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Indian Cricket League 2007 Season News

CS vs CL, ICL, Final: Chennai Superstars win the inaugural ICL T20 tournament

The Chennai Superstars pulled it off when it mattered the most as they won the finals of the inaugural Indian Cricket League (ICL) Twenty20 championship here Sunday evening, beating the local favourites Chandigarh Lions by 12 runs.
The Superstars also took away the winners' prize of Rs.39 million ($1 million). Put into bat by the Lions who won the toss at the Tau Devi Lal cricket stadium, the Superstars put up a score of 155 runs in their 20 overs, losing 8 wickets. Opener Ian Harvey, who has been among runs in this championship, gave them a good start, scoring 36 runs from 31 balls. Captain Stuart Law contributed with a 28-ball 34 runs.
In reply, the Lions kept losing wickets at regular intervals after their opening batsmen Imran Farhat and Hamish Marshall failed to give them a good start. Tejinder Pal Singh put up a fight with 35 runs from 33 balls. He top-scored for the Lions. As the match seemed drifting away from the fold of the Lions, Andrew Hall and Sarabjit Singh put up a fight, scoring 30 not out runs from 27 balls and 28 runs from 18 balls respectively, but failed to finish it off for their team. Skipper Chris Cairns could not do much Sunday, scoring just 5 runs from 10 balls. The Lions could muster 143 runs from their 20 overs, losing 8 wickets.
Player of the Match, former Pakistan bowler Shabbir Ahmed took 4 wickets, including a hat-trick, giving away 23 runs. The Chandigarh Lions ended up runners-up, picking up their cheque of Rs.19 million.

KT vs DJ, ICL, 3/4 Place: Delhi Jets beat Kolkata Tigers to finish third in ICL

An unbeaten 75 runs from 56 balls by captain Marvan Atapattu saw the Delhi Jets beat Kolkata Tigers by five wickets in the penultimate match of the Indian Cricket League (ICL) Twenty-20 championship.
The Jets finished third in the six-team event while the Tigers finished fourth. Put in to bat by the Jets, who won the toss, Kolkata Tigers managed only 141 runs off their 20 overs, losing 7 wickets. In reply, the Jets successfully chased the target with 5 balls to spare.

CL vs DJ, ICL, 2nd Semi: Chandigarh Lions enter ICL final

Chandigarh Lions set up a summit clash with Chennai Superstars after skipper Chris Cairns and Andrew Hall helped the local favourites pip Delhi Jets by four wickets in a thrilling semi-final in Panchkula on Saturday.
Chasing a modest target of 149, the Lions pulled off the win in the final over with former South African all-rounder Hall hitting a boundary. Hall's knock of 20 came off just 11 balls while Cairns scored unbeaten 26 off 18 balls. With 48 needed in 32 balls, the former Kiwi all-rounder and Hall weaved an unbeaten partnership of 48 runs, which came off just 24 balls to see the side through.
Earlier, the Jets, riding on Syed Abbas Ali's quick-fire 57 (40b, 4x6) and Sudhindra's 22-ball 33, scored 148 for four wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. The late charge did not help much and the Jets had to pay for a turgid start with the first 10 yielding 60 runs.

HH vs MC, ICL, 5/6 Place: Hyderabad Heroes beat Mumbai Champs to finish fifth

Former Pakistani allrounder Abdul Razzaq hit a blistering 67 to enable Hyderabad Heroes beat Mumbai Champs by 25 runs and take fifth position in the Indian Cricket League's Twenty20 tournament in Panchkula on Saturday.
Chasing 180, the Champs could manage only 154 losing six wickets. Electing to bat, Heroes, who were led by Ambati Rayudu in the absence of Inzamam-ul-Haq had a solid start as P Shashank Nag (35) and Nicky Boje (15) put up 50 runs for the first wicket.
However, it was 120-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Razzaq and Chris Harris, which dimmed the chances of Brian Lara led Champs, who now finish at the bottom in the competition.

