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10 June 2010


Two thrilling matches in Vizag to decide CCL first edition finalists

With the places for finals in Hyderabad on 12th June still wide open; gear yourself for two thrillers that could be decided in the final ball or with the last wicket. On 11th June, Kannada Bulldozers will clash with home boys Telugu Warriors in the first encounter at 3 PM, while the Chennai Rhinos will slug it out with Mumbai Heroes at 7 PM.

Bengaluru and Chennai was host to the first two set of qualifiers of CCL 2011. Matches that went down to the wire skipped many a heartbeat for the fan, even as the packed stadium was reverberating with hoots and wolf whistles of fans who enjoyed competitive cricket at its best.

Played with a great spirit, and as intensely as any other international cricket tournament and in equal settings, the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) has lived up to its promise of providing unadulterated cricket action for the viewer. The audience has lapped up nail-biting finishes, inspiring team huddles, starry histrionics and paisa vasool action in the biggest entertainer ever in the history of Indian cricket and cinema. Such is the desperation to win that Mumbai Heroes have arrived in Vizag two days ahead of their scheduled arrival and are sweating it out in the nets to acclimatize to the conditions.

It's a do-or-die situation for all the teams with all the makings of a perfect commercial pot, boiler. The Kannada Bulldozers are sitting pretty at the moment with back-to-back wins, but a loss at the hands of Telugu Warriors will throw the tourney wide open. The three other teams have chances of making it to the final. Since Chennai Rhinos will know the required

run rate with which they need to win with Mumbai Heroes, Telugu Warriors led by Venkatesh have a task cut out to post a formidable

total or chase down target with plenty of overs to left - a task that Kannada Bulldozers will make difficult considering the terrific form the team and their Captain Sudeep are in.

Below are the various possible combinations that could get the four teams into the final:

Scenario l :

If the Karnataka Bulldozers defeat the Telugu Warriors and the Chennai Rhinos defeat the Mumbai Heroes, then Karnataka Bulldozers and Chennai Rhinos will be in the finals.

Scenario 2:

If the Telugu Warriors beat the Karnataka Bulldozers and the Mumbai Heroes defeat the Chennai Rhinos, then Telugu Warriors and Karnataka Bulldozers will make it to the finals.

Scenario 3:

lf Karnataka Bulldozers defeat the Telugu Warriors and Mumbai Heroes defeat the Chennai Rhinos, then one among the three teams will make it to the finals along with Karnataka Bulldozers.

Scenario 4:

If Telugu Warriors defeat the Karnataka Bulldozers and Mumbai Warriors defeat Chennai Rhinos then the Telugu Warriors and Karnataka Bulldozers will reach the finals.

Scenario 5:

If the Telugu Warriors defeat the Karnataka Bulldozers and the Chennai Rhinos beat the Mumbai Heroes then it will be either the Telugu Warriors, Chennai Rhinos or Karnataka Bulldozers that will reach the finals based on their run rate.

The explosive finals will be played at Hyderabad on Sunday, 12th of June at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Popular stars Shriya Saran and Anushka will deliver special performances to enthrall the crowds.

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