ICL 20s Grand Championship, Ahmedabad Rockets v Chennai Superstars at Gurgaon, Mar 27, 2008
27 March 2008 - night match (20-over match)

Hello and welcome to the coverage of ICL by Cricinfo. It will be Venkat Raghav and Raymond Langham calling the shots today. We have Chennai Superstars locking horns against Ahmedabad Rockets today.

Superstars have been pretty contrasting in the matches they have played but they seem to be possesed by some invisible spirit when chasing.

Rockets, on the contrary to their team name, have been grounded ever since the tournament started but teams counting them out would do it at their own peril

Pitch like yesterday would be full of runs and team winning toss would do well to bat first and post a total, but with Superstars chasing no total would ever seem enough.

Toss has been won by the Superstars and belying all my little pre match predictions have chosen to bat

0.1

Tamrakar to Harvey, FOUR, short and wide, Harvey as usual thumps it through point for a boundary. Nice start this

0.2

Tamrakar to Harvey, no run, outside the off stump, and coming in a touch. Harvey presents the wide face to defend on the move

0.3

Tamrakar to Harvey, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

0.3

Tamrakar to Harvey, 1 leg bye, on the middle stump and coming in, going away possibly but hawk eye suggests it would be hitting the middle stump

0.4

Tamrakar to Vignesh, 1 run, on the leg stump, turns it to midwicket for a single

0.5

Tamrakar to Harvey, 1 run, OUT, on the off stump, Harvey moves across and slogs it to fine leg and wants to take a couple but the fielder had the ball in his hand as he called and Vignesh sensibly refuses but Harvey is far down the track and is not back in time to the bowlers end. Not the start Superstars wanted

IJ Harvey run out 5 (4m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

0.6

Tamrakar to Vignesh, FOUR, fuller on the leg stump, gift wrapped actually as Vignesg cashes on it as he nonchalantly flicks it to midwicket for a boundary

End of over 1 (12 runs) Chennai Superstars 12/1 (RR: 12.00)

    • G Vignesh 5 (2b 1x4)
    • RP Arnold 0 (0b)
    • A Tamrakar 1-0-11-0

Sriram to open from the other end

1.1

Sriram to Arnold, 1 leg bye, on the leg stump first up, looks to sweep but is struck on the pads and the ball runs away to short fine leg for a leg bye

1.2

Sriram to Vignesh, no run, on the middle stump, and with a loop. Vignesh shapes to cut but finally pushes it back to the bowler

1.3

Sriram to Vignesh, no run, on the off stump, pushes it back to the bowler again

1.4

Sriram to Vignesh, 2 runs, on the middle stump, Vignesh flicks it away to deep midwicket for a couple but the yes and no's persist

1.5

Sriram to Vignesh, FOUR, short outside the off stump, Vignesh rocks back and cuts it through point for a rollicking boundary

1.6

Sriram to Vignesh, OUT, gone ! on the leg stump and spinning. Vignesh tries to reach for the ball and defend it but is beaten by the last minute drift and is cleaned up. Sriram is ecstatic and lets the world know about it

G Vignesh b Sriram 11 (9m 7b 2x4 0x6) SR: 157.14

End of over 2 (7 runs) Chennai Superstars 19/2 (RR: 9.50)

    • RP Arnold 0 (1b)
    • S Sriram 1-0-6-1
    • A Tamrakar 1-0-11-0
2.1

Tamrakar to Arnold, 3 runs, outside the off stump, Arnold moves back and cuts to deep point and takes a couple but an overthrow allows them to take an extra run

2.2

Tamrakar to Law, 1 run, off the outside edge to third man for a single

2.3

Tamrakar to Arnold, 3 runs, on the off stump, Arnold moves across and flicks it through mid on. Only the dribbling skills of Hinds ala Ronaldinho prevents a boundary as they take three runs

2.4

Tamrakar to Law, 2 runs, on the off stump, chips it over midwicket for a couple

2.5

Tamrakar to Law, 1 no ball, oversteps and Law pushes it to midwicket

2.5

Tamrakar to Law, FOUR, Free Hit ! full toss outside off, Law moves back and goes inside out through covers for a boundary. Phew! a good shot that

2.6

Tamrakar to Law, no run, outside the off stump, defends on the frontfoot

End of over 3 (14 runs) Chennai Superstars 33/2 (RR: 11.00)

    • SG Law 7 (5b 1x4)
    • RP Arnold 6 (3b)
    • A Tamrakar 2-0-25-0
    • S Sriram 1-0-6-1
3.1

Sriram to Arnold, FOUR, fuller on the leg stump, Arnold comes forward and paddles it away to fine leg for a boundary

3.2

Sriram to Arnold, 1 run, on the leg stump and on a good length, moves onto the backfoot and turns it away to fine leg for a single