CS vs KT, ICL, 1st Semi: Chennai Superstars beat Kolkata Tigers

Chennai Superstars on Friday lived up to their reputation and came good when it mattered the most as they virtually crushed Kolkata Tigers by 93 runs in the first semi-final of the Indian Cricket League (ICL) Twenty-20 championship.
This is the biggest winning margin by any team in the tournament. A 24-ball 51 runs, with three sixes and six fours, by player-of-the-match R. Sathish helped the Superstars accumulate 167 runs even though their entire team were bowled out in 19.5 overs. It was an all-round performance from Satish who also bagged two Tigers' wickets for just 8 runs.
The Kolkata Tigers' batting line up failed to perform Friday, with only two batsmen A.A. Jhunjhunwala and A.S. Jain - both scoring 18 runs each - reaching double figures. Their side was bowled out for a partly 74 runs in 15.3 overs. The Superstars became the first team to reach the finals of the ICL inaugural tournament. The second semi-final - between Chandigarh Lions and Delhi Jets will be played Saturday.

HH vs KT, ICL, Match 15 : Hyderabad Heroes out of Indian Cricket League

The Hyderabad Heroes led by former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq faltered in a do-or-die match here Wednesday evening, crashing out of the Indian Cricket League (ICL) Twenty20 championship after losing to the Kolkata Tigers by 53 runs.
The Kolkata Tigers, who became the last team to make it to the semi-final round of the breakaway championship, finished on top of the points table. With the Brian Lara-led Mumbai Champs already out of the semi-final slots, the Heroes became the second star-studded team to be knocked out of ICL at the Tau Devi Lal cricket stadium.
The Heroes, who opted to field first after winning the toss, could not put up a solid batting performance as Tigers' bowlers S Tarafdar, who was declared the player of the match, and Lance Klusener picked up three wickets each. Chasing a target of 169 runs, the Heroes were bundled out for 115 runs in 16.2 overs.
Earlier, the Tigers scored 168 runs for five wickets in their 20 overs with skipper Craig Macmillan leading from the front with a 35-ball 50 runs, including four sixes.

CS vs DJ, ICL, Match 14 : Delhi Jets beat Chennai Superstars, enter semis

Delhi Jets entered the semi-finals of the inaugural Indian Cricket League's (ICL) Twenty20 tournament with a thrilling six-wicket win over Chennai Superstars at the Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium in Panchkula on Wednesday.
Jets captain Marvan Atapattu, who was also adjudged the Man of the Match, scored a brilliant 64 off 43 balls in his team's 175-run chase. Chennai Superstars have already qualified for the semis. Put in to bat first, Chennai Superstars started on a positive note with opener Ian Harvey (30) and G. Vignesh (18). Chris Read was the top scorer with 37 as the Chennai team posted 174 for six in 20 overs.
Delhi Jets also started their chase at a brisk rate with openers Taufiq Umar (20) and Monish Mishra (37). Captain Atapattu smashed six fours and two sixes in his 64 and guided his team to a six-wicket win.

MC vs KT, ICL, Match 13 : Mumbai Champs earn ICL win

Brian Lara's Mumbai Champs grabbed their first win of the Indian Cricket League with a narrow seven-run victory against the Kolkata Tigers at the Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium in Chandigarh.
Lara was not needed at the crease in his team's innings of 187 that cost them just three wickets, Man-of-the-Match Shreyas Khanolkar registering one of two half-centuries for the Champs in their 20 overs. The consolation win came as they then skittled the Tigers' lower order to restrict them to 180 for nine when the overs ran out.
Former New Zealand all-rounder Nathan Astle led the bowling with three for 26 in his four overs. The Champs, skippered by Lara, lost their previous encounter on Sunday against the Chandigarh Lions by 38 runs, after Astle's countryman Chris Cairns blasted 70 in just 26 balls. In his team's chase of the Lions' total of 219, Lara opened in a losing effort after scoring just nine runs, the Champs being out for 181.

