Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of  the seventh match of ongoing Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) 2016 which is being played between Telugu Warriors and Chennai Rhinos at Nehru Stadium in Kochi. This is the second match of both the teams for this season. Chennai Rhinos lost their last match (which they played against Karnataka Bulldozers) by 83 runs. On the other hand, Telugu Warriors won their last game against Kerala Strikers by five wickets. Hence, they have two points and are currently placed second in the Group B points table after table-toppers Karnataka. Kerala Strikers are at No. 3 followed by Chennai Rhinos on the fourth and final spot of the rankings.

Live Cricket Score, Telugu Warriors 168/2 in 17.3 Overs | Target 165 | Batting: Sudhir Babu 70(39), Dharam Raj 1(1): Telugu Warriors have won this match by eight wickets. Things have now become difficult for Chennai Rhinos. Sudhir Babu remained unbeaten on 70 off only 39 balls; Joshi too played an excellent innings. Chennai Rhino’s batsman Vikranth’s century went in vain. OUT! Joshi c Venkat b Shaam 72(54)

Live Cricket Score, Telugu Warriors 140/1 in 15 Overs | Target 165 | Batting: Sudhir Babu 49(31), Joshi 67(48): Both the batters have played exceedingly well and have brought Telugu Warriors excruciatingly close to victory in this seventh match of CCL 2016. Sudhir Babu is just a run short off his fifty while Joshi is batting on 67 from only 48 balls. Warriors need 25 runs from 30 balls, looks like a cakewalk for them.

Live Cricket Score, Telugu Warriors 92/1 in 10 Overs | Target 165 | Batting: Sudhir Babu 26(18), Joshi 44(31): Joshi gets down the wicket and smashes the ball over the ropes. He is now six short of his fifty and Telugu Warriors now require 73 more runs from 60 balls to win the match. They have nine wickets in hand and are in the driver’s seat.

Live Cricket Score, Telugu Warriors 76/1 in 8 Overs | Target 165 | Batting: Sudhir Babu 16(13), Joshi 37(23): Both the batters are rotating the strike pretty well with occasional boundaries off lose deliveries. They are taking quick singles but without any risk; running between the wickets is especially good between the current batsmen at the crease. A review is asked by both the bowling and batting side for a leg-before-decision for Joshi’s wicket. First the bowling side asked for the review. When Joshi was declared out then the batting side too asked for the review. Prince did not look happy with the decision; maybe he felt that there was an inside edge. The third umpire overturns the decision and Joshi is given a life. Some extraordinary stuff on display here at Kochi. Prince declared not out, then out and finally given not out again.

Live Cricket Score, Telugu Warriors 55/1 in 6 Overs | Target 165 | Batting: Sudhir Babu 13(8), Joshi 23(16): Prince gets out for 13 off 12 balls. He hit two boundaries in his innings. Shantanu has been brought into the attack. Sudhir Babu is the new batsman at the crease. Sudhir looks in a hurry since he is batting at a brisk rate from the moment he has arrived having already struck three shots to the fence. OUT! Prince c Shaam b Ashok 13(12)

Live Cricket Score, Telugu Warriors 40/0 in 4 Overs | Target 165 | Batting: Prince 13(11), Joshi 21(13): Joshi has upped the tempo by hitting three boundaries in the fourth over. Prince is complementing him pretty well at the other end by rotating the strike. It is now imperative for Rhinos to pick the wicket of Joshi or else there is always a danger that he may take the game away from them.

Live Cricket Score, Telugu Warriors 17/0 in 2 Overs | Target 165 | Batting: Prince 6(6), Joshi 7(6):  Both the batters have given Telugu Warriors a slow and steady start.  They have struck a boundary each. Vikranth and Ashok are bowling at the moment. Can Vikranth take his amazing batting performance to his bowling as well? Warriors need 148 more runs to win from 108 balls with all wickets intact.

INNINGS BREAK

Live Cricket Score, Chennai Rhinos 164/3 in 20 Overs | Batting: Vikranth 100(64), Kalaiyarasan 14(9): Vikranth has smashed the first hundred of CCL 2016. It was an epic innings which included some splendid drives, cuts and pulls. Chennai Rhinos post a competitive total of 164 for the loss of three wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Joshi, Raghu and Samrat took one wicket each.

Live Cricket Score, Chennai Rhinos 134/3 in 18 Overs | Batting: Vikranth 82(57), Kalaiyarasan 3(4): Vikranth is batting very sensibly. He changed batting gears in his innings as per the situation. Kalaiyarasan shoud try to give him maximum strike not just to enable Vikranth get to his century but also help Rhinos post a big total.

