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Mumbai Indians Win Champions League Cricket 2011

Posted by anccricket on October 11, 2011 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Mumbai Indians turned on their spin power and beat fancied Royal Challengers Bangalore by 31 runs in the final of the Nokia Champions League T20 tournament, in Chennai on Sunday.

After restricting Mumbai Indians to 139 built around a fighting 41 by James Frankling, RCB, who had successfully chased 200-plus targets in two consecutive matches coming into the final, struggled on a slow pitch that afforded turn and fell to 108 in a very disappointing batting performance. Mumbai Indians, without half-a-dozen key players owing into injury, including Sachin Tendulkar, went home richer by $2.5 million while RCB received $1.3 million.

Spearheading the Mumbai victory was skipper and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who came away with 3 for 20 and young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2 for 9 in three overs) while seamers Lasith Malinga (2 for 23), Abu Nechim (2 for 26) and Kieron Pollard picked up timely wickets to complete a fine win.

Yet, Mumbai Indians bowling was anything but disciplined as they sent down 14 wides and a no-ball as Mr Extras contributed 20 runs.The RCB chase began on a typical note with a flurry of boundaries off Tillkaratne Dilshan's bat while the other opener Chris Gayle barely got a look in. The pair put on 38 runs in four overs. Skipper Harbhajan Singh opted to bowl Lasith Malinga a third over and the move paid off as the Sri Lankan ace knocked back Dilshan's off-stump to draw first blood. Harbhajan brought himself on for the next over and trapped a tentative Gayle in front.

The struggles for RCB began soon as the slow pitch that offered a bit of turn seemed to suit the Mumbai bowlers who gave little away. In fact, the RCB batsmen appeared ill at ease when the spinners were introduced and sure enough, they lost Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli and Arun Karthik in quick succession.

Agarwal holed out to Pollard in the deep off leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and then an impatient Kohli gifted his wicket to Harbhajan, attempting a slog-sweep and caught at mid-wicket. RCB slid deeper into the quick sand when in the next over, Karthik departed, caught in the deep off Chahal.

Thus, going into the final six overs, RCB needed 63 runs and the mounting pressure told on the batsmen as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as Mumbai eventually ran out deserving winners.Earlier, Mumbai batsmen too struggled to get going. It was left-arm spinner and skipper Daniel Vettori (2 for 30) and seamer Raju Bhatkal (3 for 21) who did the bulk of damage after an early strike by new ball bowler Dirk Nannes who was quick and hostile.

Barring Franklin, there was hardly any worthwhile effort from the other batsmen, a couple of whom threw away good starts.As such, Mumbai Indians were left to wonder what might have been as they wasted all the hard work through some sloppy batting that led to as many as three run outs and a few soft dismissals just when they were looking to accelerate.

At the top of the order, opener Aiden Blizzard was needlessly run out with his partner Sarul Kanwar ball watching rather than responding to a call for a single that was very much on. Both the openers were caught at the non-striker's end, leading to Blizzard's dismissal.

A while later, Kanwar was bowled by Nannes before Mumbai staged a brief recovery through Ambatti Rayudu (22) and Franklin, but they suffered a series of setbacks that weighed downJust when the Mumbai innings seemed to stabilize, they lost a bunch of wickets as Rayudu flat-batted seamer Raju Bhatkal to Gayle at covers, Yadav caught short of the crease backing up as was Franklin attempting a second run.

Then came a double strike by Vettori as he removed Kieron Pollard (2) and Harbhajan (0) in three deliveries to leave Mumbai in tatters at 109 for seven in the 17th over.The Mumbai innings continued to crumble as Bhatkal also struck twice in the 19th over after a couple of sixes by Malinga and Sathish to boost the total, but eventually, they were bundled out 139, a total that seemed well within the reach of the big hitting Bangalore boys, but it wasn't as it turned out to be.



Champions League Cricket Schedule 2011

Posted by anccricket on September 24, 2011 at 2:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The Champions League Twenty20 2011 comes with a twist in that there is the precursor of the Champions League Twenty20 2011 qualifier tournament, the schedule for which was recently announced.


Slated for the 19th to 21st of September, the CLT20 2011 Qualifier will allow three of the six participating teams to move further to the CLT20 2011 main draw. While England have yet to finalize the Twenty20 tournament winners as are Sri Lanka, only one team from Sri Lanka will get into the qualifying process as against the two from England. Trinidad and Tobago will represent the West Indies while the Auckland Aces make their debut as the team from New Zealand.


