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Indian Cricket League Season 2
ScheduleIndian Cricket League Season 2 - 2008 : Index | News | Schedule | Teams | Results
- Fri 10, October 2008 - Hyderabad Heroes v Lahore Badshahs
- Sat 11, October 2008 - Dhaka Warriors v Chennai Superstars
- Sun 12, October 2008 - Ahmedabad Rockets v Delhi Giants
- Sun 12, October 2008 - Royal Bengal Tigers v Lahore Badshahs
- Mon 13, October 2008 - Chandigarh Lions v Mumbai Champs
- Tue 14, October 2008 - Ahmedabad Rockets v Chennai Superstars
- Wed 15, October 2008 - Dhaka Warriors v Hyderabad Heroes
- Thu 16, October 2008 - Delhi Giants v Royal Bengal Tigers
- Fri 17, October 2008 - Ahmedabad Rockets v Mumbai Champs
- Sat 18, October 2008 - Chandigarh Lions v Chennai Superstars
- Sun 19, October 2008 - Mumbai Champs v Royal Bengal Tigers
- Sun 19, October 2008 - Ahmedabad Rockets v Lahore Badshahs
- Mon 20, October 2008 - Delhi Giants v Dhaka Warriors
- Tue 21, October 2008 - Chennai Superstars v Hyderabad Heroes
- Wed 22, October 2008 - Ahmedabad Rockets v Royal Bengal Tigers
- Thu 23, October 2008 - Mumbai Champs v Lahore Badshahs
- Fri 24, October 2008 - Delhi Giants v Chennai Superstars
- Sat 25, October 2008 - Dhaka Warriors v Royal Bengal Tigers
- Sun 26, October 2008 - Chandigarh Lions v Hyderabad Heroes
- Sun 26, October 2008 - Delhi Giants v Lahore Badshahs
- Mon 27, October 2008 - Mumbai Champs v Dhaka Warriors
- Tue 28, October 2008 - Chandigarh Lions v Royal Bengal Tigers
- Wed 29, October 2008 - Ahmedabad Rockets v Hyderabad Heroes
- Thu 30, October 2008 - Delhi Giants v Mumbai Champs
- Fri 31, October 2008 - Chandigarh Lions v Dhaka Warriors
- Sat 1, November 2008 - Delhi Giants v Hyderabad Heroes
- Sun 2, November 2008 - Chennai Superstars v Mumbai Champs
- Sun 2, November 2008 - Chandigarh Lions v Lahore Badshahs
- Mon 3, November 2008 - Ahmedabad Rockets v Dhaka Warriors
- Tue 4, November 2008 - Chennai Superstars v Royal Bengal Tigers
- Wed 5, November 2008 - Chandigarh Lions v Delhi Giants
- Thu 6, November 2008 - Hyderabad Heroes v Mumbai Champs
- Fri 7, November 2008 - Dhaka Warriors v Lahore Badshahs
- Sat 8, November 2008 - Hyderabad Heroes v Royal Bengal Tigers
- Sun 9, November 2008 - Ahmedabad Rockets v Chandigarh Lions
- Sun 9, November 2008 - Chennai Superstars v Lahore Badshahs
- Mon 10, November 2008 Semi Final 1 - TBC v TBC
- Tue 11, November 2008 Semi Final 2 - TBC v TBC
- Thu 13, November 2008 1st Final - TBC v TBC
- Sat 15, November 2008 2nd Final - TBC v TBC
- Sun 16, November 2008 3rd Final - TBC v TBC
Indian Cricket League Season 2 - 2008 October
CL v DW, Match 25: Shahriar Nafees leads Dhaka to victory
Oct 31, 2008Chasing a modest target of 138, Dhaka Warriors opener Shahriar Nafees played a brilliant 73 run knock to guide his team to an easy eight wicket win over Chandigarh Lions in the Indian Cricket League at Gurgaon.
The left-handed 22-year-old hit ten boundaries and a six in his match-winning knock that came off just 60 balls. Nafees and his right-handed opening partner Nazimuddin were involved in a 53-run partnership for the Warriors before a brilliant catch in the deep by Amit Uniyal of the bowling of left arm slow Bipul Sharma brought Nazimmudin's (23)innings to an end.
Bipul had the Warriors in a spot of bother for a while as he struck again, dismissing Aftab Ahmed (5). However, Nafees and Alok Kapali (32) batted with patience and achieved the target in the 18th over.
CL v DW, Match 25: Dhaka Warriors 138 for 2 (17.5 overs) beat Chandigarh Lions 137 for 9 (20.0 overs) by 8 wickets
DG v MC, Match 24: Mumbai Champs beat Delhi Giants by 58 runs
Oct 30, 2008Mumbai Champs had looked lost and beaten right through its last five matches but it pulled off a face-saving 58-run victory over Delhi Giants in the Indian Cricket League at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium.
Giants were surprised to be at the receiving end of a team, which has been sub-par throughout the tournament. With a free mind and no coach (Sandeep Patil was relieved a few days ago), there is a possibility that Champs might be discovering their wherewithals, only now.
Batting first, Champs scored 174 - their highest score of the tournament - for the loss of only four wickets to put forth a strong challenge to the Giants, who were desperate for a win to retain their semifinal dream. For the Champs, it was Dheeraj Jadhav (59 off 47 balls), Hasan Raza (43 off 30 balls) and Ranjit Khirid (43 off 20 balls) who contributed towards the total, which was also incidentally the highest at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium. Jadhav and Raza forged a third-wicket partnership of 72-runs from 51-balls.
