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Monday, June 2, 2008

DLF IPL - Finals-2

Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Punjab Kings XI captain Yuvraj Singh during the toss prior to the start of the second semi-final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.

Chennai Super Kings players celebrate the wicket of Kumara Sangakkara, dismissed by Manpreet Singh Gony for 3.

In-form batsman Shaun Marsh was clean bowled by man of the match Makhaya Ntini for 23.

At 45 for six there was a possibility of Punjab doing worse than what Kolkata Knight Riders had done (67 all out; the lowest score of IPL) against Mumbai Indians at the same venue on May 16.

Punjab Kings XI team owner Preity Zinta has a chat with her players during the match.

After restricting the Punjab side to a meagre 112 for eight, the Chennai side romped home riding on a second wicket stand of 102 runs between opener Parthiv Patel [in the picture] (51 off 48 balls) and Suresh Raina (55 off 34 balls).

Punjab managed to dismiss opener S Vidyut cheaply for six to reduce Chennai to 14 for one, but then the left-handed combination of Patel and the more aggressive Raina (in the picture) took control of the proceedings.

Sunday's summit clash for the top prize of USD 1.2 million between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, who had beaten Delhi Daredevils in an equally comprehensive fashion by 105 runs in the first semi-final last night, would be held at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.