ICL 20-20 Indian Championship - 6th match

Ahmedabad Rockets v Chennai Superstars

Chennai Superstars won by 35 runs (VJD method)

Hello all and welcome to coverage of ICL. Today, we have Ahmedabad Rockets and Chennai Superstars locking horns

Chennai Superstars, as is their wont have started the tournament on a successful note and would like to keep the momentum going. In absence of their preferred starting eleven, they did manage to hold their own against Dhaka Warriors. In all probability, they would be going in with the same eleven today

Ahmedabad Rockets, on the other hand have a lot on their minds and would like to get onto the points table pretty soon

Meanwhile Chandrasekhar says" It was really nice to see the Chennai superstars with the batting line up they had..they have really huge hitters..definitely the ball is going to get huge punishment.." Anyone to contradict this ?

Toss has been won by Ahmedabad Rockets and Damien Martyn is all too happy to bowl first and R Sathish says he would have chosen to bat first anyways and informs that Shabbir Ahmed is in for Tamil Kumaran

It will be Siddhartha Talya, Venkat Raghav and Karthikeyan calling the shots from here

Right then it will be Harvey and Vignesh to face up to Gillespie

0.1

Gillespie to Harvey, 1 run, on the middle stump and Harvey moves back a touh and closes the face of the bat as he pushes the ball to the leg side and sets off for a single

0.2

Gillespie to Vignesh, 1 run, angling in from outside the off stump, Vignesh holds back the stroke till the last moment as he tips it to cover with soft hands and runs across for a single

0.3

Gillespie to Harvey, no run, on the middle stump, Harvey closes the face of the bat yet again but does not get the placement quite right this time as he hits it to square leg

0.4

Gillespie to Harvey, 2 runs, outside the off stump, Dizzy see's Harvey coming down the track and pitches it just a little bit shorter. Harvey ends up chipping it over mid on for a couple of runs. Risky there

0.5

Gillespie to Harvey, OUT, now how do we describe this? Careless. Harvey does not rush back to his crease as he tries to steer it to third man and the first slip intercepts and throws down the stumps

IJ Harvey run out 3 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

0.6

Gillespie to Hariesh, no run, outside the off stump and left alone

End of over 1 (4 runs) Chennai Superstars 4/1 (RR: 4.00)
J Hariesh    0* (1b)      JN Gillespie    1-0-4-0
G Vignesh    1* (1b)     

Patel into the attack now

1.1

Patel to Vignesh, 1 wide, wide down the leg side to begin off

1.1

Patel to Vignesh, OUT, outside the off stump, Vignesh pushes it to cover and wants a single but then see's Goodwin swooping down the ball and refuses but it's too late as Hareish backs up to far and Goodwin breaks down the stumps at the bowlers end

J Hariesh run out 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

1.2

Patel to Vignesh, 1 wide, wide down the leg side yet again

1.2

Patel to Vignesh, no run, outside the off stump, Vignesh comes forward and looks to drive it away but is beaten by the away swing

1.3

Patel to Vignesh, no run, outside the off stump, Vignesh comes forward and defends it back to the bowler

1.4

Patel to Vignesh, 4 leg byes, drifts onto the leg stumps yet again but this time it raps Vignesh on the pads and runs away to the fine leg fence for a boundary

1.5

Patel to Vignesh, 4 leg byes, off the pads yet again, an action replay of the last delivery

1.6

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

End of over 2 (11 runs) Chennai Superstars 15/2 (RR: 7.50)
G Vignesh    2* (7b)      RB Patel    1-0-3-0
RP Arnold    0* (0b)      JN Gillespie    1-0-4-0

2.1

Gillespie to Vignesh, 2 runs, outside the off stump, Vignesh steers it away to third man for a couple

2.2

Gillespie to Vignesh, 1 run, short outside the off stump, Vignesh guides it to third man for a single

2.3

Gillespie to Arnold, no run, fuller outside the off stump, Arnold gets forward and pushes it away to cover

2.4

Gillespie to Arnold, no run, on a good length outside the off stump and swinging away. Arnold has an almighty swing at it and is beaten

2.5

Gillespie to Arnold, no run, fuller on the middle stump, Arnold comes forward and pushes it to mid on

2.6

Gillespie to Arnold, no run, swing away from the off stump, Arnold has one more of those swing and miss routine

End of over 3 (3 runs) Chennai Superstars 18/2 (RR: 6.00)
RP Arnold    0* (4b)      JN Gillespie    2-0-7-0
G Vignesh    5* (9b)      RB Patel    1-0-3-0

