ICL 50s: Superstars sneak past Jets to clinch title

Published: Monday, February 11, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Chennai: Chennai Superstars held their nerves to see off a stiff resistance from Delhi Jets and clinch the ICL 50s title in a humdinger of a final here on Sunday.

This is their second straight title win after the inaugural ICL Twenty20 Championships.

Put in to bat, the Delhi Jets managed to put on 240 runs in 48.3 overs. In reply Chenni side sneaked past the victory target in the final over losing nine wickets in the process. 

Jets had a shaky start as opener Sachin Dholpure was back in the pavilion by the seventh over, with the score on 27. However Monish Mishra put Jets on track with a run-a-ball 64 (5X4s, 1X6). He was associated in two fruitful partnerships. Firstly he steadied Jets with 54-run stand for the second wicket with Abhinav Bali (37 off 30) and then knitted 57 runs with Abbas Ali to consolidate his side.

Skipper JP played a little cameo to help his side reach a comfortable 240.

Tamil Kumaran was the pick among the Chennai bowlers with 5 for 38 while his namesake Thiru claimed 2/25

Chasing a stiff target, Chennai Superstars were off to an appalling start, loosing three wickets with in the first ten overs.

Skipper Hemang Badani (58 off 77, 3X6s) steadied the tottering Chennai innings with a 52-run stand with V Devendran. JP ended Devendran's vigil at the crease with a peach of an inswinging yorker that beat the batsman all out to rearrange his timberwork. Devendran scored 43 off 56 balls hitting two sixes and three boundaries.

 However Badani continued good work with Harish (59). The duo milked the Jets  slow bowlers for over 12 overs which yielded 'em 81 crucial runs.

Superstars suffered a middle-order slump and were staring down the barrel with the score at 208 for 9 in the 46th over. But Kumarans survived some tense moments and ensured Chennai seal title win.

Chennai paceman Tamil Kumaran (5/38 and 38 off 21) earned Man-of-the-Match award for his fine all-round show while Delhi skipper JP, who had good outing with both bat and ball in the tourney, was adjudged as Player-of-the-Series.

Brief Scores: Delhi Jets 240 all out in 48.3 overs (Monish Mishra 64, JP Yadav 45, Abbas Ali 45; Tamil Kumaran 5 for 38, Thiru Kumaran 2 for 25) lost to Chennai Superstars 242 for 9 in 49.2 overs (Hemang Badani 58, J Harish 59, V Devendran 43; Shalabh Srivastava 3 for 38).


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