DG v MC, Match 24: Mumbai Champs 174 for 4 (20.0 overs) beat Delhi Giants 116 (17.3 overs) by 58 runs
AR v HH, Match 23: Hyderabad Heroes beat Ahmedabad Rockets by 3 runs
Oct 29, 2008Reetinder Singh Sodhi's quickfire 41 off 15 balls went in vain as Hyderabad Heroes edged out Amhedabad Rockets by just three runs in a thrilling tie in the 23rd match of the ICL 20-20 Championship at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium on Wednesday night.
Chasing a target of 167 in 20 overs, the Ahmadabad Rockets made a good start but failed to keep the acceleration going as the match slipped out of their hand at the end. Murray Goodwin and Ryan Campbell made a cautious start, stitching a 54-run opening partnership in 9.2 overs. The duo picked up one and twos and coupled it with some lusty blows to give the Rockets a good foundation but their journey was cut short when spinner Nicky Boje delivery caught Campbell in front of the wicket in the 10th over. Campbell's 27-ball innings of 33 was studded with three fours and a six.
Earlier, Hyderabad Heroes survived a mini-collapse and came back strongly to post a challenging 166 for six in 20 overs, courtesy some sparkling innings from the middle order batsmen -- Struat Binny, Nicky Boje and Harris.
AR v HH, Match 23: Hyderabad Heroes 166 for 6 (20.0 overs) beat Ahmedabad Rockets 163 for 3 (20.0 overs) by 3 runs
CL v RBT, Match 22: Chandigarh Lions beat Royal Bengal Tigers by 8 wickets
Oct 28, 2008Tejinder Pal Singh scored a delectable 74 to power Chandigarh Lions to an eight-wicket victory over Royal Bengal Tigers in the Indian Cricket League at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium on Tuesday night.
Chasing a moderate 141, Tejinder, who was later adjudged Man of the Match, hammered the Royal Bengal Tigers bowlers mercilessly and left them completely clueless in the middle. During his 48-ball knock he struck eight boundaries and sent the opponent's bowlers out of the ground twice for maximum.
Earlier, invited to bat first, Kolkata's Royal Bengal Tigers posted a moderate target of 141. Despite an attacking 57 by opener Hamish Marshall, Tigers failed to cross the 150-run mark. Tigers suffered an early blow when a quick delivery off Daryl Tuffey kissed opener Deep Dasgupta's willow before wicketkeeper Sarabjeet Singh pouched an easy catch.
But the Chandigarh bowlers failed to arrest the flow of Tigers' New Zealander import Hamish Marshall, who took 20 runs from the fourth over off Tuffey and sent him out of the ground on four occasions, including once for maximum. Chandigarh Lions, who were led by Andrew Hall after ICL Executive Board suspended skipper Chris Cairns, were seemingly ruffled at one point of time when Marshall was wielding his willow, sending bowlers out of the ground at will.
Marshall completed his half-century in 28 deliveries, en route 57 off 35 balls, hitting a huge sixer off-Chandigarh spinner Karanveer Singh. He paired with Rajiv Kumar (14) to add 50 runs in 27 balls in second-wicket partnership.
CL v RBT, Match 22: Chandigarh Lions 141 for 2 (17.3 overs) beat Royal Bengal Tigers 140 for 9 (20.0 overs) by 8 wickets
MC v DW, Match 21: Dhaka Warriors thrash Mumbai Champs by 6 wickets
Oct 27, 2008Riding on an elegant 57 off 40 balls by opener Shahriar Nafees, Dhaka Warriors went past Mumbai Champs' 151 with six wickets to spare in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) Twenty20 tournament at Tau Devi Lal Stadium on Monday night.
Opener Nafees, who paired up with Aftab Ahmed to produce a 54-run second-wicket partnership off 32 balls, wielded his willow out on the middle to sent the Mumbai Champs bowlers out of the ground at will. This win helps keep hopes of Dhaka team afloat as they have to win at least two of their remaining three matches to reach semi-final stage, while the Mumbai team is out of contention.
Earlier, invited to bat first, Mumbai Champs faced some stiff challenges from Dhaka Warriors bowlers although a late blow from Ranjeet Khirid helped them to post a moderate 151 for 6 wickets. As the Mumbai team reached 100-run with four overs remaining, Khirid made an unbeaten 51 off just 25 balls with the help of four boundaries and same number of sixers to power his side cross the 150-run mark.
MC v DW, Match 21: Dhaka Warriors 155 for 4 (18.4 overs) beat Mumbai Champs 151 for 6 (20.0 overs) by 6 wickets
DG v LB, Match 20: Delhi Gaints beat Lahore Badshahs by six wickets
Oct 26, 2008Lahore Badshahs have been a sleeping giant in the ICL 20-20 championships this season. After losing their first two games, they came back with convincing back-to-back victories.
On the second game of Sunday against Delhi Giants, at the Tau Devi Lal stadium, to start with, the Badshahs looked lost in reverie. They posted a modest 147 for the Giants to chase. It wasn't good enough. Giants won by six wickets.
Giants have to put up similar performances like this for the rest of their three matches if they are to reach the semis. For Giants, it was stylish S Abbas Ali (52 off 46 balls) and cool-headed Abhinav Bali (47 off 41 balls) who saw them through. But the bulk of credit should go to left-arm spinner Ali Murtuza who returned with four wickets for seven runs which really put Badshahs in the lurch.
