Arnold leads Superstars to convincing win

Published: Friday, March 28, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Gurgaon: An excellent 112-run partnership between Rusell Arnold and Hemang Badani guided Chennai Superstars to a convincing 22-run win over Ahmedabad Rockets in the ICL Edelweiss 20s challenge played at Tau Devi Lal stadium here last night.

The task for Rockets became further difficult as Superstars' strike bowler Shabbir Ahmed gave nothing away and claimed four important wickets.

Earlier, after electing to bat first Superstars were in a spot of trouble when both their openers were back in the dugout in just the second over of the match but did well to reach a competitive total of 161.

Opener Ian Harvey hit the first ball of Superstars' innings for a boundary but a confusion in the middle with Ganpati Vignesh led to his runout in that very over.

However, a 112-run partnership between Russel Arnold and Hemang Badani for the fourth wicket led to the Superstars' revival.

Arnold, with the help of six boundaries and a six, scored 69 runs while Badani complimented his senior partner well to score 45 runs off 47 balls.

The left-handed Sri Lankan was awarded man of the match for his superb knock.

Surprisingly, Sriram was given the ball to bowl the second over for Rockets ahead of Jason Gillespie and Heath Streak but he kept his captain's faith as he clean bowled Vignesh (11 off 7 balls) in that very over.

Jason Gillespie was the pick of the bowlers for Rockets as he claimed three wickets in his four overs and accounted for Badani and Arnold's dismissal in the last overs of the Superstars' innings.

Superstars have now assured themselves a place in the semifianls of the tournament while Rockets' hopes of getting in to the last four were over with this loss against the defending champions.

Brief Scores:

Chennai Superstars: 161 for 5 (Russel Arnold c Sanjeev b Gillespie 69, Hemang Badani c Tamarkar b Gillespie 45; Jason Gillespie 4-0-25-3)

Fall of wickets: 1/8, 2/19, 3/48, 4/160, 5/160

Ahmedabad Rockets: 139 allout (Wavel Hinds c Parore b Vignesh 21, Parviz Aziz c sub b Syed Mohammed 24, S Sriram c Harvey b Shabbir Ahmed 30, AS Jain c Sathish b Harvey 20; Shabbir Ahmed 4-0-20-4, Ian Harvey 3.4-0-21-2)

Fall of wickets: 1/21, 2/38, 3/39, 4/80, 5/106, 6/119, 7/123, 8/129, 9/134


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