IPL 6: CSK crush Mumbai Indians to reach their fourth consecutive final

Result: Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 48 runs to reach the final.

Toss: Chennai Super Kings won the toss and chose to bat first.

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CSK 192-1 in 20 overs (Hussey 86*, Raina 82*): Murali Vijay and Mike Hussey gave a solid start to Chennai Super Kings before Rohit Sharma introduced his spinners to tighten the run-rate a bit. It worked, Vijay lost patience and heaved a shot straight to Dwayne Smith in the deep. After that, CSK never looked back.

 IPL 6: CSK crush Mumbai Indians to reach their fourth consecutive final

Raina scored a quickfire 82 to help CSK set a huge target for Mumbai. BCCI

Suresh Raina's introduction meant quick running between the wickets, clever shots and some classic boundaries. Before long, Chennai's run-rate, from 7.40 after 11 overs, went up to 11.20 in the 15th over. When they finished, Chennai had scored at a rate of 13.40/over. Both batsmen paced their innings so well that no one over can particularly be pointed out as the one which turned the tables. However, they were both particularly destructive after reaching their fifties — and even had Lasith Malinga sweating by the end of the innings.

Raina finished with 82 (42b, 5x4, 5x6) and Hussey with 86 (58b, 10x4, 2x6).

Mumbai 144 all out in 18.4 overs (Smith 68. Bravo 3/9, Jadeja 3/31): It was the same old story for Aditya Tare, who started with a lovely four, only to fall in the second over. But from then onward, till the middle of the ninth over, it was the Dwayne Smith show. Apart from Ravindra Jadeja, he hit every bowler to all parts of the field in his innings of 68 (28b, 6x4, 5x6) before a thick outside edge did him in.

It was Jadeja's night with the ball, as he sent back Dinesh Kathik (11) shortly after and then dismissed Kieron Pollard (24 runs, 16b, 1x4, 2x6) in the same over where the West Indian has smacked him for back-to-back sixes. Between these wickets was squeezed in Rohit Sharma's dismissal. The Mumbai skipper went for the big shot and was taken at long-off after making eight runs in 15 balls. It was all downhill then and Mumbai will now play the winners of the Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad match.

Turning point: As it happens so many times, a dismissal can actually do good for a team. The first turning point was Murali Vijay's wicket, which allowed Raina to play a long innings. The other of course, was Jadeja's spell which dismissed Smith and Karthik.

Man of the match: Raina's onslaught set up Chennai's win. Add to that a great running catch to dismiss Mitchell Johnson, and he's our man of the match.

Updated Date: May 22, 2013 07:58:12 IST