Badani and Sathish bolster Chennai Superstars

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Panchkula, Nov 4 (UNI) A 90-run partnership between Hemant Kumar Badani and R Sathish helped Chennai Superstars post 161 all out in 19.5 overs against Royal Bengal Tigers in the 30th match of the ICL 20s Indian Championship at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex here tonight.

Chennai Superstars captain Stuart Law won the toss and elected to bat. Ganapathi Vignesh and Hemant opened the innings. Andre Adams struck early, scalping Kumar in the second over with 12 runs on the board. Adams cut short Vignesh's cameo of 22 runs in the fourth over. At the end of the 5th over, Chennai Superstars were placed at 30 for 2. The big wicket of Russel Arnold was followed by the run-out of Jesuraj (0). At this stage, Chennai Superstars were struggling at 59 for 4 in the ninth over.

Rajagopal Sathish got into the act right away taking 22 runs off Upul Chandana's 13th over. Sathish in company of Badani was working up a fine partnership for the 5th wicket and a couple of productive overs in the crucial middle innings' stage, had the Chennai side gain back the momentum at 119 for 4 at the end of the 15th over.

Badani brought his third ICL fifty off 40 balls in the 18th over and Sathish followed suit bringing his half century off only 25 balls a ball later.

The brilliant 90-run partnership for the fifth wicket was finally ended by the impressive Eklak Ahmid, scalping Sathish for a well made 50, laced with 5 fours and 3 sixes. Just when Chennai were trying to run away to a mammoth total, Upul Chandana struck in the penultimate over with three wickets for only a single run. Chandana finally ended his spell with brilliant figures of 4 for 38. The eventful first saw Chennai Superstars set the Royal Bengal Tigers a competitive target of 162. For the Royal Bengal Tigers, Chandana (4 for 38) and Eklak Ahmid (3 for 21) were the most successful bowlers.

Brief scores: Chennai Superstars: 161 all out in 19.5 overs (Ganapathi Vignesh 22, Arnold 21, Hemant Badani 55, Rajagopal Sathish 50, Chandana 4 for 38, Ahmid 3 for 21, Adam 2 for 21).

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