The Chennai Rhinos emerged champions for the second consecutive year with an exciting one-run win over the Karnataka Bulldozers in the final of the second Celebrity Cricket League at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday. The final saw stars from Tamil and Kannada tinsel world including Kajal Agarwal,Shriya Saran, Madhu Shalini,Priyamani, twinkle under the lights on a cricket field.
Annoyed with the loss, the Karnataka team refused to collect the runners-up trophy. The team has, in fact, asked for a re-match of Sunday’s CCL final. The Karnataka team thought the run out of their batsman by a Chennai bowler during his run-up when the team needed only 10 runs from six balls as highly unsporting. “Morally we won the match(????), so the players were reluctant to go on stage to receive the runners-up trophy. Heroes are supposed to be role models but they set a wrong precedent yesterday.”
VIKRAANTH – The man of the match
The undisputed star of CCL 2012 finals, Vikraanth(cousin of actor Vijay), who excelled with the bat and the ball, helped the Rhinos to a thrilling win against Karnataka Bulldozers.
It was an exciting finish as Bulldozers required 10 runs from the last over from Vikraanth to clinch the issue. And, he cleaned up the well-set Dhruv (58, 46 balls) with the first ball. Captain Sudeep hit 4, 2, 2 before being run out. Then, Vikraanth ran out non-striker Karthik in his follow-through without completing that delivery, an action which stunned the Karnataka camp. Still two runs were needed of the last ball and another run out triggered off celebrations in Chennai camp.
The scores: Chennai Rhinos 161 for four in 20 overs (Vikraanth 95 not out) bt Karnataka Bulldozers 160 for six in 20 overs (Dhruv 58, Karthik 51).