CL vs MC, ICL, Match 12 : Cairns leads Lions to win over Champs

Skipper Chris Cairns hit an explosive 70 as Chandigarh Lions scored a 38-run victory over Mumbai Champs in ICL's Twenty20 tournament in Panchkula on Sunday night.
Lions piled up 219 runs, tournament's highest total so far, to beat Brian's Lara's Mumbai Champs who slumped to their fourth defeat and were thus ousted from the competition. Lara's miserable run with the bat continued as he could manage only 9 in Champs total of 181-5. Lara, who opened the innings, hit a Darly Tuffey delivery straight to Hamish Marshall. In previous three matches, the legendary batsman had scores 0, 4 and 3.
Cairns was in devastating touch as hit the fastest 50 of the tournament, which came in just 17 balls. The 7,000 capacity Tau Devi Lal stadium was brought alive as Cairns showed no mercy to the bowlers. His knock of 70 in 26 balls included 7 sixes and four boundaries. Merv Dillon and Raviraj Patil faced the music and were the most expensive bowlers for Champs giving away 46 runs each in the allotted four overs.
Cairns got support from Manish Sharma (37). Imran Farhat (34) and TP Singh (27) were the other contributors. Champs opener Nathan Astle failed to make much impact falling leg before to Luv Ablish on 13. KR Powar scored a quickfire 54 of 30 balls, but after his exit even the late charge by D S Jadhav (58) and J Van der Wath (17) could not bring the Champs close to the huge target as they required 74 in the last three overs.
Champs will play their final match against Kolkata Tigers on Monday while Lions have won three of their five matches and have got six points.

CS vs HH, ICL, Match 11 : Inzamam, Razzaq steer Hyderabad Heroes to victory

Skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq struck an unbeaten 44 as Hyderabad Heroes halted the winning run of Chennai Superstars by registering a six wicket victory in a Twenty20 match of the Indian Cricket League's in Panchkula on Sunday.
Inzamam, who needed just 27 balls in his innings, and compatriot Abdul Razzaq who struck an unbeaten 40 in 20 balls including three sixes, made the highest run chase of this tournament look easy. Chasing 163, the Pakistani pair weaved a partnership of 79 runs for the fourth wicket and the Heroes reached home with 13 balls to spare.
Superstars' R Satish came in for some heavy punishment giving away 27 runs in his second over. Heroes opener Anirudh Singh (31) batted well and Ambati Rayudu (28) also made a useful contribution. Thiru Kumaran, who took six wickets in an earlier ICL match, failed to weave his magic again and gave away 22 runs in two overs.
Heroes are now placed fourth in the points table. They have won two of their four matches so far thus keeping their hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive. The Superstars had already secured their spot in the final four with three successive wins in their earlier matches.
Put in to bat, Superstars' Australian pair of Ian Harvey (63) and Stuart Law (44) had a partnership of 85 runs for the third wicket. Harvey, who has been in good form in this tournament, remained unbeaten but was lucky to survive when a yorker from Azhar Mahmood dislodged his bail, which again settled back into position. After Russel Arnold's run out for a duck, it was Hemang Badani who hit three sixes in his quickfire knock of 31 coming off just 13 balls.

DJ vs KT, ICL, Match 10 : Kolkata Tigers beat Delhi Jets by 4 wickets

Craig Macmillan led from the front and blasted an unbeaten 31-ball blitzkrieg of 58 to guide Kolkata Tigers to a four-wicket win over Delhi Jets in the Indian Cricket League Twenty20 match in Panchkula on Saturday.
The win also kept alive the Kolkata outfit's hopes of making it to the semifinals. Though McMillan set the stadium alight with his splendid strokeplay -- hitting five fours and four sixes in his entertaining knock teammate Lance Klusener was adjudged Man of the Match for his 3-16 and run-a-ball 27.
Chasing a target of 150, Macmillan and Klusener took charge when the chips were down with the team reeling at 62 for five. Requiring 52 runs in the last five overs, Macmillan snatched the match away from the Jets when he scored 24, including three sixes, of an Abbas Ali over. They weaved a partnership of 85 runs before Klusener got out at 27.
In the end, the Tigers reached the target with seven balls to spare. They now have four points from three matches.