Kunall Lal into the attack

3.1

Kunal Lal to Vignesh, SIX, Santa Claus is here. Lal pitches one short on the middle stump and it is immediately dispatched over deep square leg for a six and it deserved it

3.2

Kunal Lal to Vignesh, 1 run, outside the off stump, Vignesh gets onto the backfoot and steers it to third man for a single

3.3

Kunal Lal to Arnold, FOUR, when Vignesh can have some goodies why not Arnold? Lal bowls one wide outside the off stump and Arnold goes after it as he cuts it past point for a boundary

3.4

Kunal Lal to Arnold, FOUR, fuller on the off stump, Arnold this time, chooses to go through the covers for a boundary. It's upto the batsman to place the delivery as it is really some shoddy bowling

3.5

Kunal Lal to Arnold, 1 run, short outside the off stump, Arnold swats it to midwicket for a single

3.6

Kunal Lal to Vignesh, 2 runs, short yet again as Vignesh pulls it to the right of mid on for a couple

End of over 4 (18 runs) Chennai Superstars 36/2 (RR: 9.00)
G Vignesh    14* (12b 1x6)      Kunal Lal    1-0-18-0
RP Arnold    9* (7b 2x4)      JN Gillespie    2-0-7-0

4.1

Patel to Arnold, no run, beats him outside the off stump

4.2

Patel to Arnold, 1 run, short outside the off stump, Arnold cuts it to point with some power as the fielder fumbles with the take and allows a single

4.3

Patel to Vignesh, 1 run, comes in from the middle stump, as Vignesh moving away lofts it away to sweeper cover for a single

4.4

Patel to Arnold, 2 runs, on a good length on the leg stump, Arnold turns it to deep midwicket for a couple. Deft hands at work there

4.5

Patel to Arnold, 5 wides, wide down the leg side, Arnold has a go at it and misses. The keeper does not even try to fetch it as it runs away to the fine leg fence

4.5

Patel to Arnold, no run, outside the off stump, Arnold pushes it to midwicket and shouts a loud no and Vignesh is well inside the crease to beat the direct throw

4.6

Patel to Arnold, no run, outside the off stump, steers it to point

End of over 5 (9 runs) Chennai Superstars 45/2 (RR: 9.00)
RP Arnold    12* (12b 2x4)      RB Patel    2-0-12-0
G Vignesh    15* (13b 1x6)      Kunal Lal    1-0-18-0

Heath Streak into the attack now

5.1

Streak to Vignesh, SIX, well it's definitely Christmas time for Vignesh as he gets a fuller delivery outside the off stump and Vignesh does the rest as he lofts it away over long off for a six

5.2

Streak to Vignesh, no run, on the leg stump and going down further, thus negating the appeal

5.3

Streak to Vignesh, FOUR, short outside the off stump, invitation for Vignesh to free his arms as he lofts it away over mid off. It bounces once on it's way to the boundary

5.4

Streak to Vignesh, no run, slower one on the middle stump, Vignesh wants to give it the treatment but is beaten by the lack of pace

5.5

Streak to Vignesh, no run, on the leg dtump, pushes it to midwicket

5.6

Streak to Vignesh, no run, short on the off stump, Vignesh pulls it to midwicket

End of over 6 (10 runs) Chennai Superstars 55/2 (RR: 9.16)
G Vignesh    25* (19b 1x4 2x6)      HH Streak    1-0-10-0
RP Arnold    12* (12b 2x4)      RB Patel    2-0-12-0

Sodhi comes on to bowl

6.1

Sodhi to Arnold, 1 run, Full on the off stump, pushes it towards long on for a single

6.2

Sodhi to Vignesh, SIX, short on the off and Vignesh swats it over the bowlers head for a big six

6.3

Sodhi to Vignesh, 1 run, fuller this time and Vignesh continues to play air-borne, driving the ball towards long off

6.4

Sodhi to Arnold, 1 run, full again and Arnold drives it to long on

6.5

Sodhi to Vignesh, no run, slightly shorter this time, Vignesh looking to flick it on the on side, ends up just punching it towards mid wicket

6.6

Sodhi to Vignesh, 1 run, off-cutter, Vignesh pushes it to long on

End of over 7 (10 runs) Chennai Superstars 65/2 (RR: 9.28)
G Vignesh    33* (23b 1x4 3x6)      RS Sodhi    1-0-10-0
RP Arnold    14* (14b 2x4)      HH Streak    1-0-10-0

Sumit Kalia, the left-arm spinner, comes on to bowl

7.1

Kalia to Vignesh, no run, that didn't spin, pitched on middle and defended

7.2

Kalia to Vignesh, FOUR, fuller this time and Vignesh goes down on one knee and sweeps it over square-leg for a boundary. It just fell short of the boundary

