CLT20: Suresh Raina's Maiden Ton Helps Chennai Super Kings to Second Title
Suresh Raina celebrates his maiden CLT20 hundred as Chennai Super Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders to claim their second title. (All images from BCCI)
Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders pose with the CLT20 trophy before the start of the final in Bangalore on Saturday.
Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and asked Kolkata to bat first.
Gautam Gambhir provided Kolkata a solid start and took the strong CSK attack on.
Gambhir attacks a CSK spinner as Dhoni looks on in Bangalore.
Robin Uthappa, who finished with 210 runs from the tournament got KKR started with a fluent 39.
After Uthappa perished, Gambhir brought up his half-century to steer KKR's innings.
Gambhir charges down the pitch to hit a six. The KKR skipper smashed 80 off 52 balls to help KKR post a challenging total.
Pawan Negi picked up 5/22, including three in an over to ensure KKR did not post more than 180. The IPL champs were looking good to score more than 200 at one point.
Ashish Nehra, who was one of the most successful bowlers in the tournament, ran out of luck against KKR, going for 54 runs in four wicketless overs.
Chasing 181, Chennai got off to a poor start, losing Dwayne Smith to Pat Cummins in the first over.
However, the early loss did not stop Suresh Raina from playing aggressively from the word go.
Raina steps down to hit a six as Chennai continued to make lightwork of the chase.
Without Sunil Narine, KKR's attack seemed to lack tooth and Raina took full toll, hammering eight sixes in the course of his innings.
Raina shared a valuable second wicket stand with Brendon McCullum and later with MS Dhoni (in pic) as Chennai cruised.
Raina celebrates his maiden CLT20 hundred; he is now the only Indian with a hundred in the tournament.
Chennai Super Kings players celebrate after winning the CLT20 for the second time.
CSK players wait to congratulate Dhoni after he scored the winning runs as a dejected Jacques Kallis of KKR walks past.
Muscle-man - Ravindra Jadeja is elated after CSK's first title since 2011.
Negi, 21, was named Man of the Match for his five-wicket haul.
Cheerleaders perform in the course of the CLT20 final between CSK and KKR on Saturday.
MS Dhoni leads CSK out in the field after opting to field in the final.
Chennai Super Kings celebrate with the trophy in Bangalore on Saturday.