CHENNAI May 28 Chennai Super Kings won a second
successive Indian Premier League (IPL) title after thrashing
Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs in Saturday's final as
openers Murali Vijay and Mike Hussey smashed half centuries.
Vijay (52-ball 95) and Australian Hussey (45-ball 63)
vindicated captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's decision to bat first
with an opening stand of 159 runs in just 14.5 overs in hot and
humid conditions at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.
Egged on by a capacity crowd at home, where the Chennai
outfit have remained unbeaten in the fourth edition of the IPL,
the openers hit nine sixes and seven boundaries between them as
Bangalore's bowling completely fell apart.
Chennai lost quick wickets towards the end as they went for
more runs but still managed to reach a mammoth total of 205 for
the loss of five wickets.
Bangalore's only hope of pulling off an unlikely victory
rested on big-hitting West Indian Chris Gayle but the
tournament's top scorer fell in the first over for a duck to
off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Ashwin picked up three wickets for just 16 runs off his four
overs as the Chennai spinners picked up six out of the eight
wickets that fell for the side led by Daniel Vettori.
Bangalore limped to 147 for eight wickets at the end of
their 20 overs after being reduced to 70 for six at one stage.
(Writing by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Ken
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