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Hyderabad Heroes become Edelweiss ICL 20s Challenge champions

In a thrilling second final of the Edelweiss ICL 20s Challenge, Hyderabad Heroes beat Lahore Badshahs in a heart-stopping bowl out to take the title 2-0 the Lal Bahadur Stadium on Sunday. Chris Harris' Heroes had won the first final as well.
With scores tied as Heroes chased Badshahs' total of 130, it came down to the decisive bowl out, which the Heroes won 3-0. While Boje, PIS Reddy and Harris of Heroes hit the target, Rana Naved, Shahid Nariz and Naved Latif of Badshahs missed.
Earlier, Ambati Rayudu's heroics took Heroes close to victory. Needing 23 runs in the last two overs, Rayudu hit a huge six over mid-wicket as Heroes took 12 runs from the penultimate over, delivered by Azhar Mahmood. Heroes were helped by two no-balls in the final over as Rana Naved, who gave only 13 runs in three overs, conceded eight runs in his fourth over. The Heroes were unlucky in the end as they lost their last two wickets to Rana needing just two runs from three balls. At 129/8, Absolom was run out for the fourth ball of the final over. However, the ball was ruled wide and Heroes got one run. PIS Reddy, who stepped in next, was clean bowled by Rana to leave the scores level.
Earlier, P Inder Sekhar Reddy and Stuart Binny restricted Badshahs to 130/9 in 20 overs. While Reddy claimed four wickets for 19 runs, Binny scalped three for nine. Badshahs were off to a flying start before Absolom got the crucial breakthrough when he had Umar caught by Maher. Umar added 34 runs with Nazir for the first wicket in five overs. From being 63/1 at the end of nine overs, the Badshahs suffered four quick blows to be left reeling at 98/6. Reddy started the slide when he removed Nazir for 30. An over later he got the prized wicket, trapping Badshahs captain Inzamam-ul Haq for 5.
Binny joined the party as he struck thrice in quick succession, accounting for Farhat, Latif and Humayun.
However, the big hitting Azhar Mahmood tried to repair the damage by accelerating the run rate when Reddy got into the act again. The Badshahs lost momentum thereafter but managed to add 19 runs in the last two overs.

Chennai Superstars claim 3rd spot with win

A blistering 86 not out by Rajagopal Sathish helped Chennai Superstars beat Kolkata Tigers by 32 runs to finish third in the ICL's Twenty20 tournament on Friday.
The 27-year-old right-hander faced just 42 balls for his knock, powering his team to a commanding 186-4 after electing to bat under strong breezy weather conditions. He was declared man-of-the match for his effort. Opener G Vignesh (40 in 19 balls) and Hemang Badani scored run-a-ball 36 making useful contributions for the Superstars, who had won ICL's inaugural Twenty20 championship played here in December last year.
While Al Ahmed was the most successful bowler for the Tigers taking three wickets giving away 28 runs, in sharp contrast Eklak Ahmid came in for some hammer from Sathish and the bowler ended up giving 51 runs in his allotted four overs.
Tigers, who had given anxious moments to Lahore Badshahs in the semi-finals here on Thursday, were bundled out for 154 in 18.4 overs. Skipper Craig Mac Millan (35) was the top scorer for his team while opener Deep Dasgupta struck a quickfire 34.
The hero of Thursday's innings Lance Klusener (14) failed to impress on Friday getting out LBW to Shabeer Ahmed. It was Thiru Kumaran and V Devendran which wrecked the Tigers’ innings and after being 113/5 in the 13 overs suddenly found their middle-order collapse and then the tail winded up quickly. Superstars pocketed Rs 50 lakh for coming third.

