Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of fifth match of ongoing Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) 2016 which is being played between Mumbai Heroes and Bengal Tigers at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad. This is Mumbai’s second match of the season. Their first match was on the opening day of the tournament and they had faced new entrants Punjab de Sher. Mumbai had begun the league with a comfortable win by 97 runs. Even Bengal is making an appearance in this edition for a second time. Their previous fixture was against Bhojpuri Dabanggs which they had lost. The Dabanggs beat them by 68 runs to take two crucial points.

Live Cricket Score: Mumbai Heroes 144/9 | Overs 20 | BATSMEN: Badola 13(11), Bobby Deol 6(7) | And finally the match is over. It has been an absolute joy reporting the thrilling, skilful cricket that has unfurled here. *cough*heavysarcasm*cough* Now on to the next match, Sher De Punjab vs Bhojpuri Dabanggs.

Live Cricket Score: Mumbai Heroes 101/7 | Overs 15 | BATSMEN: Shabir Ahluwalia 21(13), Apoorva Lakhia 26(9) | A dog has run onto the field. Most interesting thing that has happened this match. Though to be fair, Apoorva Lakhia has batted better than a No. 9 batsman, and better than most of the top order.

Live Cricket Score: Mumbai Heroes 56/6 | Overs 11 | BATSMEN: Sengupta 13(15), Shabir Ahluwalia 9(4) | Words have not been invented yet to describe how abysmal the batting has been from the Mumbai Heroes. They have gifted Vivek four wickets. To call this cricket would be a bit of a stretch. Shabir Ahluwalia slogs away though, so it is fun.

Live Cricket Score: Mumbai Heroes 16/3 | Overs 3 | BATSMEN: Aftab Shivdasani 0(0) | Both openers are out. Ritesh Deshmukh managed to hit a slow ball back to the bowler. All that facial hair seems to have obstructed train of thought. Samir Kochchar has proven that speaking about cricket in IPL has done nothing to make him a decent batsman. And the third batsman who did not have enough time to make himself known to anyone has hit another slow ball to the fielder. This has to be the least deserving three-wicket haul in the history of competitive (I’m being generous) cricket.

Live Cricket Score: Bengal Tigers 175/5 | Overs 20 | BATSMEN: Sandy 37(25), Yousuf 27(24) | Good batting and great bowling all-round. This has been a highly professional performance. I’m talking of India’s Under-19 World Cup side, of course. Here it has been a couple of hours of blind slogging, slow bowling, terrible fielding, and ‘oh that guy is still alive’ moments.

Live Cricket Score: Bengal Tigers 121/4 | Overs 15 | BATSMEN: Sandy 3(5), Yousuf 13(16) | Apoorva Lakhia has come in to bowl now. RD tries to hit the first ball to Surat, but picks out the fielder Bherwani, who is then hugged and lifted in the air by Lakhia, probably because that is what he saw one cricketer do that one time. Bobby Deol has injured himself bowling. He was sending down deliveries slower than Majid Haq (brownie points to you if you have even heard of him). Badola has replaced him. He is bowling slower than Bobby, if that is even possible.

Live Cricket Score: Bengal Tigers 90/1 | Overs 9 | BATSMEN: Joy 57(34), RD 8(3) | Raja has taken a wicket! He has bowled one of Indrasish with a ball that was so slow that the batsman finished playing the shot before the ball bounced. The ineptitude of cricket on display must be seen to be believed. OUT! Indrasish 19(17) b Raja Bherwani

Live Cricket Score: Bengal Tigers 53/0 | Overs 5 | BATSMEN: Joy 38(22), Indrasish 9(9) | Oh dear lord, Bobby Deol is bowling now. Between him and Ritesh Deshmukh there is enough facial hair to put a blanket over a small country. His bowling action is a thing of beauty; all hands and no pace. Joy has slogged with gay abandon and got four. It’s heartbreaking to see such a huge crowd watching this match, while the MCL goes nearly empty. And now Raja Bherwani has come in to bowl. He is bowling right-arm slow.

Live Cricket Score: Bengal Tigers 7/0 | Overs 1 | BATSMEN: Joy 7(6), Indrasish 0(0) | Ritesh (I know that’s not how he spells it) Deshmukh starts off with his searing pace (ha ha) and the batsman gets two off the first ball. Probably should have been run out but the wicketkeeper was too inept to collect the ball and whip off the bails as well. We are in for a thrilling exhibition of top-quality cricket. Deshmukh’s hair is longer than his bowling is fast.

While Mumbai lead the points table with two points and a far better net run rate than the second placed Bhojpuri Dabanggs who also have earned two points so far. Mumbai’s Shabir Ahluwali is the second highest run scorer of the tournament this year so far with 69 runs off one match. Mumbai posted 222 in 20 overs in their first match and in reply to that, Punjab managed only 125 runs despite batting their 20 overs.


Mumbai Heroes: Ritesh Deshmukh (c), Bobby Deol, Aftab Shivdasani, Amit Purohit, Apoorva Lakhia, Armaan Kohli, Indraneil Sengupta, Jeetu Varma, Kabir Sadanand, Raja Bherwani, Rohit Roy, Samir Kochhar, Sangram Singh, Shabir Ahluwalia, Suniel Shetty, Varun Badola, Vatsal Sheth, Saqib Saleem, Rajneesh Duggal, Jay Bhanushali, Dino Morea, Manoje Biddvai, Sharad Kelkar.

Bengal Tigers: Jisshu Sengupta(c), Dev, Rahul, Amitabh, Joy, Suman, Uday, Vinaayak, Srv, Indrasish, Yousuf, Debraj, Raja, Mohan, Sandy, Saugata.