CL vs CS, ICL, Match 9 : Harvey takes Chennai Superstars to semis

Former Australian all-rounder Ian Harvey scored a quick fire 48 to help Chennai Superstars beat local favourites Chandigarh Lions by four wickets and seal a semifinal berth in the Indian Cricket League's Twenty20 tournament on Saturday.
Needing nine runs from the last over while chasing a target of 147, the Superstars held their nerves to overhaul the target on the penultimate ball of their innings. The Superstars have won all three games they have played and are leading the points table with six points while Lions have four points from an equal number of games.
Superstars, who were cruising at one stage, messed it up towards the final overs, losing wickets in quick secession. Lions' Ishan Malhotra, who bowled the last over, proved expensive giving away 30 runs in 2.5 overs. Daryl Tuffey also came in for some hammering giving away 40 runs in his four overs.
Earlier, electing to bat, Lions lost their openers Imran Farhat (2) and Hamish Marshall (2) quickly before T P Singh (47) and Manish Sharma (36) steadied the innings and weaved a partnership of 70 runs for the third wicket. Lions skipper and former Kiwi all-rounder Chris Cairns (3), failed with the bat but had impressive bowling figures (4-0-17-3) Lions will now have to win Sunday's match against Mumbai Champs, who are yet to taste a win in the tournament, to ensure a last four berth.

DJ vs MC, ICL, Match 8 : Mumbai Champs lose again

Brian Lara failed with the bat for third time in a row as Mumbai Champs crashed to a 24-run loss to Delhi Jets in the Indian Cricket League on Friday night.
Mumbai Champs’ third consecutive defeat have virtually thrown them out of the ICL’s Twenty20 tournament. Chasing a target of 164, Lara, who opened the innings with D. S. Jadhav, but made an early exit in the second over scoring just three runs. He nudged it to wicketkeeper Paul Nixon off man-of-the-match T. Sudhindra.
Sudhindra wrecked the top order by bagging the wickets of Nathan Astle (4) and Vikram Solanki (4). After their exit, the Champs started disintegrating and in the ninth over they were struggling at five for 50. Jadhav (42) kept fighting a losing battle and managed 42 runs of 35 balls before he fell to 17-year-old Ali Murtaza.
Even a late charge by Merven Dillon (19) could not prevent the inevitable as 27 runs were required by Champs in the final over. The champs ended up with 139 for nine.

CL vs HH, ICL, Match 7 : Imran Farhat shines in Lions' victory

Former Pakistan opener Imran Farhat struck a brilliant unbeaten 74 to help Chandigarh Lions register six wicket victory over Hyderabad Heroes in the seventh match of the Indian Cricket League (ICL) Twenty20 tournament in Panchkula on Wednesday night.
Riding on Farhat's fiery knock the hosts overhauled the target of 135 runs with 22 balls to spare. Anirudh Singh top scored with 39 runs for Hyderabad Heroes' after skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq chose to bat first. Inzamam failed to reach the double digit mark as he could contribute only eight runs in his team's total of 134.
Andrew Hall took three wickets while Dinesh Mongia took two scalps for the Lions. Farhat also became the highest run getter of the tournament and belted the Lions attack, hitting sixes at will. Farhat, who was declared player-of-the-match, struck five sixes and hit seven boundaries in his 48 ball knock.
Chandigarh Lions skipper Chris Cairns also failed with the bat, scoring only eight runs.

CS vs MC, ICL, Match 6 : Second loss for Mumbai Champs

Brian Lara-led Mumbai Champs suffered their second consecutive defeat in the sixth match of the Indian Cricket League Twenty20 tournament on Monday night. They lost to Chennai Superstars by 38 runs.
Chasing 157, Lara’s men faltered, with top order batsmen Dheeraj Jadhav (30) and former South African allrounder Johan van der Wath (34) managed to score almost a run a ball. Both fell to Kumaran. Mumbai Champs, were bundled out for 119 in 18.5 overs. With the asking rate climbing over 12 runs an over, the target never appeared easy even for Lara, who managed scoring four only.
Chennai Superstars opener and former Australian allrounder Ian Harvey struck a quick-fire 63, which came off just 41 balls and was studded with four sixes and six boundaries. Losing opening partner C. Hemanth Kumar (3) early, Harvey scripted a 78-run match-winning partnership with former England wicketkeeper Chris Read, who contributed a useful 34.

