Chennai Super Kings v Lions, CL T20 Group B, Cape Town October 17, 2012

Two blinders, and one that nearly was

Plays of the Day from the Champions League match between Chennai Super Kings and Lions in Cape Town

The quicks
Sydney Sixers' gaggle of young quicks had hurried Yorkshire's batsmen earlier in the day, and Sohail Tanvir and Dirk Nannes later showed, during their new-ball spells, that youth wasn't a prerequisite for pace. Faf du Plessis needed a change of bat when Tanvir got one to spit off a length and shatter his splice, and the same batsman was struck a painful blow on the elbow when he was beaten for pace by Nannes. But pace without direction is like a Ferrari without a steering wheel, so they say, and the Lions' new-ball pair disappeared for 82 in eight overs.

The catch
Aaron Phangiso has been one of the Lions' best bowlers in the tournament, and against Chennai Super Kings he showed that it's not just with a ball in his hand that he's a reliable performer. Chennai's openers were rocketing along at well over eight an over and a mountainous total loomed before Chris Morris broke through in his second over. The wicket wouldn't have happened without Phangiso's help, however, as he backpedalled furiously from point and then dived full length to get his hands underneath the ball. He fell heavily onto the ground and seemed to have winded himself, but clung onto a vital catch.

The caught-and-bowled that wasn't
Phangiso appeared to have taken another stunner when Suresh Raina pressed forward at a flighted delivery and popped the ball in the air back towards the bowler. On first viewing, it looked as though Phangiso had plucked the ball from the air millimetres from the turf, and he immediately began celebrating the dismissal. Raina wasn't quite so sure, and stood his ground as the umpires conferred. The television replay suggested that the ball might have touched the ground before Phangiso caught it, and so Raina batted on.

The double act
Gulam Bodi looked entirely unconvincing as he completely failed to take advantage of the field restrictions at the start of the Lions chase and had scratched his way to 15 from 24 deliveries after the first ball of Albie Morkel's second over. Then, something snapped. Bodi cleared his left leg and bludgeoned a massive six off a Morkel offcutter, sparking a remarkable transformation. Before the over was up, he'd added a second six and suddenly every shot flowed off the middle of the bat. He brought up a 38-ball fifty with his third six in the 12th over, having motored from 15 to 51 in all of 14 deliveries, and was eventually dismissed for a rollicking 64.

The second catch
Neil McKenzie's calm head had helped steer the Lions chase against Mumbai on Sunday, but he couldn't quite stay the distance at Newlands. It did, however, take a stunning piece of fielding to prise him from the crease. With the required run rate creeping above 11 in the 17th over, the Lions needed boundaries and McKenzie attempted a loft down the ground off R Ashwin. He sliced underneath what appeared to be a carrom ball, and Raina sprinted in from long-on. Though he covered good ground, it looked like the ball would fall in front of him, and so he tumbled forward and somehow managed to get his hands underneath the ball. Unfortunately for Chennai, his inspirational effort went in vain.

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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  • Matrix on October 18, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    I still cant get over that fact that CSK missed a good chance to win against an uncapped team such as Lions. I cant but empathise with Dhoni for the task he has to take a jaded looking bowling attack from his main attack bnolwer Ashwin who was wacked around the park by very ordinary players playing extra ordinary shots. CSK must think of swapping Ashwin for Bhajji from MI ! :)

  • Mahesh on October 17, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    I wish to state here that CHennai superkings won last time in south africa whrn the champions league happened, Murali vijay was golden bat holder and ashwin was the golden ball ples think and comment

  • Hari on October 17, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    What abt all IPL teams for next CL20. There is no value for cricket or Indian cricket fans. Officials are here to make the money. We all talk abt these things and still watch the matches. They continue to play and put the red face (only for fans).

  • Harmon on October 17, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    The free hit that ALbie Morkel bowled to Bodi was shocking. He should have bowled it full and wide of the stumps. The no ball that Aswhin bowled was even more shocking. CSK had the game under some control at that time but the free hit and the last ball 6 ruined it all. At the end of that over Dhoni looked seriously peeved with Ashwin for bowling a no ball. Dhoni may have erred in not trying Raina but then the main spinner was being hacked so much, what could he have done. CSK allowed a grate chance to clip away. Bodi played surprisingly well - I did not expect him to bat so well and then the last two batsmen proved to be able hitters as well. Whether it was dew or something else, CSK must be very disappointed. But at least this wasn't as bad as KKR's performance so far.

  • Ali on October 17, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    IPL ?huh next time all 8 teams not 5 lolz

  • Matrix on October 17, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    This was Chennai's game. They manged to lose it. Ashwin and other IPL prodigies are over rated. IPL teams must start looking at international friendlies to get more practice in such conditions.

  • Faraz on October 17, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    All the teams should be from IPL in this CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. I bet, even then if it is hosted in SA no IPL team would be able to WIN the league ... ;-)

  • Deepak on October 17, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    No need Hg1987.Better will take you also in team.Happy?

  • Kushan on October 17, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    hehe IPL .. next time 5 teams? :P

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