Sunday, September 26, 2010

C L T.20-2010. Grand Finals Chennai Super Kings vs Warriors.

The much talked about finals between Warriors, the champion team from South Africa, taking on Chennai Super Kings the champion team from India, turned out to be a tame and drab affair. Chennai Super kings 132 for 2, won the match beating Warriors 128 for 7 by an extraordinary margin of eight wickets.

Warriors won the toss and elected to bat, on Johannesburg wicket, which normally slows down as the match progresses. A score of around 150, is generally difficult to chase under the lights. Warriors started as if they would end up at around 180 plus, the first four overs yielding 39 runs, when Prince fell, bowled Bollinger of a beauty curving in from off for six runs. The leading run scorer of the tournament at that stage, Jacobs, fell for 34 of 21 with eight fours. Ashwin and Murali took control of the middle overs, with spells of and respectively. Thyssens 25 of 18 in the end, just helped Warriors to finish at 128 for 7.

With abvout 6.4 runs per over to score, Vijay and Hussey gave a grand start to the King's innings, putting on 105 for the opening wicket. Vijay fell trying to finish the match early, caught by Kreusche of Boje for a well made 58 of 53 with six fours and two sixes. Raina fell early heaving Ntini to Botha for just 2. Dhoni joined Hussey and with out much ado, finished the match in the 19th over remaining unbeaten on 17 of 12. Hussey played in a customary professional way and remained unbeaten on 51 of 46, with just three fours, which speaks volumes of this man's talent and cricketing brain. . Ntini and Boje took a wicket each.

Chennai Super kings pocketed $2.5 million prize money and the CL Air Tel trophy. Warriors pocketed $1.5 million and finished runners up. The whole tournament was run like a clock work, and no praise is enough for the South Africans and the IPL organising teams.

IPL 4 will now have ten teams, with new team combination and new formats. 2011 will be an year to cherish in the South Asian cricketing calender, with the cricket World Cup, and IPL.4.

Signing off for now, and will see you in 2011, with more cricketing news and comments.

C L T.20-2010. Semifinals II , Warriors vs Redbacks

semifinalsII, between Warriors and SA Red Backs, turned out to be another tame affair, as the first one between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers. Warriors 175 for 6 comfortably beat Red Backs 145 for 7 by 30 runs, to set up a final meeting with Chennai Super Kings.

Jacobs have been having an extraordinary CL.T20. He made an enterprising 61 of 41 balls, with ten fours and a six, to set the Warriors on way to a good score. Prince fell first ball duck caught by Harris of an express lifting delivery, hurled at 151 Km/hr, by Tait. Ingram joined Jacobs and took the score steadily to 105 for a second wicket partnership of 104 runs in 74 balls, when Jacobs fell in the twelfth over, caught and bowled by Harris. Ingram followed at the score of 119 in the 15th over, caught Christian bowled Bailey for a well made 46 of 35 with four fours and a six. Boucher made 25 of 23, before falling in the 18th over, to be quickly followed by Botha, the score reading 146 for 6 in the 18.3 overs. Red Backs did not know, what hit them in the next nine deliveries. Boje just blasted every one out of the ground for a quickfire 22 of 7 balls, with two fours and two sixes. Warriors from an expected score of 150 plus, finished with a match winning 175 for 6. For Red Backs, Harris bowled intelligently for, supported by Tait and Bailey

Red Backs lost out in the first ten overs, losing four wickets for 60 with Klinger making just 13.Fergusson 79 of 49 with eight fours and two sixes, added runs in the mid overs, but the Red backs were never in the game, to fold to 145 for 7 in twenty to lose by 30 runs. Botha, Tsotsobe, Theron and Boje were among the wickets, with Tsotsobe being outstanding.

Warriors will now meet Chennai Super Kings for the title and the prize money of 2.5 million dollars on 26th Sept at Johannesburg. On present form both teams appear well matched, with Chennai Super Kings marginally ahead, because of players with lot of international experience and a more balanced bowling attack.

