Chennai Superstars register fifth win; on target for world no-1 rankings in T20 cricket

November 02, 2008

Chennai Superstars beat Mumbai Champs by 75 runs.

G Vignesh Declared man of the match

Match Report- For Immediate Publication

Panchkula: The 27th match of the ICL20s Indian Championship featured the formidable Chennai Superstars; take on Mumbai Champs at the Tau Devi Lal stadium Panchkula.

In the end it was a superb performance from the Chennai Superstars displaying their prowess and might as one of the top four ranked T20 teams ( world ranking of no-4 on Batercard power rankings, conducted by <> ) in the world; beating the Mumbai Champs by a huge margin of 75 runs. G Vignesh was declared man of the match for brilliant innings of 88.

Earlier in the evening Stuart Law won the toss and elected to bat. The Chennai side opened with a new combination of Hemanth Kumar & Vignesh in the absence of the great Ian Harvey. The flamboyant Vignesh was on the job right
away belting some lusty strokes to power the scorecard to 30/0 at the end of the third over.

Vignesh was carrying out a complete carnage on the Mumbai bowling and two big sixes on the off-side off Kasprowicz; brought about the Chennai fifty in only four and half overs. Astle introduced Van der Wath in the sixth over who struck with the wicket of Hemanth Kumar for 12, ending the 59 run partnership for the first wicket. Van der Wath struck again in the8th over, packing back the dangerous Russel Arnold cheaply for 2 runs to bring back the Mumbai side right back into the match. Vignesh at the other end was looking solid bringing his third ICL fifty off only 29 balls; laced with four sixes and as many fours.

At the half way mark of their innings the Chennai Superstars were handsomely placed at 92/2 right on target for a big batting haul. Van Der Wath was the lone bowler to create any impression on the Formidable Chennai Batting picking up his third scalp in form of Badani' s wicket in the 12th over. Van Der Wath finished his spell with creditable figures of 3/24 at the 12th over mark.

The 15th over mark had Chennai and Vignesh right in hunt to break a few batting records at 138/3 and 85 runs respectively. Avinash Yadav however spoilt Vignesh's party ending his brilliant knock by castling him in the 17th over. Vignesh's knock was worth 88 runs off just 53 balls; including 7 fours and five mighty sixes. A brilliant onslaught by skipper Stuart Law (29 runs off 11 balls), in the end saw the Chennai Superstars cross register the highest total of the tournament at 205/7 in their allotted 20 overs.

The Mumbai Chase was always against an uphill task and the first victim came in form of their batting mainstay Dheeraj Jadhav out for 7 in the 3rd over, trying to force the scoring rate. At the end of the 5th over the Mumbai side was placed at 28/1 needing another 178 runs off 90 balls at over 12 runs per over.

The Chennai performance in the field was an epitome of discipline and some smart bowling backed by sharp fielding helped the formidable unit restrict the Mumbai side at a partly 49/2 at the half way mark of their innings. The Mumbai Champs batting failed to gain any momentum and the last five overs left them with an almost impossible task of needing 104 runs off just 30 balls.

Captain Astle was managing a lone battle getting his laborious fifty in the 15th over, coming off 44 balls, including 3 fours and 3sixes. The lackluster Mumbai batting finally folded their innings at a dismal 130/5 in their allotted 20 overs, falling short of the target by 75 runs.

Brief Scores: Chennai Superstars 205/7 in 20 overs (Vignesh 88, Stuart Law 28*, Van Der Wath 3/24) won by 75 runs against Mumbai Champs130/5 in 20 overs (Astle 68*, Raza 17, Ahmed 2/36) Scorecard

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