White (26) hit two fours and a six in Dhawal Kulkarni's second over that cost 18 runs. Devon Smith removed White in the next over and Bangalore then lost few quick wickets. R Vinay Kumar (23) and Anil Kumble (11) boosted the scoring late down the order.
MRC v MI, IPL Match 55, Bangalore: Mumbai Indians 126 for 1 in 16.0 ovs beat Bangalore Royal Challengers 122 for 9 in 18.0 ovs by 9 wickets

DC v CSK, IPL Match 54, Hyderabad: Chennai Super Kings cruise to semifinals

An unbeaten 54 by S K Raina and his 55-run third-wicket partnership with Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni saw Chennai Super Kings score a seven-wicket win over Deccan Chargers and cruise to the semifinals of the DLF Indian Premier League.
Leading the Chennai Super Kings attack from the front, Dhoni made 37, hammering four boundaries and a huge six, while Raina blasted five boundaries and two sixes to enable the vistors win the crucial match with four balls to spare. Raina, architect of today's win won the Man of the Match Award as also the Maximum Sixers award. J A Morkel(12) remained unbeaten, hitting one four, facing 12 balls.
Earlier, Dhoni, stepping out of the crease, hit hard Ojha to long on. But Gibbs quickly moved to his left to hold a sharp catch and send Chennai Super Kings skipper to pavilion.
DC v CSK, IPL Match 54, Hyderabad: Chennai Super Kings 148 for 3 in 19.2 ovs beat Deccan Chargers 147 for 8 in 20.0 ovs by 7 wickets

RR v MI, IPL Match 53, Jaipur: Royals beat Mumbai by 5 wickets

Niraj Patel and Ravindra Jadeja turned heroes by scoring 16 runs from the match-deciding last over to guide Rajasthan Royals to an improbable last-ball 5-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians in a nerve-wrecking Indian Premier League match at Jaipur on Monday.
Chasingh 146 for victory, the young duo stood tall among ruins to share an unfinished 69-run stand for the 6th wicket to single-handedly decide the fate of the match though aided by some blunders by the Mumbai team. Monday's result ensured that Delhi Daredevils make it to the semifinals with 15 points from 14 matches while Mumbai Indians (12 points from 13 matches) will have to wait the outcome of Tuesday's match between Chennai Super Kings (14 points from 13 and bottom placed Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad.
If Chennai wins, they will make the grade and Mumbai's match against Bangalore Royal Challengers on Wednesday will be inconsequential as the MS Dhoni-led side will get 16 points in that case.
If Chennai loses, Mumbai will have to win against Bangalore and in that case net run rate will decide who will make it to semifinals.
Coming together in the 13th over at their team total of 77 and five, Jadeja and Patel braved the odds to inch closer to the target of 146, but to score 16 from the last over seemed difficult if not impossible. Dilahara Fernando, who bowled the last over conceded a free-hit in the second ball and Niraj took three from it before hitting a six in the third ball and two singles in next two balls.
The drama was not over there with the Sri Lankan bowling a wide in the penultimate ball when Mumbai needed four from two balls.
A single was scored from the legitimate penultimate ball and two runs were needed from the last ball and Fernando slipped the ball past him on his follow through and Sanath Jayasuriya fumbled to collect it from a fielder's throw to allow the batsmen complete two runs.
RR v MI, IPL Match 53, Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals 146 for 5 in 20.0 ovs beat Mumbai Indians 145 for 7 in 20.0 ovs by 5 wickets

KKR v KXP, IPL Match 52, Kolkata: Ganguly steers Knight Riders to victory

Sourav Ganguly’s brilliant unbeaten 86 powered Kolkata Knight Riders to a three-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab at Kolkata on Sunday.
Requiring 15 off the final over, Ganguly did it in style, smashing Irfan Pathan for 15 runs in 4 balls. He flicked the first ball for a six and followed it with a two. His straight six levelled the scores. He picked a single off the fourth ball to seal a stunning win. Ganguly’s knock came off 53 balls with six fours and six sixes at a strike rate of 162.26. It was one of the best knocks in IPL. Umar Gul’s cameo 24 off 11 balls with one four and three sixes brought his team closer to the target.
Kolkata finished the engagements with 13 points from 14 matches. Earlier, Kings XI Punjab rode on rollicking knocks by Kumar Sangakkara (64) and Shaun Marsh (40) to pile up 174 for 6 in 20 overs.
KKR v KXP, IPL Match 52, Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders 175 for 7 in 19.4 ovs beat Kings XI Punjab 174 for 6 in 20.0 ovs by 3 wickets

BRC v DC, IPL Match 51, Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Deccan Chargers