Earlier, Badshahs opener Imran Nazir was the first to go due to ignorance regarding the referral rules. The square-leg umpire declared Nazir stumped out but Nazir didn't know that he could refer it. He realised it while returning to the pavilion when his mates told him from the dug-out that the replay showed he was not out. Nazir then wanted to refer it but by then it was too late (It has to referred within ten seconds). The score was 28 then. Soon, four wickets fell for 35 runs. Badshahs picked themselves up thereafter and garnered a partnership worth 84 from 47 balls. between all-rounder Azhar Mahmood (67 off 39 balls) and Khalid Mahmood (20 off 20 balls).
DG v LB, Match 20: Delhi Giants 148 for 4 (18.3 overs) beat Lahore Badshahs 147 for 5 (20.0 overs) by 6 wickets
CL v HH, Match 19: Razzaq stars in Hyderabad win
Oct 26, 2008After three matches of inconsequential outings with the bat, Hyderabad Heroes all-rounder Abdul Razzaq (66 of 61 balls) came good against Chandigarh Lions at the ICL 20-20 Indian Championships, at the Tau Devi Lal stadium on Sunday.
The leading wicket-taker this season, Razzaq along with his opening partner Jimmy Maher (48 out off 41 balls) put on 123 for the first wicket to help hunt down the modest total of 141, losing only one wicket. In the process, they upset the continuity of the Lions who had won both of their earlier matches.
But the Lions have only themselves to blame for the defeat. From a position of 55 runs from six overs, they frittered away the advantage. They even had their chances of making early inroads into the Heroes line-up but they messed up a catch of Abdul Razzaq at square-leg. Some of Chris Cairns' - the skipper of Lions - tactics were baffling too, especially the way he handled his best bowler Andrew Hall.
After Hall started off with a fine over first up, he was removed from the attack in the very next over. He was brought back in the last half of the match but by then Hyderabad had almost settled the issue. Lions' most economical bowler of the tournament, Daryl Tuffey was not so miserly, giving away 25 runs off his three overs.
CS v HH, Match 19: Hyderabad Heroes 145 for 1 (18.2 overs) beat Chandigarh Lions 141 for 6 (20.0 overs) by 9 wickets
DW v RBT, Match 18: Royal Bengal Tigers beat Dhaka Warriors by 8 wickets
Oct 25, 2008Deep Dasgupta and Rohan Gavaskar slammed whirlwind half-centuries to guide Royal Bengal Tigers to an eight-wicket victory over Dhaka Warriors in the ICL 20s Championship at the Tau Devi Lal stadium.
Setting a victory target of 173 by Dhaka Warriors, the Tigers were off to a flying start with openers Hamish Marshall (20) and Dasgupta hitting the rival bowlers to all corners of the ground.
Earlier, Alok Kapali and Aftab Ahmed were the star performers for Dhaka Warriors. On a humid evening, the two Bangladeshis produced knocks that should merit accolades in any grade of cricket.
Kapali cracked a 33-ball 65 and Ahmed crafted a 42-ball 61 to give Dhaka Warriors innings the momentum. Kapali, at 24, and Aftab Ahmed, 23, have served Bangladesh cricket with distinction, playing 17 and 14 Tests respectively and here they stood out for Dhaka Warriors with some quality batting.
DW v RBT, Match 18: Royal Bengal Tigers 175 for 2 (18.4 overs) beat Dhaka Warriors 172 for 7 (20.0 overs) by 8 wickets
DG v CSS, Match 17: Chennai Superstars beat Delhi Giants by 5 runs
Oct 24, 2008A well compiled half century from Hemang Badani helped Chennai Superstars to defeat Delhi Giants by five runs in the ICL 20s Championship at Tau Devi Lal stadium in Gurgaon.
Chasing a target of 167, the Delhi team failed to capitalise on the flying start given by captain Marvan Atapattu (25) and fellow opener Monish Mishra as they lost wickets at regular intervals. The two Delhi openers added 60 runs in just seven overs but Syed Mohammad cleaned up Mishra who was looking dangerous for Chennai. The opener plundered two sixes and three fours in a quick 36 which came of just 20 deliveries.
The Chennai bowlers, though went for runs, but did pick up wickets at crucial moments to put Delhi on the backfoot. For Chennai, Nantie Hayward was pick of the bowlers claiming two wickets for just 25 runs.
Earlier, after winning the toss and electing to bat first, Chennai was in spot of bother at four for 60 in the seventh over but Badani held the innings together and scored a well compiled unbeaten 51 off 45 balls which had five fours and a six. The left-hander was given man of the match for his polished innings.
Later in the innings, Sathish and captain Stuart Law scored some quick runs to take the total to 166 for six. Sathish demolished the Delhi bowling with some powerful hitting as he raced to 41 off 28 balls with six fours and a six, while his captain made a useful 28 in the death overs.
The Delhi pacers found the going tough as T Sudhindra, Abid Nabi, Shane Bond and J P Yadav all went for over eight runs per over.
However, all the pacers did manage to claim a wicket each, while left-arm bowler Ali Murtaza was too miser as he gave away just 11 runs in his four overs and also removed the dangerous Sathish.
DG v CSS, Match 17: Chennai Superstarss 166 for 6 (20.0 overs) beat Delhi Giants 161 for 8 (20.0 overs) by 5 runs
LB v MC, Match 16: Lahore Badshahs beat Mumbai Champs by 8 wickets
Oct 23, 2008A breathtaking 83 by opener Imran Nazir helped Lahore Badshahs defeat Mumbai Champs by eight wickets in the ICL 20s championship at the AMC cricket ground in Ahmedabad on Thursday night.
