Superstars outclass Mumbai champs in ICL

March 23rd, 2008 - 10:34 pm ICT by admin  

Panchkula, March 23 (IANS) Defending champions Chennai Superstars thumped Mumbai Champs by nine wickets in a league match of Edelweiss Indian Cricket League Twenty20 tournament here. Electing to bat, Mumbai Champs were all out for 123 before Ganapathi Vignesh blasted 61 off just 30 balls to see the Champs through in just 12.4 overs.

Champs made a cautious start before Thiru Kumaran struck the first blow for the Superstars scalping Saman Jayantha’s (11) wicket.

Superstars bowlers kept a tight control over the Champs’ batsmen putting them in a bit of a bother at 64 for three.

Wickets kept tumbling at regular interval and at the end of the 16th over, the Champs were tottering at 102 for 5. Kumaran returned another match winning spell of four for 14.

The Superstars came out with their dynamic opening combination of Ian Harvey (21) and Vignesh, who got on with the onslaught in the second over hitting Michael Kasprowicz for 20 runs.

There was no stopping Vignesh since then. Superstars’ 50 came in the just four overs. The explosive Vignesh brought his fifty in only 17 balls, the fastest fifty in the tournament which included seven boundaries and three sixes.

Vignesh’s innings came to an end when he was caught on the boundary off R. Patil and his innings contained 8 boundaries and three sixes. But by then Superstars were coasting along and needed only 22 more runs off 60 balls.

Brief Scores: Mumbai Champs 123 all out in 19.5 overs (Dheeraj Jadhav 28; Thriu Kumaran 4/14); Chennai Superstars 124/1 in 12.4 overs (Ganapathi Vignesh 61).

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