Heroes beat Badshahs to win first final in ICL

A three-wicket haul by Abdul Razzaq (3 for 18) and a fine composed innings of 44 runs by Ambati Rayadu and later a guided Hyderabad Heroes to a to a close six-run win over Lahore Badshahs in the first of the best-of-three finals of the Indian Cricket League Edelweiss Challenge being played at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Panchkula on Friday.
Chasing the feasible target of 144, Badshahs needed 12 runs in the final over which was bowled by former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, who turned out to be the nemesis for the Lahore team in the end. Razzaq’s (12 ball 21 and 3/18) all-round performance against his compatriots made the difference in the end as he single-handedly took the match away for the grip of Badshahs.
The final over turned out to be dramatic one as Heroes’ Razzaq bowled three wides but he rapidly amended his act by getting Rana Naved-Ul-Hasan run out before cleaning up Mohammed Sami and Shahid Nazir, to seal victory in Hyderabad Heroes’ favour.
Earlier Hyderabad Heroes got off to a tardy start, as they could be able to score only 64 at the halfway mark with the loss of only two wickets. Former Australian player and Heroes opener Jimmy Maher struck 33 in 34 balls while his partner Razzaq struck a flashy 21 of 12 balls. Promising Hyderabadi Ambati Rayudu was in good touch, but was the first among three batsmen who got run out after making useful contribution of 44 in 42 balls that included two sixes.
The middle-order failed to keep up the momentum with former South African all-rounder Justin Kemp wasted 20 balls for his 11 before being bowled by expensive Rana Naved-Ul-Hasan, who conceded 47 runs for Badshahs. Stuart Binny (3) and skipper Chris Harris (8) couldn’t contribute much for their team as they both were run out.
In reply, Badshahs had a dismal start since they were three down with just 36 runs on the board after losing opener Imran Farhat (5), Humayun Farhat (12) and Hasan Raza (5) in quick succession. Inzamam, who came at Raza's fall, straightaway smacked Nicky Boje for a towering six right over the bowler's head to ease down the pressure.
But it was all Inzamam could do as the Badshahs skipper (8) was caught and bowled by Stuart Binny, who had in his previous over scalped Raza. Opener Taufeeq Umar held Badshahs fort but he was losing partners at the other end at regular intervals with the required run rate kept mounting. Badshahs, who had not tasted defeat in this tournament so far, were reeling after losing five wickets five for 65.
Naved Latif (11) too got out in similar fashion as Inzamam, but off the bowling of former New Zealander all-rounder Chris Harris. Finally Taufeeq got some much-needed support from all-rounder Azhar Mahmood towards the end as the duo started the onslaught. However, just when the Badshahs looked all set to close in on their target, Taufeeq got run out by a direct hit from Maher having struck 34 in just 16 balls that included two sixes.

Lahore Badshahs play Hyderabad Heroes in ICL finals

The Inzamam-ul Haq-led Lahore Badshahs and Chris Harris’ Hyderabad Heroes will lock horns in the best-of-three finals of the Indian Cricket League’s 20s Grand Championship.
The second final will be played Sunday and, if required, the third one Monday at the same venue, Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium, near Chandigarh. The Lahore side, which topped the league standings and also remained unbeaten in the league phase, scored a hard-fought seven-run win over Kolkata Tigers in the second semi-final here Friday night while Hyderabad Heroes had beaten Chennai Superstars in the first semi-final Wednesday to book their berth in the title round.
In the thrilling second semi-final, Inzamam-ul Haq won the toss and Lahore Badshahs posted 182 for seven wickets in 20 overs and then restricted Kolkata Tigers to 175 for four wickets in 20 overs to win a close match.
Former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener, playing as an opener in the tournament, hammered a 57-ball 91, including 11 boundaries and three sixes, to bring the Tigers close to victory. But the Badshahs kept their nerves to ensure a berth in the final. The Lahore side owed their victory to Shahid Nazir, who bowled a tight four-over spell during which he conceded just 12 runs and bagged two wickets.

