IPL 8: Chennai Edge Past Bangalore to Enter Record Sixth Final
Chennai Super Kings won a thriller against Royal Challengers Bangalore by three wickets to enter the IPL final for the sixth time.
MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to field against Virat Kohli's Bangalore in Ranchi on Friday. (BCCI Images)
Kohli was dismissed early as RCB got off to a poor start in the second qualifier.
Chris Gayle was slow off the blocks as Chennai Super Kings' bowlers applied the brakes early.
Dinesh Karthik made 28, his highest in the IPL this season.
Ashish Nehra was the pick of the Chennai bowlers, picking up 3/28 in his four overs.
Chennai Super Kings were on top of their bowling and fielding, restricting RCB to a modest 139/8.
Chasing 140, Chennai lost their hard-hitting opener Dwayne Smith early.
CSK were further jolted when Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina were dismissed quickly.
MS Dhoni joined forces with Michael Hussey to steady Chennai's chase through a tricky period.
Hussey was in fluent touch, smashing his 15th half-century to guide Chennai towards victory.
A frustrated Virat Kohli reacts as Chennai run away with the match in Ranchi on Friday.
Despite losing late-order wickets, Super Kings held their nerves to secure a thrilling three-wicket win.
Royal Challengers Bangalore were a disappointed lot by the end of the day. They had come agonisingly close to their second final in the IPL.
Nehra was named Man-of-the-Match for his brilliant bowling as Chennai head to their sixth final, where they face Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens on May 24.