Chennai and Bangalore began their IPL play-off match on equal footing. The day mostly belonged to Daniel Vettori's side apart from the final few overs that gave a pass to Chennai for the finals of IPL 4. A look (AFP images)
The start was the only setback for Bangalore after Chennai won the toss and opted to field first. R Ashwin sent back Chris Gayle early to seize the advantage.
The other opener in Mayank Agarwal however lashed out to put his team back in a position to dictate terms from. He scored a 33-ball 35.
It was Virat Kohli's knock of an unbeaten 70 however that took Bangalore to a commanding total of 175 on a track that seemed to assist both seam and spin.
Kohli's partnership with Luke Pomersbach, that of 48 runs for the fourth wicket was also crucial to Bangalore's innings.
The pacers came out all guns blazing once the second innings began. Zaheer Khan removed Michael Hussey in the first over to draw first blood.
Sreenath Aravind from the other end removed Murali Vijay in the second over to reduce Chennai to 7 for 2.
Subramaniam Badrinath was promoted up the order and he scored 34 of 32 but was removed by Abhimanyu Mithun just when an attack looked imminent.
Confidence was though, in no short supply for Suresh Raina as he slammed an unbeaten 73 off 50 deliveries to throw caution to the wind.
Three late sixes and a boundary from Albie Morkel towards the end stunned Bangalore as Chennai hurried home with two balls to spare from a difficult position. A six wicket win for MS Dhoni's side.
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|2||chennai super kings||14||9||5||18|
|4||kolkata knight riders||14||8||6||16|
|5||kings xi punjab||14||7||7||14|
|8||kochi tuskers kerala||14||6||8||12|
|9||pune warriors india||14||4||9||9|
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