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Chennai edge closer to semi-final berth with win over Perth Scorchers

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The Chennai Super Kings kept their hopes of making the semi-finals of the Champions League T20 alive with a hard earned win over the Perth Scorchers in Bangalore last night.

Having been put in to bat, Chennai recovered from a poor start to post a competitive score of 155-6 from their 20 overs with Ravindra Jadeja and Mahendra Singh Dhoni scoring the bulk of those runs in the second half of the CSK innings. Chennai had slumped to 79-5 inside the 15th over and looked unlikely to make a significant score before a late flurry from the Indian duo ensured that CSK's bowlers had enough to work with.

Jadeja smashed 4 fours and 2 sixes as he raced to 44 from just 28 balls, while MS Dhoni was even more destructive, hitting 4 maximums late in a 4 over spurt as he scored 35 from just 16 balls. Michael Beer was the best of the Perth bowlers, conceding just 16 runs from his 4 overs, but failed to pick up a wicket.

Chennai's new ball pair of Ravichadran Ashwin and Ashish Nehra did the bulk of the damage for their team, sharing 5 wickets between them, with the offspinner getting 3 of them. Perth never really got going in their run chase and slid to 73-5, and there were no version of Jadeja-Dhoni heroics in their middle order, though Nathan Coulter-Nile did top score with 30.

Chennai won the match eventually by 13 runs and are the favourites to join Kolkata Knight Riders in the last four. The only team that can prevent them from progressing are the Lahore Lions, who take on the Perth Scorchers in their final group game. The Lions will need to win and win big to oust Chennai, who have a positive net run rate of 0.945 compared to the Lions 0.255.

Mini Scorecard:

Chennai Super Kings 155/6 (20 overs, 7.75rpo)

R Jadeja 44* (28) J Paris 1-13 (2)

MS Dhoni 35 (16) A Turner 1-19 (2)

Perth Scorchers 142/7 (20 overs, 7.1 rpo)

N Coulter-Nile 30 (21) R Ashwin 3-20 (4)

A Voges 27 (24) A Nehra 2-27 (4)

Chennai Super Kings win by 13 runs