7.3

Kalia to Vignesh, no run, straight on the middle, pushes it towards the leg side

7.4

Kalia to Vignesh, 1 run, arm ball, charges down the wicket, strikes the pad and the batsmen take a leg-bye

7.5

Kalia to Arnold, 1 run, bowled outside the off-stump, driven to long off

7.6

Kalia to Vignesh, 1 leg bye, short outside the off-stump, steered to backward point for a single

End of over 8 (7 runs) Chennai Superstars 72/2 (RR: 9.00)
G Vignesh    38* (28b 2x4 3x6)      S Kalia    1-0-6-0
RP Arnold    15* (15b 2x4)      RS Sodhi    1-0-10-0

8.1

Sodhi to Vignesh, OUT, fuller outside the off-stump, Vignesh charges down the wicket and looks to strike it over sweeper cover. He mistimes it and finds the fielder

G Vignesh c Patel b Sodhi 38 (29b 2x4 3x6) SR: 131.03

8.2

Sodhi to Arnold, FOUR, thats cheeky! It was bowled just slightly wide of the off stump and Arnold late-cuts it beautifully to the third man boundary

8.3

Sodhi to Arnold, 1 run, fuller on the off, driven to long on for a single

R Jesuraj is the new batsman

8.4

Sodhi to Jesuraj, no run, gets a full ball on the middle stump, drives it back to the bowler, who is struck in the wrist

8.5

Sodhi to Jesuraj, FOUR, fuller on the off stump, Jesuraj gets under it and strikes it over cover for a boundary

8.6

Sodhi to Jesuraj, no run, on a good length outside the off, looks to steer it but is beaten by the away movement

End of over 9 (9 runs) Chennai Superstars 81/3 (RR: 9.00)
R Jesuraj    4* (3b 1x4)      RS Sodhi    2-0-19-1
RP Arnold    20* (17b 3x4)      S Kalia    1-0-6-0

Kunal Lal back on

9.1

Kunal Lal to Arnold, 1 run, fuller on the off and Arnold drives it beautifully to long-on for a single

9.2

Kunal Lal to Jesuraj, OUT, that is superb fielding! Murray Goodwin's second direct hit for the day! That was short outside the off stump, and was cut away by Jesuraj. He set off for a single, Goddwin dived to his left, pulled off a brilliant one-handed stop and threw down the stump in one motion. Jesuraj was short by a distance

R Jesuraj run out 4 (4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

R Sathish is the new man in

9.3

Kunal Lal to Sathish, no run, onto the front foot, pushes it to cover

9.4

Kunal Lal to Sathish, 1 run, Steers it to third man for a single

9.5

Kunal Lal to Arnold, no run, fuller outside the off stump, plays it to point

9.6

Kunal Lal to Arnold, 1 run, fuller on the middle, lofts it towards the sweeper on the on side

End of over 10 (3 runs) Chennai Superstars 84/4 (RR: 8.40)
RP Arnold    22* (20b 3x4)      Kunal Lal    2-0-21-0
R Sathish    1* (2b)      RS Sodhi    2-0-19-1

10.1

Kalia to Arnold, no run, Kalia bowls on the middle, Arnold pushes it to mid wicket

10.2

Kalia to Arnold, 2 runs, arm ball on the off, cuts it delicately past short-third man

10.3

Kalia to Arnold, 1 run, fuller on the off, drives it to long off

10.4

Kalia to Sathish, 1 run, around the wicket this time, plays to the left of point for a single

10.5

Kalia to Arnold, no run, short on the off, tries to whip it towards mid-wicket

10.6

Kalia to Arnold, 1 run, full on the off, Arnold lofts it towards long on

End of over 11 (5 runs) Chennai Superstars 89/4 (RR: 8.09)
RP Arnold    26* (25b 3x4)      S Kalia    2-0-11-0
R Sathish    2* (3b)      Kunal Lal    2-0-21-0

11.1

Kunal Lal to Arnold, 1 run, on the middle, driven to long on again

11.2

Kunal Lal to Sathish, 1 run, fuller on the middle, played wide of long off for a single

11.3

Kunal Lal to Arnold, SIX, Slower on the off, Arnold plays his trademark flick over square leg for a huge six

11.4

Kunal Lal to Arnold, 1 run, cutting away, guides it to third man

11.5

Kunal Lal to Sathish, no run, much straigher this time, cramped for room, Sathish plays it to gully

11.6

Kunal Lal to Sathish, 1 run, wider this time, Sathish charges down to strike it over long on, mistimes it to long off instead