The Champions League Twenty20 2011 may have an additional Indian flavor because apart from the three teams already scheduled to participate in the main tournament, the Kolkata Knight Riders have an outside chance of joining the top three teams of the IPL 4 season if they manage to beat the other teams in the Champions League Twenty20 qualifier to one of the three spots.


All of the Champions Leaguer Twenty20 2011 matches will be played virtually back to back in Hyderbad in order to complete the qualifying tournament as part of the prelude to the Champions League Twenty20 2011.


Champions League Twenty20 2011 Qualifier Schedule, Results:


19 September - Trinidad & Tobago v Ruhunu


19 September - Kolkata Knight Riders v Auckland Aces


20 September - Trinidad & Tobago v Leicestershire Foxes


20 September -  Somerset v Auckland Aces


21 September -  Leicestershire Foxes v  Ruhunu


21 September - Kolkata Knight Riders v  Somerset

Champions League Twenty20 2011 Main Matches

23rd September Friday Bengaluru 8.00pm - Royal Challengers Bangalore (IND) v Warriors (SA)



24th September Saturday Chennai 4.00pm - Cape Cobras (SA) v NSW Blues (Aus)


8.00pm - Chennai Super Kings (IND) v Mumbai Indians (IND)


25th September Sunday Hyderabad 4.00pm - Warriors (SA) v South Australian Redbacks (Aus)


8.00pm - Kolkata Knight Riders vs Somerset


26th September Monday Bengaluru 8.00pm -  Mumbai Indians v Trinidad and Tobago


27th September Tuesday  Hyderabad 8.00pm - Kolkata Knight Riders  v South Australian Redbacks (Aus)


28th September Wednesday Chennai 4.00pm - NSW Blues v Trinidad and Tobago


8.00pm - Chennai Super Kings (IND) v Cape Cobras (SA)


29th September Thursday 8.00pm  Bengaluru - Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore (IND)


30th September Friday Bengaluru - Mumbai Indians (IND) v Cape Cobras (SA)


1st October Saturday  Bengaluru 4.00pm - South Australian Redbacks (Aus) v Somerset


8.00pm -  Kolkata Knight Riders v Warriors (SA)


2nd October Sunday Chennai 4.00pm - Mumbai Indians (IND) v NSW Blues (Aus)


8.00pm - Chennai Super Kings (IND) v Trinidad and Tobago


3rd October Monday 8.00pm Bengaluru - Royal Challengers Bangalore (IND) v Somerset


4th October Tuesday Chennai 4.00pm - Cape Cobras v Trinidad and Tobago


8.00pm - Chennai Super Kings v NSW Blues


5th October Wednesday Bengaluru 4.00pm - Warriors v Somerset


8.00pm - Royal Challengers Bangalore (IND) v South Australian Redbacks (Aus)


7th October Thursday Bengaluru 8.00pm - Champions League Twenty20 2011 Semi final 1


1st Group B v 2nd Group A


8th October Friday Chennai 8.00pm - Champions League Twenty20 2011 Semi Final 2 


1st Group A v 2nd Group B


9th October Saturday 8.00pm Chennai - Champions League Twenty20 2011 Final , Winner of Semi Final 1 v Winner of Semi Final 2



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Champions League Cricket 2011 Teams

Posted by anccricket on September 19, 2011 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Auckland Aces  -  Andre Adams, James Adams, Michael Bates, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Roneel Hira, Gareth Hopkins, Anaru Kitchen, Bruce Martin, Chris Martin, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Daryl Tuffey, Rob Quiney, Lou Vincent

Cape Cobras  -  JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Justin Kemp, Rory Kleinveldt, Charl Langeveldt, Richard Levi, Johann Louw, Justin Ontong, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Andrew Puttick, Michael Rippon, Owais Shah, Dale Steyn, Dane Vilas

Chennai Super Kings  -  R Ashwin, S Badrinath, Doug Bollinger, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni, Michael Hussey, Shadab Jakati, Albie Morkel, Suresh Raina, Suraj Randiv, Wriddhiman Saha, S Anirudha, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, M Vijay

Kolkata Knight Riders -  Iqbal Abdulla, Shakib Al Hasan, L Balaji, Rajat Bhatia, Manvinder Bisla, Gautam Gambhir, Brad Haddin, Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, Eoin Morgan, Yusuf Pathan, Shami Ahmed, Ryan ten Doeschate, Manoj Tiwary, Jaidev Unadkat

