The Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur will witness the battle of the top guns in Group A on Tuesday as the Otago Volts try to book themselves a place in the semi-finals alongside Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings, who have already qualified, while the home team tries to maintain its dominance in their fortress. Beating Rajasthan in Jaipur, where they have won their last 11 matches, would be a huge ordeal for Otago, but if anyone can do it, it would be the team that has not lost any of their last 16 T20 matches. The Royals would have an extra incentive going into this match, as a win would confirm them as table toppers of Group A, meaning that they will play their semi-final match in Jaipur, which could be a huge advantage for them going by their home record in recent times.
The Rajasthan Royals crushed the Perth Scorchers by 9 wickets in a virtual no contest to book their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League T20. The Scorchers' batting came under severe examination from the Royals' bowling attack at Jaipur, and the visitors crawled to 120 from their 20 overs with Kevon Cooper the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-18 from his 4 overs, while James Faulkner and Pravin Tambe chipped in with 2 wickets apiece.
The Royals recovered from the early loss of Rahul Dravid for naught to coast to an easy win with 21 balls to spare on the back of half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane (62*) and Sanju Samson (50*) against a pretty decent bowling attack.
Quinton de Kock became the second South African after Richard Levi to score two T20 centuries and followed it up with 12 runs off four balls in the super over but it was not enough to get the Highveld Lions over the line in their final Group A match at the Champions League T20 match at Jaipur on Sunday.
The Otago Volts from New Zealand tied the Lions at 167 runs each and then posted 13 runs batting first in the Super Over. De Kock looked as though he had clinched the match when he hit the first three balls from the Volts batting hero, Jimmy Neesham, for 4, 6 and 1 but then his partner, Jean Symes, was out off the next ball. De Kock took a single off the fifth delivery but Dwayne Pretorius was only able to score a single off the final delivery.
Two teams, one who is already out of the tournament and the other whose chance of making it through to the semi-finals have been reduced to just a theoretical possibility, play out their final group match in Ahmedabad on Monday. Sunrisers would have to win this match by biblical margins to have any chance whatsoever of clearing the group stage, that too provided that Trinidad & Tobago win against Titans and then lose to Chennai Super Kings in the last group match. On the other hand, no combinations or permutations of results will help Brisbane Heat to make it to the semi-finals, but they would put up a fight anyway, as the last thing they would want is to end what has been a miserable tournament for them without winning a single match.
The Chennai Super Kings booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League T20 with a thumping 8 wicket win over the Brisbane Heat in Ranchi on Saturday night. Having been put in to bat on losing the toss, the Heat posted an under par 137-7 in their 20 overs with Ben Cutting scripting a late revival for the Australian side smashing 5 sixes en route to a quickfire 42 from 25 balls.
CSK chased down the target with consummate ease, getting there inside 16 overs for the loss of just 2 wickets with Michael Hussey posting an unbeaten half century with Murali Vijay chipping in with a handy 42 from 27 balls as Chennai added 75 runs for the first wicket.
Henry Davids led The Unlimited Titans from the front to secure an eight-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad at Ranchi on Saturday to keep their destiny very much in their own hands at the Champions League T20 competition, the same cannot be said about the Sunrisers who slumped to their second defeat in three games and are now staring at elimination even if they win their last game. The Titans meanwhile have now won two out of three matches and have a positive net run rate to go with it.
Although Davids was named Man of the Match for his cracking innings of 64 off 42 balls (four sixes and seven fours) backed up by a tidy spell of spin bowling that earned him figures of 1/18 in his four overs, this was very much a team performance and was undoubtedly the best by a South African franchise against Indian Premier League opposition on the Indian sub-continent since the inception of this competition.
The Highveld Lions lost their second successive match at the Champions League T20 on Friday evening to leave their chances of progressing to the semi-final round out of their hands. The Mumbai Indians beat them by seven wickets which means that they only have two points after three matches. Their final group match is against New Zealand’s Otago Volts on Sunday and, even if they win that, they may still not finish in the top two.
They can no longer catch the log-leading Rajasthan Royals while both the Mumbai Indians and the Otago Volts are currently four points ahead of them.
The Chennai Super Kings squeezed out a narrow 12 run win against their fellow IPL team, the Sunrisers Hyderabad, to go top of Group B in the Champions League T20 at the midway stage of the tournament. It was raining sixes at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi as local boy MS Dhoni entertained his home town fans by smashing an unbeaten 63 from just 19 balls to power Chennai to an imposing total of 202-4 in their 20 overs.
The foundation for Chennai's innings had been laid by Suresh Raina, who produced another good innings, ending with 84 from 57 balls before he was brilliantly caught at long on by a leaping Thisara Perera off Dale Steyn. Despite all the carnage, the South Africa duo of Steyn and JP Duminy returned figures of 4-50 between them from 8 overs, while an under bowled Amit Mishra conceded just 13 runs from his 2 overs with rookie skipper Shikhar Dhawan once again missing a trick. Dhoni's explosion came late in the innings as he carted Thisara Perera for 5 sixes in an over which went for 34, which in the end might have determined the outcome of the game.
The Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad square off against each other in Ranchi on Thursday in a match that will see the winners take hold of top position in Group B. Both teams have won their opening encounters in the tournament, with Chennai defeating the Titans in a closely-contested match at the same venue and the Sunrisers getting the better of Trinidad & Tobago in Mohali.
The two teams met twice in the IPL earlier this year, with the Super Kings emerging victorious on both the occasions.
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