Friday, September 24, 2010

C L T 20-2010. Semi Finals I - Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers

The first semifinals at Durban, between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers, will long be remembered for the demolition act by Suresh Raina.

Batting first on winning the toss, Super Kings were given a steady start, by now the best opening pair on view, Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay. At 15 for none after 2.5, the heavens opened out. The match was under suspended animation, as a no result would have automatically qualified the Super Kings. as they had finished top in their group. However, it would have been harsh on the paying public, who had weathered the weather, and had gathered in huge numbers for a good bash.
The weather God and the excellent work by the ground staff, helped continuation of the match, however now down to 17 overs apiece.Hussey fell to an uncharacteristic heave of Vinay Kumar, to be caught in the deep by Steyn for six. Steyn seriously injured himself in the process and was ruled out of further part in the game. Royal Challengers were perhaps 25% down in morale with their main strike bowler down.

Raina joined Murali Vijay, and took the score to 100 in the eleventh over, when Vijay fell for 41 of 32, clouting four fours and a six . Dhoni joined Raina and added 33 runs in 13 balls for the third wicket before getting castled by du Preez for 11. Morkel was next in and added 37 in 16 with Raina, before holing out to Kohli of White for five.The CSK innings closed at 174 for 4 in seventeen overs, a very healthy score to defend. Raina remained unbeaten on a masterly 94 made of 48 balls, with five fours , six sixes, and a strike rate of 167. Excepting Vinay Kumar 2 for 28 in four, all the other RC bowlers were taken to the cleaners. RC dearly felt the absence of Steyn.

Royal Challengers was a beaten team even before they started the innings, which showed in their performance. With a good total to defend, Dhoni could use the luxury of adopting two slips, a gully, a short cover, a short mid wicket, point, and almost all the men in the thirty yard, reminding one of a test match field then a T.20 field.

Bollinger and Morkel bowled to the field and finished with 3 for 27 and 1 for 13 in three overs apiece. Balaji bowled his three overs intelligently to finish at 1 for 13. The spinners were given the full quota of four overs. Murali was at his usual wily best with and Ashwin Both the teams fielded well, with catches taken by Steyn and Kohli, being extraordinary. Royal Challengers folded to 123 all out with Steyn unable to bat.

With this mammoth win by over fifty runs, Chennai Kings must be the favourite with the bookies. The second semifinal is slated for 25th at Centurion, between the Warriors SA and Red Backs. The teams are evenly balanced and one could look forward to an exciting finish.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

C L T.20-2010. Day.12. Match.20. Chennai Super Kings vs Warriors SA.

In a match slated as virtual quarter finals, CSK 136 for 6 came up trumps beating warriors 126 for 8 by ten runs.

SuperKings batting first were again given a steady start of 63 runs for the first wicket in nine overs, by Michael Hussey 50 of 39 and Murali Vijay 35 of 27 . From 89 in the 12th over to 136 for in the 20th, it was a crawl, with CSK scoring under 6 runs a over. The pitch offering vicious spin and low bounce was cleverly used by the Warriors. Kreusch was at his best taking 3 for 19, supported by Theron and Botha with a wicket each, complimented by athletic and superb fielding.

CSK was thought to be short of a winning score by about 20 runs. For warriors,a score of 109 was enough to take them to semis, where as clear victory was required by CSK to make the cut. Warriors batted staedily , with Jacobs making 32 of 31, Ingram 17 of 24, Kreusch 25 of 26, Boucher 25 of 18 and Botha 12 of 8, tro keep them in contention. Ashwin 3 for 24, Jakati 1 for 27 and Raina 1 for 12, took wickets at regular intervals supported by good fielding and catching.But it was the magician Murali, who bowled a great 20th over, giving three runs and taking two wickets, who saw CSK through to the semifinals.

Super Kings finished at the top of Group 'B' and will meet Royal Challengers runner in Gr'A',in the first semi finals at Durban on 24th. Redbacks the topper in group'A' will meet Warriors the runner in Gr'B' in the second semi finals on 25th at Centurion.The semifinals should be top of the table affair and should dish out the best of T.20.

