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Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

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KKR and CSK will play in CLT20 2014 opener

Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will play the inaugural match of this year’s Champions League Twenty20 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on September 17.

Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

The 6th edition of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament (CLT20) will be held in India from September 13, 2014 to October 4, 2014 with Mohali, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Raipur as venues, the league’s governing council announced.

According to statement from BCCI the orgainsers of CLT20, the tournament will follow a format similar to the three previous editions, with a Group Stage preceded by a Qualifier.A total of 29 matches will be played in the 2014 edition of the tournament, including the qualifying phase.

The qualifying stage will involve 4 teams and the top-two sides will make it through to the group phase. The second round will feature 10 teams under two groups and the top two sides from each group will qualify for the semi-finals.

The final, which is scheduled on October 4, will be held at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore, which was also the venue for the final of IPL 2014.

“The Group stage matches will be played at Mohali, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Raipur. The Qualifier will be played at Raipur. The CLT20 Governing Council has confirmed the teams that will compete for a total prize money of US $ 6 million,” Sanjay Patel, Hony. Secretary, BCCI, said.

The Qualifier, to be played from September 13 to 16, will feature four teams.In the Qualifier, all teams will play each other once, with the top two advancing to the Group Stage.The top team from Group A will play the second-ranked team from Group B, and vice versa, in the semi-finals, both of which will be played at Hyderabad on October 2.

Teams in the Qualifying stage:

  • Q1 Lahore Lions (Pakistan’s domestic T20 competition champions)
  • Q2 Mumbai Indians (fourth-ranked team in IPL 2014)
  • Q3 Northern Knights (winners of New Zealand’s domestic T20 competition)
  • Q4 Southern Express (winners of Sri Lanka’s domestic T20 tournament)

Teams in Group A

  • Kolkata Knight Riders
  • Dolphins (winners of South Africa’s domestic T20 competition)
  • Perth Scorchers (Big Bash League winners)
  • Chennai Super Kings (IPL)
  • A team from the Qualifier

Teams in Group B

  • Kings XI Punjab (IPL)
  • Cape Cobras(runners-up in South Africa’s domestic T20 competition)
  • Hobart Hurricanes (Big Bash League runners-up)
  • Champion side from the West Indies
  • A team from the Qualifier

Note:

  • Q1/Q3 will enter Group A if either of them makes it to the Group Stage.
  • Q2/Q4 will enter Group B if either of them makes it to the Group Stage.
  • If Q1 and Q3 both make it to the Group Stage, then Q1 will enter Group A and Q3 will enter Group B. If Q2 and Q4 both make it to the Group Stage, then Q2 will enter Group B and Q4 will enter Group A.

India vs England 2nd Test : Rahane’s ton takes India to 290/9 at stumps

After a draw at Trent Bridge, India is up against England at Lords. Rahane’s century leads India’s fightback on Day 1 of  India vs England 2nd Test here at Lords

Rahane's century leads India's fightback on Day 1

Rahane century rescues India at Lord’s

Rahane’s positive batting helped India smash 150 runs in 35 overs for the loss of three wickets in the post tea session after they had lost four wickets for 67 in the second session.

From 145/7, Indian Cricket Team finished 1st day at 290/9. Many congratulations to Ajinkya Rahane who scored century at Lord’s.A strong comeback from India after a batting collapse in the post lunch session Well played Ajinkya and Bhuvi!! Rahane played a sparkling innings of 103, hitting 15 fours and a six in his 154-ball knock, while Bhuvneshwar played another important innings with the bat.

Bhuvneshwar, batting at No. 9, scored 36 runs and was involved in a 90-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Rahane to steer India out of trouble.

Anderson was the top bowler for England on Day 1 as he claimed four for 55 in 22 overs, while Broad took two for 79.

England were guilty of wasting the new ball in the morning session, bowling either too wide or too short and not making the Indians play much.

India lost four wickets for 32 runs in the space of nearly 15 nearly overs before Rahane’s century took them to safety.

“It’s a special hundred, every Test hundred is special but getting one at Lords is to be remembered always. We are in a great position now.” as quoted by Rahane

Putting the Ravindra Jadeja controversy aside, a determined Anderson became the highest wicket-taker in England, surpassing fast-bowling legend Fred Trueman when he accounted for Shikhar Dhawan (7) in the morning session.

Anderson has has managed to get 233 scalps of his overall 363 wickets on English soil with Trueman (229) and former skipper Ian Botham (226) behind him.

Rahane was Anderson’s final scalp of the day after a quick-reflex return catch ended the batsman’s exceptional innings on a greenish wicket at Lord’s.

(After a draw at Trent Bridge, India will be up against England on a much livelier wicket at Lord’s. Catch all the live score and live updates of the match here)