Rampant Chennai advance to final

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The Chennai Super Kings remained on course for their third Indian Premier League title on Tuesday, recording a 48-run win over the Mumbai Indians thanks to big half centuries from Mike Hussey and Suresh Raina.

The Chennai Super Kings remained on course for their third Indian Premier League title on Tuesday, recording a 48-run win over the Mumbai Indians thanks to big half centuries from Mike Hussey and Suresh Raina.

Chennai scored 192 for one, with Hussey unbeaten on 86 and Raina on 82, and Mumbai were then all out for 144. They were on track for a win when Dwayne Smith was in the middle, but they crumbled from 87 for one to all out 10 overs later.

Chennai won the toss and chose to bat first, and aside from the loss of Murali Vijay for 23, they flew along unhindered. Hussey became the tournament's top run scorer with this knock, and struck 10 fours and two sixes.

Raina did his Champions Trophy preparation the world of good with this effort, striking five sixes and five fours in his 42-ball innings. The fans were treated to a blistering display, and the Mumbai bowlers were at a loss, with four of the six going for more than 10 to the over.

Mumbai's knock suffered the early loss of Aditya Tare, but Smith was superb, racing to his half century in half the number of deliveries. He reached 68 off 28 balls, including five sixes, before the introduction of Ravindra Jadeja started the collapse.

Smith found himself caught by Raina in the ninth over, and from there the chase, which had been on track, veered off course. Jadeja added the big wickets of Dinesh Karthik and Kieron Pollard to his records, for 11 and 24 respectively.

Dwayne Bravo and Mohit Sharma wrapped up the tail for Chennai, taking three and two wickets, while Chris Morris also bagged a wicket. The final man to fall, Pragyan Ojha with eight balls to go, was one of three ducks in the line up.

The semi-final between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Rajasthan Royals, takes place on Wednesday, and the winner of that game will face Mumbai for the other place in the final.

Chennai Super Kings: M Hussey, M Vijay, S Raina, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, S Badrinath, DJ Bravo, A Morkel, C Morris, R Ashwin, M Sharma

Mumbai Indians: A Tare, DR Smith, D Karthik, R Sharma, K Pollard, A Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, M Johnson, L Malinga, P Ojha, M Patel

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