ICL 20s Grand Championship, 2007/08 / Commentary

ICL 20s Grand Championship

Chennai Superstars v Lahore Badshahs

Lahore Badshahs won by 5 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)

Hello all and welcome to the coverage of ICL by Cricinfo. Today, we have defending champions, Chennai Superstars taking on the new entrants, Lahore Badshahs.

Superstars whose ploy of batting first and then putting pressure on the opposition team worked like a dream, would be looking to repeat their act from the previous tournament.

Badshahs being the new team on the block, consisting of all Pakistan players would be eager to make their mark on the tournament. They would make more than that if they manage to upset Superstars today.

It will be Venkat Raghav and Raymond George who will be giving you blow by blow account of todays proceedings.

Ian Harvey would be keen to reclaim the tag of being the most prolific batsman on the ICL rooster, what with Abbas Ali taking it away yesterday from him.

Inzamam-Ul-Haq would be raring to have a go as he did not quite have a happy time last time round.

Pitch, which is a new one for the match today, is pretty similar in nature to that of the one yesterday. So, it would support the bowlers, who have subtle variations in pace, which means the first change and second change bowlers role would be crucial in the match. Windy conditions, would further more lend some sting to the bowlers.

Stuart Law is missing from Superstars line up and in his absence R Sathish would be leading the Superstars

Toss has been won by the Superstars who chose to bat first.

We have Harvey and Bevan striding out to open and Mahmood, will open the attack for Badshahs

0.1

Azhar Mahmood to Harvey, no run, on the leg stump first up, Harvey flicks it to square leg

0.2

Azhar Mahmood to Harvey, 1 wide, drifting down the leg side and Umpire has no hesitation in spreading his hands to signal a wide

0.2

Azhar Mahmood to Harvey, no run, outside the off stump, comes onto the frontfoot and tries to defend but is struck on the pads and immediately goes up in appeal. Pitching far outside off maybe

0.3

Azhar Mahmood to Harvey, no run, outside the off stump, defends on the frontfoot

0.4

Azhar Mahmood to Harvey, no run, short outside off, Harvey scorches it on the off side but Raza at cover dives full length to stop it and prevent any run being taken

0.5

Azhar Mahmood to Harvey, no run, fuller outside off, drives to mid off, where Sami fields

0.6

Azhar Mahmood to Harvey, no run, on the middle and swinging in, Harvey tries to shape it on the leg side but is struck high on the pads. It cant be given as it was drifting down leg

End of over 1 (1 run) Chennai Superstars 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
IJ Harvey    0* (6b)      Azhar Mahmood    1-0-1-0
MG Bevan    0* (0b)     

1.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bevan, 1 run, fuller in length outside off, drives to mid off and takes a single

1.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Harvey, 1 run, on the middle stump and fuller in length, drives to mid on and takes off

1.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bevan, 1 run, outside off, taps it to mid off and sets off. Boy! he is quick

1.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Harvey, 1 run, outside the off stump, Harvey again uncorks the drive but Farhat , this time only gives a single

1.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bevan, no run, outside the off stump, tries to drive on the backfoot and misses

1.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bevan, no run, outside off, defends on the backfoot

End of over 2 (4 runs) Chennai Superstars 5/0 (RR: 2.50)
MG Bevan    2* (4b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    1-0-4-0
IJ Harvey    2* (8b)      Azhar Mahmood    1-0-1-0

2.1

Azhar Mahmood to Harvey, 2 runs, outside the off stump, Harvey advances down the track and forces it above point. A slight delay there to verify if it was a boundary

2.2

Azhar Mahmood to Harvey, no run, on the leg stump, on a good length. Ball hits him on the thigh pad, which eventually saves the ball getting onto the stumps as it falls down dead onto the pitch

2.3

Azhar Mahmood to Harvey, no run, on the off stump, Harvey moves back and tries to go inside out but gets an under edge back onto the pitch

2.4

Azhar Mahmood to Harvey, 1 run, on the off stump, Harvey comes down the track and drives to mid off where an acrobatic save by Sami keeps them down to a single

2.5

Azhar Mahmood to Bevan, FOUR, on the middle stump, Bevan has enough time to come onto the frontfoot and turn his wrists around to fetch a boundary to square leg

2.6

Azhar Mahmood to Bevan, 1 run, outside the off stump, guides it to third man for a single

End of over 3 (8 runs) Chennai Superstars 13/0 (RR: 4.33)
MG Bevan    7* (6b 1x4)      Azhar Mahmood    2-0-9-0
IJ Harvey    5* (12b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    1-0-4-0

