G Vignesh of Chennai Super Stars Acknowledges The Applause after reaching his Fifty – Fastest in ICL in 17 balls.Theindiapost Photo : Jagdish
Mumbai Champs’ skipper Damien Martyn won the toss and elected to bat first. Mumbai Champs were given a fine start by their openers Jhadav and Jayantha. Both of them were associated in a 30-run partnership for the first wicket in 4.5 overs before Kumaran picked up the wicket of Jayatha(11) who gave a simple catch to Stuart Law in the fifth over.RP Patil then joined Jhadav who was in fine form hitting Vignesh for a boundary in the sixth over. But Jhadav’s innings of 28 was cut short by Syed Mohammed who took no time in disturbing the bails with a direct throw to run out Jhadav. Kiran Powar then came on to crease but he too departed early as he gave an easy catch to Hemnag Badani off the bowling of Ian Harvey in the tenth over with Champs’ score being 55 for 3. Skipper Natahn Astle joined Patil and he opened his account hitting two consecutive fours in the same over. Syed Mohammed struck in the next over as he removed Patil (16) as Sathish took a fine catch at deep mid-wicket to make it 72 for 4 for Superstars. Subhojit Paul and Nathan Astle then took the score to 99 runs as Paul smashed Mohammed for two boundaries in the 15th over.But Champs’ hopes of a big total were pegged down by T Kumaran who dismissed Paul in the next over at an individual score of 21 as Paul gave an inside edge onto the stumps. Shabbir Ahmed then struck in the next over as he removed Nathan Astle who scored 17 runs off 18 balls before giving a simple catch to Russel Arnold. Champs were 105 for 6 at the end of the 17th over . Thiru Kumaran struck double blow in the 18th over as he first removed Van Der Wath (1) with an incoming delivery and then picked up the wicket of Tino Best (0) in the same over to make it 111 for 8 in 18 overs for Champs. Khirid and Micheal Kasprowicz took the score to 118 before Khirid 917) was trapped lbw of the penultimate ball of Champs innings while Yadav was run out on the last ball of the innings with Champs all out for 118 in 20 overs.
Chasing an easy target of 119 runs, Superstars were given a flying start by Openers Vignesh and Ian Harvey. Vignesh was in dominant form as he smashed Michael Kasprowicz for two huge sixes and two boundries in the second over of Superstars’ innings. He then smahed Tino Best for a huge six in the fourth over before hitting three consecutive boundaries in the same over. Superstars completed fifty in 3.5 overs. RD Khirid came into bowl the fifth over but Vignesh continued his dominance as he also hit three boundaries in that over. He raced to his fifty in 17 balls and when he departed after playing a blazing knock of 61 runs off 30 balls, Superstars were comfortably poised at 83 for 1 in 8 overs. Ian Harvey (31 n o) and Sathish (29 n o) then took the score to 124 with Sathish sealing the win with a glorious