Chennai Super Kings: The Second Team to Qualify for IPL Playoffs
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Chennai Super Kings became the second team to qualify for IPL playoffs after Royal Challengers Bangalore. CSK did so by beating Kochi Tuskers Kerala by 11 runs. Making CSK the only team that has been in all of IPL's semi-final stages.
While Chennai Super Kings has 18 points from nine wins in their 13 matches, on the other hand Kochi Tuskers Kerala finished their quota of 14 matches with 12 points. This is the third loss in the last four matches for KTK.
Kochi Tuskers put up a brave face by reducing CSK to a fairly close chase, able score of 153 runs. In their quest for finishing the season on a high, the chase got a jolt when their new captain Parthiv Patel was sent off by R. Ashwin in the third over. The catch was completed by Albie Morkel.
Meanwhile, Brendon McCullum continued with his style of batting to give KTK a glimmer of hope. In a bid to lower the run-rate required, Brendon got one completely wrong from Jakati; the ball hitting the middle of middle stumps. At the last five overs, KTK required 63 runs from 30 balls at a run-rate of over 12.
Though, the last dash at the possible chase was from Brad Hodge, who pulled out back-to-back sixes of Bravo in the nineteenth over. The last over required 19 runs, and Bollinger bowled with a tight line and length. Kochi Tuskers Kerela felt short of 11 runs. Ironically, KTK skipper at the toss told 140 would be a chaseable score. KTK made 141 for the loss of five wickets.
Earlier, CSK won the toss and elected to bat. Wriddhiman Saha, who was recently selected in the Indian team for the West Indies tour, top-scored for CSK by making 46-of-33 balls.
The points table is at present favoring Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders to make them the remaining of two teams for the playoffs. Kings XI Punjab is the only other team that has a slim chance of making to the playoffs.
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