3.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bevan, no run, outside the off stump, comes onto the frontfoot and defends

3.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bevan, no run, on the leg stump, a pre-meditated slog does not do any favours to Bevan as he is struck on the back thigh

3.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bevan, 1 leg bye, on the leg stump, Bevan again tries to slog it and gets pads onto it

3.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Harvey, OUT, gone! Outside the off stump and moving away a touch. Harvey, who has been looking rusty has a go at it and gets an ever so faint edge, which is gladly lapped up by Humayun Farhat

IJ Harvey c †Humayun Farhat b Naved-ul-Hasan 5 (19m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

3.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Arnold, 2 runs, guides to third man and scampers across for a couple

3.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Arnold, no run, outside the off stump, Arnold just guides it on it's way to third man and scampers across for a couple

End of over 4 (3 runs) Chennai Superstars 16/1 (RR: 4.00)
RP Arnold    2* (2b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    2-0-6-1
MG Bevan    7* (9b 1x4)      Azhar Mahmood    2-0-9-0

Riaz Afridi in to bowling now

4.1

Riaz Afridi to Bevan, no run, fuller outside off, left alone by Bevan

4.2

Riaz Afridi to Bevan, 1 run, fuller outside off, pushes to mid off but run across for a single as the ball deviates after it hits the stumps and is reffered to third umpire, who signals not out

4.3

Riaz Afridi to Arnold, 1 run, slogs to mid on for a single

4.4

Riaz Afridi to Bevan, 2 runs, outside the off stump, Bevan drives it on the up to third man for a couple

4.5

Riaz Afridi to Bevan, 2 runs, on the lg stump, Bevan conveniently flicks it to deep midwicket for a couple

4.6

Riaz Afridi to Bevan, no run, outside the off stump, Bevan moves away and tries to go inside out but just tamely pushes to mid off in the end

End of over 5 (6 runs) Chennai Superstars 22/1 (RR: 4.40)
MG Bevan    12* (14b 1x4)      Riaz Afridi    1-0-6-0
RP Arnold    3* (3b)      Naved-ul-Hasan    2-0-6-1

5.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Arnold, OUT, Naved is doing wonders here. Pitches it on the leg stump, Arnold moves across and is struck on the line of the stumps and is plumb. So, no arguements there

RP Arnold lbw b Naved-ul-Hasan 3 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Badani strides in now

5.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Badani, no run, on the leg stump, pushes to square leg

5.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Badani, 1 run, outside the off stump, Badani covers the line of the stumps and pushes it to mid on for a single

5.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bevan, no run, slower ball on the leg stump, Bevan looks to slog it over short fine leg but is beaten by the lack of pace and struck on the pads

5.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bevan, FOUR, short outside the off stump, Bevan stands tall and upper cuts it over point for a boundary. Naved gets a stare from Inzamam for straying in line

5.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bevan, no run, outside the off stump, short in length. Bevan comes down the track and cuts straight to point

End of over 6 (5 runs) Chennai Superstars 27/2 (RR: 4.50)
MG Bevan    16* (17b 2x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    3-0-11-2
HK Badani    1* (2b)      Riaz Afridi    1-0-6-0

6.1

Riaz Afridi to Badani, no run, outside the off stump, Badani without footwork tries to cut it and is beaten

6.2

Riaz Afridi to Badani, no run, outside the off stump, Badani with his feet rooted to the crease tries to cut it but gets an underedge

6.3

Riaz Afridi to Badani, SIX, on the leg stump, Badani waits for it and nonchalantly deposits it over fine leg for a cracking six

6.4

Riaz Afridi to Badani, FOUR, Badani is coming into his own now as Riaz overpitches outside off and sees the ball disappearing through covers for a boundary

6.5

Riaz Afridi to Badani, 1 run, outside the off stump, Badani forces it to sweeper on the off side for a single

6.6

Riaz Afridi to Bevan, no run, outside the off stump, Bevan looks to cut it but misses

End of over 7 (11 runs) Chennai Superstars 38/2 (RR: 5.42)
MG Bevan    16* (18b 2x4)      Riaz Afridi    2-0-17-0
HK Badani    12* (7b 1x4 1x6)      Naved-ul-Hasan    3-0-11-2

Ball in Sami's hands now

7.1

Mohammad Sami to Badani, 1 run, outside the off stump, guides it to third man for a single

7.2

Mohammad Sami to Bevan, no run, outside the off stump and moving away a touch, Bevan is squared up by the zip on the ball