Hyderabad Heroes in ICL final

A brilliant all-round performance helped local favourite Hyderabad Heroes pull off a sensational four-run victory over Chennai Superstars to storm into the final of ICL Twenty20 tournament in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Electing to bat, Heroes put up a competitive total of 147 for six and then skittled out Superstars for 143 in the first semi-final played at Lal Bahadur Shastri stadium. Requiring 12 runs from the last over, bowled by Justin Kemp, Heroes lost three wickets --two in first two balls-- to see the end of their hopes.
Hemang Badani (50) put up a good resistance by hitting a half-century but did not get support from others as Superstars crumbled under pressure as required run-rate soared. Razzaq came up with a two-wicket burst early in the innings and Heroes failed to build partnerships which cost them dear. Razzaq drew the first blood by removing G Vignesh in the very first over and then Kemp sent back dangerous Ian Harvey in the next over to leave opponents reeling at four for two. Razzaq struck again when he had Russel Arnold (16) caught by Kemp and skipper Stuart law added to the woes by running himself out.
Earlier, Heroes put up a competitive total with South African Nicky Boje being the highest scorer for them. Boje scored 47 runs and shared a crucial 55-run stand for the third wicket with Ambati Rayudu (25) when Heroes were struggling at 23 for two. Boje's 38-ball knock was studded with six boundaries and one shot over the ropes.
Stuart Binny played a handy knock of 24-run down the order and helped his team reach near the 150-run mark.

Hyderabad Heroes defeats Mumbai Champs

Former Pakistani all-rounder Abdul Razzaq hit an unbeaten 78 and took three wickets to lead Hyderabad Heroes to a seven-run victory over Mumbai Champs in an ICL Twenty20 match in Hyderabad on Monday.
Electing to bat, Heroes scored 176 for two and then restricted Champs to 169 for nine in their quota of 20 overs. Raviraj Patil (51) and Robin Morris (56) hit blazing half-centuries to keep Champs in contention but failed to win the match.
Once Patil was trapped before the wicket by Chris Harris, Champs found it difficult to control the soaring required run-rate. Patil hit six boundaries and three sixes in his 27-ball knock. Morris played a brilliant innings when chips were down for the Champs and raised hopes of his side's sensational win. However he was dismissed by Razzaq (3/31) in the final over, ending all hopes.
Earlier, Razzaq played a scintillating knock, which was studded with nine boundaries and two shots over the fence. Rayudu, who came to the crease at the fall of opener J Maher (26), also played brilliantly for his 55-run knock, which came with the help of six boundaries and two sixes.
Razzaq and Rayudu shared a 121-run stand for the second wicket to lay foundation for a big total. Rival skipper Nathan Astle used as many as eight bowlers but nothing worked for them as both Razzaq and Rayudu scored freely and plundered runs at will. Razzaq was declared the man of the match.

Narrow win for Kolkata Tigers

Kolkata Tigers defeated Delhi Giants by one run in a thrilling match of the Edelweiss Twenty20 Challenge of the Indian Cricket League (ICL) at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium on Sunday.
The match had a tense finish with Giants, chasing 142 for four, needing three runs off the last delivery but could score only a single.
Electing to bat, Tigers’ openers - Deep Dasgupta (35 of 21 balls) and Lance Klusener (62 not out) - gave them a perfect start, putting 57 runs in 7.3 overs for the opening stand before Dasgupta was caught by Avishka Gunawardene off Jai Prakash Yadav. Klusener in the company of Abhishek Jhunjhunwala (16) and captain Craig MacMilan (21) hit the Giants’ bowling to all corners of the ground to take Tigers to 142 for four in their allotted 20 overs.
In reply, the Giants started their run chase at a breezy note with the opening duo of Gunawardene (35) and Mohnish Mishra (27) scoring 41 runs in just four overs. But Nantie Hayward put the brakes on their scoring, picking up Mishra’s wicket. With the fall of Mishra, Dhruv Mahajan joined Gunawardene at the crease and when it looked that the duo would take the match away from Tigers, Upul Chandana picked up three wickets in three overs and left the match evenly poised.
Chandana took Mahajan’s wicket in the 11th over and then followed it up with Guwanardene and Giants’ skipper Marvan Atapattu (9). A 25-run seventh wicket partnership between Dishant Yagnik (11 not out) and pacer Taduri Sudhindra (14) brought the Giants closer to the victory.
Needing 14 runs of Klusener’s last over, Giants lost Sudhindra in the second ball but were in no mood to give up without a fight and immediately after coming to the pitch Shane Bond (7 not out) hit a boundary.
However, needing three runs of the final ball, they could only manage a single. Chandana’s fine spell of 16 for three in four overs earned him the man-of-the-match.

