Ahmedabad, October 22, 2008: The 14th match of the ICL 20s Indian Championship featured the "clash of the Champions" with defending Champions Hyderabad Heroes take on former champions and top ranked ICL team Chennai Superstars at the Sardar Patel stadium Ahmedabad. In the end it was the Chennai superstars, who had lost all their previous four ICL encounters to their arch south-Indian rivals ; come out tops by a comprehensive margin of 18 runs. Ian Harvey was declared man of the match.
Earlier in the evening Stuart law won the toss and elected to bat wanting to take full advantage of the formidable Superstars batting line up. The Harvey –Vignesh combination were on the job right away racing to 19 for no loss at the end of the 2nd over. The Chennai boys were showing why they are rated so highly brining up the fifty in only the 5th over with a brilliant straight six by Harvey off Binny. Harvey was taking the attack to the arch rivals blasting 29 runs off Binny’s fifth over. Harris introduced his young spinner I.S. Reddy who struck immediately getting rid of the dangerous Harvey for a well made 49. Harvey’s batting blast included 3 fours and five mighty sixes and came off only 21 balls. Vignesh took over the Chennai batting mantel and in company of the experienced Arnold was helping the superstars score at over 10 runs per over. Heroes’ premier spinner Boje came to their rescue, getting the prized scalp of Vignesh in the 9th over on his personal score of 32. The half way mark of their innings saw the Superstars handsomely placed at 96/2, right on track for a big score. Cheap dismissals of Arnold & Sathish brought the Heroes right back in the match at the Chennai score of 109/4 in the 13th over. Lack of application compounded by some smart bowling from especially the experienced Harris saw the Superstars loose their momentum at 146/7 in the 17th over. Harris was turning in a fine performance with the ball for the Heroes picking up his third scalp of the match with the wicket of Jesuraj. Harris’ brilliant spell of 4 overs got him 3 wickets costing only 18 runs. The superstars folded their innings in 19.3 overs setting their arch rivals a target of 161.
Stuart Law employed an attacking field with two slip fielders to defend his 161 target. The move delivered immediate result with the first breakthrough in form of the dangerous Razzaq caught by law off the bowling of Jesuraj in the second over. Shabbir struck in the third over curtailing the promising innings of Maher (12 runs off three fours) to leave the Heroes in a bit of a bother at 16/2. The Superstars were lightning in the field and a brilliant pick up and throw by Syed Mohammed, packed back the prodigal Rayudu to leave the Heroes’ chase in deep trouble at 22/3. The seventh over stage was reading a dismal picture for the Heroes, with their top five batsmen packed back to the dugout with the scorecard reading only 52 runs. The half way mark of their innings had the Heroes needing another 86 runs off 60 balls and Boje and skipper Harris battling it out in the middle. The Boje- Harris partnership of 44 runs for the sixth wicket was keeping the Heroes in the hunt till the "Freak" Harvey castled the opposition skipper to turn the tide back in favor of the Superstars in the 14th over. The last five overs left the Heroes with the uphill task of needing 56 runs off 30 balls at a required run rate of 11 runs per over. The Superstars were at their dominant best in the field not giving an inch away to their archrivals, finally falling short of the target by
Brief Scores: Chennai superstars 160 all out in 19.3 overs (Harvey 49, Vignesh 32, Harris 3/18) win by 18 runs against Hyderabad Heroes 142/9 in 20 overs ( Boje 38, Khaleel 29* , Jesuraj 2/16)