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Raina powers Chennai Super Kings to second CLT20 title

CLT20 Result: Chennai Super Kings captain M.S. Dhoni collects the winners cheque and Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir gets runners-up award
Oppo man-of-the-series also goes to Suresh Raina

Raina powers Chennai Super Kings to second CLT20 title

Suresh Raina held the innings together with a century off 59 balls. PTI photo.

Best bowler to Sunil Narine

Powerplay of the series: Most sixes award in the tournament goes to Suresh Raina and he also gets golden bat award

Fairplay award goes to Cape Cobras

Awards were presented to the officials i.e. umpires, match-referee

Oppo man-of-the-match went to Pavan Negi for his 5 for 22.

Sixes award went to Suresh Raina for his eight sixes in this match

It’s presentation ceremony.

“We have been here before in 2010, but it has been a long time since then. So very happy,” says Ashwin. “He (Raina) was hitting sixes like he was picking up peanuts. This is a small ground but he was hitting sixes for time pass.”

“We were waiting for three years, twice we made it to the finals, but it’s sad when you lose the finals,” says Jadeja.

Let us wait for the post-match presentation.

What a beautiful chase from the Chennai Super Kings led by Raina, McCullum and then the captain Dhoni himself. CSK chased the target down with 9 balls to spare.

19th over Dhoni hits a six with the helicopter shot and the score is 179 for 2. Two to win. Second ball, Dhoni plays on the off side and no run. Third ball, Dhoni finishes the match with a huge six. Chennai Super Kings claims the Champions League Twenty20 for the second time. At the end Raina remained unbeaten on 109 and Dhoni on 23.

18th over: First ball, Raina takes a single and it is century. 100 in 59 balls. Second ball, Dhoni takes a single on the offside and it is 163 for 2. Chawla’s third ball, Raina plays it defensively and no run. Fourth ball, Raina jumps out and takes takes three runs. There was an appeal for a run-out. It is not-out from the third umpire and CSK moves to 166 for 2. Fifth ball, Dhoni plays it safely on the leg side and it is asingle and CSK moves to 167 for 2. Sixth ball, Raina plays a beautiful shot on the legside and it is another six for Raina and CSK moves to 173 for 2.

17th over: Cummins into the attack. First ball, Raina whips the ball on the legside and it is a single. CSK moves to 150 for 2. Raina moves to 94.Second ball, A wide delivery from Cummins and it is 151 for 2; Dhoni on 4. Dhoni hits the ball through the third man for a boundary it is 155 for 2. Third ball, another slow bouncer, Dhoni plays it on the legside and no run. Fourth ball, Dhoni whips the ball on the leg side and takes a single and it is 156 for 2. Fifth ball, Raina hooks the ball through the leg side and the ball races to the fineleg boundary for a four and it is 160 for 2. Raina moves to 98. Sixth ball, Raina plays on the legside and takes a single and Raina moves to 99 and it is 161 for 2.

16th over: Raina on 88 and Dhoni on 3. Pathan continues. First ball, Raina taps the ball but Pathan misses the return catch. Raina is safe. Second ball, Raina taps the ball on the leg side and takes a single and it is 141 for 2. Third ball, Dhoni punches the ball straight down the ground and takes a single and it is 142 for 2. Fourth ball, It is a wide from Pathan it is 143 for 2, Raina taps on the leg side and takes two quick runs and it is 145 for 2. Fifth ball, Another wide deliverty from Pathan, it is 146 for 2; Raina taps the ball on the leg side and takes two quick runs and it is 148 for 2. Sixth ball, Raina whips the ball and takes another single and it is 149 for 2.

15th over KUldeep Yadav continues. First ball, Raina takes a single and it is 132 for 2. Second ball, Dhoni plays it ont he offside and no run. Third ball, Dhoni punches on the backfoot and takes a single on the onside it is 133 for 2. Fourth ball, Raina comes down the track and lofts it over long off for another huge six. It is 139 for 2. Fifth ball, beautiful reply from the bowler and Raina misses it. Sixth ball, Raina takes the single on the onside and it is 140 for 2.

