It's rare that the Chennai Super Kings batting collapses twice in a row. It's even rarer that they blow a high-pressure match. Normally, Chennai seem imbued with the same sense of calm and composure that MS Dhoni, the captain, radiates. But on Friday (October 4), they ran into a red-hot Rajasthan Royals side in the first semifinal of the Champions League Twenty20 2013. Rajasthan defended a par score of 159 for 8 with tigerish resolve in the field to reach their maiden CLT20 final.
Rajasthan thus maintained a perfect 13-0 record at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur in 2013 as Chennai, reduced to 72 for 7 at one point, finished 14 runs short on 145 for 8.
"There wasn't a sense of calmness when the batsmen went out there," said Stephen Fleming, the Chennai coach. "They bowled well and we didn't respond accordingly. We gave wickets away through run outs which is annoying with good players. And we just never had our composure. You could almost sense that the batsmen were panicking, when this team has prided itself on its composure. That was unusual and not an ideal time for it to take place. It could have been the fact that we were desperate for another final.