Chasing a target of 165 runs, Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Deccan Chargers by five wickets in the Indian Premier League at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium on Sunday.
The Royal Challengers reached 171 for the loss of five wickets in 19 overs. Misbah-ul-Haq made 34 while Cameron White batted to the end, scoring 31 runs. With both teams already out of the contention for a semifinal spot in the IPL, few fans turned up to see the game, and all that was left to play for was avoiding the ignominy of finishing in the last spot. Hardly 20 per cent of the 40,000 seats were occupied when the match began at 4pm.
Chargers are the only team in the tournament which are yet to register a win at their home ground. Their two wins in 12 matches came in Bangalore and Chennai. Despite the presence of several stars like Adam Gilchrist, Herschelle Gibbs and Shahid Afridi, Chargers have failed to make any impression and face the threat of ending bottom.
BRC v DC, IPL Match 51, Bangalore: Bangalore Royal Challengers 171 for 5 in 19.0 ovs beat Deccan Chargers 165 for 5 in 20.0 ovs by 5 wickets

DDD v MI, IPL Match 50, Delhi: Karthick guides Daredevils to 5 wicket win over Mumbai

Dinesh Karthick blasted away to a fine half century and guided Delhi Daredevils to a five-wicket win over Mumbai Indians and kept his team's hopes of a semi-final berth alive in the IPL match played at Delhi.
Chasing 177 runs to win, Karthick held his nerves to knock off the required eight runs in the last over of the match with a ball remaining.
Karthick finished unbeaten 56 off just 36 balls and his innings was studded with four hits to the three sixes while Ferveez Maharoof gave him good company and remained not out on 20. Both the batsmen added 49 runs for the sixth wicket. With this win, Daredevils can still hope for a semi-final berth and would keenly follow Mumbai Indians' next two matches. Delhi can reach the semis if Mumbai Indians lose any one of their remaining two matches.
DDD v MI, IPL Match 50, Delhi: Delhi DareDevils 179 for 5 in 19.5 ovs beat Mumbai Indians 176 for 8 in 20.0 ovs by 5 wickets

CSK v RR, IPL Match 49, Chennai: Rajasthan Royals beat Super Kings by 10 runs

Graeme Smith smashed 91 to lead Rajasthan Royals to a thrilling 11-run victory over the Chennai Super Kings on Saturday.
When the chase began, Royals skipper Shane Warne had off-spinner Yusuf Pathan sharing the new ball with Sohail Tanvir and Super Kings openers Stephen Fleming and Patel went for cheap runs.
After Fleming’s departure, Raina joined Patel and the two had an entertaining stand of 70 in 41 balls to provide momentum to the Super Kings chase.
Raina, in particular, wasted no opportunity to open his shoulders and belted the bowlers around the park to close in on his half-century. However, Warne tricked him into a shot that Kaif caught with the score on 82 in the ninth over. The stage was set for Morkel and he did not disappoint the capacity crowd with some of the biggest hits seen at the ground. He was fortunate to escape stumping off Warne when on six as Akmal failed to gather.
Meanwhile, Patel batted steadily at the other end, lending Morkel excellent support to get to his half-century but was easily stumped by Akmal as he tried to charge Warne to leave Super Kings on 157 for three after 15 overs. With his team needing 55 runs in five overs, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni joined Morkel who went on to complete his half-century off just 26 deliveries with three sixes and five boundaries.
Dhoni fell to Tanvir in the 18th over lofting straight to Kaif at mid-off and Royals yet again looked to be in control with the hosts needing 30 runs off 14. Badrinath lasted two deliveries, as he lifted Munaf to midwicket where Kohli took a brilliant running catch. At the end of 19 overs, Super Kings needed 15 runs.
Tanvir, bowling the last over, dismissed Morkel and Abhinav Mukund off successive deliveries to finish with three for 33 and leave Royals deserving winners.
CSK v RR, IPL Match 49, Chennai: Rajasthan Royals 211 for 5 in 20.0 ovs beat Chennai Super Kings 201 for 7 in 20.0 ovs by 10 runs

KXP v DC, IPL Match 48, Mohali: Kings XI Punjab wins a thriller

Kings XI Punjab rode on twin half-centuries by Shaun Marsh (60) and Kumar Sangakkara (50) to post a six-wicket victory over Deccan Chargers in a close but inconsequential Indian Premier League match at Mohali Friday.
Chasing a target of 176, Kings XI openers - Sangakkara and Marsh - shared 84 runs for the first wicket to lay the strong foundation for their ninth victory in the tournament which they achieved with three balls to spare. Towards the close, there was some anxious moments for the home team. With asking rate reaching near 10 per over from the last three overs and four wickets having fallen, the Chargers pressed for a wicket but experienced Mahela Jayawardene (14; 10 balls; 1X6) and young Piyush Chawla (16; 10 balls; 1X4; 1X6) shared an unfinished 39-run stand for the fifth wicket to reach 178 for 4. Shaun Marsh was later adjudged Man of the Match.
Earlier, bottom placed Deccan Chargers made 175 for four after being sent in by Kings XI skipper Yuvraj Singh, raised mainly on the basis of half-centuries by captain Adam Gilchrist (50) and Rohit Sharma (50). Gilchrist hit a 42-ball 50, aided by six boundaries and a huge six, and also paired up with South African Herschelle Gibbs to carve out an impressive partnership of 79 runs to lay a strong foundation for the Hyderabad team which lost only four wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.
KXP v DC, IPL Match 48, Mohali: Kings XI Punjab 178 for 4 in 19.3 ovs beat Deccan Chargers 175 for 4 in 20.0 ovs by 6 wickets

