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Mumbai cruise past Lions in CLT20

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.


Superman Dhoni muscles Chennai past Hyderabad

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.


CLT20: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

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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.


CLT20: Tambe spins Royals to win against Lions

The Highveld Lions met their match in 41-year-old Rajasthan Royals leg-spinner, Pravin Tambe, to slump to a 30-run defeat in their second Group A match at the Champions League T20 competition at Jaipur on Wednesday. Having had their previous match washed out, the Lions are now under serious pressure to qualify for the knock-out stage.

The Lions, having won the toss and restricted the Rajasthan Royals to 183/5, were well on target for victory at the halfway stage when they were ahead of their opponents even though they had lost an extra wicket.


Perera powers Sunrisers to thrilling win against Trinidad & Tobago

An unbeaten 57 from Sri Lankan all rounder Thisara Perera to go with his 2-26 from 4 overs powered the Sunrisers Hyderabad to an excellent 4 wicket win over a very competitive Trinidad & Tobago side with 3 balls to spare in an entertaining encounter in Mohali.

Some outstanding individual efforts from Darren Bravo, who smashed 66 from 44 balls a knock which included 4 sixes, and an immaculate bowling effort from Sunil Narine, who took 4-9 from his 4 overs, went in vain as the Sunrisers chased down a competitive target of 160 in the final over.

The Sunrisers' pace attack was ripped to shreds today as Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma conceded 77 runs in their 8 overs, despite picking up 3 wickets between them. Steyn's only one of the match came off the very first ball as he had Lendl Simmons caught behind for naught.


Titans edge Brisbane Heat by 4 runs in low scoring thriller

The Unlimited Titans held their nerve to defend a low total and beat the Brisbane Heat by four runs in their second Group B match in the Champions League T20 tournament at Mohali on Tuesday.

The Titans, after being sent into bat under conditions that were ideal for both seam and swing bowling following heavy rain that delayed the start of play, looked to be well short of par when they were dismissed for 123 inside the 19th over. Ironically, Henry Davids and Heino Kuhn had got them through the most difficult period with a second-wicket partnership of 69 in less than nine overs. But they contrived to lose their last nine wickets for only 53 runs.


CLT20: Raina, Hussey help CSK chase down 185 with ease

AB de Villiers set the Champions League T20 tournament alight with his innings of 77 off just 36 balls (3 fours and 7 sixes) when The Unlimited Titans played their opening match against the Chennai Super Kings at Ranchi on Sunday. In the end it was not enough to get his team over the line as Chennai won by four wickets with seven balls to spare thanks to the outstanding contributions from Mike Hussey and Man-of-the-Match Suresh Raina who both played quick-fire innings of 47.

They took the match away from the Titans as they put on 73 for the loss of only one wicket in the six power play overs in pursuit of a target of 186.

In normal circumstances the Titans’  total of 185/5 would have been well above par but, with the bowlers struggling to grip the ball in the heavy dew conditions from the start of the match, it was always going to be a match dominated by the batsmen.


Rajasthan Royals down Mumbai Indians to kickstart CLT20 Group Stage

The Rajasthan Royals kicked off the 2013 edition of the Champions League T20 with a comfortable 7 wicket win over the IPL Champions Mumbai Indians in Jaipur today.

In a game which really failed to excite, Mumbai battled their way to 142-7 from their 20 overs after the Royals made the most of some friendly bowling conditions. Vikramjeet Malik took 3-24 to give the Royals an outstanding start to the game as the Indians slipped to 43-4 in the 9th over with Sachin Tendulkar the third of the early quartet to fall for 15.


CLT20: Sunrisers decimated by Otago Volts

In the second of the dead rubbers on Friday night, the Otago Volts routed the Sunrisers Hyderabad to carry some invaluable momentum with them into the Group Stage of the Champions League T20, thus also extending their own unbeaten run to 13 matches to tie Surrey with the second greatest run in T20 history (Sialkot Stallions are at the top with 25 games).

The match itself proved to be a virtual no contest as the Sunrisers Hyderabad crawled to a paltry 143-5 in their 20 overs with skipper Shikhar Dhawan (12) and Parthiv Patel (12) both failing for the first time in the tournament. Nathan McCullum removed both the openers and set Otago on their way to victory very early on in the contest.


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