Chennai Super Kings drub Punjab King's XI to enter final

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Mumbai, May 31 (UNI) Prathiv Patel and Suresh Raina made sure that the good work done by their bowlers especially Manpreet Gony and Makhaya Ntini did not go to waste as Chennai Super Kings scored a facile nine wicket victory over King's XI Punjab to romp into the final of the DLF Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede stadium here today.

Set a target of only 113 for victory, Chennai Super Kings, even though they lost opener S Vidyut early, ensured that they were no further setbacks as Parthiv Patel with 51 not out and Suresh Raina with 55 not out set up the win and the right to play Rajasthan Royals in the final tomorrow.

Chennai Super Kings made 116 for one in just 14.5 overs.

After their bowlers had done a fantastic job of restricting King's XI Punjab to 112 for eight in their 20 overs, Chennai Super Kings began their innings with Parthiv Patel in great touch as he flicked the first ball from Sreesanth to to fine leg boundary.

Vidyut earlier in the first over had hit the first boundary.

scoring with a brilliant shot off Irfan Pathan which raced through the backward point region.

Vidyut, however was soon dismissed by Pathan when he tried to pull a delivery but the ball went high into the air for Wilkin Mota to take an easy catch at square leg to send back the opener. Vidyut made just 6 with the score being 14 for one.

Raina then joined Parthiv and the two decimated the attack to take Chennai Super Kings home in just overs.

Yuvraj Singh brought on off-spinner Ramesh Powar inside the first six overs and he was immediately hit for two glorious fours by Raina.

Parthiv Patel then got into the act, essaying a classical straight drive off Irfan Pathan which scorched the turf along the way to the boundary. He then hooked VRV Singh for a boundary and then swept Ramesh Powar for another boundary as the target began receding quickly.

Raina showed his class with two huge sixes of Hopes and Powar and with Parthiv keeping the scoreboard moving with a couple of boundaries of Hopes, King's XI Punjab had no answer to the onslaught of these two left-handers and caved in meekly with Parthiv Patel reaching his 50 in 47 balls with eight fours. Raina also followed with his half century which took just 32 balls and was inclusive three fours and four huge sixes.

The two added an unbeaten 102 runs for the second wicket in 12.3 overs to take Chennai Super Kings to an easy nine wicket win with Parthiv remaining unbeaten on 51 of 48 balls with eight fours, while Raina was unbeaten on 55 runs of just 34 balls with four boundaries and four sixes.


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