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Superstars claim 3rd spot with win

The 3rd – 4th place match of the Edelweiss 20s Challenge featured the spirited Kolkata Tigers take on the former champions Chennai Superstars at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector-3, Panchkula.

It was expected to be a keenly contested match with pride & significant financial incentive of 50 lakhs at stake in this match. In the end, the former champions, Chennai Superstars convincingly beat the Tigers by 32runs. R. Sathish was declared the man of the match.

Jeff Thomson in his pitch report predicted a batting paradise with a good carry & bounce. Stuart law won the toss and elected to bat. In absence of the great Ian Harvey, the Superstars opened their account with Vignesh & Devendran. At the end of the 3rd over the Superstars were off to a flier at 26 for no loss with Vignesh taking the initiative.

Devendran however, was looking rusty and was soon packed back to the dugout for only 7. The 50 came up in the 6th over with Vignesh playing some lusty strokes around the park.

The "Slinger –Tiger" Nechim got into the act scalping the big wicket of Vignesh for a well made 40 in the 7thover. At that stage, the Superstars were placed at 58/2. Nechim was making amends for his indifferent performance in the semi finals with a second strike in form of Arnold's wicket, leaving the Superstars in a bit of a bother at 59/3. At the half way mark of their innings, the Superstars were placed at 77/3 with their two inform batsmen Badani & Sathish battling it out in the middle.

Both the batsmen were working up a good partnership worth over 50 runs around the 14th over mark, setting the platform for a big onslaught in the final overs. At the end of the 15th over, the Superstars were placed at 126/3. Sathish brought up his well made 50 in the 17th over off only 29 balls, including 8 hits to the fence. The final onslaught from both Badani & Sathish saw the Superstars post a formidable 186/4 in their allotted 20 overs.

In reply, the Tigers came out positively taking 10 runs off the first over from Shabir. By the end of the 5th over, the Tigers were right on target scoring over 10 runs per over & both Dasgupta & Klusener looking in ominous touch. By the 6th over, the Superstars were back in the match sending back both the dangerous openers with the score reading 55/2.

At the end of the 11th over, the Tigers were placed at 101/3 needing another 86 runs off 54 balls at 9.56 runs per over. McMillan was playing the captain's role to perfection holding the mantle for the Tigers run chase. But the "Bald assassin" Thiru Kumaran got into the act getting the big break of McMillan's wicket for a well made 35 in the crucial 14th over.

With 5 overs to go, the Tigers were facing an uphill task loosing regular wickets chasing the formidable target needing to score at more than 12 runs per over with only 4 wickets in hand. In the end the Superstars scored a comprehensive win by 32runs to claim the 3rd position at the Edelweiss 20s Challenge.

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