Panchkula:An impressive bowling spell by Thirun Kumaran for Chennai Superstars left Brian Lara's Mumbai Champs virtually floored on Monday evening in the Indian Cricket League's (ICL) Twenty-20 Indian championship at the Tau Devi Lal cricket stadium in Panchkula.
The Player of the match, Kumaran returned with the bowling figures of six wickets for 21 runs in four overs, the best in any Indian T-20 match as his side dominated the game and won by 38 runs.
Set a target of 158 runs by the Superstars, Champs succumbed meekly to their second defeat in the ICL championship.
Lara, one of the cricketing greats, failed to impress in his second outing in the championship. He scored only four runs before skying a Kumaran delivery to Hemanth Kumar. Lara had gone for a duck in his first match in Panchkula on Saturday.
JJ Van der Wath and DS Jadhav were the only ones to lead the Champs' fight-back, scoring 31 and 30 runs respectively.
Earlier, Ian Harvey led the pack for the Superstars, scoring 63 runs from 41 balls with four sixes and six fours.
With this victory, the Superstars are at the top of the table among six teams with four points - winning both their matches so far. They had earlier beaten Kolkata Tigers.
The Mumbai Champs, supposed to be one of the strongest teams with Lara's presence, are at the bottom of the table, having lost both their matches.
Chennai Superstars - Ian Harvey 63 runs, CMW Read 34 runs; Nathan Astle - 3 wickets for 36 runs.
Mumbai Champs - JJ Van der Wath 31 runs, DS Jadhav 30 runs; T Kumaran 6 wickets for 21 runs.