C L T.20-2010. Day 12. Match 19. Wayamba vs Central Dist NZ.

Wyamba 144 for 6, finally won a match in Group'A', beating Central Districts NZ 70 all out by 74 runs.

Wyamba batting first, made a healthy 144 for 6, in a pitch offering spin and of low bounce. Mahela 20 of 17, Udawatte 23 of 37, Jehan Mubarak 30 of 26, batted sensibly. For the Stags, Mason took 2 wickets for, supported by McCleanaghan, Worker, Barnett and How with a wicket each.

Stags, put up a pathetic batting display and folded for a paltry 70 runs in 15.3 overs. For Wayamba, Udana came up with the first hat trick of the tournament, scalping 3 for 22. Ajanta Mendis 3 for 14 spun a web around the stag batsmen. Herath 2 for 7 was unplayable. Perera and Lokuarachchi picked a wicket each.

C L T.20-2010. Day 11. Match18. Lions SA vs Royal Challengers

In a nail biting finish slated as the first Quarter Finals, Royal Challengers 160 for 4 in 19 overs, beat Lions SA 159 for 6 by six wickets.

Vandiar and Petersen , gave Lions an explosive start scoring 29 in three overs. Vandiar and Cameron fell in successive balls at 29, of Vinay Kumar, snapped behind the wicket by Uthappa.Petersen 45 of 29, Jarsveld 24 of 18, McKenzie 39 of 35, and Frylinck 22 of 9, built up the Lions's innings to finish at 159 for 6. On a smallish ground and a good batting wicket, Lions were probably short of 25 runs. Vinay Kumar 2 for 23 bowled well, supported by Steyn and D du Preez, in spells. But the bowler of the day was the wily veteran Anil Kumble, who held all the batsmen under a tight leash, and finished with a test match figure of

Royal Challengers, handicapped by the non availability of injured Kallis, opened with Dravid and Pandey. The pair gave a brisk of 53 in 8 overs, when Dravid fell for 33 of 26. Kohli joined Pandey and the pair played sensibly before Pandey fell for 44 of 36 in the 13th over with the team score of 85. Kohli got in to a rut at this stage and departure of Taylor did not help the cause either. Uthappa was run out for 7, thanks to the poor call of Kohli with team score reading 112 at 15. With 47 to get in 5, O'Reilly was taken to the cleaners in the 17th by Kohli scoring 18 runs in the over. Royal Challengers got through in the 19th over, and took the second spot in group, for a place in the semi finals. Cameron, Deacon and Phangiso picked a wicket each.

The loss put the Lions out of contention. Redbacks and Royal Challengers will play the semifinals slated for 24th and 25th.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Champions League T.20-2010. Day.11. Match.17. Redbacks vs Guyana.

South Australian Redbacks 191 for 6 beat Guyana 176 for seven by 15 runs to score 4 on 4.

In a non consequential match, Redbacks , riding on a strong middle order performance by Ferguson 55 of 37, Borgas 48 of 36 and Christian 23 of ten finished with a strong 191 for 6. Wintz 2 for 11 and Bishoo 2 for 29 bowled well for Guyana.

With nothing to lose, Guyana played a stress free game and almost won the match, just losing by 15 runs. Ramdeen 35 of 22, Sarwan 70 of 46 and Jacobs 32 of 19, batted brilliantly against a strong side, and almost touched the finishing pole. Harris 3 for 33 and Christian 2 for 20, bowled well for the winners.

Redbacks with 4 on 4, topped the pool and await the runner up from from group A, in the semifinals.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Champions League T.20. 2010. Day.10. Match.16. Bush Rangers vs Wayamba

Victoria Bush Rangers 108 for 2 in 13.2 overs, pulverised Wayamba 106 all out in 16.3 overs, by eight wickets,to strengthen their chances of a Semi Final berth.

It was a pathetic display by Wayamba, as they crashed to a 106 all out in 16.3 overs. Only Jayawardene 51 of 40 balls, and Mubarak 44 of 30 balls could offer some resistance. Peter Siddle finished with a career best figures of, in a T.20 match. Pattinson2 for 14, McDonald 2 for 22 and Nannes 1 for 10, were the other wicket takers.

