Telugu Warriors defeated Karnataka Bulldozers by nine wickets to win the sixth season of Celebrity Cricket League (CCL). The defending champions won the match mostly due to the magnificent batting of Sachin Joshi, who scored 114 runs. The match was held on Sunday, Feb. 14, at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad.
After winning the toss, Karnataka Bulldozers decided to bat first and its decision turned out to be good as the Kannada team scored 207 runs in 20 overs. But, what looked like a good score became a cake walk for Telugu Warriors in the end as it reached the target with 14 balls to spare. Dhruv remains the hero of the Sandalwood's innings by scoring 97 runs from 50 balls.
This is the second time in a row, Telugu Warriors won the tournament. It had defeated Chennai Rhinos in the last season.
Second Innings Live Update:
|S Joshi||c Sharma b Mahesh||114||49|
|A Akkineni||not out||25||14|
The Tollywood team won the match by 9 wickets.
Telugu Warriors require 6 runs from 18 balls. Score: 202-1 in 17 overs.
200 comes for Telugu Warriors. 7 required from 19 balls.
Akhil hits a six. 17 required from 23 balls.
23 required from 24 balls. Score: 185-1 in 16 overs.
30 required from 30 balls. Score: 178-1 in 15 overs.
Akhil is the new batsman. 37 required from 36 balls.
Sachin Joshi is out for 114 from 49 balls. But he has done the damage. Score: 171-1 in 14 overs.
The match is going to end sooner than expected. Telugu Warriors are unstoppable.
Prince reaches 50 from 35 balls. Score: 159/0.
Score: 157-0 in 13 overs. 51 required from 42 balls.
First 50 came from 34 balls, second from 21 balls and the third from just 20 balls.
Sachin Joshi scored century. His 100 comes from just 43 balls. He hit 11 fours and 7 sixes. He is the third player to hit a century after Yusuf and Vikranth in CCL 6.
17 runs scored from 13th over. Score: 143-0.
Sachin hits a six. It's raining boundaries and sixes. Telugu team seems like marching towards a win.
Prince hits a four.
11 runs come from 11th over. Score: 126-0. Sachin Joshi reachs to 81 of 38 balls.
Karnataka Bulldozers badly in need of wickets.
93 required from 60 balls.
The Telugu team is going great. Score: 115-0 in 10 overs.
Sachin Joshi was almost run out. The third umpire gives the decision in his favour. It was a close call.
100 comes with a six. What a dream opening for the Telugu team.
15 runs come from that over. 99-0 in 9 overs. 109 required from 66 balls.
Joshi continues to dominate the game. Hits one more six.
8 runs come from that over. Score: 84-0. Prince: 25 (19), Joshi: 55 (29).
132 required from 78 balls.
18 runs come from 7th over. The Tollywood team is taking the match away from Karnataka Bulldozers. Score: 76/0 in 7 overs.
After six overs, Telugu Warriors are at 57-0,
Joshi hits a four and six. Already 11 runs of this over. 50 comes for the Telugu team.
Requried run rate is creeping up a bit. Telugu Warriors are scoring at 7.8 run rate and it requires 11.27. Score: 39-0 in 5 overs.
Joshi hits a four. Score: 37-0.
175 runs required from 96 balls.
After 4 over, the Tollywood team has scored 33 runs.
Pradeep is brought into the attack. Karnataka Bulldozers need wickets.
The Tollywood team is on fire. Score: 25-0 in 3 overs.
Sunil Rao into the attack. A good over for Telugu Warriors, who score 11 runs. Score: 20/0 in 2 overs.
Joshi ends the first over with a six. Confident start for the Tollywood team: Score: 9-0.
Jayam Karthik bowls the first over. Prince and Joshi open the innings for Telugu Warriors.
First Innings Update
Karnataka Bulldozers scored 207 runs for the loss of six wickets. Dhruv Sharma played a super unbeaten knock of 97 runs from 50 balls. He was well-supported by Karthik. At one stage, the Sandalwood team was struggling after losing a few early wickets.
But without losing heart, the batsmen displayed courage to score runs at good run rate. In the end, 207 is a winning total. In the previous match played between the Tollywood and Sandalwood teams, Bulldozers made 209 runs batting first and won the match by 5 runs.
Among the Tollywood bowlers, Kishore, though expensive, picked 3 wickets.