14th over Pathan into the attack. McCullum hits the first ball high up in the air and the ball went straight to the deep midwicket fielder and it is out. Pathan strikes and it is 127 for 2. Second ball, Dhoni is the new man. Takes a single straightaway and it is 128 for 2. Third ball, Raina whips the ball on the onside and takes a single and it is 129 for 2. Fourth ball, Dhoni pats the ball on the legside and takes a single and it is 130 for 2. Fifth ball, Raina hits the ball ont he leg side takes another single it is 131 for 2. Sixth ball, Dhoni plays on the onside straight to the bowler and no run. It is 131 for 2.

13th over 70 to win in 8 overs. Raina 65 and McCullum 36. Kuldeep Yadav into the attack. First ball, Raina jumps out and hits the ball straight and it is a huge six. It is 117 for 1. Second ball, Raina taps on the leg side and takes a single and it is 118 for 1. Third ball, McCullum hits the ball on the legside and takes two quick runs and it is 120 for 1. Fourth ball, Again on the onside and McCullum takes a single and it is 121 for 1. Fifth ball, Again jumps out of the crease and hits it straight over the field for another huge six. It is 127 for 1. What an innings from Suresh Raina. Sixth ball, Uthappa misses the stumping and Raina survives. It is 127 for 1.

12th over: Yadav continues. First ball, Raina takes a single and it is 101 for 1. Second ball, McCullum whips the ball on the onside and takes a single and it is 102 for 1. Third ball, Raina tries to sweep misses and no run. Fourth ball, Jumps out of the crease and hammers straight past the midon for a four. It is 106 for 1. Fifth ball, Raina cuts the ball through the strong off side field and the ball pierces through them and races to the boundary and it is 110 for 1. Sixth ball, Raina pushes the ball ont he offside and takes a single and it is 111 for 1.

11th over Yusuf Pathan into the attack. McCullum comes down the ground and dabs it on the off-side for a single. Second ball, a dot. Third ball, Raina, over extra cover, gets a single after a terrific effort from Manish Pandey at long-on. Fourth ball, dot. A single for Raina in the fifth ball. Sixth ball, McCullum goes for a heave on the leg side, just about manages to clear the ropes where Pat Cummins makes a valiant effort.

10th over Yadav continues. First ball, McCullum takes a single on the onside and it is 84 for 1. Second ball, Raina plays the ball beautifully on the offside and it is four and Raina reaches fifty off 27 balls. It is 88 for 1. Third ball, Raina cuts the ball straight to the fielder. Fourth ball, Raina tries to hit the ball on the leg side and ball hits the pads and no run. It is 88 for 1. Fifth ball, Raina whips the ball ont he leg side and takes two quick runs and it is 90 for 1. Siixth ball, Down the leg side, Uthappa and Yadav claim for a catch but Dharmasena says no. It is still 90 for 1.

9th over Chawla into the attack. First ball, Raina takes a single and it is 70 for 1. Second ball, McCullum whips the ball over the mid-wicket and the ball races to the boundary. The fielder in the deep midwicket misses the ball completely and it is 74 for 1. Third ball, McCullum plays it ont he onside and no run. Fourth ball, Raina called early and both ran quickly and it is 75 for 1. Fifth ball, Raina jumps out and plays the shot on the onside and takes two runs and it is 77 for 1. Sixth ball, Raina jumps out and beautifully plays the ball over the long-on boundary for another six. It is 83 for 1.

8th over Suryakumar Yadav into the attack. First ball, Good ball past the outside edge of Raina and no run. Second ball, Rains plays straight to mid-off and no run. Third ball, Raina jumps out and nudges the ball ont he offside and takes a single. It is 67 for 1. Fourth ball, McCullum plays a shot on the offside and takes a single it is 68 for 1. Fifth ball, Raina taps the ball on the legside and it is 69 for 1. Sixth ball, McCullum tries to cut the ball misses and straight to keeper. It is 69 for 1.

7th over Raina on 31 and McCullum on 20. Yadav continues First ball, McCullum sweeps the first ball and takes a single. and it is 61 for 1. Second ball, Raina plays it defensively and no run. Third ball, Raina whips the ball and Kallis drops a tough catch and it is 62 for 1. Third ball, McCullum takes a single and it is 63 for 1. Fifth ball, Raina nudges the ball on the leg side and takes two quick runs. It is 65 for 1. Sixth ball, Raina plays it on the onside and it is 66 for 1.