Hyderabad Heroes in semifinals

Hyderabad Heroes overcame a disappointing batting display to come back strongly in the second session to book a slot in the semifinal with a comfortable, 33-run win over Chandigarh Lions in a crucial league match of the Edelweiss 20s Challenge cricket championship at Hyderabad.
Medium-pacer Alfred Absolom struck in the seventh over when he trapped the dangerous-looking Mathew Elliott (34, 21 balls, 5x4, 1x6) and then had Sarabjeet Singh (0) smartly stumped by Ibrahim Khaleel. Chandigarh Lions, chasing 149, slumped to 47 for three. Dinesh Mongia (37, 33 balls, 2x4, 1x6) threw caution to the winds with some big hits, but it was apparent that Chandigarh Lions was fighting a losing battle.
Left-arm spinners Nicky Boje and Indrasekhar Reddy bowled in tandem to apply the brakes in the middle-overs conceding just 34 runs in eight overs between them and picking two wickets. Captain Chris Harris chipped in with two wickets in the slog overs. Khaleel’s three stumpings and a catch earned him the joint man of the match award with Chris Harris.
Earlier, medium-pacer Ishan Malhotra bowled a wonderful opening spell, picking two wickets, to help Lions restrict Hyderabad Heroes to 148 for five. Abdur Razzaq (29, 17 balls, 5x4) lived dangerously to bring up the 50 in the seventh over. Soon, in the space of couple of overs, Hyderabad lost Nicky Boje (8) and Stuart Binny (9).
However, the big-hitting Justin Kemp (35 not out, 28 balls, 3x6) and captain Chris Harris (38 not out, 26 balls, 1x4, 2x6) put on 65 runs for the fifth wicket to lend some respectability to the total.

Lahore Badshahs beat Kolkata Tigers by 22 runs

The Lahore Badshahs continued their unbeaten run at the ICL Edelweiss 20s Challenge, defeating the Kolkata Tigers by 22 runs LB Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday.
The win was their sixth straight in the tourney. Winning the toss, Craig McMillan put the Badshahs in to bat first. Openers Imran Farhat and Imran Nazir put up 15 runs on the scoreboard before Imran Nazir was run out in the third over, falling to an accurate throw by Upul Chadana at the keepers end. Imran Farhat soon followed, after a faint outside edge, caught behind by the keeper off Abu Nechim Ahmed’s spell. With the score at 44/2, Taufeeq Umar and Hasan Raza’s partnership of 34 runs steadied the Badshahs innings a bit. Umar departed after a handy 41 off 35 deliveries, stumped by the wicketkeeper in the 14th over.
But the momentum never wavered, as Hasan Raza (48) and Naved Latif (30 no) carried the innings till the end, adding 69 valuable runs to the scoreboard. The Badshah’s set a healthy target of 154. It wasn’t a great start to the run chase by the Tigers, with opener Subhomoy Das caught at mid-off by Mushtaq Ahmed for a duck, off the bowling of Azhar Mahmood in the very first over.
Abhishek Jhunjhunwala was also out for a duck in the third over, the Tigers reeling at 8/2. The top order collapse continued with Klusener (6) and Deep Dasgupt (2) falling cheaply. Notwithstanding the valiant effort by skipper McMillan (30) and Rohan Gavaskar (46 no), the chase always seemed a little out of reach. The Tigers could not keep the momentum going, and were stranded at 131/7 at the end of play.