Bush Rangers needed an explosive finish to hike their run quotient, and they did exactly that.Finch 38 of 36 and David Hussey 47 of 28, added 77 of 48 balls for the third wicket and finished the match in style in under 14 overs.

Chennai Super Kings need to win and win well against Warriors in their final group match at Port Elizabeth on Wednesday the 22nd Sept. for a Semi Final slot. Wish them luck.

Champions League T20-2010, Day.9. Match 15. Lions SA vs Guyana

Lions SA 149 for 1 beat Guyana 145 for 9 by nine wickets, in a one sided match at New Wanderes Stadium Johannesburg.

Sarwan 21 of 16, Jacobs 34 of 37 and L J Kush 19 of 10, batted well for the team cause. There were no worthwhile partnerships at any stage and wickets were taken at regular intervals. For Lions, Reily was at his best scalping 4 wickets for 27. Frylinck, Alexander and Phangiso picked up a wicket each.

Guyana had to be content with only Vandiar's wicket in the third over for 8. Petersen 57 of 38 and Cameron 78 of 42 , carried Lions through in 15.1 overs with an unbroken partnership of 133 runs. The lone wicket to fall was taken by Crandon who finished with 1 for 34. With the win, Lions are better placed in the group to join Redbacks in the Semi Finals.

C L T-20. 2010. Day.9. Match.14. Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers

Mumbai Indians 165 for 7 beat Royal Challengers 163 for 5 by two runs. In spite of the win, Mumbai Indians are out of the race for a semi final berth, due to a lower quotient.

At fve down for 85 in the thirteenth over, it appeared curtains for Mumbai Indians. Tiwary 38 of 30 and Bravo 29 of 17, took them to a fighting 165 after a good 41 of 37, by Shikar Dhawan upfront. Steyn bowled his heart out to bag 3 wickets for 26 runs. Praveen, Vinay and Kallis picked up a wicket a piece. The caught & bowled chance missed by Kumble of Bravo was the turning point of the match, which ultimately proved to be an expensive miss.

Royal Challengers were given a steady start of 41 in five overs by Kallis 15 of 14 and unbeaten 71 of 58 by Rahul Dravid. Uthappa, Taylor and White perished early, before a blistering 47 of 24 by the young Virat Kohli. Kohli was stumped last ball, with RC -163, tantalisingly close to MI score of 165. Bravo 2 for 23, was supported by Zaheer, Ahmed and Harbhajan with a wicket each.

In spite of the loss RC will fight for the second spot in the group, with Lions. Challengers match with Lions will almost be a quarterfinals, with the winner going throughin spite of a three way tie between RC, Lions and MI.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Champions League T.20-2010. Day.9.Match.13. CSK vs Bush Rangers

Victoria Bush Rangers 162 All out in twenty overs tied with Chennai Super Kings 162 for six wickets, but lost the match in the super over, Victoria scoring 23 to Super Kings 13. The thirteenth match of the League proved unlucky for Chennai Super Kings as the lost their match in the Super over.

Vijay and Hussey gave a steady start to CSK and added 68 for the first wicket when Hussey fell for 25. Marginal contributions of 10 by Raina, 22 by Dhoni was overshadowed by a brilliant 73 in 53 balls by Murali Vijay. Kemp mad a quick 12 of 7 and CSK finished with a fighting 162. The pick of the bowlers Hastings 2 for 22 and McKay 2 for 33. Nannes and McGain picked a wicket each.

For Bush Rangers, Finch started bang bang and was the first to go at 43 making 41 of 17 deliveries in the fourth over. Hodge went for 6 of 8, before Wade and David Hussey added 55 in 44 balls, when Wade fell for 31 of 23 in the 11 th over. Wickets were taken at regular intervals, and Raina with his slow left arm spinners, almost won the match for CSK. Rangers were bowled out for 162 for the scores to remain tied. Raina 4 for 26, Murali 2 for 17, Bollinger
2 for40 and Ashwin 1 for 24 shared the spoils. Balaji was clouted for 26 runs in two overs.

