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Marshall leads Tigers to crushing win

The 30th match of the ICL20s Indian Championship featured the battle of the big guns between the two inform sides, Chennai Superstars & Royal Bengal Tigers at Tau Devi Lal stadium Panchkula.

The high intensity encounter that saw some great cricket, peppered by some raised tempers by players from both bitter rival teams; saw the Royal Bengal Tigers emerge victorious by 9 wickets. Hamish Marshall declared man of the match for sparkling knock of 80 not out.

Earlier in the evening Stuart law, won the toss and elected to bat. The Chennai side opened with Vignesh & Hemanth Kumar in absence of their regular opener Ian Harvey. Andre Adams struck early for the Bengal side scalping Kumar in the 2nd over with 12 runs on the board. Vignesh was however at his usual aggressive self playing some delightful strokes all across the ground.

Adams however had other ideas cutting short Vignesh's cameo of 22 runs (13 balls) in the 4th over, to get the Royal Bengal Tigers right back in the game. At the end of the 5th over Chennai Superstars were placed at 30/2. The Bengal bowlers were working up a disciplined performance not allowing any leeway to the usually aggressive Chennai batting line up. The big wicket of Russel Arnold followed by the run out of Jesuraj, without troubling the scorers had the Chennai Side in a bit of trouble at 59/4 in the 9th over.

The stage was set for the prodigal R Sathish, who got into the act right away taking 22 runs off Upul Chandana's thirteenth over to get the Chennai side right back in the game. Sathish in company of Badani was working up a fine partnership for the 5th wicket & a couple of productive overs in the crucial middle innings' stage, had the Chennai side gain back the momentum at 119/4 at the end of the 15th over.

Badani brought his third ICL fifty off 40 balls in the 18th over; Sathish followed suit brining his half century off only 25 balls a ball later. The brilliant 90 run partnership for the 5th wicket was finally ended by the impressive Eklak Ahmid, scalping Sathish for a well made 50; laced with 5 fours and 3 mighty sixes. Just when Chennai were trying to run away to a mammoth total Upul Chandana struck back for Bengal in the penultimate over with three wickets for only a single run. Chandana finally ended his spell with brilliant figures of 4/38.

The eventful first session that saw brilliant all round performance from both sides saw the formidable Chennai Superstars set the Royal Bengal Tigers a competitive target of 162. For the Royal Bengal Tigers Chandana & Eklak Ahmid picked up four & three wickets respectively.

The in form Hamish Marshall got the Bengal chase away to a solid start, scoring three boundaries off the Shabbir' second over to take the score to 25 for no loss at the end of the first three overs. Both openers Dasgupta & Marshall were looking solid in the middle brining about their fifty partnership in the 7th over; keeping the Bengal side right in the hunt of the competitive target.

Hamish Marshall brought about his fourth ICL fifty in the 10th over coming off only 30 balls; laced with 5 fours and 2 sixes. The Half way mark of their innings had Bengal placed at 78 for no loss needing another 84 runs off 60 balls and all their wickets intact. Deep Dasgupta was playing the perfect foil for the explosive Hamish Marshall powering a century partnership coming of just 71 balls in the 12th over.

The match that saw flayed tempers from players from both rival sides nearly saw an ugly spat that got physical between Dasgupta and Vignesh taking dangerous proportions in the 13th over. Dasgupta however got back on track to score a brilliant half century, before being trapped LBW in the 15th over by Shabbir for a well made 54, ending the 132 run partnership for the opening wicket.

In the end a brilliant unbeaten knock of 80 runs by Hamish Marshall saw the Royal Bengal Tigers win by 9 wickets.

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