Port Elizabeth: Chennai Super Kings defeated Warriors by 10 runs in a crucial Group A match and qualified for the semifinals of the Champions League Twenty20 on Wednesday.
Electing to bat, Mike Hussey (50 off 39) and Murali Vijay (35 off 27) shared a 63-run opening stand before skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni came up with a late 21-ball 31 to guide Chennai to 136 for six in their allotted 20 overs.
Chennai bowlers then rose to the occasion and restricted the Warriors to 126 for eight.
With this victory, Chennai have secured a place in the first semifinal against fellow another Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore in Durban on Friday.
Even though Warriors lost the match, they too have qualified for the last four stage, pipping Victoria Bushrangers on net run rate.
Chasing the modest 137, Warriors needed 109 to book their place in the semis and they finally went on to score 126 for eight.
Warriors will face South Australia Redbacks in the second semifinal on Saturday.
For Warriors, Justin Kreusch turned out to be the hero as he first picked up three wickets for 19 and then scored valuable 25 with the bat to help his side's cause at the St. George's Park here.
Warriors' chase never got going as they were dealt with the first blow in the fourth over in the form of Ashwell Prince.
Prince fell to a one-handed blinder from Justin Kemp in the slip off off-spinner R Ashwin.
From there on, the home team found runs hard to come by against the Chennai slow bowlers, which eventually resulted in the dismissal of Warriors captain Davey Jacobs (32).
Jacobs was pounced by Hussey at deep midwicket off left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati as the right-hander went for a slog-sweep.
The slow bowlers again came to the party as part-time spinner Suresh Raina had Colin Ingram caught by S Badrinath at the midwicket boundary.
But after a fine showing with the ball, Kreusch also shone with the bat with a valuable 26-ball 25 and together with Mark Boucher (25) added 44 runs to guide Warriors into the semifinals even though the South African side lost the encounter.
Needing, 46 off the last four overs, Boucher relived the pressure with two sixes off Jakati.
But just when it seemed the Warriors will cruise home, Chennai picked up two wickets in a span of three balls to bring the match into balance.
Earlier, Warriors produced a disciplined bowling performance to restrict Chennai Super Kings to a modest 136 for six.
Hussey and Vijay gave a decent start to the Chennai innings with their opening partnership and then Dhoni remained did the acceleration job towards the end.
Chennai started on a cautious note as Vijay and Hussey mixed caution with aggression to score 37 runs off the first six overs.
Chennai finally cut loose in the seventh over when Vijay and Hussey picked up 16 runs off Boje.
Dhoni took the responsibility on his own shoulders to guide Chennai to a respectable score as he finally broke free in the 19th over.
He struck Lonwabo Tsotsobe for two boundaries and a massive six to pick up 17 runs off the penultimate over.
But it was not to be Chennai's day today, as Srikkanth Anirudha fell to a gem of an yorker from Rusty Theron and then new man in Justin Kemp sacrificed his wicket for Dhoni in the last over, in which the IPL side could only score five runs.
Chennai Super Kings 136 for 6 (Hussey 50, Vijay 35, Kreusch 3-19)
Warriors 126 for 8 (Jacobs 32, Ashwin 3-24)
Result Chennai Super Kings won by 10 runs
MOM Miachel Hussey (Chennai Super Kings)
Points Chennai Super Kings 2, Warriors 0