Chennai Super Kings cricket squad celebrates after their victory over the Warriors during the Final of the Champions League Twenty20 League match between Chennai Super Kings and Warriors at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 26, 2010. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN
THE Chennai Super Kings cruised to an easy victory against the Chevrolet Warriors in the final of the 2010 Airtel Champions League T20 at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.
Sunday's game saw the two spinners – Ravichandran Ashwin and Muttiah Muralidharan – change its course, leading to the Chennai’s victory.
Earlier, opener Davy Jacobs got the Warriors off to a flyer in scoring the bulk of the team’s 45 runs off six overs. He was out leg before wicket in the same over attempting a reverse sweep off Ashwin.
The spinners then put a break on the scoring as the Warriors stuttered to their final total of 128/7.
Warriors skipper Davy Jacobs Jacobs admitted that his team's total was just not enough.
“We started off well, but when they brought the spinners on, we lost momentum, and then we lost wickets.”
“The spinners tied us down and strangled us,” said Jacobs. “When we tried to take them on, we lost wickets and we just were not able to pick up momentum again. Ashwin is very good and Murali is world class.”
In the end, the Indians cantered home to an eight wicket victory with six balls to spare.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola congratulated the Indian team for a well deserved win.
“The Chennai Super Kings played high level cricket throughout the tournament and fully deserved this victory that has come on top of their 2010 DLF Indian Premier League title," said Majola.
“This excellent showing by the Warriors is a most positive indication of the success of CSA’s strength versus strength domestic franchise system which bodes well for the Proteas in this forthcoming ICC World Cup season.”
The tournament saw teams from India, Australia and South Africa competing.