Tied Matches in CLT20
The tied matches are always a treat to watch and if we add some Ravi Shastri flavour to it, the matches go all the way to the wire and all the three outcomes will be possible, which is what the doctor ordered. Even before the interception of Twenty20’s, tied matches provide much drama that a cricket fan needs. The five year old CLT20 has seen few tied matches, 4 matches to be exact. Unfortunately, the CLT20 hasn’t witnessed a bowl-out as all the results of the four matches were decided by super over. Here is the list of all the tied matches that took place in the CLT20 history.
In the very first edition, the Champions League T20 witnessed a super over in which Eagles came out victorious. Chasing 120 in 20 overs, the Eagles managed to fell one run short of the needed 120 runs as the match went into the one over eliminator. Eagles managed to get nine runs in their super over which was bowled by Yasir Arafat. Chasing 10 off six balls, CJ de Villiers did a sensational stuff as he knocked off Dwayne Smith and Rory Hamilton Brown in the first two balls to earn Eagles a victory.
The only Indian team that was involved in a tie in CLT20 is Chennai Super Kings. In the second edition in South Africa, CSK locked horns with Victoria Bushrangers in a group stage match. Courtesy Murali Vijay’s 73, Chennai set Victoria a target of 16 runs in their quota of 20 overs. When it looked like CSK were losing the game, Raina came in and chipped in with four wickets. An unwanted overthrow by Raina in the penultimate ball took the game into super over. Batting first, Victoria batsman David Hussey teared apart R Ashwin and piled up 23 runs in an over. Chasing a mammoth 24 off the Clint McKay over, Chennai batsmen managed only 13 and in process went down to their Aussie rival.
New South Wales and Trinidad and Tobago has a long time rivalry which started in the first edition. In the inaugural edition, both the teams won a match each against each other and when the teams faced in the third edition at Chennai, once again it was a high intense clash. Both the teams ended their innings at 139 in 20 overs taking the match to the super over. In the Super Over, Moises Henriques propelled the NSW to 18 in the over bowled by Ravi Rampaul in reply to which the Trinidadians managed just 15 against Steven O’Keefe.
The latest Super Over finish in CLT20 is between the Highveld Lions and Otago Volts in the 2013 edition. At the Sawai Man Sigh stadium, Quinton de Kock’s century helped the Lions to reach a total of 167 in their 20 overs. Chasing 168, a late burst from Otago’s Jimmy Neesham took them to 167 in their quota of twenty overs as well. In the one over eliminator, both the teams ended on 13 runs in their one over. Otago managed to clinch the tie on the virtue of scoring more boundaries than the Lions.