IPL: Sohail Tanvir routs Chennai Super Kings with 6 for 14

Sohail Tanvir confounded Chennai Super Kings’ batsmen with his immaculate line and length and triggered an early collapse © AFP (Representation photo)

On May 4, 2008, wrong-footed Sohail Tanvir hit the right note against Chennai Super Kings picking up six for 14 at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. The feature of Tanvir’s bowling was the immaculate control over his swing and unremitting stump-to-stump line which proved to be Chennai’s pet-peeve. Sarang Bhalerao remembers Tanvir’s tirade.

Rashid Khan of Pakistan, Mike Proctor of South Africa and Lala Amarnath of India were a few people who defied conventional logic when it came to bowling. Add Sohail Tanvir to this list of bowlers who were wrong footed at the time of delivery. At Jaipur, against Chennai Super Kings, the focus had shifted from Tanvir’s action to his immaculate line and length. Add prodigious swing to that and Chennai’s batting collapse seemed inevitable after his early strikes.

The carnage started with the first ball of the match. Tanvir’s in-deeper confounded Parthiv Patel, who was looking to work the ball towards on-side. Patel missed the ball by a proverbial country mile and was adjudged leg before. Stephen Fleming, the seasoned campaigner failed to gauge Tanvir’s swing and was out in the first over as well for naught. Chennai started in the worst possible fashion. One run and two wickets in the first over; Chennai were in doldrums.

Shane Warne designed an attacking field for Tanvir in his second over. There were two slips waiting for the genuine edge from Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan’s bat. Tanvir bowled an away swinger just short of length. Vidyut played a half-hearted cut shot and was gobbled by Warne in the second slip. At 11 for three Chennai needed an act of resurrection.

Raina(27) added 44 with Albie Morkel for the sixth wicket. After Raina fell, Joginder Sharma (1) was dismissed cheaply. Morkel’s aggressive approach helped him score 42 runs. At the start of the 17th over, Chennai were 96 for seven. Tanvir was brought back by Warne for his final spell. Morkel swung his bat off the first ball and missed it. Stumps were cart wheeled. Tanvir had astutely bowled a slower length ball first up which tempted Morkel to hit across the line. Three balls later, Muttiah Muralitharan was hoodwinked by Tanvir’s slower delivery. An ugly swipe brought about the Sri Lankan spin bowler’s downfall. At that point Tanvir’s figures read 2.5-0-2-5. Chennai were capitulating as Tanvir was annihilating them.

No. 11, Makhaya Ntini meted out some punishment to Tanvir in his final over. A couple of boundaries took Chennai past 100. On the last ball of his spell, Tanvir produced a slower delivery coming from round the wicket which bewildered Ntini totally. He even got a hi-fi from Ntini for producing such a delivery.
Tanvir (4-0-14-6) produced a stellar performance; Chennai set Rajasthan a target of 110 which the home team achieved without any jitters.

Rajasthan won their fifth consecutive game in the competition and secured the top-spot. Tanvir’s inspiring bowling performance and the overall form of the team made them strong contenders for winning the championship.

As it turned out, the prophecies weren’t untrue at all.

Brief Scores:

Chennai Super Kings 109 in 19 overs (Albie Morkel 42, Suresh Raina 27; Sohail Tanvir 6 for 14) beat Rajasthan Royals 110 for 2 in 14.2 overs (Graeme Smith 35, Swapnil Asnodkar 32*; Muttiah Muralitharan 1 for 20) by 8 wickets.

Man of the match: Sohail Tanvir

(Sarang Bhalerao hails from a family of doctors, but did his engineering. He then dumped a career in IT with Infosys to follow his heart and passion and became a writer with CricketCountry. A voracious reader, Sarang aspires to beat Google with his knowledge of the game! You can follow him on Twitter here)