Chennai Superstars beat Ahmedabad Rockets by 22 runs

An excellent 112-run partnership between Rusell Arnold and Hemang Badani guided Chennai Superstars to a convincing 22-run victory over Ahmedabad Rockets in the Indian Cricket League's Edelweiss 20s challenge, played at Tau Devi Lal stadium in Gurgaon, on Thursday night.
Rockets' task got difficult as Superstars' strike bowler Shabbir Ahmed gave nothing away and claimed four important wickets. Electing to bat first Superstars were in a spot of trouble as both their openers were back in the dugout in the second over of the match. But they did well to put up a competitive total of 161.
Opener Ian Harvey hit the first ball of Superstars' innings for a boundary but confusion in the middle with Ganpati Vignesh led to his run-out in that very over.
However, a 112-run partnership between Russel Arnold and Hemang Badani for the fourth wicket led to Superstars' revival. Arnold, with the help of six boundaries and a six, scored 69 runs while Badani complimented his senior partner well to score 45 runs off 47 balls.
Superstars are assured a place in the semi-finals of the tournament while Rockets' hopes of getting into the last four ended with this defeat.

Kolkata Tigers beat Chandigarh Lions by 22 runs

Abhishek Jhunjhunwala scored 62 and pacer Abu Nechim bagged four wickets to help Kolkata Tigers defeat Chandigarh Lions by 22 runs and ended their hopes of making it to the semi-finals of the Indian Cricket League’s Twenty20 championship.
Both teams needed to win to qualify for the semi-finals. But for the second successive day, Chandigarh Lions faltered while chasing. Facing the Tigers’ 165 for seven wickets in 20 overs, the Lions were all out for 143 in 18.2 overs at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium Wednesday night.
Jhunjhunwala was the star of the Tigers’ innings, scoring 62 (57 balls, 5×4s, 1×6), the lone half-century of the match, while South African Lance Klusener chipped in with 38 off 34 balls. Pacer Andrew Hall, another former South African Test player, captured three wickets for 37.
In reply, Chandigarh Lions’ batting flopped and only left-handed Tejinder Pal Singh managed a decent score of 34 off 16 balls (2×4s, 3×6s). Tigers’ Nechim bowled a winning spell of 4-0-27-4 to help his team win with 10 balls to spare. Jhunjhunwala and Nechim were adjudged the Men of the Match.

Mumbai Champs beat Chandigarh Lions by 35 runs

Sridhar Iyer produced a match-winning spell to guide Mumbai Champs to a 35-run victory over Chandigarh Lions in the ICL's Edelweiss 20s challenge match at Tau Devi Lal stadium today.
The right arm leg-spinner, playing his second game of the tournament, was awarded man of the match for his spirited performance. He bowled a tight line and picked up two crucial wickets of TP Singh (21) and Dinesh Mongia (15) giving away just 13 runs off his four overs. The target of 161 for Lions seemed too huge for them as they finished at 125 for eight and lost crucial wickets at regular intervals.
Michael Kasprowicz, too, used the conditions to good effect as he bowled very cheaply with an economy rate of five runs an over. He picked up two wickets which also included the prized scalp of dangerous Chris Cairns.
Earlier in the evening, after winning the toss and electing to bat first, Champs were off to a horrendous start as the lost opener Dheeraj Jadhav with team score at zero. Former South African all-rounder Andrew Hall was the pick of the bowlers for Lions as he claimed four wickets giving away just eight runs in his three overs.
The Champs were reeling at 15 for two but a timely 60-run partnership between Subhojit Paul (30 off 25 balls) and captain Nathan Astle provided some momentum to the innings. Astle scored a well-paced 42 off 31 balls that had five hits to the fence and towering hit over the ropes off Cairns.
However, a late order flourish from Kiran Khirid (32 off 21 balls) helped the Champs to reach a respectable total of 160 for nine in their 20 overs.