6th over Last over of powerplay. Piyush Chawla into the attack. First ball, McCullum cuts the ball and no run. Second ball, McCullum whips the ball and takes a single and it is 48 for 1. Third ball, Raina jumps out and hits the ball straight over the long on for a huge six. It is 54 for 1. Fourth ball, Raina sweeps the ball straight to the square leg and no run. Fifth ball, A good ball from Chawla and no run. Sixth ball, Raina whips the ball on the leg side and another huge six and it is 60 for 1.

5th over Kuldeep Yadav into the attack. First ball, McCullum sweeps the ball to the midwicket boundary for a four. It is 38 for 1. Second ball, Another sweep shot, straight to the fielder but once again a misfield and it is another four. It is 42 for 1. Third ball, Another sweep shot but straight to the deep midwicket and it is a single. It is 43 for 1. Fourth ball, Raina whips the ball on the leg side and takes another single. It is 44 for 1. Fifth ball, Again McCullum sweeps and the ball balloons up but lands safely and two. It is 46 for 1. Sixth ball. Once again a sweep shot straight to Suryakumar Yadav and a single to end the over. It is 47 for 1.

4th over Russell continues. First ball, Raina makes room and hits the ball ont he off side and the ball goes a huge six over point boundary It is 32 for 1. Second ball, Raina taps the ball on the leg side and there is no run. Third ball, down the leg side and there was a noise, Uthappa and Russell appeals but Dharmasena says no. It is still 32 for 1. Fourth ball, Raina controls the ball on the offside and takes a single and it is 33 for 1. Fifth ball, McCullum plays the ball on the offside and straight to point and no run. Sixth ball, McCullum jumps out and plays the ball on the offside and takes an easy single. It is 34 for 1.

3rd over Cummins continues. First ball, Rains plays a delightful shot on the offside and the ball races to the long-off boundary for a four and it is 23 for 1. Second ball, Another beautiful shot but was fielded by Gambhir at short extra cover. Third ball, Raina whips the ball on the leg side and takes a single and it is 24 for 1. Fourth ball, a quicker ball from Cummins and McCullum takes a single and it is 25 for 1. Fifth ball, Raina pushes the ball on the leg side and takes a single and it is 26 for 1. Sixth ball, McCullum tries to whip the ball onthe offside and the ball hit the bottom of the bat and no run. It is 26 for 1.

2nd over It is Andre Russell. First ball, McCullum taps the ball on the off side and it is no run. It is 13 for 1. Second ball, McCullum plays it defensively and no run. Third ball, McCullum takes a quick single and it is 14 for 1. If it has been a direct hit, it is curtains for Raina, but Pandey misses the stumps. Fourth ball, Raina taps the ball on the onside and it is a single and it is 15 for 1. Fifth ball, McCullum tries to smash ball but the ball went straight to the fielder and no run. Sixth ball, McCullum whips the ball on the onside and the ball races to the leg side boundary and it is 19 for 1.

1st over Pat Cummins who replaced Narine to open the bowling. Smith to face the first delivery. First ball, Almost a chance. Smith hits the ball straight to the bowler but Cummins could not touch it and the ball hits the non-striker’s stumps. Second ball, Smith whips the ball on the off side and the ball races to the point boundary for four. It is four for no loss. Third ball, Smith strikes straight to the mid-on fielder and no run. Fourth ball, A wide delivery on the leg side and it is 5 for no loss. Smith hits a magnificent shot over the covers for another boundary and it is 9 for no loss. Fifth ball, a beautiful yorker from Cummins and Smith plays the ball on to the stumps and it is a wicket and it is 9 for 1. Sixth ball, Raina is the new man. Inside edge and the ball misses the stumps and the keeper and races to the boundary and it is 13 for 1. An eventful over from Cummins.

The umpires are on the field followed by Kolkata Knight Riders fielders. Chennai Super kIngs openers McCullum and Smith make their way into the middle. It is expected to be a exciting chase.