3.3

Sriram to Law, no run, outside the off stump, drives straight to cover

3.4

Sriram to Law, no run, on the leg stump, pushes it to midwicket

3.5

Sriram to Law, 1 run, fuller outside off, Law makes room and drives to mid off where a misfield by Aziz allows them to swap strike

3.6

Sriram to Arnold, 1 run, fuller on the middle stump, digs it out and to add pain to the injury takes a single

End of over 4 (7 runs) Chennai Superstars 40/2 (RR: 10.00)

    • RP Arnold 12 (6b 1x4)
    • SG Law 8 (8b 1x4)
    • S Sriram 2-0-13-1
    • A Tamrakar 2-0-25-0

Streak coming to bowl

4.1

Streak to Arnold, 1 run, on the leg stump, turns it away to fine leg for a single

4.2

Streak to Law, 1 wide, outside the off stump and wide as Law tries for a lofted shot inside out but misses it as Evans calls it a wide

4.2

Streak to Law, no run, outside the off stump, bringing it into the batsman as Law decides to go inside out and misses

4.3

Streak to Law, 1 run, outside the off stump, ball flies off the outside edge to third man for a single

4.4

Streak to Arnold, 1 leg bye, outside the leg stump, that itself negates the appeal as Arnold collects a legbye

4.5

Streak to Law, 1 run, on the off stump, pushes it to cover for a single

4.6

Streak to Arnold, 1 wide, goes hunting down the leg side and is punished

4.6

Streak to Arnold, 1 leg bye, on the leg stump, Arnold comes down the track and tries to get cheeky as he attempts to play the loft over short fine leg but manages to get only a pad as he runs across for a leg bye

End of over 5 (7 runs) Chennai Superstars 47/2 (RR: 9.40)

    • RP Arnold 13 (9b 1x4)
    • SG Law 10 (11b 1x4)
    • HH Streak 1-0-5-0
    • S Sriram 2-0-13-1

'Dizzy' Gillespie into the attack now

5.1

Gillespie to Arnold, 1 run, slower one outside the off stump, Arnold adjusts accordingly and pushes it to mid on for a single

5.2

Gillespie to Law, no run, bounces him on the middle stump

5.3

Gillespie to Law, no run, outside the off stump, Law tries to go square on the off side but cant quite pierce the field

5.4

Gillespie to Law, OUT, bowled! Slower ball on the middle stump, Law picks it and wants to dislodge it in vee but gets an inside edge onto the leg stump and has to go back. Quite unlucky but clever piece of bowling by Gillespie

SG Law b Gillespie 10 (18m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

5.5

Gillespie to Badani, no run, outside the off stump, comes onto the frontfoot and defends

5.6

Gillespie to Badani, no run, on a good length on the middle stump, Badani comes forward and pushes to midwicket

End of over 6 (1 run) Chennai Superstars 48/3 (RR: 8.00)

    • HK Badani 0 (2b)
    • RP Arnold 14 (10b 1x4)
    • JN Gillespie 1-0-1-1
    • HH Streak 1-0-5-0
6.1

Streak to Arnold, no run, fuller on the middle stump and holds it back, Arnold defends on the backfoot

6.2

Streak to Arnold, 2 leg byes, on the leg stump, turns it away to fine leg for a couple

6.3

Streak to Arnold, 1 run, on the leg stump, glides it to fine leg for a single

6.4

Streak to Badani, 1 run, fuller on the leg stump, Badani gets a stride forward and pushes to midwicket for a single

6.5

Streak to Arnold, 1 run, slower outside the off stump, Arnold dabs it to deep cover for a single

6.6

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

End of over 7 (6 runs) Chennai Superstars 54/3 (RR: 7.71)

    • HK Badani 2 (4b)
    • RP Arnold 16 (14b 1x4)
    • HH Streak 2-0-9-0
    • JN Gillespie 1-0-1-1
7.1

Gillespie to Badani, no run, defends on the frontfoot

7.2

Gillespie to Badani, 1 wide, wide outside the off stump

7.2

Gillespie to Badani, no run, short outside the off stump, Badani looks to upper cut and misses

7.3

Gillespie to Badani, 1 run, on the leg stump, comes onto the frontfoot and pushes to mid on but Badani is into the crease as the stumps go flying

7.4

Gillespie to Arnold, 1 wide, goes wide outside the off stump again

7.4

Gillespie to Arnold, 1 run, slower on the leg stump, flicks to fine leg for a single

7.5

Gillespie to Badani, no run, beaten outside the off stump

7.6

Gillespie to Badani, no run, on the leg stump, pushes to square leg off the backfoot

End of over 8 (4 runs) Chennai Superstars 58/3 (RR: 7.25)

    • HK Badani 3 (9b)
    • RP Arnold 17 (15b 1x4)
    • JN Gillespie 2-0-5-1
    • HH Streak 2-0-9-0
8.1