With the scores tied, Super over rule was introduced. With Finch and Hussey to face, Dhoni opted for Ashwin, ahead of Bollinger and Murali. Probably Ashwin getting Finch weighed in MS's mind. Finch just kept the first ball out for a single. Hussey stroked the second ball bang out of the ground for six. The next four balls were flat and short and Hussey scored 2,2,6 and 6 to finish with 23. May be MS erred in his judgement, bowling Ashwin lacking experience ahead of Bollinger or Murali.

CSK had to face the wily McKay, who has mastered the art of slower balls bowled at around 100-105 KM. McKay did exactly what was expected of him and CSK could muster only 13 runs, leaving Bush Rangers victorious by 10 runs in super over. A good match over all worthy of a final. Who is it going to be in Semis, CSK or Bush Rangers ?

C L 2010. Day.9. Match.12. Warriors SA vs Central Districts.

Warriors 181 for 4 beat Central Districts 175 for 3, by six wickets, to book their berth in Semi Finals.

Warriors electing to bat first scored a fighting 175 for 3 wickets in a placid wicket offering even bounce for stroke making. How made 88 of 57 stroking 12 fours and 3 sixers. Paton made a quick 24 of 18, helping Howe in a second wicket partnership of 64 in 38 balls. Sinclair fell quickly LBW to Botha for six. Barnett joined How and was involved in a unbroken century partnership in 61 balls. Barnett made quick 53 of 34 balls, scoring five fours and three sixers. Tsotsibe, Boje and Botha picket up a wicket each.

For Warriors, Jacobs 74 of 47 and Prince 64 of 50, added 147 in 94 balls for the first wicket.Jacobs, Ingram and Prince fell with in a matter of four runs in 15 balls, and the runs required rate mounted to almost nine per over. Thyssen 18 of 9 and Boucher 13 of 6, scored the required runs and finished the match in 19.1 overs. Barnett picked two wickets and Milne & Bracewell picked a wicket each.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

C L 2010. Day.8. Match 11. Royal Challengers vs SA Redbacks.

South Australia Redbacks 155 for 2 eased in to the semifinals 3 on 3, beating Royal Challengers 154 all out, by eight wickets.

Batting first, Royal Challengers with out the services of Kallis, did nothing of note other than two blistering innings of 46 of 33 by Ross Taylor and 46 of 22 by D du Preez. Cameroon White laboured for 56 deliveries to make 25. Others came & went. Christian was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 23, supported by Tait 2 for 23, Putland 2 for 37, O'Brien 1 for 28 and Bailey 1 for 29.

For Redbacks, Harris 57 of 38 and Klinger 69 of 57, gave a 124 runs opening start. Manou was out for a duck, but Ferguson, joining Klinger made 21 of 14 to finish the match in the 19th over. Kumble took the lone wicket to be taken by a bowler.

Royal Challengers looked a jaded side, and need to pull their socks in the remaining matches to be in contention for semis.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Champions League 2010. Day.7. Match.10. Mumbai Indians vs Guyana

Mumbai Indians 184 for 4, beat Guyana 153 for 6 by 31 runs. Pollard's mercurial 72 of 30 deliveries, kept alive, Mumbai Indians chances of making it to the semis.

Played under slight drizzle, the match at Kingsmead turned out to be a spectators delight. Mumbai Indians winning the toss promptly elected to bat. Dhavan and Tendulkar, made a steady start and added 82 in 11 overs, when Tendulkar was consumed by Bishoo for an uncharacteristic 48 of 42. Pollard joined Dhawan and the second wicket partnership just added 16 runs in 19 deliveries, Dhawan labouring in the most crucial mid overs. Dhawan fell for 39 of 59, which came in as a blessing in disguise for MI. Tiwary departed for a duck facing two balls. Pollard and Rayudu added 53 of just fifteen deliveries, from over 16 to 18.3, when Rayudu fell just making 4. Duminy joined Pollard and played a sweet 14 of seven and Pollard continued his assault and remained not out on 71 of 38, comprising of nine sixers, with a six clearing 128 meters. Bishoo with 3 for 34 was the pick of the bowlers. E.A.Crandon took the other wicket to fall.