End of over 12 (10 runs) Chennai Superstars 99/4 (RR: 8.25)
R Sathish    4* (6b)      Kunal Lal    3-0-31-0
RP Arnold    34* (28b 3x4 1x6)      S Kalia    2-0-11-0

12.1

Kalia to Sathish, no run, Kalia bowls it short, Sathish plays it to short fine leg

12.2

Kalia to Sathish, SIX, Sathish moves across this time, gets down on one knee and strikes it over mid wicket for six

12.3

Kalia to Sathish, 2 runs, slightly wider this time, Sathish drives it to deep cover

12.4

Kalia to Sathish, 1 wide, swings and misses, wicketkeeper Campbell appeals for a stumping. It is referred to the thid umpire, but the batsman is just back in time

12.4

Kalia to Sathish, 1 run, played to short third man

12.5

Kalia to Arnold, 2 runs, on the leg stump, Arnold turns it to fine leg for a couple

12.6

Kalia to Arnold, 1 run, driven down to long on for a single

End of over 13 (13 runs) Chennai Superstars 112/4 (RR: 8.61)
RP Arnold    37* (30b 3x4 1x6)      S Kalia    3-0-24-0
R Sathish    13* (10b 1x6)      Kunal Lal    3-0-31-0

Heath Streak back into the attack

13.1

Streak to Arnold, FOUR, Bowled just slightly wide of the off stump, short in length, Arnold late cuts it down past third man for four

13.2

Streak to Arnold, 1 run, short again, cut to deep point for a single

13.3

Streak to Sathish, 1 run, on the off stump, closes the face of the bat and guides it to square leg for a single

13.4

Streak to Arnold, no run, fuller on the off, driven to cover

13.5

Streak to Arnold, 1 run, slower one this time, Arnold sweeps it to long leg

13.6

Streak to Sathish, 1 run, single to deep square leg

End of over 14 (8 runs) Chennai Superstars 120/4 (RR: 8.57)
R Sathish    15* (12b 1x6)      HH Streak    2-0-18-0
RP Arnold    43* (34b 4x4 1x6)      S Kalia    3-0-24-0

S Sriram in to the attack, more left-arm spin

14.1

Sriram to Sathish, FOUR, starts off with a short one outside off, Sathish plays a textbook square cut to the third man boundary

14.2

Sriram to Sathish, no run, padded away

14.3

Sriram to Sathish, 1 run, charges down the wicket and takes it on the full, flicks it away to deep mid wicket

14.4

Sriram to Arnold, 1 run, short on middle, Arnold paddles it down to fine leg

14.5

Sriram to Sathish, 1 run, pushed wide of mid wicket for a single

14.6

Sriram to Arnold, 2 runs, short on the middle, Arnold pulls it away to long leg. A diving stop saves the boundary, and the batsmen settle for two

End of over 15 (9 runs) Chennai Superstars 129/4 (RR: 8.60)
RP Arnold    46* (36b 4x4 1x6)      S Sriram    1-0-9-0
R Sathish    21* (16b 1x4 1x6)      HH Streak    2-0-18-0

just 5 more overs to go

15.1

Sodhi to Sathish, 1 run, sodhi back into the attack, the batsman gives himself some room, and plays a straight ball down to long on

15.2

Sodhi to Arnold, no run, wider this time, Arnold attemps to cross-bat it towards mid wicket, misses

15.3

Sodhi to Arnold, OUT, Straighter and fuller this time, Arnold attempts a similar shot, gets a top-edge and the keeper Campbell takes a brilliant catch running to his right

RP Arnold c †Campbell b Sodhi 46 (38b 4x4 1x6) SR: 121.05

15.4

Sodhi to Sathish, no run, full outside off,played to backward point

15.5

Sodhi to Sathish, FOUR, full on the off again and Sathish strikes it straight over the bowlers head for a boundary

SV Saravanan is the new batsman

15.6

Sodhi to Sathish, 1 run, similar delivery, Sathish moves back a touch and plays it to sweeper cover for a single

A bit of bad news here. One of the light-towers has gone off. This is the second time it has happened this season. Play held up for a while. A ray of hope, finally. 4 lights from the affected tower are flickering. But we are sure to have a truncated game here. The innings has come to a close and the players are having a break. We'll let you know of the revised target as soon as we have it. The target for Ahmedabad Rockets is 143 in 16 overs. One bowler can bowl a maximum of 4 overs; 4 other bowlers can bowl a maximum of 3 overs each

End of over 16 (6 runs) Chennai Superstars 135/5
R Sathish    27* (20b 2x4 1x6)      RS Sodhi    3-0-25-2
SV Saravanan    0* (0b)      S Sriram    1-0-9-0
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