With the likes of Smith, McCullum, Raina, Dhoni and Bravo one hopes Chennai will score these runs. But KKR led by Gambhir has put an daunting task for Chennai Super Kings. Negi and Gambhir were the stars in the first half.

Chennai Super Kings has to score 181 at 9.05 runs an over.

Kolkata Knight Riders end their innings at 180 for 6. A good 19th over from the young Pavan Negi was the highlight of the first half.

20th over: Nehra continues. First ball, Yusuf Pathan smashes the ball on the onside and it is four. It is 165 for 6. Second ball, Again whips the ball on the onside and the ball races to the fineleg boundary for another four. It is 169 for 6. Third ball, Pathan smashes the third ball over the long-on boundary for a huge six. It is 175 for 6. Fourth ball, Pathan whips the ball on the onside and takes a couple of runs and it is 177 for 6. Fifth ball, Another full toss and Pathan hits the ball on the onside and takes a single and it is 178 for 6. Sixth ball, Another low full toss and Russel takes a couple and it is 180 for 6.

19th over Negi into the attack. First ball, Pandey wants to hit the ball over long-on boundary. but the ball hit the top end of the bat and McCullum takes a good catch and it is 159 for 4. Second ball, Doeschate is the new man. Yusuf takes a single and it is 160 for 4. Third ball, Negi bowls a beautiful ball and it is no run. Fourth ball, Another wide delivery from Negi and Doeschate wants to smash the ball but misses it completely and Dhoni whips the bails off and it is 161 for 5. Another wicket for young Negi. Good over for CSK. Just two runs and two wickets. Fourth ball, Good ball and it is no run. It is 161 for 5. Fifth ball, Suryakumar Yadav tries to reverse sweep the ball top edged and the ball went straight to Nehra. Negi takes five wickets and it is 161 for 6. Sixth ball, Andre Russel in. Good delivery from the young Negi and it is 161 for 6.

18th over Nehra into the attack. First ball, Nehra tries a slower ball and it slips off his hand and Pandey hit over the point boundary for a boundary and it is no ball. It is 144 for 3. Second ball, Pandey smashes the ball over the long-on boundary for a beautiful six. He came down the track and lofted the ball over long-on. It is 150 for 3. Third ball, full toss and Pandey smashes over the mid-wicket and it is another six. It is 156 for 3. Fourth ball, a good yorker and Pandey takes a single and it is 157 for 3. Fifth ball, Another full toss and Pathan taps the ball on the off side and takes a single. It is is 158 for 3. Sixth ball, a good delivery from Nehra and a productive over for KKR. 20 runs from that over of Nehra.

17th over Gambhir on 80 and Pandey on 12, Jadeja continues. First ball, Gambhir plays it defensively. Second ball, Gambhir plays a lofted shot and McCullum takes a brilliant catch and Gambhir is out. It is 136 for 3. Gambhir is out for 80 off 51 balls. Third ball, Yusuf Pathan. Pandey takes a single. and it is 137 for 3. Yusuf on strike. Fourth ball Yusuf plays a shot on the offside. it is 137 for 3. Fifth ball, Yusuf takes a single and it is 138 for 3. Sixth ball, a good delivery to Pandey and he takes a single and what an over from Jadeja. It is just three runs and it is 139 for 3.

16th over Bravo continues. Gambhir smacks the first ball over the mid-wicket boundary for a six. it is 124 for 2. Second ball, Bravo bowls a slower ball and Gambhir misses it and taken by Dhoni. It is a wide. 125 for 2. Gambhir plays a lofted shot and takes a single and it is 126 for 2. Third ball, Pandey smashes it to the mid-wicket and takes a single. It is 127 for 2. Fourth ball, Gambhir plays an improvised stroke on the off side and it is a boundary, KKR moves to 131 for 2. Fifth ball, Gambhir nudges the ball to the third man and takes a single. It is 132 for 2. Sixth ball, Pandey delicately plays on the offside and the ball races to the vacant point boundary. It is 136 for 2.

