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The 3rd version of Celebrity Cricket League has been concluded with Karnataka Bulldozers being crowned as the champions. They were playing like champions from the start of the tournament and they concluded the tournament in grand style. Karnataka Bulldozers outclassed Telugu Warriors by 26 runs in the summit clash. Karnataka Bulldozers' Dhruv Sharma has been picked as the man of the match for his well made classy innings of 54* made of 46 balls.
Earlier in the tournament, Karnataka Bulldozers won by 7 wickets over Kerala Strikers in the first semifinal. In the second semifinal, Telugu Warriors reigns supreme over Veer Marathi by a whopping 75 runs.
Match analysis and scorecard of semifinal 1: Karnataka Bulldozers Vs Kerala Strikers
The first semifinal of third edition of CCL played at Hyderabad stadium. The toss was won by the Kerala team captain Indrajith and without any hesitation decided to bat first. The openers Rakendu and Rajeev Pillai started slowly. When it seems like they were settled at the crease, an unfortunate run out ended a good innings from Rajiv Pillai. That was all Karnataka Bulldozers needed. Since then, they made inroads in the Kerala Striker's middle order. Kerala Strikers lost wickets at regular intervals. Only Arjun Santhosh (19 runs) and Madan Mohan (36 runs) made good contributions to the Kerala scorecard. The inform Madan Mohan hit some lusty blows towards the end of the innings lifted the team to respectable total of 130 for 9 wickets. Himmath and Abhimanyu were the pick of the bowlers for Karnataka while inform Jayram Karthick went off colour.
The second innings of the match started with two quick wickets for Kerala Strikers those of Pradeep and Rajeev gave hopes in the Kerala Strikers' camp. But Dhruv Sharma and the all rounder Jayram Karthick pinned together a match winning 3rd wicket partnership of 104 runs of 80 balls. Dhruv Sharma falls after scoring a quick fire fifty (53 runs of 36 balls). Jayram Karthick made amendments for his bowling failures with a classy fifty (54* runs of 48 balls) made sure his team crossed the finishing line. Karnataka Bulldozers won by 7 wickets with 24 balls to spare. All Kerala Strikers' bowlers were wayward in their line and length and can't sustain the pressure created in the earlier part of the innings. Also the delay in introduction of Bineesh Kodiyeri made the situation more worse for Kerala Strikers. Dhruv Sharma won the man of the match award for his match saving fifty.
Match analysis and scorecard of semifinal 2: Telugu Warriors Vs Veer Marathi
Hyderabad stadium was the venue for second semifinal also. Venkatesh, Telugu Warriors captain won the toss and elected to bat first. The openers Prince and Aditya welcomed the decision of their captain by putting up a hundred runs opening stand. Prince was in an attacking mood is the first one to dismissed for a breezy 52 off 42 balls before adding 109 for the first wicket. The stage was set for a big score as Charan Teja walk in as one down batsman. But he perished for a golden duck. A mini middle order collapse at the end of the innings hindered Telugu Warriors' progress to a big score. Ultimately they end up with a score of 154 for 5 wickets at the end of 20 overs. Veer Marathi bowlers came back well at the end of the innings with Ankush Choudhary and Siddhant Mooley chipped in with two wickets each.
While chasing a good total, Veer Marathi were never on track from the start of the innings. They desperately needed a solid opening stand. They had a proper batsman in the form of their captain Riteish Deshmukh to provide a good start. But whole of their batting department failed with only two batsmen reached two figures. Siddhart Jadhav was the top scorer with 19 runs (off 24 balls) while the opener Mahesh Manjrekar was the other two digit scorer with 13 runs (off 14 balls). All the bowlers of Telugu warriors bowled with intent. Aadarsh, Charan Teja and Giri were the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets and 2 wickets respectively. Prince was declared as the man of the match for his fifty. A complete failure of batsmen were the only reason behind this loss of Veer Marathi.
Match analysis and scorecard of final: Karnataka Bulldozers vs Telugu Warriors
The match was held on Bangalore Chinnaswamy stadium making it a home match for Karnataka Bulldozers. There was a hype about this final since both teams entered the final with good wins over their rivals in the semifinal. Karnataka Bulldozers were the favourites because they have the home support.
The toss was won by Karnataka Bulldozers captain Sudeep and he elected to bat first. The start of their innings was a disastrous one with their captain dismissed for a duck in the very first over. They also lost their inform all rounder with a paltry score. Then comes the rescue act of the Mr. dependable Dhruv Sharma along with opener Pradeep. They made a 52 run partnership between them before Pradeep got out for 44 off 30 balls. The late onslaught from Manjunath (14 off 11 balls) and Rajeev (16 off 11 balls) ensured Karnataka Bulldozers finished with a fighting score. Dhruv Sharma remained not out on 54 off 46 balls and he held the innings together. The Karnataka Bulldozers finished their innings with a score of 148 for 5 wickets. For Telugu warriors, Reghu sparkled with 2 wickets. Nandakishore also bagged two wickets but was expensive.
With 149 as the target, there was no need of any hurry from Telugu Warriors. The only way for Karnataka Bulldozers to win this match was to pick early wickets. They did just that. They made early breakthrough in the innings by picking out the Telugu openers early. The superstars of semifinals, Telugu openers Prince and Aditya failed miserably and both fell before 25 runs on the board. Then onwards, wickets fell for Telugu Warriors which hindered the progrees of Telugu Warriors' innings. The hard hitting Charan Teja tried his level best with some big shots and his partnership with Aadarsh produced some hopes in Telugu Warriors camp. But it sonn disappeared with the successive wickets of both Charan Teja and Aadarsh. Lusty blows at the ed from Nandakishore went in vain as the target became more and more unreachable. They were end up with 26 shy of the target. Charan Teja top scored with 31 runs off 22 balls followed by Nandakishore (29 off 11 balls) and Aadarsh (21 off 34 balls). Jayram Karthick (1 for 12 in 4 overs) and Himmath (1 for 13 in 4 overs) bowled with intent for Karnataka Bulldzers. Their early spell slowed the ru rate and thereby checked the growth of Telugu Warriors towards the target. Manjunath (3 for 31 in 3 overs) picked 3 wickets but was very expensive. The slowness of the scoring rate at the start of the innings caused the downfall of Telugu Warriors. An explosive innings at the start of the innings missed from their batting.
Dhruv Sharma had been declared as the man of the match for his valuable 54 runs and tight bowling (0 for 18 in 3 overs).
CCL 2013 was a grand success both in it's fan following and the quality of game played. All the team were much more professional in their attitude towards the game and it increased the standard of the tournament. There were many candidates for the man of the series award. But the deserving one is Dhruv Sharma. He was the catalyst behind the triumph of Karnataka Bulldozers. He excelled with both bat and bowl and saved Karnataka Bulldozers from risky situations in many instances. We had seen this in both the semifinals and finals. Hope the next edition of CCL will be much more exciting.