Mumbai Indians  -  Aiden Blizzard, Yuzvendra Chahal, James Franklin, Davy Jacobs, Dhawal Kulkarni, Suryakumar Yadav, Lasith Malinga, Ali Murtaza, Munaf Patel, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, T Suman, Sachin Tendulkar

New South Wales -  Stuart Clark, Patrick Cummins, Nathan Hauritz, Josh Hazelwood, Moises Henriques, Phillip Hughes, Simon Katich, Nic Maddinson, Steve O'Keefe, Ben Rohrer, Daniel Smith, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson

Bangalore Royal Challengers -  Mayank Agarwal, S Aravind, Raju Bhatkal, AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Arun Karthik, Virat Kohli, Mohammad Kaif, Abhimanyu Mithun, J Syed Mohammed, Dirk Nannes, Asad Pathan, Saurabh Tiwary Daniel Vettori

Ruhuna -  Mahela Udawatte, Dinesh Chandimal, Sanath Jayasuriya, Janaka Gunaratne, Milinda Siriwardana, TM Sampath, Yashodha Lanka, Shihan Kamileen, Amal Athulathmudali, Arosh Janoda, Shalika Karunanayake, Omesh Wijesiriwardene, Alankara Asanka Silva, Chinthaka Perera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa

South Australia -  Cameron Borgas, Daniel Christian, Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson, Daniel Harris, Michael Klinger, Nathan Lyon, Tim Ludeman, Aaron O'Brien, Gary Putland, Adil Rashid, Kane Richardson, Chadd Sayers, James Smith, Shaun Tait

Trinidad & Tobago -  Samuel Badree, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Kevon Cooper, Rayad Emrit, Daren Ganga, Sherwin Ganga, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Mohammed, Dave Mohammed, Sunil Narine, William Perkins, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Lendl Simmons

Warriors -  Johan Botha, Nicky Boje, Mark Boucher, Andrew Birch, Colin Ingram, Justin Kreusch, Lyall Meyer, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell, Ashwell Prince, Jon-Jon Smuts, Kelly Smuts, Rusty Theron, Craig Thyssen, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

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Chennai Super Kings win Champions League Cricket T20 tournament

Posted by anccricket on September 27, 2010 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Chennai Super Kings were crowned Champions League Twenty20 winners after outplaying the Warriors at the Wanderers on their way to an eight-wicket victory.

Muttiah Muralitharan (three for 16) and Ravichandran Ashwin (two for 16) starred with the ball to restrict the home side a mediocre 128 for seven, with only home captain Davy Jacobs (34) making any meaningful contribution.

Murali Vijay (58) and Michael Hussey (51) then hit half-centuries in a 103-run partnership to hand the Indian Premier League champions the title of best Twenty20 club in world cricket.

After winning the toss, the Warriors made a powerful start putting on 39 for the first wicket, which the out-of-form Ashwell Prince contributed just six towards before he played on from Doug Bollinger.

Jacobs, who found the boundary eight times in his 21-ball stay, fell shortly after when he was trapped leg before wicket while trying to reverse sweep Ashwin, the leading wicket-taker in the competition, leaving his side at 45 for two in the sixth over.

Colin Ingram and Justin Kreusch then found the going tough against the slower bowlers, reaching the halfway stage at 66, and the loss of the former for 16 further hampered their progress.

Muralitharan then struck a double blow in the 14th over removing the dangerous Mark Boucher (five) and Kreusch (17). Craig Thyssen (25) tried to lift the Warriors, but the two spinners were difficult to get away as they kept the victory target down to a below-par 129.

In reply Vijay, who surpassed Jacobs during his stay to end as the top-run getter in the tournament, and Hussey were calm, yet convincing, in their approach.

They took seven overs to reach 50, before the India opener raised his 50 from 47 balls.

The century stand followed in the 15th over, before his wicket fell followed by that of Suresh Raina (two) but Hussey and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (17 not out) guided their side over the line.


Posted by anccricket on May 20, 2010 at 11:26 PM Comments comments (0)



Wanderers Stadium, one of world cricket's most famous venues, will host the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) .

The Airtel CLT20, the grand finale of Twenty20 cricket between the world's champion teams, will start on Friday 10 September with a Group B clash between Sachin Tendulkar's Mumbai Indians and Alviro Petersen's Highveld Lions at Wanderers in Johannesburg.


All matches throughout the tournament will be broadcast in prime time in India starting at 5pm or 9pm IST. Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore will fight it out in Group B, while Chennai Super Kings have been drawn in Group A alongside the Twenty20 champions from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.