Chasing a target of 141 runs, Lahore Badshahs reached the victory with over six overs to be bowled. For Lahore Badshah, the winning quest was a one-man show as Imran made his unbeaten 83 runs in just 38 balls. His enterprising knock was studded with as many as nine sixes and five boundaries with an amazing strike rate of 218.42. Imran was well supported by his fellow opening partner Imran Farhat and captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who contributed 21 and 27 runs respectively, to steer his team to win the match by eight wickets.
Earlier, Mumbai Champs batting first made a brilliant start with openers Taufeeq Umar and D S Jadhav who added 84 runs for the first wicket, before former made exit with personal contribution of 41 runs in 42 balls. However, Jadhav also returned to pavilion after scoring 57 runs off 46 balls with the help of seven hits to the rope.
Jadhav's exit proved fatal for the Mumbai Champs as its middle order failed to capitalise on the good start given by the openers and managed to score just 140 runs for loss of five wickets in the stipulated 20 overs.
Lahore Badshahs got two points from the match, while the losing team Mumbai Champs got nothing. Imran Nazir was adjudged Player of the Match.
LB v MC, Match 16: Lahore Badshahs 141 for 2 (13.2 overs) beat Mumbai Champs 140 for 5 (20.0 overs) by 8 wickets
AR v RBT, Match 15: Ahmedabad Rockets beat Royal Bengal Tigers by 10 wickets
Oct 22, 2008Ahmedabad Rockets thrashed the Royal Bengal Tigers by ten wickets in their Indian Cricket League (ICL) Twenty20 championship match at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel stadium.
Chasing a total of 132, the Rockets scored 137 in just 12 overs without losing a wicket. Murray Goodwin and Ryan Campbell thrashed the Tigers bowlers all over the park, much to the delight of the home crowd. Goodwin scored 66 in 38 balls with ten boundaries and a six while Campbell also hit as many in 35 balls with eight fours and four hits over the fence. None of the Tigers bowlers got a breakthrough as the two openers began their onslaught from the very first ball.
Earlier, the Tigers after choosing to bat first, went off to a steady start but lost steam after losing Deep Dasgupta in the fourth over for 11 runs. Skipper Craig McMillan then put up good partnership with Rohan Gavaskar for the Tigers to put up a good score.
AR v RBT, Match 15: Ahmedabad Rockets 137 for 0 (12.0 overs) beat Royal Bengal Tigers 131 (20.0 overs) by 10 wickets
CSS v HH, Match 14: Chennai Superstars post a crucial victory
Oct 21, 2008Chennai Superstars beat Hyderabad Heroes by 18 runs to keep themselves afloat in the Indian Cricket League.
After notching up 160 in 19.3 overs after batting first, they restricted Hyderabad Heroes to 142 for nine in their crucial match at the Sardar Patel stadium on Tuesday. Ian Harvey was named Man of the Match for his allround show for the Superstars.
Opening batsman Harvey produced one of the finest knocks of the tournament and came up with an important partnership fellow opener G Vignesh. The duo added 70 runs in 5.4 overs. with Harvey racing to 49 in just 21 deliveries. His innings was embellished with five sixes and three fours.
Vignesh (32) wisely chose to play the supporting role, though he didn't spare the loose ball, smashing five fours in his 27-ball knock. But the innings progressively slowed down with the departure of the two, Harvey caught in the covers by Chris Harris off left arm spinner PIS Reddy and Vignesh taken by wicketkeeper off spinner Niki Boje.
From a high of almost 12 per over, the scoring kept going down as only Hemant Badani really got going. Chennai Superstars suffered a big blow when Russel Arnold was taken by Sahabuddin off Reddy when he had scored 12 and was looking to plunder some runs. Badani contributed 20 as Hemanth Kumar (11) and Stuart Law (12), made a valiant attempt to keep the rate up.
CSS v HH, Match 14: Chennai Superstars 160 (19.3 overs) beat Hyderabad Heroes 142 for 9 (20.0 overs) by 18 runs
DG v DW, Match 13: Dhaka Warriors beat Delhi Giants by 62 runs
Oct 20, 2008Dhaka Warriors tasted their first triumph in the Indian Cricket League when they handed a comprehensive 62-run defeat to Delhi Giants at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium on Monday.
Habibul Bashar's side bundled Delhi Giants out for 112 with eight balls to spare after posting a challenging total of 174 for five in 20 overs. After being put into bat first, openers Shahriar Nafees (30 off 27 balls) and Nazimuddin gave Dhaka a solid 91-run foundation on which other batsmen carried the momentum to finish on top.
Nazimuddin played an explosive 29-ball 54 smashing five sixes and five fours and later was adjudged man of the match. Alok Kapali struck a 25-ball 34 and Bashar made 28 off 23 balls to help Dhaka past the 150-run mark.
Delhi, in reply, fell in trouble to be reduced to 46 for five and never recovered from the damage though Abhinav Bali remained unbeaten on 33, but it was not enough to take Delhi home. Mohammad Sharif, Mohammad Rafique and Mosharraf Hossain took two wickets each for 18, 19 and 21 respectively to wreck Delhi innings.
DG v DW, Match 13: Dhaka Warriors 174 for 5 (20.0 overs) beat Delhi Giants 112 (18.4 overs) by 62 runs
AR v LB, Match 12: Lahore Badshahs beat Ahmedabad Rockets by 31 runs
Oct 19, 2008After two consecutive losses, the Lahore Badshahs won their first tie in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) Twenty20 Championship by 31 runs against hosts Ahmedabad Rockets at Hyderabad.
