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Bravo, bowlers smother Kings XI

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Seven. That is the number of times Kings XI Punjab had been bowled out before tonight. None of them has been for below 100. Their revamped top six seemed to have cracked Twenty20 batting. Tonight though, their firepower was doused by a relentless bowling performance from Chennai Super Kings. There were four ducks, only five batsmen could muster double-figures and the match turned out to be a brutally one-sided affair that culminated in Super Kings making their seventh final. Their trophy cabinet had last been updated three years ago and MS Dhoni wanted his side to convert the opportunities they create. He was just as conscious of wanting his batsmen to assess the pitch and react accordingly. Dwayne Bravo took his captain's words to heart. He did not have a solid base to work from, having come in at with the score at 41 for 3. Steadying the innings was the priority and that was taken care of by a 65-run partnership with Faf du Plessis. Then Kings XI forced the innings to repair with Parvinder Awana's hat-trick, that was capped with the wicket of MS Dhoni for a first-ball duck in the 17th over. The score was a healthy 141 but a major source of acceleration had been muted leaving Bravo was left with much of the finishing duties too. He changed his game to suit that need as well. He slashed, drove, cut and flicked 67 of only 39 balls and was the primary reason Super Kings managed 182. More to follow Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo RSS Feeds: Alagappan Muthu © ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

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