Sanjeev to Arnold, 1 run

8.2

Sanjeev to Badani, (no ball) FOUR, on a good length outside off, cracks it through cover for a boundary

8.2

Sanjeev to Badani, 1 leg bye

8.3

Sanjeev to Arnold, 1 run, on the middle stump, Arnold rolls his wrists as he flicks to deep midwicket for a single

8.4

Sanjeev to Badani, 1 run

8.5

Sanjeev to Arnold, 1 run

8.6

Sanjeev to Badani, FOUR

End of over 9 (14 runs) Chennai Superstars 72/3 (RR: 8.00)

    • HK Badani 12 (13b 2x4)
    • RP Arnold 20 (18b 1x4)
    • KM Sanjeev 1-0-13-0
    • JN Gillespie 2-0-5-1
9.1

Hinds to Arnold, 1 run, outside the off stump, steers it away to third man for a single

9.2

Hinds to Badani, 1 run, on the leg stump, flicks to square leg for a single

9.3

Hinds to Arnold, no run, on the off stump, pushes it back to the bowler

9.4

Hinds to Arnold, no run, outside the off stump and tries to cut it but misses

9.5

Hinds to Arnold, no run, outside the off stump, pushes it to cover

9.6

Hinds to Arnold, 1 run

End of over 10 (3 runs) Chennai Superstars 75/3 (RR: 7.50)

    • RP Arnold 22 (23b 1x4)
    • HK Badani 13 (14b 2x4)
    • WW Hinds 1-0-3-0
    • KM Sanjeev 1-0-13-0
10.1

Sanjeev to Arnold, FOUR, crunches it through covers for a boundary

10.2

Sanjeev to Arnold, 1 run, on the leg stump, pushes to midwicket

10.3

Sanjeev to Badani, no run, outside off plays and misses

10.4

Sanjeev to Badani, no run, pushes to midwicket

10.5

Sanjeev to Badani, 1 run, turns to fine leg for a single

10.6

Sanjeev to Arnold, 1 run

End of over 11 (7 runs) Chennai Superstars 82/3 (RR: 7.45)

    • RP Arnold 28 (26b 2x4)
    • HK Badani 14 (17b 2x4)
    • KM Sanjeev 2-0-20-0
    • WW Hinds 1-0-3-0
11.1

Hinds to Arnold, no run, drives to mid off

11.2

Hinds to Arnold, 1 run, on the leg stump, turns to square leg

11.3

Hinds to Badani, FOUR, lofts over midwicket for a boundary

11.4

Hinds to Badani, 1 run

11.5

Hinds to Arnold, no run, outside the off stump, tries to drive and misses

11.6

Hinds to Arnold, 2 runs, on the leg stump, flicks to midwicket for a couple

End of over 12 (8 runs) Chennai Superstars 90/3 (RR: 7.50)

    • RP Arnold 31 (30b 2x4)
    • HK Badani 19 (19b 3x4)
    • WW Hinds 2-0-11-0
    • KM Sanjeev 2-0-20-0
12.1

Jain to Badani, no run, outside the off stump, Badani comes forward and pushes back to the bowler

12.2

Jain to Badani, no run, outside the off stump, tries to cut and misses

12.3

Jain to Badani, 1 run, full on the off stump, deflects off Arnolds bat to cover but in a show of good spirit they take only a single

12.4

Jain to Arnold, 1 run, pushes to cover for a single

12.5

Jain to Badani, no run, outside the off stump, tries to drive and misses

12.6

Jain to Badani, 1 run, pushes to cover for a single

End of over 13 (3 runs) Chennai Superstars 93/3 (RR: 7.15)

    • HK Badani 21 (24b 3x4)
    • RP Arnold 32 (31b 2x4)
    • AS Jain 1-0-3-0
    • WW Hinds 2-0-11-0
13.1

Sriram to Badani, no run, on the leg stump, tries to pull the screws out of the ball but gets an inside edge over stumps

13.2

Sriram to Badani, 1 run, on the leg stump, pushes to midwicket for a single

13.3

Sriram to Arnold, 1 run, on the leg stump, pushes to square leg

13.4

Sriram to Badani, 2 runs, on the off stump, drives to mid on

13.5

Sriram to Badani, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

13.5

Sriram to Badani, 1 run, pushes to mid on

13.6

Sriram to Arnold, FOUR, on the leg stump, lofts to midwicket for a boundary

End of over 14 (10 runs) Chennai Superstars 103/3 (RR: 7.35)

    • RP Arnold 37 (33b 3x4)
    • HK Badani 25 (28b 3x4)
    • S Sriram 3-0-23-1
    • AS Jain 1-0-3-0
14.1

Jain to Badani, no run, pushes back to the bowler

14.2

Jain to Badani, no run, drives to cover

14.3

Jain to Badani, 1 run, outside the off stump, pushes to cover and sets off for a single