Badshahs were playing the match without Inzamam Ul Haq and Azhar Mahmood was leading the side in his absence. After being put to bat by Rockets, who won the toss and elected to field, Badshahs could score a modest 136 for nine wickets in allotted 20 overs.
Earlier, Badshahs put to bat by the Rockets, got off well but lost the momentum after Imran Farhat (18) got out in the third over. By the fifth over, the spectators saw some brilliant cricket from both sides and the Badshahs were showing their aggressive side placed at 47/1, scoring at a rate of nearly 10 runs per over.
Just when the Badshahs were firing all cylinders, the young spinner Sumit Kalia got the Rockets back in the match, foxing Rana Naved for 15 when the Badshahs' score was 62. Khalid Mahmood (27), the highest scorer for Badshahs' was hit wicket on the ball of Parvez Aziz in the 17th over. The tailenders could not contribute much to the scoreboard and the team was bundled up for only 136 for nine in the allotted 20 overs.
For the Rockets, Aziz and Kalia got three wickets each while Bhima Roa got two.
AR v LB, Match 12: Lahore Badshahs 136 for 9 (20.0 overs) beat Ahmedabad Rockets 105 (19.1 overs) by 31 runs
MC v RBT, Match 11: Tigers make it three in a row, beat Champs by 12 runs
Oct 19, 2008The Royal Bengal Tigers made it to the top of the table after defeating Mumbai Champs by 12 runs today for their third win in a row in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) 20-20 Championship at Hyderabad.
Chasing a target of 171 in the alloted 20 overs, the Champs were bowled out for 158 in 19.5 overs. Champs lost their first wicket, Taufeeq Umar (0) in the very first over. Captain Nathan Astle, who came in after the fall of Umar, put up a 55-run partnership with opener Dheeraj Jadhav, before getting out in the ninth over after making 33 runs.
Jadhav held on one side as three quick wickets, of Hasan Raza (0), Kiran Powar (2) and Raviraj Patil (3), fell in three successive overs put the Champs in trouble. With the pressure building up, Jadhav too got run out in the 14th over after a brilliant fielding effort by Tigers' Rohan Gavaskar, leaving the Champs tottering at 82 for six.
A 66-run partnership between all-rounder Johan van der Wath and wicket-keeper Subhojit Paul gave some hopes to the Champs. But the joy was short-lived as Paul got out at 32 in the 18th over, followed by Van der Wath (35 off 19 balls) in the next over. The Champs were all out for 158 in 19.5 over with Michael Kasprowicz remaining four not out.
For the Tigers, Abu Ahmed was the highest wicket-taker with figures of 3/22, followed by Eklak Ahmid (2/25) and Andre Adams (2/28). The brilliant bowling was complemented by some good fielding by the Tigers.
MC v RBT, Match 11: Royal Bengal Tigers 170 for 4 (20.0 overs) beat Mumbai Champs 158 (19.5 overs) by 12 runs
CL v CSS, Match 10: Chandigarh Lions beat Chennai Superstars by 8 runs
Oct 18, 2008Chandigarh Lions clinched eight runs victory against Chennai Superstars in their Indian Cricket League Twenty20 championship match in a close tie on Saturday at the Sardar Patel Stadium.
In reply to 163 runs scored by Lions batting first, Superstars were able to score 155 runs in their allotted 20 overs, as the Chandigarh team managed to get breakthroughs at crucial time during the innings. Lions Daryl Tuffey's formidable bowling performance at the beginning of the match claiming three crucial wickets and just giving 13 runs in four overs proved very costly for the Superstars as they were not able to get the right start required to chase the total.
In the last overs Andrew Hall of the same team also managed to take three crucial wickets. The aggressive field setting of Lions captain Chris Cairns in the earlier overs of keeping three slips and gully in the twenty20 match also paid off as the captain of Superstars Stuart Law gave a catch in the slips to Andrew Hall in the bowling of Tuffy in the sixth over.
Fine innings by Superstars's batsman Rajagopal Sathish (38 in 26 balls) and Russel Arnold (35 in 30) could not rescue their team.
Earlier, the Lions opened with their left-right combination of of Matthew Elliott and Vincent and got off to a good start. Elliot scored 27 runs of 21 balls. Lions batsman Dinesh Mongia scored a dashing 47 runs of just 29 balls which included eight fours and one six. The Lions' hundred came in the 12th over with Mongia treating the well attended Sardar Patel stadium with some brilliant stroke plays.
Superstars' new induction Nantie Hayward was working some great pace and peaked up four wickets giving 21 runs in four overs. While Shabbir Ahmed claimed two wickets and gave away 30 runs.
CL v CSS, Match 10: Chandigarh Lions 163 for 8 (20.0 overs) beat Chennai Superstars 155 for 8 (20.0 overs) by 8 runs
AR v MC, Match 9: Ahmedabad Rockets beat Mumbai Champs by 9 wickets
Oct 17, 2008An unbeaten 92 by Ryan Campbell powered hosts Ahmedabad Rockets to a nine-wicket victory over Mumbai Champs in the Indian Cricket League Twenty20 Championship at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday night.
Chasing 130 in the ninth match of the tournament, Rockets got to the target in just 16.4 overs. Man-of-the-match Campbell rocked the Champs, hitting four sixes and 12 fours in a brilliant 92 off 52 balls.
