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CSK through to semi-finals of CLT20 after scorching the Heat

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The Chennai Super Kings booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League T20 with a thumping 8 wicket win over the Brisbane Heat in Ranchi on Saturday night. Having been put in to bat on losing the toss, the Heat posted an under par 137-7 in their 20 overs with Ben Cutting scripting a late revival for the Australian side smashing 5 sixes en route to a quickfire 42 from 25 balls.

CSK chased down the target with consummate ease, getting there inside 16 overs for the loss of just 2 wickets with Michael Hussey posting an unbeaten half century with Murali Vijay chipping in with a handy 42 from 27 balls as Chennai added 75 runs for the first wicket.

The day started as a mixed bag for Brisbane, with James Hopes posting a neat 20, while Chris Lynn made 29, but four of their top 7 batsmen failed to get past the a score of 3. India's spinners put a strangehold on proceedings in the middle overs with R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina running through 11 overs for just 37 runs and taking 4 wickets between them.

Wicketkeeper Chris Hartley and Cutting gave the innings some late impetus to at least give the Brisbane bowlers something to defend.

It proved to be too little though as Chennai's opening stand was quickly followed by a rapid 23 from 15 balls from the in form Suresh Raina, before MS Dhoni came out and smashed 13 from 5 balls to entertain his home town fans to see Chennai to victory.

Mini Scorecard:

Brisbane Heat 137-7 (20 overs, 6.85rpo)

B Cutting 42* (25) R Jadeja 2-18

C Hartley 35 (32) M Sharma 2-35

Chennai Super Kings 140-2 (15.5 overs, 8.84rpo)

M Hussey 57* (48) D Christian 1-16

M Vijay 42 (27) B Cutting 1-38

Chennai Super Kings win by 8 wickets