Live Cricket Score, Chennai Rhinos 113/3 in 16 Overs | Batting: Vikranth 64(49), Kalaiyarasan 0(0): Shantanu departs for 24 off 25 deliveries. He was caught by Prince off the bowling of Joshi. Kalaiyarasan has come to the middle after the fall of Shantanu. Can Vikranth smash a hundred as well? It shall be interesting to see if he is able to do it. OUT! Shantanu c Prince b Joshi 24(25)

Live Cricket Score, Chennai Rhinos 96/2 in 14 Overs | Batting: Shantanu 13(16),  Vikranth 62(46): Vikranth is playing one of the best innings of CCL 2016. He has played many spectacular shots; cuts and slices as well. Can Rhinos go past 170? It will be a match winning score if they post over 175 or at least 170. Tarun and Kishore have been brought into the attack.

Live Cricket Score, Chennai Rhinos 84/2 in 12 Overs | Batting: Shantanu 10(10),  Vikranth 52(40):  Vikranth has smashed a quickfire fifty. Batting on 52 at the moment, he has faced just 40 odd deliveries. Shantanu is giving him good company. He is taking his time to settle down. Rhinos would want to go beyond 160, so that they can give their bowlers a good target to defend and thereby give Telugu Warriors a good fight. 160 would be a decent score if not a match winning one.

Live Cricket Score, Chennai Rhinos 72/2 in 10 Overs | Batting: Shantanu 3(3),  Vikranth 48(35): Vishnu falls for 16; he attempted a slog and was caught at the covers. Vikranth is now just two runs short off his fifty. Shantanu is the new man at the crease. The match is more or less in balance as of now. Both the teams are striving hard and giving their best effort. OUT! Vishnu c Prince b Samrat 16(18)

Live Cricket Score, Chennai Rhinos 60/1 in 8 Overs | Batting: Vishnu 16(17),  Vikranth 39(27):Vishnu is batting just a run less then run-a-ball. Vikranth is approaching his half century; his scoring rate has reduced after the end of powerplay. He has played shots all round the ground and it was not all slam bang; some of the shots were good cricketing drives and pulls.

Live Cricket Score, Chennai Rhinos 48/1 in 6 Overs | Batting: Vishnu 13(14),  Vikranth 31(18): After the end of powerplay, Chennai Rhinos are 48 for the loss only one wicket which was of Ashok. Vikranth is batting at a brisk rate and Chennai will be hoping that he completes his fifty as well. Raghu (medium-pace bowler), Sachin Joshi (slow left-arm orthodox spinner) and Prince have bowled till now.

Live Cricket Score, Chennai Rhinos 26/1 in 4 Overs | Batting: Vishnu 2(7),  Vikranth 22(13): Vikranth is playing exceedingly well. He smashes two back back-to-back fours; he follows it up with a six soon after. Vishnu, on the other hand is taking his time to get his eye in.

Live Cricket Score, Chennai Rhinos 4/1 in 2 Overs | Batting: Vishnu 1(3),  Vikranth 2(4): Ashok attempts a drive over mid-off region off Raghu’s bowling but ends up finding the fielder Dharam Tej; a good catch by Dharam, he first stopped the ball with his one hand by jumping and then took the catch. A few singles follow it. Vishnu has arrived to the crease after the fall of Ashok. OUT! Ashok c Dharam Tej b Raghu 1(4)

Toss: Chennai Rhinos win the toss and will bat first

Teams:

Chennai Rhinos: Arya (c), Ramana (wk), Ashok, Vikranth, Vishnu, Bhagyaraj Shantanu, Prithvi, Kalai Asaran, Sharan, Shaam, Bharath

Telugu Warriors: Akkineni Akhil (c) (wk), Prince, Sachin Joshi, Sudhir Babu, Raghu, Ahwyn, Aadarsh, Tarun, Nandakishore, Samrat, Sai Dharam Tej

Talking of Group A,  Bhojpuri Dabanggs are at the top with four points from two matches. Mumbai Heroes, Bengal Tigers and Punjab De Sher are at second, third and fourth positions respectively. Dabbangs are the only team which have four points in this tournament so far. Chennai team is owned by Ganga Prasad while famous actress Catherine Tressa is the team’s brand ambassador. Raju Padmanabhan is their coach. Telugu Warriors’ owner is Sachin Joshi and its mentor is renowned actor Venkatesh. It has three brand ambassadors— Regina Cassandra, Pranitha Subhash and Adah Sharma.

This is the sixth season of CCL. Telugu Warriors are the defending champions. They defeated Chennai Rhinos in the final last season. Chennai Rhinos would want to avenge their last season’s defeat in this match. Chennai and Karnataka are the most successful teams of the league; they have two titles each.

Squads:

Chennai Rhinos: Aarya (c), Jiva, Vishnu, Vikranth, Ramana, Prithivi, Shanthnu, Ashok, Balaji, Sharan, Sanjay, Bharath, Bose, Shaam, Uday, Nanda, Kalaiyarasan, Hemachandran, Mahendran

Telugu Warriors: Akhil Akkineni (c), Sachin Joshi, Sudheer Babu, Ashwin Babu, Aadarsh, Nanda Kishore, Nikhil, Raghu, Samrat, Taraka Ratna, Tarun, Vishwa, Prince, Sushanth, Dharam, Khayyum, Harish