The Rockets got off to a blistery start, with openers Campbell and Parvez Aziz scoring 50 runs in just 4.5 overs. Aziz was bowled by Champs' skipper Nathan Astel in the sixth over after he scored 13, inclusive of two fours. Skipper Damien Martyn joined Campbell, who continued the onslaught and steered the Rockets to victory with 3.2 overs to spare.
Earlier, Champs won the toss and elected to bat, but lost early wickets, with Jason Gillespie scalping Robin Morris cheaply for one in the third over.
The highlight of the Champs' innings was the brilliant knock of unbeaten 41 off 15 balls by all-rounder Johan van der Wath, which helped his team put up a respectable total of 130 for 6 in 20 overs.
AR v MC, Match 9: Ahmedabad Rockets 131 for 1 (16.4 overs) beat Mumbai Champs 130 for 6 in (20.0 overs) by 9 wickets
DG v RBT, Match 8: Royal Bengal Tigers beat Delhi Giants by 35 runs
Oct 16, 2008Royal Bengal Tigers, powered by a brilliant knock by its captain Craig McMillan and an equally fine performance by the bowlers, tonight registered an emphatic 35-run win against Delhi Giants in their ICL T20 encounter at the Lal Bahadur Shastri stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday night.
Chasing a challenging target of 172, the Delhi team faltered right from the start, losing openers D Benkenstein (3) in the third over followed by Avishka Gunawardene (25) in the seventh over. Delhis chase never took off as it kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
The highest individual score for the Delhi team was made by Gunawardenes (25) and it tells the story of the team's poor showing during the chase. Jai Prakash Yadav made the second highest total of 24. The Delhi team managed to cobble up 136 in the stipulated 20 overs losing eight wickets while 11 runs came in the form of extras.
Earlier, the Royal Bengal Tigers piled up 171 runs thanks to a superb 69-run knock off 40 balls by captain Craig McMillan.
DG v RBT, Match 8: Royal Bengal Tigers 171 for 7 (20.0 overs) beat Delhi Giants 136 for 8 (20.0 overs) by 35 runs
DW v HH, Match 7: Hyderabad Heroes beat Dhaka Warriors by 4 wickets
Oct 15, 2008A superb captain's knock by Chris Harris brought holders Hyderabad Heroes back from jaws of defeat and powered them to a four-wicket win in their ICL T20 encounter against Dhaka Warriors at the Lal Bahadur Shastri stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday night.
Requiring 13 runs in the last over to win, Harris hit a four, a six and again a four in three consecutive balls to guide his team to success.
Chasing a competitive target of 169, the Hyderabad team faltered in its campaign as the top order batsmen failed.
Kapali stood tall among the ruins of Dhaka Warriors which lost wickets at the other end at regular intervals. The superb innings of Kapali was studded with five sixes and 11 boundaries in just 59 deliveries.
Kapali's wonderful knock helped his team, underdogs in the tournament, reach a respectable total of 168 runs.
DW v HH, Match 7: Hyderabad Heroes 171 for 6 (19.4 overs) beat Dhaka Warriors 168 for 9 (20.0 overs) by 4 wickets
AR v CSS, Match 6: Chennai Superstars beat Ahmedabad Rockets by 35 runs
Oct 14, 2008Chennai Superstars cruised to a 35-run victory over Ahmedabad Rockets in a truncated Indian Cricket League match at the Lal Bahadur Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Rockets’ quest for the revised target of 143 ran out of steam, folding up at 107 in the allotted 16 overs. When Parvez Aziz perished, caught behind by Hemanth Kumar off Shabbir Ahmed, without a boundary on the board, things looked ominous for the western side. Fellow opener Ryan Campbell departed soon after, his pull picked up by Ian Harvey.
Earlier, the curtains came down on the Superstars innings after two floodlight towers failed. The Rockets had taken the field on winning the toss. It was a shaky start by the Superstars too, Harvey’s attempted single proving suicidal, Aziz’s direct hit from short-third man bang on target. Disaster struck again soon non-striker J. Hariesh backing up too far and Murray Goodwin’s throw knocking down a stump.
Russel Arnold (46), adjudged man of the match, had begun to look really threatening but his skier to the point region was safely pouched by stumper Ryan Campbell.
AR v CSS, Match 6: Chennai Superstars 135 for 5 (16.0 overs) beat Ahmedabad Rockets 107 for 8 (16.0 overs) by 35 runs (VJD method)
CL v MC, Match 5: Chandigarh Lions beat Mumbai Champs by 2 wickets
Oct 13, 2008Sarabjit Singh’s six, with just two deliveries left, clinched a thriller for Chandigarh Lions against Mumbai Champs in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) at the Lal Bahadur Stadium on Monday.
Needing eight runs to win in the last over, the northern side held its nerve, epitomised by young Sarabjit’s unconquered 41.
Replying to Mumbai Champs’ modest tally of 135, the eventual verdict looked highly unlikely, Nathan Astle’s haul of four for 19 coming close to derailing the Chandigarh chase. Johannes van der Wath, opening the attack for Champs, had Lou Vincent guessing in the first over, his out-swingers beating the bat time and again. That was a sign of things to come, three Lions batsmen departing before the half century was posted.
Matthew Elliott measured up to the attack till his inside-out drive was held by sweeper Raviraj Patil off Astle. Shortly after, the Mumbai skipper’s gentle pace forced Gaurav Gupta to prod a catch to Kiran Powar. Skipper Chris Cairns was beaten all ends up by his Mumbai counterpart.
