Ranchi, May 22: A superb 56 by Mike Hussey, who replaced the dashing Brendon McCullum, helped the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) make their sixth Indian Premier League (IPL) final by beating a spirited Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 3 wickets in the second qualifier at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium here on Friday. CSK's left-hand fast bowler Ashish Nehra was adjudged the man of the match with 3 wickets for 28 in 4 overs.
Hussey, Dhoni, du Plessis lead CSK's chase
Chasing 140 to win, the CSK suffered a minor hiccup when they lost two wickets in three balls to Yuzvendra Chahal but Hussey and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (26) took them home. Francois du Plessis scored 21.
The CSK will face the Mumbai Indians in the final at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on May 24. It will be the third title clash between these two teams since 2010. Both sides have won one final each so far.
CSK's disciplined bowling restricts RCB
A clinical bowling performance by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowlers restricted Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to 139/8 in 20 overs in the second qualifier of IPL 8 at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium here on Friday.
Man of the match Ashish Nehra excels again, takes his wicket tally against RCB this summer to 10
Ashish Nehra continued with his good form against the RCB this season and picked 3 wickets for 28 runs, including those of skipper Virat Kohli (12) and AB de Villiers (1). Nehra has picked 10 wickets against Kohli's side in three matches played this summer.
Gayle scored highest for RCB but unlike his normal self
Earlier, CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and asked RCB to bat, citing the dew factor. Chris Gayle (41 off 43 balls, 2x4s, 3x6s) was the highest scorer for the RCB. Sarfaraz Khan (31) and Dinesh Karthik (28) helped the RCB reach a decent total after they were reduced to 80 for 4 inside the 14th over with all big-hitters back to the pavilion.
Chennai Super Kings: DR Smith, M Hussey, S Raina, F du Plessis, DJ Bravo, MS Dhoni (c &wk), R Jadeja, P Negi, A Nehra, R Ashwin, M Sharma
Royal Challengers Bangalore: V Kohli (c), C Gayle, M Singh, AB de Villiers, D Karthik (wk), S Khan, D Wiese, M Starc, H Patel, S Arvind, Y Chahal
The CSK lost to Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in the first qualifier by 25 runs while the RCB thrashed Rajasthan Royals in the eliminator in Pune by 71 runs.