15th over Jadeja into the attack. First ball, Pandey takes a single on the onside. Second ball, Gambhir plays straight to the deep cover fielder and it is single once against. KKR moves to 114 for 2. Third ball, Pandey taps the ball onthe offside and takes a single and it is 115 for 2. Fourth ball, Gambhir swings the ball to the deep fine leg and takes a single and it is 116 for 2. Fifth ball, Pandey plays straight to the deep cover fielder and takes a single. Sixth ball, Jadeja bowls a wide delivery, gambhir chases the ball and hits straight to the point fielder and once again a single and it is 118 for 2.

14th over Bravo into the attack. First ball, Gambhir taps the ball on the off side and takes a single and it is 107 for 2. Second ball, Pandey plays a shot on the off side and takes a single and it is 108 for 2. Third ball, Gambhir taps the ball on the off side and takes a single and it is 109 for 2. Fourth ball, Pandey smashes the ball on the leg side and takes a single and it is 110 for 2. Fifth ball, Gambhir taps the ball on the leg side and takes a single and it is 111 for 2. Sixth ball, Pandey cuts the ball to the short third man and takes a single and it is 112 for 2. A good over from Bravo.

13th over Negi continues. First ball KALLIS PLAYS A LOFTED SHOT AND IT WAS BEAUTIFULLY TAKEN BY NEHRA AND IT IS 97 FOR TWO. KALLIS IS OUT FOR 1. Second ball, Gambhir plays the shot on the onside and takes a single and it is 98 for 2. Third ball, Manish Pandey the new man to face. The ball takes a turn and Pandey whips the ball and Bravo throws to the striker’s end and misses the stumps and it is 99 for 2. FOURTH BALL, GAMBHIR PLAYS A LOFTED SHOT AND DU PLESSIS TAKES A MAGNIFICENT CATCH BUT TOUCHES THE BOUNDARY LINE AND IT IS A SIX. It is indeed a moment for Negi. Du Plessis takes it brilliantly but to no avail. Fifth ball Gambhir plays on the off side and it is a single and it is 106 for 2. Pandey plays the last ball straight to the fielder and it is 106 for 2. A brilliant over from Negi.

12th over Jadeja continues Gambhir plays the ball straight to Jadeja. . Second ball, Gambhir taps the ball on the leg side and the ball races to the boundary. It is fifty for Gambhir and KKR moves to 95 for 1. Third ball, Gambhir pushes the ball on the leg side and takes a single. 96 for 1. Kallis plays the fourth ball straight to Jadeja. Fifth ball, Kallis takes a comfortable single on the leg side and it is 97 for 1. Sixth ball, Gambhir taps the ball the off side and it is no run. It is 97 for 1.

11th over Negi continues, First ball, appeal for a LBW and Gambhir is nearly out at the non-striker’s end and there is no run. Second ball, Uthappa plays a shot on the onside and takes a single and it is 90 for no loss. Third ball, Gambhir plays it straight to mid-wiocket and no run. Fourth ball, Gambhir jumps out hit the ball on the off side . and takes a single it is 91 for no loss. fifth BALL; A WICKET IS DOWN. UTHAPPA IS STUMPED BY DHONI FOR 39 OFF 32 BALLS. NEGI STRIKES. IT IS 91 FOR 1. Kallis is the new man. Sixth ball, he was put down by Raina and it is 91 for one.

10th over Gambhir on 40 and Uthappa on 36. Jadeja into the attack. First ball, gambhir plays the ball on the onside and it is no run. Second ball, Gambhir jumps out of the crease and the ball just misses the finger of Bravo and it is a six and it is 85 for no loss. Third ball, Gambhir takes a single. Fourth ball, Uthappa plays on the onside and takes a single and it is 87 for no loss. Fifth ball, Gambhir plays on the onside and takes a single and it is 88 for no loss. Sixth ball, Uthappa plays the shot straight to long-off and takes a single and it is 89 for no loss.

9th over Ashwin to continue, first ball, Gambhir plays a defensive shot. Second ball, Gambhir plays the ball on the onside and takes a single and it is 71 for no loss. Third ball, Uthappa plays a reverse sweep and again a mis-field and takes a couple. It is 73 for no loss. Fourth ball, Uthappa taps the ball on the onside and it is 74 for no loss, Fifth ball, Gambhir pushes the ball onthe leg side and takes a single and it is 75 for no loss. Sixth ball, Uthappa plays the ball beautifully and the ball races to the third man for yet another boundary and it is 79 for no loss.