Lions, bubbling with confidence from its triumph in the recent ICL domestic circuit, chose to field on a balmy full moon-lit evening. Astle’s half-hearted hit to clear the inner circle was pouched by T.P. Singh at cover, with the Champs total still to reach double figures.
CL v MC, Match 5: Chandigarh Lions 137 for 8 (19.4 overs) beat Mumbai Champs 135 for 6 (20.0 overs) by 2 wickets
RBT v LB, Match 4: Tigers start with victory
Oct 12, 2008The Royal Bengal Tigers started their Indian Cricket League (ICL) campaign on a winning note beating Lahore Badshahs comprehensively at the LB stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.
The Tigers defeated the Badshahs by 8 wickets riding on a brilliant 53-ball 76 by Man of the Match Hamish Marshall. The city side reached the target of 140 with two overs to spare. The Badshahs, led by former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq, had a steady start with their two openers — Imran Farhat and Imran Nazir — reaching 22 for no loss within three overs. But experienced Sri Lankan leggie Upul Chandana bagged four crucial wickets to halt their progress.
The Tigers were in a dominating position when Inzamam walked in. The veteran Pakistani batsman looking dangerous, scoring nineteen off just eleven balls. He fell to Chandana nicking one to Deep Dasgupta. Some sharp fielding also tightened the screws on the Badshahs. Tigers’ tight bowling restricted the mighty Badshahs to a paltry 139/6 in the allotted 20 overs.
Hamish Marshall, accompanying the experienced Deep Dasgupta, got the city team off to a good start. Both batsmen made most of the lacklustre fielding from the Badshahs, playing some sensible strokes to take the score to 42 at the five over mark. In the end the Tigers romped home to a big win by 8 wickets and over two overs to spare.
RBT v LB, Match 4: Royal Bengal Tigers 140 for 2 (18 overs) beat Lahore Badshahs 139 for 6 (20 overs) by 8 wickets
AR v DG, Match 3: Paul Nixon powers Delhi Giants to victory
Oct 12, 2008Reetinder Sodhi's fiery unbeaten half century went in vain as Ahmedabad Rockets fell short of their target by 13 runs and lost their Indian Cricket League encounter against Delhi Giants at Hyderabad.
Rockets, chasing 168 to win, could manage 154 for nine in their stipulated 20 overs quota. Sodhi sparkled with his 25-ball knock of 51, studded with four sixes and three boundaries but could not find an able ally at the other end. The last five batsmen added just seven runs to the total.
TP Sudhindra was the pick of the bowlers for the winners claiming three wickets at the cost of 33 runs. Shane Bond and J P Yadav claimed two wickets each. Rockets' chase began on a disastrous note when opener and stumper R Campbell started his walk back to the pavilion in the very first over. Sudhindra had him caught by Bond on the fifth ball of the innings for a duck.
The other opener Damien Martin too departed soon leaving Rockets struggling at two for 17. P Aziz then revived the innings with a sensible 48-run knock and shared a crucial 40 runs partnership for the third wicket with Murray Goodwin (12).
For the victorious Delhi team, wicket-keepr Paul Nixon top scored with 43 runs. Other contributors were S Abbas Ali (25) and A Bali (35). Heath Streak was the most succesful bowler for the Rockets, claiming three wickets while Jason Gillespie accounred for two batsmen.
AR v DG, Match 3: Delhi Giants 167 for 7 (20 overs) beat Ahmedabad Rockets 154 for 9 (20 overs) by 13 runs
DW v CSS, Match 2: Harvey, Vignesh shine in Chennai Superkings' victory
Oct 11, 2008Chennai Superkings openers Ian Harvey and G Vignesh made history by reaching the 50-run mark in 2.5 overs; the fastest in any Twenty20 match while routing new entrants Dhaka Warriors in the second match of ongoing Indian Cricket League at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday night.
Riding on a spectacular 61-run partnership off just 22 balls by Harvey and Vignesh, Chennai Superkings defeated new Dhaka Warriors by six wickets. Chasing a moderate target of 143 set by Dhaka team, the Chennai openers set a solid base, which helped the middle order to reach the target in 18 overs.
After Dhaka won the toss and elected to bat, consistent performance by Chennai team's bowling department restricted them for a moderate 142 for six in the floodlit T20 match.
DW v CSS, Match 2: Chennai Superkings 148 for 4 (18 overs) beat Dhaka Warriors 142 for 6 (20 overs) by 6 wickets
HH v LB, Match 1: Hyderabad Heroes win inuguration match against Lahore Badshahs
Oct 10, 2008Hyderabad Heroes defeated Lahore Badshahs by 18 runs through VJD method in the first match of the ICL 20s Indian Championship, Season-2 at the LB stadium Hyderabad. Local lad Ambati Rayudu won man of the match for his sparkling half century.
Earlier Lahore Badshahs captain Inzamam, won the toss and elected to field, wanting to take first advantage of the fresh pitch. The Badshahs struck early getting the dangerous Abdul Razzaq the second over, cheaply for 13 (7 balls). The experienced South paw Jimmy Maher took over the mantel of the innings and at the end of the fifth over took the Heroes'' score to 40 /1. The prodigal Rayudu also got into the act showing some breathtaking strokes. Maher and Rayudu looked in great touch doing the basics right, of running hard between the wickets and percentage stroke-play, working up a good partnership for the Heroes. At the half way mark of their innings, Heroes were placed comfortable at 75/1.
