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Monday, September 22, 2014

Dhoni's first ball duck ... CSK posts 242..

CLT20 is absorbing …. Only 8th match of the tourney … you have KKR on top of one group and CSK languishing in the same half… At Bangalore, Morne van Wyk, the Dolphins captain, won the toss and opted to bowl saying he had heard the M Chinnaswamy Stadium was a good ground to chase targets.

Ever heard of Robert Frylinck- he  was the highest wicket-taker at the 2009-10 Standard Bank Pro20 with his right-arm medium-pace. He hails from Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) …. He will be heard more as he cleaned up Dhoni for a first ball duck – a rarity ….the last over of Kyle Abbot produced only 5 runs …….. and so you can imagine, which way winds are blowing….

The romance of T20 cricket is the sudden change in fortunes …. Yesterday Cobras had set a target of 186 and looked all set for a victory until that 18th over…….. it was to be bowled by their lead bowler Vernon Philander – who had routed Hobart Hurricanes' final hope having  Aiden Blizzard caught on the long-on boundary-  Blizzard was walking off the field when he was asked to wait; the umpires wanted to double-check the legality of the ball. The replay gutted Cobras - Philander had overstepped.   After 17,  Hurricanes need 44 off 18 balls. Cobras certain  favourites, but strange things  happened. Philander was hit for 24 runs… and in the last two 20 were required Langelveldt bowled – the presence of Adrian Blizzard ensured that there was no last over at all – Hobart won with a over to spare !!!!  

After Ajmal, today Lahore Lions offspinner Adnan Rasool has been reported for a suspect bowling action, following his team's four-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders in the Champions League Twenty20 in Hyderabad on Sunday. Rasool has been placed on a warning list and can continue to play and bowl in a match.

Not sure whether you imagined or knew it …. CSK despite Dhoni’s duck and last over 5…. Secured 242 thanks to McCullum’s 49; Raina’s 90 off 43 and Jadeja’s 40 off 14…..  now Dolphins require another 105 runs with 6 wickets and 42 balls remaining

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

22nd Sept 14 @ 22:44

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