7.3

Mohammad Sami to Bevan, FOUR, fuller on the leg stump, Bevan chips it away on the leg side for a boundary. Neat shot that

7.4

Mohammad Sami to Bevan, 1 run, outside the off stump, beats Bevan for pace again as he gets an outside edge to third man for a single

7.5

Mohammad Sami to Badani, 1 run, outside the off stump, Badani drives to long off on the up to take a single

7.6

Mohammad Sami to Bevan, no run, outside the off stump, Bevan cuts straight to point

End of over 8 (7 runs) Chennai Superstars 45/2 (RR: 5.62)
MG Bevan    21* (22b 3x4)      Mohammad Sami    1-0-7-0
HK Badani    14* (9b 1x4 1x6)      Riaz Afridi    2-0-17-0

Saqlain into the attack now

8.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Badani, 1 leg bye, goes round the stumps first up, pitches outside off and Badani looks to sweep and is struck on the pads as they run across for a leg bye

8.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Bevan, 1 run, on the middle, sweeps to deep midwicket for a single

8.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Badani, no run, outside the off stump, Badani defends on the frontfoot

8.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Badani, 1 leg bye, outside the leg stump and turning, struck on the pads run across for another leg bye

8.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Bevan, 1 run, outside the off stump, Bevan plays with soft hands on the off side and runs across

8.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Badani, 1 run, on the middle stump, comes down the track and pushes to mid on for a single

End of over 9 (5 runs) Chennai Superstars 50/2 (RR: 5.55)
HK Badani    15* (13b 1x4 1x6)      Saqlain Mushtaq    1-0-3-0
MG Bevan    23* (24b 3x4)      Mohammad Sami    1-0-7-0

9.1

Mohammad Sami to Badani, FOUR, on the leg stump and short in length, Badani comes down the track and pulls through mid on for a boundary

9.2

Mohammad Sami to Badani, 1 run, on the middle stump, Badani comes down the track and pulls it to sweeper on the leg side

9.3

Mohammad Sami to Bevan, no run, outside the off stump, Bevan pushes to point

9.4

Mohammad Sami to Bevan, no run, tries to heave it on the leg side and misses

9.5

Mohammad Sami to Bevan, 1 run, outside the off stump, waits for the ball and pushes it to third man for a single

9.6

Mohammad Sami to Badani, no run, pushes to cover

Sameer-Naina wonders how the Badshahs are fielding so well today

End of over 10 (6 runs) Chennai Superstars 56/2 (RR: 5.60)
HK Badani    20* (16b 2x4 1x6)      Mohammad Sami    2-0-13-0
MG Bevan    24* (27b 3x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    1-0-3-0

10.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Bevan, 2 runs, on the leg stump, flicks to deep midwicket for a couple

10.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Bevan, no run, outside the off stump, Bevan shapes to cut but is beaten by the drift

10.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Bevan, 1 run, on the off stump, Bevan stands tall and drives to long off for a single

10.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Badani, 1 run, outside the off stump, Badani forces it past covers for a single

10.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Bevan, 1 run, Bevan comes down the track and flicks to midwicket for a single

10.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Badani, 1 run, on the leg stump, Badani rolls his wrists and turns it to square leg for a single

End of over 11 (6 runs) Chennai Superstars 62/2 (RR: 5.63)
HK Badani    22* (18b 2x4 1x6)      Saqlain Mushtaq    2-0-9-0
MG Bevan    28* (31b 3x4)      Mohammad Sami    2-0-13-0

11.1

Mohammad Sami to Badani, 1 run, outside the off stump, Badani moves back and tries to lift it on the leg side but gets an outside edge to third man

11.2

Mohammad Sami to Bevan, no run, on the middle stump, defends on the frontfoot

11.3

Mohammad Sami to Bevan, 1 run, on the leg stump, Bevan comes down the track and chips it to long on for a single

11.4

Mohammad Sami to Badani, no run, on the leg stump defends on the frontfoot

11.5

Mohammad Sami to Badani, no run, outside the off stump, beaten by the swing

11.6

Mohammad Sami to Badani, (no ball) FOUR, outside the leg stump, flicks it to fine leg for a boundary and it is a no ball

11.6

Mohammad Sami to Badani, no run, defendes on the frontfoot

End of over 12 (7 runs) Chennai Superstars 69/2 (RR: 5.75)
HK Badani    27* (23b 3x4 1x6)      Mohammad Sami    3-0-20-0
MG Bevan    29* (33b 3x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    2-0-9-0

12.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Bevan, 1 run, on the leg stump, pushes to cover

