Chennai Super Kings enter the IPL final

Chennai Super Kings beat the Delhi Daredevils by 86 runs in the second qualifier of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012. With this win, they have qualified for their third straight final.

Delhi captain won the toss and put Chennai in to bat – a move that back-fired terribly. Murali Vijay’s sparkling ton mauled the Delhi attack which was without Morne Morkel and Irfan Pathan.

Bravo, Raina and Dhoni played cameos to support Vijay and extended Chennai’s total to 222 for five.

Chasing 223, Delhi tweaked their opening combination as Mahela Jayawardene walked in with David Warner.

Delhi were jolted early when David Warner was caught at mid-off when he tried to play an extravagant stroke of his countryman Ben Hilfenhaus in the third over.

The move to demote Sehwag to number three didn’t work as he was dismissed for one off the bowling of Albie Morkel.

Ross Taylor walked out to partner Jayawardene and they tried to ressurect the innings. They were involved in a 52 run partnership.

Taylor fell Dwayne Bravo in the ninth over when he was dismissed for 24 off 14 balls.

Meanwhile Jayawardene continued to fight and he brought up his fifty with a six off Ravichandran Ashwin. The slide continued at the other end as Andre Russell and Naman Ojha fell after brief outings.

The Sri Lankan skipper’s fight came to an end when he was bowled by Ashwin for 55. That wicket effectively ended the Delhi challenge as they slipped to an 86-run defeat.

Brief Score: CSK 222 for 5 from 20 overs (Murali Vijay 113, Dwayne Bravo 33*; Varun Aaron 2 for 63, Umesh Yadav 1 for 27) bt DD 136 all out from 16.5 overs (Mahela Jayawardene 55; Ravichandran Ashwin 3 for 24, Shadab Jakati 2 for 40) by 86 runs. (Cricket Country.com)