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Bravo! CSK triumph

cricket Updated: Sep 29, 2011 02:19 IST
Shalabh Manocha
Shalabh Manocha
Hindustan Times
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One team had clinched a morale boosting win in their opening game and the other had a heartbreaking loss. Defending champions Chennai Super Kings were desperate to bounce back from the defeat against Mumbai Indians as they faced Cape Cobras on Wednesday night. It was nearly a must win situation as a loss would make their chances to make it to last four complicated.

The CSK, who were knee-deep in trouble right through the game, came out with all guns blazing towards the end to clinch a nerve-wracking four-wicket win in the last over. Dwayne Bravo (46no) came up with some amazing hits to take his team to an almost improbably looking victory.

Earlier, the South African side chose to bat but CSK bowlers, backed by some sharp fielding, restricted them to 145 for 7.

Off spinner R Ashwin trapped Cobras opener Richard Levi leg before with the first ball of the second over. However the batsmen who followed showed much more resolve.

Fellow opener Herschelle Gibbs continued from where he had left in the first game against New South Wales. He hit three boundaries in hishttp://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/290911/29-09-11-metro20d.jpg 14-ball stay until he was caught by Mike Hussey after he mistimed a hook against another Aussie Doug Bollinger.

Cobras seemed to be lose momentum when Dawyne Bravo bowled Dale Vilas for 18 but Owais Shah and JP Duminy didn't panic. Shah in particular anchored the innings and attacked the bowling when required. The two added 57 for the fourth wicket to raise hopes of a big total.

Double strikes

However, South African paceman Albie Morkel pulled back the innings a bit in the space of three balls. Duminy skied one to short fine leg where Shadab Jakati took a brilliant catch running backwards. Shah followed, failing to pick a slower one to be held by Hussey at mid-wicket.

MS Dhoni's side then tightened their game and didn't give away easy runs to leave themselves with a modest target.

Openers Hussey and Murali Vijay put together 48 runs. Both looked in control and Hussey pulled Charl Langeveldt for his first boundary to show the kind of form he is in.

However, Vijay failed to keep one down in the fifth over to allow short cover to take the catch, Vernon Philander providing the breakthrough.

Hussey then came down the pitch against left-arm spinner Robin Peterson but failed to connect. Even though wicketkeeper Dane Vilas fumbled he had enough time to complete the stumping.