Pollard's innings took the wind out of the Guyana team, and they finished at 153 for 6 to lose by 31 runs. Sarwan 46 of 55, Naresh Deonarain 27 of 21, Barnwell 24 of 20 and R.T.Crandon 16 of 20, played well. There was a marked improvement in Mumbai Indian's Fielding and catching. Jhonty seems to have worked wonders in the fielding area. Zaheer 1 for 17, Malinga 1 for 28, Bravo 2 for 18 & Harbhajan 2 for 33, shared the spoils.

Mumbai Indians now need to win their match against Royal Challengers convincingly and hope the other matches go to their expectations for a slim semi final berth.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Champions League 2010. Day.6, Match.9. Chennai Super Kings vs Wayamba SL

CSK 200 for 3 beat Wayamba SL 103 all out in 17.1 overs, by a massive margin of 97 runs.

The Super Sport Park at Centurion offered a batting beauty with short boundaries. Wayamba won the toss and surprisingly elected to bowl, which suited Dhoni. CSK finished with 200 for 3 in a whirlwind fashion throughout the twenty overs, without taking undue risks. CSK think tank seem to have worked overtime in formulating a game plan. Hayden was of colour again and plodded for 18 deliveries for a poor 10.

Murali Vijay 68 of 46 and Suresh Raina 87 of 44, were involved in a match winning partnership of 137 runs in 12 overs. Both fell one after the at 180 in the 18th over. Dhoni and Morkel added 20 in the last two to finish at 200 for 3. Walagedera 2 for 47 and Mendis 1 for 45 shared the wickets to fall.

Wayamba was never in the game. They lost wickets regularly and folded to a miserly 103 all out. Morkel 3 for 23 and Ashwin 4 for 18 were at their best. Bollinger, Balaji and Murali supported superbly and shared a wicket apiece.

CSK with 2 on2 are well placed for semifinal berth. Wayamba with 2 loses out of 2 are more or less out of the next stage. However you never know. This is T20.

C L 2010. Day.6.Match8. Central Dist NZ vs Victoria Bushrangers

Victoria Bushrangers 166 for 3 beat Central Districts NZ 165 for 5 by seven wickets.
On a placid wicket at Centurian, with short boundaries on the leg side , and a fast outfield, the captain's are clueless to the target to be set. NZ riding on a brilliant 77 of 55 by Howe, with supports from Worker 29 of 25 and Diamanti 19 of 11 set a score of 166 for the Bush Rangers to get.
The Victorian team which faltered in their first meet, played to a plan. Peter Siddle getting back to the side made early inroads and finished with 2 of 30. McKay, Hastings and McGain picked a wicket each. Dirk Nannes was at his usual best in the end overs.
Bushrangers had a rousing start, but lost Quiney for 15 in the fifth over for a team score of 40. Finch unbeaten on 93 of 60, was supported by Hussey and McDonald, to take the team to victory in 19.4 overs. Bracewell and Rance picked a wicket each for the Districts.
The match was well contested with brilliant fielding from both the sides.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Champions League 2010. Day.5. Match.7. SA Redbacks vs Mumbai Indians.

SA Redbacks 182 for 5 smashed their way to a possible semifinal spot, with a five wicket victory over Mumbai Indians 180 for 7. You may call it curtains for Mumbai Indians after their second successive defeat in the Group.B match played at Kingsmead, Durban.

Batting first, Mumbai Indians lost their way in the initial twelve overs, making just 79 for 4 wickets in the 13th over. An avalanche hit the Redbacks thereafter and 104 runs were added in just under eight overs. Rayudu 38 of 43, Tiwary 44 of 36, Pollard 36 of 36 and Bravo 22 of 21, contributed to the innings in which ten sixes were hit. The six of Pollard would have made any golfer proud, going over 120 meters and out of the stadium. O'Brien 2 for 44 was supported by Tait 1 for 27, Putland 1 for 24, Christian 1 for 37 and Bailey 1 for 30.