DDD v KKR, IPL Match 47, Delhi: Kolkata's hopes washed out in Delhi

Heavy rain caused the abandonment of Thursday's IPL clash between the Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders before a ball was bowled, the first match to be washed out in the tournament so far.
The weather left both teams frustrated as Kolkata were eliminated from the race for the semi-finals while Delhi need to beat Mumbai and hope the Indians lose their other two remaining games to have a chance of advancing.
Heavy rain lashed the Feroz Shah Kotla until around 9.15pm local time and despite the best efforts of the ground staff, poor conditions in the outfield made play impossible.
DDD v KKR, IPL Match 47, Delhi: Match abandoned

CSK v BRC, IPL Match 46, Chennai: Bangalore Royal Challengers beat Chennai Super Kings by 14 runs

Chennai Super Kings batsmen perished under pressure as Anil Kumble's three-wicket haul helped Bangalore Royal Challengers register a 14-run win, their first victory after five consecutive defeats, in the Indian Premier League match at Chennai on Wednesday.
Chasing a modest target of 127 to win, the home batsmen spoilt a good platform provided by openers Stephen Fleming and Parthiv Patel to manage only 112 runs for the loss of eight wickets. The defeat at the M A Chidambaram Stadium meant that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men, with 14 points from 12 matches, will have to wait further to book their semifinal berth.
Fleming (45 off 40 balls) and Patel (24 off 29 balls) provided a solid start to the Super Kings putting up a decent 60-run partnership for the opening wicket. The New Zealander was more attractive of the two, hitting three crisp fours and two towering sixes in his knock. While displaying sensibly, Patel also played some delightful shots to get four boundaries. Anil Kumble broke the partnership when the veteran leggie caught Patel off his own bowling.
Dhoni promoted himself up the order but did not last long as he Vinay Kumar got him caught by Kumble when the Super Kings skipper was only on four. Kumble banked on his experience to bring the Royal Challengers back to the game as he struck twice in his fourth and final over to get Fleming and S Badrinath (1).
Lured by a delivery on the leg stump, Fleming went for a big shot and finished in the hands of Akhil Kumar on the deep square leg boundary.
CSK v BRC, IPL Match 46, Chennai: Bangalore Royal Challengers 126 for 8 in 20.0 ovs beat Chennai Super Kings 112 for 8 in 20.0 ovs by 14 runs

MI v KXP, IPL Match 45, Mumbai: KingsXI Punjab snatch thrilling one-run win

Kings XI Punjab clinched a thriller by beating hosts Mumbai Indians by just one run in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium Mumbai.
Set a challenging target of 190, Mumbai Indians seemed in control as long as captain Sachin Tendulkar (65) was at the crease, but losing partners at crucial junctures made the job tougher for him, and Mumbai Indians were all out for 188.
Put in to bat by Tendulkar, disciplined innings from the prolific Shaun Marsh (81) and Luke Pomersbach (79) saw them stitch together a partnership of 133 runs for the second wicket and help Kings XI score 189 for the loss of four wickets.
Chasing 189 was always going to be a tough task, and the run chase was being orchestrated brilliantly by Tendulkar. But it went horribly wrong in the space of two overs despite some lusty hits from Siddharth Chitnis in the penultimate over. But Kings XI pacer Vikram Raj Vir Singh kept his nerves while bowling the last over to see his team more or less through to the semis. The Mumbai Indians needed just one run off the last ball to split points, but an acrobatic run out by Kings XI skipper Yuvraj Singh saw Mumbai Indians losing out to Kings XI by just one run.
The Mumbai Indians were on course while chasing, but after Tendulkar was run out sharply by Irfan Pathan, lack of application from Shaun Pollock and Robin Uthappa saw the scales tilt firmly in the favour of Kings XI. And when the push came to a shove, the pressure told on the tail-enders and three run outs spelt doom for the hosts.
MI v KXP, IPL Match 45, Mumbai: Kings XI Punjab 189 for 4 in 20.0 ovs beat Mumbai Indians 188 in 20.0 ovs by 1 run

KKR v RR, IPL Match 44, Kolkata: Rajasthan Royals earn semi-final berth

Yusuf Pathan and Mohammed Kaif drummed up a crucial unfinished 81-run partnership as Rajasthan Royals confirmed their semi-final berth by cantering to a six-wicket victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders at Kolkata.
Pathan(48*) and Kaif (34*) took the game away from the Knight Riders during their rollicking 42-ball stand after the hosts posted a modest 147 for eight in the face of a disciplined bowling performance from the league leaders. The Royals, now on 18 points from 11 outings, registered their ninth win of the tourney, while the Knight Riders' hopes to make the last four dimmed further with the defeat as they remained on 10 points.
KKR v RR, IPL Match 44, Kolkata: Rajasthan Royals 150 for 4 in 16.3 ovs beat Kolkata Knight Riders 147 for 8 in 20.0 ovs by 6 wickets

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.