Two big sixes of Saqlain's consecutive deliveries in the 12th over, from Hyderabad's favourite son Rayudu, saw the young quality-act get the first fifty of Indian Cricket League Season-2. Rayudu was batting in the zone belting the experienced Badshahs bowlers all over the park. Inzamam brought on his premier pacer MD Sami in the 14th over who got the important breakthrough cutting short a brilliant Rayudu' innings of 58 runs off 42 balls ,including five sixes and one four. Quick wickets of Maher and the dangerous Kemp took some steam off the Heroes' innings in the 17th over.
The half way mark of the match saw the Heroes set the Badshahs a competitive target of 160 runs. The Badshahs reply got a setback before a start with a late- bowling penalty of six runs, revising their target to 166. The Heroes struck early with Razzaq sending the explosive Farhat back in the first over. An unfortunate power failure cast its shadow on the exciting encounter, resulting in a calculation of the interruption rule (VJD method), resulting in the match being awarded to the Hyderabad Heroes.
HH v LB, Match 1: Hyderabad Heroes 165 for 6 (20 overs) beat Lahore Badshahs 30 for 2 (6 overs) by 18 runs (VJD method)
ICL’s second edition kicks off today
Oct 10, 2008The Indian Cricket League (ICL) enters its second season on Friday hoping to gain recognition from the sport's world governing body and provide more thrills than before.
ICL owner Subhash Chandra met International Cricket Council (ICC) president David Morgan in London on Tuesday to discuss official approval for the league. "This is a very positive move by the ICC. We hope the ICC, for the sake of young cricketers, will look into the matter," ICL chairman and legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev told local media on Wednesday.
"The Indian cricket board also should consider the matter by having a dialogue with the authorities concerned and that's what we want." The month-long Twenty20 tournament begins in the southern city of Hyderabad with a match between defending champions Hyderabad Heroes and runners-up Lahore Badshahs.
The nine-team event will be held at four venues -- Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Gurgaon. The best-of-three finals will begin in Ahmedabad on November 13. A new side this time is Dhaka Warriors from Bangladesh, led by former captain Habibul Bashar and featuring 11 internationals.
The Bangladeshi players have already been banned for 10 years for joining the ICL, but Dev hoped the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) would change its decision. "It's really unfortunate that the BCB has banned the players for 10 years. I would like to request the BCB to change its decision because this will harm cricket in Bangladesh," said Dev, India's only World Cup-winning captain.
The ICL players have been banned from official matches by the powerful Indian board, which launched its own lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 competition earlier this year. The Indian board also convinced its counterparts from around the world to shun ICL players amid ICC's stated position that only tournaments okayed by the respective boards would be recognised.
"Cricket is like education and it should be open for all," Dev said. "I don't understand how ICL will harm world cricket and I would like to request ICC not to make it like apartheid and let the ICL players play for their countries." Dev also promised more fireworks this season.
"As far as marketing is concerned, you can say IPL was better. But when it comes to the quality of cricket, ICL was far better. Let's see who dishes out better fare this year," he said. Top stars taking part in the ICL include retired Pakistani captain Inzamam-ul Haq, former Sri Lanka skipper Marvan Atapattu, New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond and Australian batsman Damien Martyn.
ICL prize-money Rs 13.72 crore
Oct 10, 2008The Indian Cricket League announced that Rs 13.92 crore, which includes Rs two crore to the winning team, is the total prize-money on offer for the ICL 20s Indian Championship, starting on Friday at four centres across the country.
The runner-up in the 41-match tournament, which will see nine teams in the fray, will take home Rs one crore, the losing semi-finalists would each get Rs 50 lakh and each win in the preliminary stage will fetch Rs 25 lakh, the ICL said in a statement. The man of the series will be richer by Rs 40 lakh while the man of the match will get Rs 200,000, it added.
ICL Executive Board member and former Test stumper Kiran More said the monetary incentive would motivate the players. "I am sure this will work as a major incentive for all our players and motivate them to give cent per cent to their team and the viewing public every time they take the field," he said.
The final of the tournament, which opens in Hyderabad, will be held on November 16. Panchkula, Gurgaon and Ahmedabad are the other match-staging centres.
Martyn to lead Ahmedabad Rockets
Oct 7, 2008Retired Australian Test batsman Damien Martyn is to lead the newly-formed Ahmedabad Rockets team in the Indian Cricket League's second season that kicks off on October 10.
The Twenty20 event would see nine city-based teams, including one from Lahore in Pakistan and the other from Dhaka in Bangladesh, vie for top honours. The 41 matches would be played in Hyderabad, Panchkula, Gurgaon and Ahmedabad, an ICL media release said. The other eight teams in fray would be led by Chris Cairns (Chandigarh Lions), Stuart Law (Chennai Superstars), Marvan Atapattu (Delhi Giants), Habuibul Bashar (Dhaka Warriors), Chris Harris (Hyderabad Heroes), Inzamam-ul-Haq (Lahore Badshahs), Nathan Astle (Mumbai Champs) and Craig McMillan (Royal Bengal Tigers).
New players who have been inducted this season are Hafiz Khaleel, Shahid Yousaf, Tahir Mahmood Mughal (all Lahore Badshahs), Ryan Campbell and Kunal Lal (both Ahmedabad Rockets). Mornantau (Nantie) Hayward (from Royal Bengal Tigers) has been transferred to Chennai Superstars and Hasan Raza and Taufeeq Umer (both from Lahore Badshahs) have been transferred to Mumbai Champs, the release said.
These additions and transfers were done with the primary objective of optimum utilisation of its (ICLs) talent pool and strengthening the teams in all departments of the game, said ICL's executive board chairman Kapil Dev.