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The best performances in the Champions
League came from teenagers, from estab-
lished Indian stars, and from forty-some-
things. Here are the top six:
63* off 19 v Sunrisers Hyderabad
The Dhoni rampage that included an over
Thisara Perera will be desperately trying to
forget. At the start, a typically brutal Dhoni
hit over long-on was sandwiched by two wides.
The over ended with four consecutive
sixes---over square leg, over point, over long-
on and over third man and ended up costing
34 runs. Perera will be ruing Ishant Sharma's
misfield off the second legitimate ball of the
over, which allowed Dhoni to hurry back for
the second and regain the strike. Dhoni went
on to his half-century in 16 balls, the quickest
in the Champions League - and eighth fastest
in all T20---as Chennai Super Kings accelerated
past 200 and out of Sunrisers' reach.
4 for 9 v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Narine is a dead cert to be a millionaire at
next year's IPL auction. He's had two out-
standing IPL seasons and his mystery hasn't
faded in the CLT20 either. The success over
the past two years means his reputation now
precedes him, and teams are happy to play
out his four overs and target the other bowlers.
His teams turn to him at every crucial juncture.
Defending 160 against Sunrisers, T&T brought
him on in the 5th over to rein in a strong start
and he delivered with a first-ball wicket. There
was another in a two-over spell in the middle
of the innings, before he signed off with wickets
off his final two deliveries in the 18th over.
The only runs he conceded were nine singles.
60 off 33 v Mumbai Indians
Once Mumbai ran up a total in excess of
200 in the final, most people thought the
game was as good as over. Not 18-year-old
Sanju Samson though. Walking in after the
first wicket fell in the first over, a fearless array
of strokes kept Royals in the chase as the ask-
ing-rate of 10 was matched for more than half
the innings. It began with an effortless straight
hit for six off Harbhajan Singh and he peppered
the arc between long-on and midwicket as
Royals reached 117 for 1 in the 12th over, but
even with heavy-hitters like Shane Watson to
follow, they couldn't complete the victory.
4 for 32 v Rajasthan Royals
Harbhajan Singh may no longer be among
India's first-choice spinners but he reminded
the selectors once more of his big-match tem-
perament, in the final. After Samson's
onslaught had helped Royals keep pace, Watson
had begun with a monstrous hit for six. Harb-
hajan removed the dangerman though with a
straighter one that Watson top-edged towards
wide long-on. Then came the over that com-
pletely transformed the game: the well-set
Ajinkya Rahane and two big hitters in Stuart
Binny and Kevon Cooper were all packed off
and for the second time in three years a single
Harbhajan over had put the title within Mum-
117* off 56 v Perth Scorchers
Before the match against Perth Scorchers,
Broom's Twenty20 career stats were middling:
65 matches, average 21.23, strike-rate 112.08.
So when Hamish Rutherford (career strike-
rate 143.89) and star batsman Brendon McCul-
lum were dismissed cheaply, Perth were a sat-
isfied lot. No way could they have expected
what came next. Broom played the T20 innings
of his life with nine fours and eight sixes flow-
ing as he ran up 117 off a mere 56 deliveries.
Hard to pick a highlight from that smash-a-
thon but the three successive sixes in the 19th
over to bring up his century and reach the
highest score over five seasons of the CLT20
will be up there. No wonder he has such a
devoted fan club back home.
3 for 10 v Chennai Super Kings
Pravin Tambe's rise provided one of the
most heart-warming cricketing stories in recent
years. For a retirement-age cricketer to get his
chance to play alongside the all-time greats
is a dream, leave alone ending up as the bowler
of the tournament. With his skiddy legbreaks
and accuracy, Tambe proved difficult for most
batsmen. Thoughts that his bowling would
fall apart under the pressure of a big match
were brushed aside as he turned in 3 for 10
against the mighty Super Kings in the semi-
final. It included the prized wicket of Suresh
Raina and two other vial cogs, S Badrinath
and Dwayne Bravo. He was Man of the Match
as Royals pulled off a giant-killing act and
marched into the final.
Age no bar to
star in CLT20
MS Dhoni...rampaged an over from Thisara
Sanju Samson...a fearless array of strokes.
Pravin Tambe...one of the most heart-
warming cricketing stories in recent years.
Harbhajan Singh...reminded selectors of his
Sunil Narine...dead certain to be a millionaire at next year's IPL auction.
Neil Broom...played the T20 innings of his life.
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