After a shocking tie against Karnataka Bulldozers last week, Chennai Rhinos has now lost a match in the fourth edition of Celebrity Cricket League (CCL 4). The team played its third match against Kerala Strikers and lost the game on Sunday (February 9).
Chennai Rhinos, which started their chase of 150 runs given by Kerala Strikers, could only score138 runs for the loss of 6 wickets by the end of 20 overs. The match was played at Nehru Stadium in Kochi, Kerala.
Kerala Strikers headed by actor Rajeev Pillai had won the toss and decided to bat first. It scored 150 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs.
Kerala Strikers lost its first wicket in the form of Bineesh Kodiyeri in the opening over itself. It was a big break for Chennai Rhinos, who used the opportunity to put pressure on the host team. Captain Rajeev Pillai and Nandakumar took the responsibility of taking the team out of crisis.
But their partnership of 25 runs was broken by Bharath. The lose of captain put huge pressure on Kerala Strikers. And Manikuttan too departed by scoring one run in seven balls. It was 33 for 3 when Vijayachandran Arun occupied the crease. Continue reading on the slideshow and also see the photos of the match...
Chennai Rhinos V/s Kerala Stikers Match – Pic 2
And Santosh Sleeba's entry gave a boost to the host team. Indeed, it unsettled Chennai Rhinos bowlers.
Chennai Rhinos V/s Kerala Stikers Match – Pic 3
They put on 75-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Santosh Sleeba scored 32 runs from 28 balls and gave a good stand to Arun.
Chennai Rhinos V/s Kerala Stikers Match – Pic 4
Arun scored brilliant 72 runs from only 39 balls. His knock made Kerala Stikers to put on a decent total.
Chennai Rhinos V/s Kerala Stikers Match – Pic 5
He hit six 6s and three 4s. Kerala Strikers scored 150 runs in 20 overs.
Chennai Rhinos V/s Kerala Stikers Match – Pic 6
Bharath and Vishnu got one wicket each and they gave 21 and 22 runs in their 4-over quota.
Chennai Rhinos V/s Kerala Stikers Match – Pic 7
Chennai Rhinos started the innings on a confident note, as Vikranth gave a flying start to the team.
Chennai Rhinos V/s Kerala Stikers Match – Pic 8
In the second over, Vikranth scored 22 runs in Rajeev Pillai's over. This put a lot of pressure on the host team.
Chennai Rhinos V/s Kerala Stikers Match – Pic 9
On the other end, Vishal could not stand long, as he was out for one run from seven balls. Vishnu came first down.
Chennai Rhinos V/s Kerala Stikers Match – Pic 10
Vikranth and Vishnu batted well and scored 59 runs for the second wicket. Vivek Gopan from Kerala Strikers gave a break for his team by getting Vishnu out.
Chennai Rhinos V/s Kerala Stikers Match – Pic 11
Vikranth on the other end looked unstoppable. However, the lost of Vishnu gave a ray of hope for the hosting team.
Chennai Rhinos V/s Kerala Stikers Match – Pic 12
And Kerala Strikers fought back well by getting wicket one after the other. After scoring 77 runs from 50 balls, Vikranth departed and put the visiting team under huge pressure.
Chennai Rhinos V/s Kerala Stikers Match – Pic 13
However, no other batsmen showed courage, as wickets fell. In the end, Kerala Strikers managed to win the game by 12 runs.
Chennai Rhinos V/s Kerala Stikers Match – Pic 14
Vivek Gopan was the pick of the bowlers. He got two crucial wickets in four overs, which cost only 24 runs.
Fall Of Wicket Chennai Rhinos
1-32 (Vishal, 3.3 overs), 2-93 (Vishnu, 13.4 overs), 3-103 (Prithivi, 14.3 overs), 4-111 (Vikranth, 15.3 overs), 5-123 (Sharan, 17.4 overs), 6-132 (Ramana, 19.1 overs)
Chennai Rhinos Score Card
The batting score card of Chennai Rhinos is as follows - Vikranth 77 runs from 50 balls; Vishal 1 run from 7 balls; Vishnu 30 runs from 30 balls; Prithvi 1 run from 2 balls; Sharan 7 runs from 12 balls; Ramana 8 runs from 7 balls; Shaam and Ramesh were on the pitch by scoring 12 and 1 respectively.
Kerala Strikers Score Card
The batting score card of Kerala Strikers is as follows - captain Rajeev Pillai 15 from 17 balls; Kodiyeri 0 from 2 balls; Nandakumar 13 from 27 balls; Manikuttan 1 run from 7 balls; Arun 72 runs from 39 balls and Santhosh 32 from 28 balls.
Chennai Rhinos Bowling
Chennai Rhinos showed the poor performance in bowling this time. It was Vikranth, who gave highest runs (35) by doing 4 overs. Actor Vishnu, Bharath and Sanjay took 3 wickets each.
Kerala Strikers Bowling
Kerala Stirkers bowlers were successful in controlling the match after 15 overs. Rehman and Vivek Gopan took two wickets each. Nair and Santhosh Sleeba were equally responsible for the decrease of Chennai Rhinos run rate after 15 overs.
Fall Of Wicket Kerala Strikers
1-1 (Kodiyeri, 0.2 overs), 2-26 (Rajeev Pillai, 5.1 overs), 3-33 (Manikuttan, 7.3 overs), 4-63 (Nandakumar, 10.5 overs), 5-138 (Santhosh Sleeba, 19.4 overs)