6 Oct 2014

Chennai wins Champions League

11:57 am on 6 October 2014

Brendon McCullum's Chennai Super Kings have won the Champions League Twenty20 tournament, beating fellow Indian Premier League side Kolkata by eight wickets in the Bangalore final.

Suresh Raina

2014 Champions League winner Suresh Raina from the Chennai Super Kings Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Batting first after losing the toss, Kolkata posted a competitive total of 180 for 6 from their 20 overs with Gautam Gambhir top scoring with 80 before being caught by the New Zealand captain.

In reply, Chennai lost the wicket of opener Dwayne Smith early before McCullum was joined at the crease by Suresh Raina who clobbered 109 from just 62 balls.

McCullum grafted 39 off 30 while supplying the strike to Raina before being caught.

Upon the New Zealander's wicket the Chennai captain MS Dhoni strode out to the middle and added 23 runs as he and Raina steered the ship home.

Coached by the former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming, Chennai sealed the victory with eight balls to spare.