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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TWENTY20 2010 UPDATE 2

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Source: 20-20-cricket.com

We are now at the business end of the tournament as the semi-final berths have been sealed and the teams try to book their place in the Grand Final. Read on to find out the Road to Semis and what lies in store ahead:

Chennai Super Kings

The IPL 2010 Champions, Chennai Super Kings qualified for the semis, topping their group with 3 wins in 4 matches and a superior net run rate. But it was not an easy ride for sure. Despite winning the first 2 matches and losing the 3rd match in the Super-Over (the match against Victoria Bushrangers ended in a tie), Chennai found themselves in a must-win match against unbeaten Warriors. A loss and they would go home. And Chennai successfully defended 130 odd to squeeze their way to the semis.

By virtue of topping the group, Chennai would face the 2nd ranked team from other group and that is Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore left it to the very last after they lost 2 in 3 matches to find themselves in a must win match against Lions to go through. It was a group where 1 team, South Australian Redbacks dominated and won all their 4 matches and 1 team, Guyana lost all their matches. This meant the remaining 3 teams in Mumbai Indians, Lions and Bangalore were locked in a 3-horse close battle for 1 semi-final berth.

In the end, all these 3 teams finished with 4 points each and Royal Challengers Bangalore made it to semis due to better Net Run Rate. The IPL 2010 Runners Up Mumbai Indians and Lions lost out and went home.

South Australian Redbacks

Perhaps, the South Australian Redbacks could be called the team of the tournament thus far as they were the only team to remain unbeaten through the group stage. And considering that they don’t have any superstars apart from Shaun Tait, they have truly performed beyond expectations so far. Infact, it was largely due to the efforts of Pollard and Afridi (their foreign recruits) which enabled them to qualify for the Champions League in the first place. And to put up such fantastic performance so far despite their absence, Redbacks have surprised everyone. Their captain Klinger has truly led from the front with his sensational batting.

Warriors

The Warriors started the tournament with a bang, winning 3 in 3 and looked all set to storm into semis. As things turned out, they could have gone out of the tournament by losing just 1 match, i.e their last match against Chennai Super Kings. But Warriors made sure they crossed their qualifying target and make the semis, despite losing the match by 10 runs. The group was so tight that 3 teams finished with 6 points each, the 3rd being the Victoria Bushrangers, who had to go home again by virtue of Net Run Rate.

Hence, we have the 4 semi-finalists with 2 IPL teams, 1 Australian and 1 South African.  The semi-finals are as follows:

Semi-Final 1: Chennai Super Kings v/s Royal Challengers Bangalore, 24th September at Durban (9pm IST)

Semi-Final 2: South Australian Redbacks v/s Warriors, 25th September at Centurion (9pm IST)

The form book would suggest a Chennai v/s Redbacks final on 26th, but does form book count for much in Twenty20? Not really. So, anything can happen and I expect 2 closely fought semi-finals…

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