Chandigarh Lions edge out Chennai Superstars
Chasing a modest 166, the Chandigarh outfit were struggling at 38 for 5, but the eventual man-of-the-match Sharma spearheaded a fine recovery, adding 78 vital runs with Bipul Sharma for the sixth wicket.cricket Updated: Jan 27, 2008 21:25 IST
An unbeaten 68 by Chetan Sharma helped Chandigarh Lions score a thrilling one-wicket win over Chennai Superstars in the inaugural match of Indian Cricket League (ICL) 50-overs a side domestic tournament on Sunday.
Chasing a modest 166, the Chandigarh outfit were struggling at 38 for 5, but the eventual man-of-the-match Sharma (88b, 8x4, 1x6) spearheaded a fine recovery, adding 78 vital runs with Bipul Sharma (35 off 44b, 60m, 5x4) for the sixth wicket.
Captain R Satish struck three quick blows removing Bipul Sharma, A Uniya (8) and I Malhotra (8) in the space of five overs. However, Chetan stuck to the crease and guided his side to 167 for nine in 37.5 overs for full five points.
For Chennai Superstars, the winners of the inaugural ICL Twenty20 international tournament in Punchkula last month, opening bowlers Jesuraj (2/26), Vignesh (3/26) and Satish (3/12) were the main wicket-takers.
Earlier, put into bat, the home team found the going tough losing wickets at regular intervals and were all out for 165 in 35.5 overs. Satish top-scored with a 40-ball 41 run effort that included two boundaries and three sixes.
For Chandigarh Lions, off-spinner Rajesh Sharma took four wickets for 45 and was well supported by Bipul Sharma, who chipped in with two wickets including that of Satish.
On Monday, Chennai Superstars take on Hyderabad Heroes.