Chennai Super Kings v Warriors, live, preview, streaming at Wanderers, Johannesburg
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The final of the Champions League T20 will see the Chennai Super Kings take on the Warriors in the on Sunday at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
You can watch the Chennai Super Kings v Warriors, Champions League T20 finals game live on Star Cricket from 9 pm IST (or 1530 hours GMT) on September 26. You can also watch the highlights of the Chennai v Warriors game on the same channel on Monday. The live streaming of the Chennai v Warriors game can be seen on the ESPN-Star website.
1530 hours GMT or 9.00 pm IST, September 26, 2010.
The final of the Champions League T20 will be played at the New Wanderers in Johannesburg. This ground did not host too many games in the tournament, but of the matches played here, it is evident that the ground is a high-scoring one and it will be difficult to protect the boundaries. One gets the sense that since this is a final, while 140-150 should be easy to chase, anything above 160 will be a task for the team batting second.
Chennai Super Kings goes into the game after having dished out a near-impeccable performance so far. They have lost one game in the tournament so far, and that one was in the Super Over to the Victorian Bushrangers, but apart from that one, the performance has been clinical at the very least.
Check the points table and highlights of the Champions League T20 here.
The batting has revolved around Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay at the start of the innings, with Michael Hussey chipping in with his contributions. However, while the onus has remained on Raina, Vijay has quietly gone about his business of notching up the runs.
When it comes to bowling, the Super Kings would have looked a tad under-cooked had it been the Kingmead in Durban given their strength in spin bowling. Similarly, the Warriors have a great depth when it comes to their slower bowlers, with only Juan Theron doing a good job as the pace bowler. At the Wanderers, things will be even-steven for the two sides, with barely anything to choose from the bowling departments.
There isn’t much to choose from in the batting either; Chennai’s top three are countered by the likes Davey Jacobs, who is in a great touch, Colin Ingram, who has just got a call-up to the national side, and Mark Boucher, who is fighting to make a comeback to the side.
MS Dhoni will have that bit of a psychological edge when it comes to playing high pressure finals at the Wanderers, having won the ICC World T20 of 2007 here. More recently, Chennai had beaten the Warriors at Wanderers to enter the semi-final of the tournament, but it was a close enough game to be taking any notice of.
Players to look out for:
Dhoni, in many ways, has had a quiet tournament with the bat. Can he play a cameo in the end and get the side some useful runs? For the Warriors, the batting has revolved a lot around their captain, Jacobs and an early loss of the captain could put the onus on Ingram.
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