Wanderers, which has hosted some of cricket biggest matches including the 2003 ICC World Cup Final, 2007 ICC World Twenty20 Final and the 2009 IPL Final, will add another chapter to its storied history in September as teams from around the world battle to be crowned the best of the best.


Durban and Centurion have been awarded the Semi Finals on 24 and 25 September respectively, with the Final to be played at Wanderers on Sunday 26 September.


The 10 competing teams have been divided into two groups of five for a round robin phase before the top two teams from each group progress to the semi finals. Matches throughout the tournament have been evenly distributed across the four venues with each hosting at least five fixtures, including the finals.


Mumbai and the Highveld Lions have been drawn in Group B alongside South Australia's Redbacks, Royal Challengers Bangalore and West Indies'  Guyana.


Group A includes MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings (2010 IPL Champions), Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash Champions Victoria, along with the Warriors (South Africa's Pro Series Champions), Wayamba (Sri Lanka) and Central Stags (New Zealand).


Play in Group A starts on Saturday 11 September in Port Elizabeth with virtual international-strength clashes between the Warriors and Wayamba in the early match, and Chennai Super Kings and Central Stags in the late fixture in Durban.


Centurion gets its first taste of Airtel CLT20 action the following day with a blockbuster Group B double-header between the Highveld Lions and South Australia, and Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Guyana from West Indies.


Shashank Manohar, Airtel CLT20 Chairman, said:


"With 100 international stars qualified to participate through one – or more – of their Twenty20 teams, fans will be treated to daily battle between the world's best cricketers."


"Fans attending any of the matches throughout the tournament will be entertained by the highest quality Twenty20 cricket featuring South Africa's home grown heroes and world cricket's biggest and brightest stars."


A number of players have qualified to play for two or more teams, including Jacques Kallis (Warriors*, Royal Challengers Bangalore), Mark Boucher (Warriors*, Royal Challengers Bangalore), Makhaya Ntini (Warriors*, Chennai Super Kings), Kieron Pollard (South Australian Redbacks, Mumbai Indian), Dwayne Bravo (Victorian Bushrangers, Mumbai Indian) and Cameron White (Victorian Bushrangers*, Royal Challengers Bangalore).


New Zealand's Ross Taylor has become the first player in CLT20's short history to qualify for three teams, with his home team, Central Stags, and 'away' teams Victorian Bushrangers and Royal Challengers Bangalore qualifying for the event.



As was the case in 2009, if a player is selected to play for an 'away' team rather than his 'home' team (the team from the country he is eligible to represent in international cricket), the 'away' team must pay US$200,000 compensation to the 'home' team.


'Away' teams are not eligible for compensation if a player chooses to play for his 'home' team.


Note: * designates 'home' team



Key features of the Airtel CLT20 Format and Match Schedule


10 Teams divided into 2 Groups of 5

Top 2 Teams from each Group advance to the Semi Finals

23 Matches in total (same as 2009)

Group A – Chennai Super Kings, Warriors, Victorian Bushrangers, Wayamba Elevens, Central Stags

Group B – Mumbai Indians, Highveld Lions, South Australian Redbacks, Royal Challengers Bangalore, West Indies Domestic T20 Champions Guyana.

5 Double Headers

Matches evenly distributed across four venues

Semi Finals in Durban and Centurion

Final in Johannesburg

2010 Airtel Champions League Twenty20 Competing Teams


Chennai Super Kings (DLF Indian Premier League – India)

Mumbai Indians (DLF Indian Premier League – India)

Royal Challengers Bangalore (DLF Indian Premier League – India)

Victorian Bushrangers (KFC Twenty20 Big Bash – Australia)

South Australian Redbacks (KFC Twenty20 Big Bash – Australia)

Warriors (Standard Bank Pro 20 Series – South Africa)

Highveld Lions (Standard Bank Pro 20 Series – South Africa)

Central Stags (HRV Cup Twenty20 – New Zealand)

Wayamba Elevens (Inter-Provincial Twenty20 Cup – Sri Lanka)

Guyana (West Indies Domestic Twenty20 Champions)



Fri Sep 10

15:30 GMT | 17:30 local | 21:00 IST 1st Match, Group B – Mumbai Indians v Lions

New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Sat Sep 11

11:30 GMT | 13:30 local | 17:00 IST 2nd Match, Group A – Warriors v Wayamba

St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

Sat Sep 11

15:30 GMT | 17:30 local | 21:00 IST 3rd Match, Group A – Central Districts v Chennai Super Kings, Kingsmead, Durban