8th over: Pawan Negi comes into the attack. First ball, Gambhir jumps out of the crease and McCullum misses the stumps and it is single, KKR moves to 62 for no loss. Second ball, Uthappa pushes the ball on the onside and takes two quick runs and it is 64 for no loss. Third ball, Uthappa plays the shot uppishly and the ball lands safely and it is single. Fourth ball, Gambhir heaves the ball on the onside and the ball races to the boundary and it is 69 for no loss. Fifth ball, Gambhir cuts the ball straight to the deep point and takes a comfortable single. Sixth ball, Appeals for an LBW and they takes a leg-bye and and it is 70 for no loss.

7th over Ashwin continues. First ball, Gambhir taps on the leg side and takes a single and it is 55 for no loss. KKR is building the innings beautifully. Second ball, Beautiful delivery from Ashwin and no run. Third ball, Uthappa tries to pull the ball but well fielded and no run. Fourth ball, Uthappa taps the on the leg side and takes a single and it is 56 for no loss. Fifth ball, Gambhir slices the ball to the third man boundary for a four and it is 60 for no loss. Sixth ball, Gambhir taps the ball on the off side and takes a single. The two players are rotating the strike very well and KKR moves to 61 for no loss.

6th over Last powerplay over. Mohit to continue. First ball, Gambhir taps the ball on the leg side, takes a single and it is 48 for no loss. Second ball, Uthappa plays on the off-side and no run. Third ball, Uthappa plays on the off side and takes a quick single and it is 49 for no loss. Fourth ball, Gambhir plays an uppish shot to third man and takes a single and it is 50 for no loss. Fifth ball, Uthappa plays a lovely shot through the line and the ball races to the long-off boundary for a boundary and it is 54 for no loss. Beautifully played by Uthappa. Sixth ball, Dhoni appeals for stumping. Beautifully done by Dhoni and third umpire says not out and Uthappa survives and score remains on 54 for no loss.

5th over Will there be a bowling change by Dhoni? Yes it is Ashwin. Gambhir hits the ball straight to the square leg and it is no run. Second ball, Gambhir nudges the ball to the third man and takes two runs, it is 38 for no loss. Third ball, A rare mis-field by CSK and Gambhir takes a single it is 39 for no loss. Fourth ball, Uthappa taps the ball through the mid-wicket and takes a comfortable single an d it is 40 for no loss. Fifth ball, Gambhir taps the ball on the on-side and takes another single it is 41 for no loss. Sixth ball, Uthappa plays a beautiful lofted shot over the long-on boundary for the first six of the match and it is 47 for no loss.

4th over: First ball, Gambhir tries to pull but misses it completely. Second ball, Once again a short ball, Gambhir hooks the ball to the boundary and it is 33 for no loss. Gambhir and Uthappa are playing beautifully now. Third ball, Gambhir pats the ball to the third man and takes a single and it is 34 for no loss. Fourth ball, Uthappa plays the slower ball straight to long-off and no run. Uthappa on 14 and Gambhir on 19. Fifth ball, wraps on the pad and Uthappa. Gambhir take a single (leg bye) and it is 35 for no loss. Sixth ball, Gambhir nudges the ball to third man and takes a single and it is 36 for no loss. Gambhir on 20 and Uthappa on 14.

3rd over Nehra continues. First ball, Uthappa plays it on the onside and well fielded by Mohit and it is only a single and KKR moves to 20 for no loss. Seocnd ball, Gambhir tries to lift the ball over mid-wicket but an inside edge just misses the stumps and the ball races to the fine leg boundary. It is 24 for no loss. Third ball, Gambhir plays the ball to third man and takes a single, it is 25 for no loss. Fourth ball, Uthappa chases the wide delivery and misses. Well taken by Dhoni behind the stumps. Fifth ball, Uthappa plays it straight to long-off no run. Sixth ball, Uthappa punches through the mid-wicket and the ball races to the boundary and it is 29 for no loss.

