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Rain plays spoilsport at CLT20 semis

Associated Press

Posted: Sep 29, 2010 at 1603 hrs IST

Durban: The first Champions League Twenty20 semi-final between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore was halted by rain after just 17 balls on Friday.

Chennai, which won the toss and opted to bat first at a windy and overcast Kingsmead Stadium in Durban, were 15 for no loss after 2.5 overs when the rain came and the umpires took the players off. Murali Vijay was 11 not out and Mike Hussey unbeaten on four for Indian Premier League champions Chennai.

Rain was continuing till information last came in with further play unlikely. Chennai will qualify for the final if the game is abandoned by virtue of topping Group A. Bangalore had finished second in Group B.

Groundstaff placed a huge green cover on the pitch as the rain grew steadily heavier. Kingsmead attracted a sellout crowd for the first knockout match of the tournament, featuring the two star-studded IPL teams.

The second semi-final will be played between South Australia Redbacks and local hopes Warriors on Saturday.

Brief scores: CSK 15/0 in 2.5 overs

(M Vijay 11, M Hussey 4)

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