12.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Badani, 1 run, on the leg stump, pushes to mid wicket

12.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Bevan, FOUR, comes to the pitch of the ball and lofts over midwicket for a boundary

12.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Bevan, FOUR, lofts over long on this time around

12.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Bevan, 1 run, on the leg stump, pushes to midwicket for a single

12.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Badani, 1 run, on the leg stump, pushes to covers

End of over 13 (12 runs) Chennai Superstars 81/2 (RR: 6.23)
HK Badani    29* (25b 3x4 1x6)      Saqlain Mushtaq    3-0-21-0
MG Bevan    39* (37b 5x4)      Mohammad Sami    3-0-20-0

13.1

Riaz Afridi to Badani, 1 run, OUT

HK Badani run out 30 (25m 26b 3x4 1x6) SR: 115.38

outside the off stump, pushes to third man and tries to take a second run and is run out

Sathish comes to bat

13.2

Riaz Afridi to Sathish, no run, outside the off stump, comes onto the front foot and forces to midwicket

13.3

Riaz Afridi to Sathish, 1 run, on the leg stump, pushes to midwicket

13.4

Riaz Afridi to Bevan, 1 run, comes down the track and drives to long on

13.5

Riaz Afridi to Sathish, SIX, on the leg stump, just pummels it over fine leg for a six

13.6

Riaz Afridi to Sathish, OUT, fuller outside off, Sathish tries to loft it on the off side and misses and is castled

R Sathish b Riaz Afridi 7 (8m 4b 0x4 1x6) SR: 175.00

End of over 14 (9 runs) Chennai Superstars 90/4 (RR: 6.42)
     Riaz Afridi    3-0-26-1
MG Bevan    40* (38b 5x4)      Saqlain Mushtaq    3-0-21-0

14.1

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bevan, 1 run, Bevan pushes to long off for a single

14.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Saravanan, 1 wide, full toss down the leg side and is called a wide

14.2

Naved-ul-Hasan to Saravanan, no run, outside the off stump, defends on the frontfoot

14.3

Naved-ul-Hasan to Saravanan, no run, outside the off stump, pushes to cover

14.4

Naved-ul-Hasan to Saravanan, no run, outside the stump, tries to cut and gets an underedge

14.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Saravanan, 5 wides, wide down the leg side and Humayun misses it too and ball goes to the boundary

14.5

Naved-ul-Hasan to Saravanan, 1 run, outside the off stump, pushes to mid off

14.6

Naved-ul-Hasan to Bevan, 1 leg bye, on the leg stump, tries to flick and is struck on the pads as they run across

End of over 15 (9 runs) Chennai Superstars 99/4 (RR: 6.60)
MG Bevan    41* (40b 5x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    4-0-19-2
SV Saravanan    1* (4b)      Riaz Afridi    3-0-26-1

15.1

Riaz Afridi to Bevan, FOUR, outside the off stump, Bevan is back into the end overs mode as he smashes it past the bowler on the off side for a boundary

15.2

Riaz Afridi to Bevan, 2 runs, outside the off stump, steers it to third man for a couple

15.3

Riaz Afridi to Bevan, 1 wide, outside the off stump, Bevan comes down the track, Afridi notices it and slips a slower one but cant get the line right as it is wide outside off

15.3

Riaz Afridi to Bevan, 1 run, strikes it straight, deflects off Riaz's foot to mid on

15.4

Riaz Afridi to Saravanan, 1 run, fuller on the middle stump, pushes to mid on for a single

15.5

Riaz Afridi to Bevan, 1 run, outside the off stump, drives to long off for a single

15.6

Riaz Afridi to Saravanan, 5 wides, drifts down the leg side, Humayun is beaten by the late movement as it runs to the ropes

15.6

Riaz Afridi to Saravanan, 2 runs, on the middle and leg, Sarvanan forces it to long on for a couple. They appeal for a runout but Bevan is well in

End of over 16 (17 runs) Chennai Superstars 116/4 (RR: 7.25)
SV Saravanan    4* (6b)      Riaz Afridi    4-0-43-1
MG Bevan    49* (44b 6x4)      Naved-ul-Hasan    4-0-19-2

Azhar comes into the attack

16.1

Azhar Mahmood to Bevan, 1 run, on the leg stump, Bevan forces it to long on for a single to bring up his half century

16.2

Azhar Mahmood to Saravanan, no run, outside the off stump, Sarvanan has a swing at it and misses

16.3

Azhar Mahmood to Saravanan, 1 run, outside the off stump, comes down the track and pushes to mid on