First Innings Live Update:
|Pradeep||c Samrat b Raghu||17||16|
|D Sharma||not out||97||50|
|J Karthik||c Samrat b Kishore||39||23|
|H Rajeev||c Ashwyn b Kishore||10||6|
|Prathap||c Joshi b Samrat||13||11|
Mahesh hits the six of last ball. Dhruv remains at 97. Score: 207-6 in 20 overs.
200 comes for Karnataka Bulldozers. The last 50 comes from 28 balls.
Dhruv hits a six. He reaches to 95 and Karnataka team is on 198 with 4 balls to go.
Dhruv is on 89. Can he score a century? 5 balls remaining.
12 runs come from the 19th over. Score: 191-6.
Runs keep coming for Karnataka team. Sudeep is gone for 14 (8).
Dhruv turns lucky as Akhil misses a run out opportunity. He is on 84 from 45 balls.
Karnataka team heading towards a good total. Sudeep scores 10 runs from 18th over. Score: 179-5
Sudeep is the new batsman. Score: 169-5 in 17 overs.
Karnataka Bulldozers lose its fifth wicket in the form of Prathap: 13 (11). Score: 167-5 in 16.5 overs.
After 16 overs, Karnataka Bulldozers are at 158-4.
150 comes for the Karnataka team. 5 overs to go. It looks like 200 on board is a possibility.
Prathap is the new batsman. He hits a six. 15 runs scored from that over.
Danger man Rajeev is out for 10 (6). Score: 136-4 in 14 overs.
Rajeev in the new batsman and opens his account with a boundary. 8 runs scored from that over. Score: 125-3 in 13 overs.
Karthik hits a six. Out. He goes for 39 from 23 balls. Score: 117-3 in overs.
While the first 50 came from 35 balls, the second came from 30 balls.
100 comes for Karnataka Bulldozers. Score: 100-2 in 11th over.
Dhruv scores 50 of 27 balls. Good knock in the deciding match.
Karnataka Bulldozers have batted well after losing two wickets. Score: 91-2 in 10 overs.
11 runs come from that over. Score: 83-2 in 9 overs. It is a good score.
Dhruv hits the first six. Score: 72-2 in 8 overs.
Karnataka Bulldozers will be aiming to score 180+ runs. It will be a good score on this track.
It's raining boundaries for the Sandalwood team. Score: 64-2 in 7 overs. Sharma: 31 (18), Karthik: 14 (6).
Karnataka Bulldozers got much-needed big over. 17 runs score from the last over of the power play. Score: 55-2 in 6 overs.
5 runs come from that over. Score: 38-2 in 5 overs.
Pradeep is out for 17 (16). Big blow for Sandalwood. Score: 33-2 in 4.4 overs.
The Sandalwood team is having the momentum after the initial blow. Two boundaries come from that over. 14 runs come from the fourth over. Score: 33-1.
Karnataka Bulldozers score 11 runs from the third over. Score: 21-1.
9 runs come from the second over. Score: 10/1 in 2 overs.
Dhruv Sharma is the new batsman. Score: 1-1- after 1 over.
Rahul is out. Telugu Warriors pick the first wicket. Score:1/1.
Pradeep and Rahul open the innings. Raghu bowls the first over.
Sudeep has won the toss and decided to bat first. Sudeep says 180 will be a good score.
Akhil is happy to bowl first.
The Sandalwood team has played four matches in the CCL 6, out of which it has won three matches. In its opening clash, it defeated Chennai Rhinos by 83 runs. However, Karnataka Bulldozers lost its second match to Kerala Strikers by six wickets. But it managed to beat Telugu Warriors in the third league match by five runs.
Karnataka Bulldozers clashed with Bengal Tigers in the first final and won the match by seven wickets. It has performed well with bat and ball throughout the tournament.
On the other end, Telugu Warriors started off with a victory against Kerala Strikers by five wickets. In the next match, it beat Chennai Rhinos by eight wickets. As mentioned above, it lost to Karnataka Bulldozers in a thriller in its third match.
In the second semi-final, Telugu Warriors beat Bhojpuri Dabanggs by 20 runs to enter the final.
The Tollywood has the advantage of playing in the home ground in the CCL final, while the Sandalwood team will confidently enter the field for beating Telugu Warriors in the league stage.