Sun Sep 12

11:30 GMT | 13:30 local | 17:00 IST 4th Match, Group B – Lions v South Australia

SuperSport Park, Centurion

Sun Sep 12

15:30 GMT | 17:30 local | 21:00 IST 5th Match, Group B – Royal Challengers Bangalore v Guyana, SuperSport Park, Centurion

Mon Sep 13

15:30 GMT | 17:30 local | 21:00 IST 6th Match, Group A – Victoria v Warriors

St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

Tue Sep 14

15:30 GMT | 17:30 local | 21:00 IST 7th Match, Group A – Mumbai Indians v South Australia

Kingsmead, Durban

Wed Sep 15

11:30 GMT | 13:30 local | 17:00 IST 8th Match, Group A – Central Districts v Victoria

Wed Sep 15

15:30 GMT | 17:30 local | 21:00 IST 9th Match, Group A – Chennai Super Kings v Wayamba

SuperSport Park, Centurion

Thu Sep 16

15:30 GMT | 17:30 local | 21:00 IST 10th Match, Group B – Mumbai Indians v Guyana

Kingsmead, Durban

Fri Sep 17

15:30 GMT | 17:30 local | 21:00 IST 11th Match, Group B – Royal Challengers Bangalore v South Australia, Kingsmead, Durban

Sat Sep 18

11:30 GMT | 13:30 local | 17:00 IST 12th Match, Group A – Central Districts v Warriors

St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

Sat Sep 18

15:30 GMT | 17:30 local | 21:00 IST 13th Match, Group A – Chennai Super Kings v Victoria

St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth


Sun Sep 19

11:30 GMT | 13:30 local | 17:00 IST 14th Match, Group B – Lions v Guyana

New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Sun Sep 19

15:30 GMT | 17:30 local | 21:00 IST 15th Match, Group B – Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kingsmead, Durban

Mon Sep 20

15:30 GMT | 17:30 local | 21:00 IST 16th Match, Group A – Victoria v Wayamba

SuperSport Park, Centurion

Tue Sep 21

11:30 GMT | 13:30 local | 17:00 IST 17th Match, Group B – South Australia v Guyana

New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Tue Sep 21

15:30 GMT | 17:30 local | 21:00 IST 18th Match, Group B – Lions v Royal Challengers Bangalore, New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Wed Sep 22

11:30 GMT | 13:30 local | 17:00 IST 19th Match, Group A – Central Districts v Wayamba

St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

Wed Sep 22

15:30 GMT | 17:30 local | 21:00 IST 20th Match, Group A – Chennai Super Kings v Warriors

St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

Fri Sep 24

15:30 GMT | 17:30 local | 21:00 IST 1st semi-final – TBC v TBC

Kingsmead, Durban

Sat Sep 25

15:30 GMT | 17:30 local | 21:00 IST 2nd semi-final – TBC v TBC

SuperSport Park, Centurion

Sun Sep 26

15:30 GMT | 17:30 local | 21:00 IST Final – TBC v TBC

New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg



Posted by anccricket on May 25, 2009 at 7:11 AM Comments comments (0)


JOHANNESBURG: Twelve teams will contest in the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) tournament to be played in India from Oct


The tournament will feature three teams from India (two finalists and the top league finishing team), top two domestic T20 teams from South Africa, England, Australia and the domestic T20 Champions from New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka.

A total of 23 matches will be held in CLT20 carrying a prize pool of $6 million.

The teams will be divided into four groups of three each and will initially play each other on a league basis. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the second stage and four teams from the second stage would make it to the semi-finals, it was announced on Sunday.

The tournament was scheduled to be held in India last year but was postponed because of the Mumbai attacks.

The Royal Challengers, Deccan Chargers and Delhi Daredevils will represent India, Victoria and New South Wales will represent Australia, the Cobras and Eagles will the two South African teams,Otago will represent new zealand,Trinidad and Tobago will represent west indies and Wayamba will represent Srilanka.

The tournament is a joint venture by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Australia (CA) and Cricket South Africa (CSA).

Lalit Modi, Chairman, CLT20, said, "I believe we have a concept that will inspire and motivate the future generations of club, state and county cricketers, while accelerating the development of the game globally."

"Our South African experience has taught us that the club concept is slowly but surely being accepted by cricket fans across the world."

James Sutherland, Chief Executive Officer of CA, and Gerald Majola, Chief Executive of CSA, were also present during the announcement.