16.4

Azhar Mahmood to Bevan, 1 run, outside the off stump, pushes to mid off for a single

16.5

Azhar Mahmood to Saravanan, 1 run, short outside the off stump, cuts to deep point for a single

16.6

Azhar Mahmood to Bevan, 1 run, outside the off stump, drives to long off for a single

End of over 17 (5 runs) Chennai Superstars 121/4 (RR: 7.11)
MG Bevan    52* (47b 6x4)      Azhar Mahmood    3-0-14-0
SV Saravanan    6* (9b)      Riaz Afridi    4-0-43-1

Sami into the attack now

17.1

Mohammad Sami to Bevan, 4 leg byes, on the leg stump, Bevan tries to hit it on the leg side and is struck on the pads and ball trickles down to fine leg boundary for four leg byes

17.2

Mohammad Sami to Bevan, no run, outside the off stump, Bevan moves back and is beaten

17.3

Mohammad Sami to Bevan, 2 runs, outside the off stump, tries to drive it to covers but gets a top edge behind point

17.4

Mohammad Sami to Bevan, 1 run, on the off stump, drives to mid off

17.5

Mohammad Sami to Saravanan, SIX, on the middle stump, short in length. Sarvanan comes forward and pulls it over midwicket for six to send the crowd into raptures

17.6

Mohammad Sami to Saravanan, 1 run, on the off stump, drives to mid off

End of over 18 (14 runs) Chennai Superstars 135/4 (RR: 7.50)
SV Saravanan    13* (11b 1x6)      Mohammad Sami    4-0-30-0
MG Bevan    55* (51b 6x4)      Azhar Mahmood    3-0-14-0

18.1

Saqlain Mushtaq to Saravanan, 1 run, pitches it upto the batsman, who moves back and defends

18.2

Saqlain Mushtaq to Bevan, 1 run, on the off stump and short in length, Bevan comes down the track and pulls it to long on for a single

18.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Saravanan, 1 wide, OUT, beautiful! Saqlain notices Sarvanan coming down the track and slips a doosra outside off. Sarvanan misses it and is stumped. Intelligent piece of bowling that

SV Saravanan st †Humayun Farhat b Saqlain Mushtaq 14 (20m 12b 0x4 1x6) SR: 116.66

18.3

Saqlain Mushtaq to Parore, 1 leg bye, off the pads to short fine leg

18.4

Saqlain Mushtaq to Bevan, OUT, fuller on the off stump, Bevan chances his arm but cant quite clear cover where Inzamam takes the catch

MG Bevan c Inzamam-ul-Haq b Saqlain Mushtaq 56 (81m 53b 6x4 0x6) SR: 105.66

18.5

Saqlain Mushtaq to Parore, no run, on the off stump, defends on the frontfoot

18.6

Saqlain Mushtaq to Parore, 2 runs, on the leg stump, Parore slog sweeps to deep midwicket for a couple

End of over 19 (6 runs) Chennai Superstars 141/6 (RR: 7.42)
AC Parore    2* (3b)      Saqlain Mushtaq    4-0-26-2
J Syed Mohammad    0* (0b)      Mohammad Sami    4-0-30-0

19.1

Azhar Mahmood to Syed Mohammad, FOUR, drifts down the leg side with fine leg up, Syed turns it around to fetch a boundary for himself

19.2

Azhar Mahmood to Syed Mohammad, 1 run, outside the off stump, pushes to cover

19.3

Azhar Mahmood to Parore, 1 run, fuller on the off stump, Parore gets an inside edge but runs nevertheless

19.4

Azhar Mahmood to Syed Mohammad, FOUR, fuller outside off, Syed drills it above point to get another boundary

19.5

Azhar Mahmood to Syed Mohammad, 2 runs, fuller on the middle stump, pushes to long on. Wayward throw from Imran Farhat allows them to take an extra run

19.6

Azhar Mahmood to Syed Mohammad, FOUR, on the leg stump, fuller in length. Syed comes onto the frontfoot, taking it on the full and cheekily paddles it to fine leg for a boundary

Bevan's half century, was the anchor around which the Superstars innings was built. Syed Mohammed's pyrotechnics in the last over allowed them not only to overhaul the 150 run barrier but also to put up a formidable chase in front of the Badshahs

End of over 20 (16 runs) Chennai Superstars 157/6
J Syed Mohammad    15* (5b 3x4)      Azhar Mahmood    4-0-30-0
AC Parore    3* (4b)      Saqlain Mushtaq    4-0-26-2
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