ICL T20: Chennai Superstars in semis

Updated: 09 December 2007 12:56 IST

Former Australian all-rounder Ian Harvey scored a quickfire 48 to help Chennai Superstars beat local favourites Chandigarh Lions by four wickets.

ICL T20: Chennai Superstars in semis
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Panchkula:

Former Australian all-rounder Ian Harvey scored a quickfire 48 to help Chennai Superstars beat local favourites Chandigarh Lions by four wickets and seal a semifinal berth in the Indian Cricket League's Twenty20 tournament in Panchkula on Saturday.

Needing nine runs from the last over while chasing a target of 147, the Superstars held their nerves to overhaul the target on the penultimate ball of their innings.

The Superstars have won all three games they have played and are leading the points table with six points while Lions have four points from an equal number of games.

Superstars, who were cruising at one stage, messed it up towards the final overs, losing wickets in quick secession.

Lions' Ishan Malhotra, who bowled the last over, proved expensive giving away 30 runs in 2.5 overs.

Daryl Tuffey also came in for some hammering giving away 40 runs in his four overs.

Earlier, electing to bat, Lions lost their openers Imran Farhat (2) and Hamish Marshall (2) quickly before T P Singh (47) and Manish Sharma (36) steadied the innings and weaved a partnership of 70 runs for the third wicket.

Lions skipper and former Kiwi all-rounder Chris Cairns (3), failed with the bat but had impressive bowling figures (4-0-17-3).

Lions will now have to win tomorrow's match against Mumbai Champs, who are yet to taste a win in the tournament, to ensure a last four berth.

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