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CSK to face Punjab in 2nd qualifier after knocking Mumbai out of IPL 7

David Hussey (40*) and Suresh Raina (54*) kept their calm till the end to help Chennai Super Kings knock out Mumbai Indians of IPL 7 in the Eliminator match at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Chennai overhauled the target of 174 with relative ease to win the match by seven wickets with eight balls to spare. CSK will now take on Kings XI Punjab in the qualifier II for a place in the finals. Punjab lost to Kolkata Knight Chasing 174 to win, CSK openers Dwayne Smith and Faf du Plessis gave them brisk start. du Plessis looked even more comfortable at the crease after Corey Anderson was given the new ball and CSK openers targeted him from word go.

But Mumbai wrested the momentum when offspinner Harbhajan Singh dismissed the two in the seventh over. Smith struck four fours for his 20-ball 24, before being caught on long on by Kieron Pollard.

Du Plessis, who was given a reprieve while he was on 16 following a misunderstanding between Habhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu, scored 35 off 20 balls.CSK were further reduced when they lost Brendon McCullum at a score of 87, he struck two sixes in his 11-ball 14 before being stumped off Pragyan Ojha.

After then Raine and Hussey ensured that two times former champions reach the target without any fuss. Raina and Hussey did the repairing job and the duo carted the bowler all over the park to comfortably guide their team to victory.

Earlier, put into bat first by Chennai, opener Lendl Simmons smashed a 44-ball 67 to help defending champions MI post a challenging total of 173 for 8 on the board. The 29-year old West Indian provided the ideal start to the Mumbai along with Aussie Michael Hussey. The duo played some crisp shot early in the innings.


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