CLT20: Chennai to Clash vs Kolkata in Final
Ravindra Jadeja celebrates with Negi after Chennai Super Kings defeated Kings XI Punjab by 65 runs to set up a CLT20 title clash vs Kolkata Knight Riders, who had defeated Hobart Hurricanes by 7 wickets. (All images from BCCI)
Gautam Gambhir lost the toss and Kolkata Knight Riders were asked to bat on a slowish pitch, by Xavier Doherty of Hobart Hurricanes.
Andre Russell took a spectacular catch to see off Dom Michael as KKR made an early breakthrough.
Kuldeep Yadav kept up his good work and took a wicket besides bowling economically. He however went for plenty towards the end of his spell.
Piyush Chawla knocked off Wells as Kolkata continued to pile the pressure on the Hurricanes.
Shoaib Malik scored an unbeaten 66 to bail the Hurricanes out of trouble and help them post a respectable 140/6 against the IPL champions.
Chasing 141, KKR suffered an early blow when Doug Bollinger removed skipper Gambhir cheaply.
Robin Uthappa was also dismissed without doing much as the Hurricanes saw a glimmer of hope despite a horrible show by their batsmen earlier.
Manish Pandey walked out and blazed a quick 40 to ensure the early setbacks did not stop KKR from entering their maiden CLT20 final.
Kallis played a classy knock to remain unbeaten on 54 as KKR notched up their 14th win on the trot and booked a place in the final, beating Hobart by seven wickets.
In the second semi-final, Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey invited Chennai Super Kings to bat.
Chennai were jolted early when Awana removed the dangerous Dwayne Smith.
Suresh Raina also could not last long as he perished to a trap set by Bailey. Chennai were in serious trouble upfront.
However, Faf du Plessis smashed 46 runs to snatch the initiative back from KXIP as Chennai weere placed on course for a challenging score.
Parvinder Awana became only the second bolwer to take a hat-trick in CLT20 when he removed Raina, Negi and Dhoni off successive deliveries, although in different spells.
Dwayne Bravo was at his destructive best, hammering 67 off 39 balls as CSK posted 182/7 on the board.
Chasing 183, KXIP got off to a disastrous start when Mohit Sharma removed Virender Sehwag for a duck, caught smartly by Brendon McCullum.
Ashsish Nehra dismissed Glenn Maxwell for a duck as Punjab slipped into further trouble in their chase.
By the time Ashwin sent back David Miller, Punjab were tottering at 61/7 and there was no more fight left to chase down a stiff target of 183.