2nd over It is Mohit Sharma to share the new ball with Nehra. Uthappa to face Mohit. First ball, Uthappa plays a beautiful shot through the line and the ball races to the long on boundary for four. It is 9 for no loss. Second ball, Uthappa taps the ball to deep point and takes an easy single it is 10 for no loss. Third ball, Gambhir plays a defensive shot straight to the cover fielder and it is 10 for no loss. Fourth ball, Gambhir plays a lofted shot and the ball races to the boundary and it is 14 for no loss. Fifth ball, A wide bouncer from Mohit and KKR moves to 15 for no loss. Gambhir taps the ball to the vacant square leg and takes two quick runs and it is 17 for no loss. Sixth ball, Gambhir taps the ball on the off side and takes two runs and it is 19 for no loss.

1st over: Asish Nehra to open the bowling for CSK. Uthappa to face the first ball of the finals. Nehra is just four wickets away from 100 in Twenty20 matches. 1st ball: Beautiful delivery from Nehra, the ball swings in and misses the bat of Uthappa and go through to the keeper. second ball, First run on the board Uthappa pushes the ball to covers and takes two. It is two for no loss. Third ball, Uthappa takes a single It is three for no loss. Gambhir to face his first ball. Fourth ball, Another good ball and Gambhir plays defensively and score remains on 3 for no loss. Fifth ball, the ball hits the bat and pad and Gambhir is off the mark and it is four for no loss. A loud shout for LBW but Tucker says it is off the inside edge. Sixth ball, Uthappa plays the ball to third man and take a single and it is five for no loss.

Kolkata Knight Riders openers Gautam Gambhir and Uthappa are entering the field.

The umpires are on the field followed by Chennai Super Kings players.

Before the contest begins, let us have look at the Indian Team for the forthcoming West Indies ODI series

News here is R. Ashwin will be playing his 100th consecutive T20 match

Let us wait for the clock to chime 7 for a cracker of contest.

The umpires for the finals are Rod Tucker and Kumar Dharmasena (on-field). The TV umpire is S. Ravi and the match-referee is Andy Pycroft.

After the toss, Gautam Gambhir said he also wanted to bowl first.

“The pitch looks better than the previous ones in Bangalore, but we will have to wait and see how it actually behaves,” Dhoni said after his decision to bowl first.

Let us read the semifinal report of both the teams: Read here 1st semifinal

Read here the 2nd semifinal

The teams are

Chennai Super Kings

DR Smith, BB McCullum, SK Raina, F du Plessis, DJ Bravo, MS Dhoni, RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, P Negi, MM Sharma, A Nehra

Kolkata Knight Riders

RV Uthappa, G Gambhir, JH Kallis, MK Pandey, YK Pathan, RN ten Doeschate, SA Yadav, AD Russell, PJ Cummins, PP Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav

Chennai Super Kings plays unchanged side while Pat Cummins comes in place for Sunil Narine for Kolkata Knight Riders.

Chennai Super Kings won the toss and decided to bowl first.

The match is to start at 7 p.m. IST and the toss will be taken shortly.

For Chennai Super Kings all the players in prime form except Smith. If Smith fires, then it is a different ball game. On the other hand Kolkata Knight Riders will certainly miss the services of Sunil Narine who is banned from bowling in the CLT20 finals for suspect action.

Chennai Super Kings blasted into the finals by defeating Kings XI Punjab in the semifinals. Dwayne Bravo scored 67 to steer Chennai out of precarious situation and bundled out Kings XI cheaply.

Kolkata Knight Riders entered the finals by defeating Hobart Hurricanes in the semifinals. Jacques Kallis scored an unbeaten half-century to steer KKR into finals.

Chennai Super Kings is led by the Indian captain M.S. Dhoni, a cool customer while his counterpart Gautam Gambhir is a fighter on his day. They had already met in the CLT20 in the opening game. KKR won the contest.

The fans are expected to get an exciting contest between IPL heavyweights Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. Chennai Super Kings won IPL twice and Champions League T20 twice. Though Kolkata Knight Riders has won IPL championship twice, it is yet to open its account in CLT20.

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