For Mumbai Indians, it was a case of missed chances. Dropped catches in plenty, Sloppy fielding, unimaginative field placements & very poor bowling, let them down. Cashing on four dropped catches, the first wicket pair of Klinger 50 of 62 and Harris 56 of 57, put on 112 runs in 13.3 overs. Some of the chances dropped by Tendulkar, Tiwary and Duminy were school boyish. Borgas 14 of 16 and Cooper 19 of 8 finished the match in 19.2 overs. A good victory for Redbacks.

On the Mumbai Indian front, the team with an awesome bowling power on paper, turned out to be novices in practice. Zahir Khan and Harbhajan Singh the bowlers expected to lead India in world Cup 2011, just had no clue in bowling the last two end overs, conceding 27 runs and the match. Malinga 2 for 22 and young Murtaza 2 for 29 were the pick of the MI bowlers.

Srikanth & Company, are you following the matches and the Indian bowling strengths particularly ??

Monday, September 13, 2010

C L 2010. Day4.Match6. Warriors SA vs Victorian Bush Rangers

Warriors SA 158 for 6 beat Victoria Bush Rangers 130 for 9 by 28 runs at Port Elizabeth, to score 2 on 2.

Davey Jacobs the skipper of Warriors, single handedly, annihilated tournament favourites, Victorian Bush Rangers, scoring a blistering 59 of 39 balls, taking two breathtaking catches at crucial moments and marshaling his bowling resources well.
A good opening partnership of 81 in nine overs between Jacobs 59 of 39 and Prince 16 of 42, should have taken the Warriors to a score of 190-200. This was not to be as the Victorians pegged the Warriors with some sustained medium pace, to restrict them to 158 for 6 at twenty. Boucher made a gritty 31 of 44 supported by Botha 20 of 27. Nannes who went for plenty in the first two overs, came back strongly for 1 of 25. McDonald bowled brilliantly for his 2 of 22. Harwood and McKay finished with a wicket apiece.

For the Victorians, Quiney fell for one at the third over.The danger man Hodge was caught acrobatically by Jacobs, for 16 in the fifth over. Finch and Hussey played sensibly to take the score to 59 by 9th over, when Jacobs again came up with a breathtaking catch to dismiss Finch for 25 of Boje. Hussey fell at 94 for a well made 29 of 39. This opened the flood gates as further five wickets fell for an addition of eleven runs in little over three overs. Some lusty blows by Harwood at the end did not prevent the Warriors from taking the match by 28 runs.

All the Warrior bowlers bowled well, with Theron getting 3 for22, Ntini 2 for 33, Tsotsobe,Boje, Botha and Kreusch taking a wicket apiece. Warriors with 2 on 2 are well placed for a position in the semis.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Champions League 2010. Day.3. Match5. Royal Challengers vs Guyana

Guyana 103 all out lost to Royal Challengers 106 for 1 in 12.2 overs by nine wickets.
The Guyana side can at best be termed as a senior club team. The match was one sided and with nothing interesting to write about. Barnwell's 30 of 54 and Chattergoon's 18 of 31 were the only bright spots. All most all the Royal Challengers had test match bowling figures. Praveen 2 for 22, Steyn 1 for 23, Kallis 3 for 16, Kumble 1 for 10 Doshi and Akhil gave away 22 runs between them for a wicket by Doshi.
106 in 20 overs is the kind of situation best suited to Kallis & Dravid. Kallis 43 of 46, Dravid 33 of 37 batted RC nearer to the winning post and Uthappa blasted 25 of 9 to finish the match with clinical efficiency.

Two out of three for IPL teams. Good show.

Champions League 2010- Day3. Match4. Redbacks AUS vs Lions SA

South Australia Redbacks 178 for 7 beat Lions SA 167 for 8 , in a match between captains. In what turned out to be a match, matching the skills of skippers, Redbacks captain Michael Klinger's 78 runs of 48 balls scored over Alviro Petersen's 56 runs of 35 balls.

