Chennai Superstars guns down Ahmedabad Rockets

Published: Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 13:10 [IST]
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Hyderabad : Chennai Superstars thumped Ahmedabad Rockets by 35 runs in the sixth match of the Indian Cricket League 20/20 tournament played here at the Lal Bahadur Shastri stadium.

Put into bat by the Rockets after losing the toss, Chennai Superstars could manage 135 runs off 16 overs when play was interrupted as the result of a power failure. Thereafter, the target for the Ahmedabad team was revised to 143 from 16 overs as per the VJD method.

The Rockets reply was off to a shaky start with Rockets' performer of their previous encounter Aziz, snapped in the very first over by Shabbir Ahmed. The cheap dismissal of Ryan Campbell for 5 in the 4th over was not helping the Rockets cause and had the side in serious trouble at 15/2 at the end of the 4th over.

The resurgent Reetinder Sodhi got into the repair act in company of Martyn taking the score to 44/2 at the 7th over mark. An eventful 8th over had some vintage Martyn strokes taking 15 runs off the pacy Hayward. At the half way stage of their innings the Rockets were placed at 59/2 needing another 84 runs off 48 balls and eight wickets in hand, making it a fascinating high pressure encounter. The Classy Martyn was playing a top of the drawer innings brining his well deserved fifty in the 11th over.

The dangerous71 run partnership between Sodhi&Martyn for the third wicket was ended with a smart piece of fielding from Hayward, finding Sodhi short of his ground for a well made 22 in the 12th over. The quick dismissal of the Rocket's' skipper in the same over got the upper hand back to the formidable Superstars. With four overs to go the top standard match had the Rockets' needing an uphill task of 55 runs from 24 balls.

In the end it proved too tall a task for the remaining Rockets batsmen, falling short of the target by 35 runs.

Brief scores: Chennai Superstars 135/5 in 16 overs (Arnold 46, Vignesh 38, Sathish27* Sodhi 2/25). VJD method revised target 143 won by 35 runs against Ahmedabad Rockets 107/8 in 16 overs (Martyn 52, Sodhi 22, Shabbir 3/21)


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