14.4

Jain to Arnold, FOUR, outside the off stump, off the outside edge to third man for a boundary

14.5

Jain to Arnold, 1 run, outside the off stump, drives to long off for a single

14.6

Jain to Badani, 1 run, outside the off stump, drives to long off

End of over 15 (7 runs) Chennai Superstars 110/3 (RR: 7.33)

    • HK Badani 27 (32b 3x4)
    • RP Arnold 42 (35b 4x4)
    • AS Jain 2-0-10-0
    • S Sriram 3-0-23-1
15.1

Sriram to Badani, 1 run, on the leg stump, sweeps to fine leg for a single

15.2

Sriram to Arnold, 1 run, on the leg stump again, sweeps to fine leg for a single

15.3

Sriram to Badani, 1 run, on the leg stump, drives to long on for a single

15.4

Sriram to Arnold, 1 run

15.5

Sriram to Badani, 1 run, outside the off stump, pushes to point for a single

15.6

Sriram to Arnold, 1 run, on the leg stump, sweeps to fine leg

End of over 16 (6 runs) Chennai Superstars 116/3 (RR: 7.25)

    • RP Arnold 45 (38b 4x4)
    • HK Badani 30 (35b 3x4)
    • S Sriram 4-0-29-1
    • AS Jain 2-0-10-0
16.1

Streak to Arnold, 1 run, full on the off stump, drives to long on for a single

16.2

Streak to Badani, 1 run, on the leg stump, pushes to midwicket for a single

16.3

Streak to Arnold, (no ball) 2 runs

16.3

Streak to Arnold, FOUR, lofts over midwicket for a boundary

16.4

Streak to Arnold, 1 run

16.5

Streak to Badani, no run, outside the off stump, looks to slog and misses

16.6

Streak to Badani, 1 run, outside the off stump, drives to mid off for a single

End of over 17 (11 runs) Chennai Superstars 127/3 (RR: 7.47)

    • HK Badani 32 (38b 3x4)
    • RP Arnold 53 (42b 5x4)
    • HH Streak 3-0-20-0
    • S Sriram 4-0-29-1
17.1

Gillespie to Badani, 2 runs, drives to cover

17.2

Gillespie to Badani, 1 run, short and slow outside off, mistimes a pull to midwicket

17.3

Gillespie to Arnold, 1 no ball, short on the middle stump, Arnold pulls it in the air and Streak shows the balance of a high class juggler as he juggles thrice to take the catch but the umpire rules it a no ball

17.3

Gillespie to Arnold, SIX, flicks it through midwicket for a six

17.4

Gillespie to Arnold, 1 run, pushes to long off

17.5

Gillespie to Badani, 1 run, pushes to long on

17.6

Gillespie to Arnold, 1 run, pulls to midwicket for a single

End of over 18 (13 runs) Chennai Superstars 140/3 (RR: 7.77)

    • RP Arnold 61 (46b 5x4 1x6)
    • HK Badani 36 (41b 3x4)
    • JN Gillespie 3-0-18-1
    • HH Streak 3-0-20-0
18.1

Streak to Arnold, 1 run, pushes to covers for a single

18.2

Streak to Badani, SIX, drills over long off for a six

18.3

Streak to Badani, 1 run, pushes to cover for a single

18.4

Streak to Arnold, FOUR, slogged to midwicket for a boundary

18.5

Streak to Arnold, 1 run, pushes to midwicket for a single

18.6

Streak to Badani, 1 leg bye

End of over 19 (14 runs) Chennai Superstars 154/3 (RR: 8.10)

    • HK Badani 43 (44b 3x4 1x6)
    • RP Arnold 67 (49b 6x4 1x6)
    • HH Streak 4-0-33-0
    • JN Gillespie 3-0-18-1
19.1

Gillespie to Badani, 1 run, pushes to midwicket for a single

19.2

Gillespie to Arnold, 2 wides, wide outside the off stump as they run across

19.2

Gillespie to Badani, 1 run

19.3

Gillespie to Arnold, 2 runs

19.4

Gillespie to Arnold, OUT, slower on the off stump, Arnold lofts again as Sanjeev Martin takes the catch at deep midwicket

RP Arnold c Sanjeev b Gillespie 69 (81m 51b 6x4 1x6) SR: 135.29

19.5

Gillespie to Badani, OUT, full outside the off stump, lofts to long off where the catch is taken

HK Badani c Tamrakar b Gillespie 45 (59m 47b 3x4 1x6) SR: 95.74

19.6

Gillespie to Sathish, 1 run, pushes to long off

End of over 20 (7 runs) Chennai Superstars 161/5

    • R Sathish 1 (1b)
    • SV Saravanan 0 (0b)
    • JN Gillespie 4-0-25-3
    • HH Streak 4-0-33-0
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