Redbacks innings was steady, without being spectacular. Ferguson 47 of 34, supported Klinger ball to ball. Reasonable partnerships, wicket to wicket, helped Redbacks to score a decent 178 for six, at twenty.Phangiso, bowled well for his one wicket for 22 runs. Three run outs brought forth by de Bruyn, Petersen and Frylinck, were spectacular.

At 3 for 93, with Petersen and McKenzie in the 11 th over, Lions looked a sure shot winner.Unfortunate run out of McKenzie, by Putland for 15 was the turning point and Lions never recovered thereafter.Petersen's wicket in the 13th over, for a well made 54 sealed the fate of Lions.Tsolekile 23 of 31 and Frylinck 17 of 9, did their bit. Tait 3 for 36 was express fast with some deliveries going over 150 KM .Christian with 2 wickets and O'Brien with a wicket bowled well.

In a way, Lion's losing to Redbacks will be blessing in disguise for Mumbai Indians. If MI beat the Redbacks, it is all square one.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

C L T20. Day2, Match3. Central Districts NZ vs Chennai Super Kings

In a clinical display of total cricket, Chennai Super Kings 151 for 4, beat Central Districts NZ 94 all out by 57 runs.

The square at Kingsmead Durban, was juicy with a good lift of the pitch and swing of the air. CSK found themselves in the back foot with 2 down for 5 in the second and 3 down for 40 in the 9th over. The out field was slow due to earlier drizzle.

Young Anirudha Srikanth, made his father proud by playing fearlessly and effectively for 42 of 29. His type of play rubbed also on Badrinath, who batted intelligently for an unbeaten 52 of 42. Morkel blasted 26 of 15. CSK finished with a healthy 151 for 4. Bracewell 2 for 28 was supported by Mason and Milne with a wicket each. The Central Districts were brilliant in the field and must have saved more than 20 runs by excellent fielding at the rope.

CSK bowlers were at the best, restricting the Central Districts for 94. Bollinger was unplayable with 2 for 10, well supported by balaji 3 for 20, Ashwin 2 for 28 and Morkel 1 for 20. Murali the Magician needs no mention and was at his usual best with 2 for 15, pocketing Sinclair & Barnett in the eighth over . Bracewell and Mason added 38 runs at the later stage which was the only bright spot in Central innings.

CSK is in a tougher half and the good win will go well as the tournament progresses.

Champions League T20. Day 2. Match2. Warriors vs Wayamba

It was two on two for the South African Teams. Warriors SA beat Wayamba SL by seven wickets.

Wayamba batting first lost Mahela for zero and Udawatte for 2 in the second and sixth ball of Theron's first over of the match, and never recovered effectively from it. Kulatunga 59 of 44 and Perera 39 of 24 played explosive innings. Nothing of note from the others and Wayambe finished at 153 for 9 for an innings average of 7.65. Theron with 3 for 23, Ntini 2 for 34 were supported well by Botha, Boje and Tsotsobe with a wicket apiece.

Warriors paced their innings effectively. Contributions from Jacobs 26 of 10, Ingram 34 of 28, Kreusch 37 of 29 and a peach of an innings of 40 of 26 of Boucher, took the Warriors to their Target with out any hiccup. Wayambe bowlers were of colour and were wayward in line & length.
Warriors is a well knit unit and should be a team to watch in this CT20.

Champions T20 League 2010, Lions SA vs Mumbai Indians. Day.1. Match.1.

Lions SA 186 for 5 beat Mumbai Indians 177/6 by nine runs. Lions played as a team, and it was evident they have been playing together for long. No major star material other than McKenzie, who made a brilliant 56 of 43, well supported by, Vandiar 71 of 75.
Lesser said about Mumbai Indians game plan the better. Sachin batted like a champion for 69 of 62, but skippered the team like a novice. Using McLaren for just one over, trying eight bowlers with out a plan, using Satish a part time bowler and Zaheer who has not bowled for long , at crucial times, a pathetic batting order, and a shoddy fielding display , let MI down. Anyway, it is early days, wish them luck.