CL vs KT, ICL, Match 5 : Kolkata Tigers beat Chandigarh Lions by 43 runs

Chasing a modest target of 125, Chandigarh Lions surrendered meekly handing a 43-run win victory to Kolkata Tigers in the fifth match of the Indian Cricket League's Twenty20 tournament in Panchkula on Sunday night.
The Lions collapsed like a pack of cards and were bundled out for 81 in 17.3 overs. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals, with their top order batsmen, including Hamish Marshall (7), Sarabjit Singh (8), Chetan Sharma (0) and skipper former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns (7) failing to make an impact.
Englishman Darren Maddy wrecked the Lions' innings by claiming four scalps, including that of opener Imran Farhat (23) and was declared Man of the Match. The Tigers also showed some brilliance in the field effecting three run outs.

DJ vs HH, ICL, Match 4 : Delhi Jets beat Hyderabad Heroes by 5 wickets

The Delhi Jets registered a thrilling five-wicket victory over the Hyderabad Heroes in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) Twenty20 Championship at the Tau Devi Lal cricket stadium Sunday.
Opting to bat first, the Hyderabad team made 141 for the loss of five wickets and in reply the Delhi squad achieved the target in 17.4 overs after losing five wickets. Hyderabad started on a poor note but Nicky Boje (45) and captain Inzamam-ul-Haq (34) solidified the inning.
Delhi were off to a flying start with Taufiq Umar smashing a brilliant unbeaten 52 in 41 balls and Monish Misra scoring 23. Taufeeq also became the first player to make a half-century in the ICL.

HH vs MC, ICL, Match 3 : Hyderabad Heroes beat Mumbai Champs by 33 runs

A first-ball duck by Brian Lara left fans disappointed even as former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq led from the front to gain his side Hyderabad Heroes a 33-run victory over the Mumbai Champs in a league match in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) Twenty20 Indian Championship match.
Hyderabad Heroes captain Haq was declared man of the match for his unbeaten 42 runs from 28 balls (4 fours, 2 sixes) and for being instrumental in running out Mumbai Champs batsman RL. Khirid and for lapping up the catch of Nathan Astle. In a low-scoring match in front of a capacity weekend crowd at the Tau Devi Lal sports complex, the Hyderabad team scored 121 runs losing six wickets in their 20 overs. In reply, The Mumbai Champs were bundled out for just 88 runs in 18.5 overs.
Lara, playing in the tournament for the first time, was declared leg before wicket on the very first ball he faced from Azhar Mahmood. Astle top scored for the Mumbai team with 31 runs.

CS vs KT, ICL, Match 2 : Chennai superstars beat Kolkata Tigers by six runs

Chennai Superstars defeated Kolkata Tigers by six runs in a Twenty20 match of the Indian Cricket League today.
Put into bat, the Superstars set a target for 141 and restricted Kolkata Tigers to 134 for seven. The Superstars lost two quick wickets with the scoreboard reading 13. Iklak Ahmed removed Ian Harvey (3) and C Hemanth Kumar (5) before Law (33) and Arnold (38) took control and put on a 76-run stand. R Sathish (23) and S V Sarvanan (22) scored some quick runs at the end, setting the opponents a target of 141.
The Tigers started the chase badly with Lance Klusener (0) and D L Maddy (8) falling to Shabeer Ahmed. Shabeer, Harvey and T Kumaran took two wickets each. The Tigers required 19 in the final over and the opponents managing 134/7. For Tigers, captain Craig Macmillan (25) and promising talent Abhishek Jhunjhuwala (30) were among the run getters.
Ahmed was declared man-of-the-match, giving away just 22 runs in four overs. The superstars earned two points from the win.

CL vs DJ, ICL, Match 1 : Chandigarh Lions win ICL opener

Chandigarh Lions retained home pride when they beat Delhi Jets by nine runs in the opening match of the Indian Cricket League's (ICL) Twenty-20 Indian Championship at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex cricket stadium in Panchkula on Friday evening.
Put in to bat first by Delhi Jets skipper Marvan Atapattu, Chandigarh Lions led by former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns scored 134 runs in their 20 overs. Andrew Hall top-scored with an unbeaten 31 runs for the Lions.
Batting second, Delhi Jets fell short by nine runs after being well into the chase till the last over. S Abbas Ali remained unbeaten with 30 runs while Atapattu scored 29 runs. Seven sixes and 23 fours were hit in the match which was played completely under floodlights after the inaugural ceremony of the ICL championship. Daryl Tuffey of Delhi Jets was declared Man of the Match.
Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.