Delhi Giants beat Hyderabad Heroes by seven runs

Dhruv Mahajan’s all-round performance helped Delhi Giants defeat Hyderabad Heroes by seven runs in a close encounter of the Indian Cricket League’s (ICL) 20s Grand Championship on the outskirts of the national capital.
Mahajan first top-scored with 36 off 33 balls and then captured two wickets in the last over of the match off which the Heroes needed 15 runs to win. But Mahajan kept his nerves and conceded only seven to give Giants victory in the Twenty20 match.
Electing to bat, Giants posted 137 for eight wickets in 20 overs but the Heroes could manage only 130 for eight at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium Monday night. Pacer Taduri Prakash Sudhindra was the best Giants’ bowler scalping three wickets for 25 while Mahajan bagged two for 13.
Stuart Binny was the top scorer for the Heroes with 50 off 41 balls (5×4s) and South African Justin Kemp chipped in with 33 (31 balls, 2×4s, 1×6), while Pakistan’s Abdul Razzaq bagged four wickets for 23. After Monday’s match, Delhi Giants have four points and are tied at third place with Kolkata Tigers and Chandigarh Lions. Hyderabad Heroes have six points and are tied second with Chennai Superstars. Lahore Badshahs lead the table with 10 points.

Lahore Badshahs wins against Delhi Giants

The 19th match of the Edelweiss 20s Challenge was played at the sparkling new venue of the ICL at Gurgaon and featured the hosts Delhi Giants taking on the dominant Lahore Badshahs. A match of great interest, as it was the first match at the new sparkling facility of the ICL and also involved some of the brightest young domestic talents like Bali, Mishra, Murtaza and Abbas test their skills against international stalwarts like Inzamam, Mushtaq and Azhar Mahmood.
The virgin track presented a sporting look and Marvan Atapattu won the toss and elected to bat first. The Giants started their biggest test at the Edelweiss 20s Challenge with Gunawardane and Mohnish Mishra. Azhar Mahmood struck the first blow for the Badshahs getting the wicket of Gunawardane with his deadly slower ball, in the 3rd over to reduce the Giants to 19/1. At the end of the 5thover in this high pressure (reminiscent of the great India VS Pakistan rivalry) match, the Giants had got off to a steady start, placed at 31/1 and Mishra and captain Atapattu battling it out for the Giants in the middle. The Giants' 50 came in the 8th over, off 47 balls, with Mishra soaking in the pressure of playing to a capacity filled stadium and playing a crucial knock for the home side. Mishra's knock however came to an end when he was foxed by the experienced Mushtaq in the 9th over for a well made 33. At the half way mark of their innings the Giants were knocked back slightly by the high quality Badshahs attack and were placed at 58/3. Mushtaq's high quality spin proved too classy for the young Abbas Ali reducing the Giants to 63/4 in the 11th over. Two quick wickets of Benkenstein and Bali reduced the Giants batting in complete disarray at 71/6 in the 13th over.
By the 16th over the Giants had further slumped down to 80/7 finding the Badshahs bowling too hot to handle. The Giants could never quite recover from the middle order collapse and their innings finally folded at 103/7 in their allotted 20overs. In their reply the Badshahs were facing some real hostile pace from the Giants spearhead, Shane Bond. Taduri Sudhindra proved to be the perfect foil for Bond's hostile pace at the other end with his accurate line and length bowling and got the first Badshahs wicket in the form of Imran Farhat, reducing the Badshahs to6/1 in the 2nd over. By the end of the sixth over the Badshahs were placed at 41/1, with Imran Nazir taking control of the Badshahs innings with two boundaries of Sudhindra in the same over. The second breakthrough for the Giants came in the form of Humayun Farhat who holed out one to long on for 16, at that stage the Badshahs were comfortably placed at 65/3 needing another 39 off 68 balls and Imran Nazir in control of the innings. Shane Bond came for one last burst in the 13thover but a couple of missed opportunities in form of a run-out & dropped catch, faded any remote chances for the Giants to make a come back in the match.

Superstars outclass Mumbai champs

Medium pacer Thiru Kumaran bagged four wickets to help Chennai Superstars crush Mumbai Champs by nine wickets in a Twenty20 match of the ICL on Sunday.
Electing to bat first, Champs was all out for a modest 123 in 19.5 overs. Its top order batsmen W. S. Jayantha (11), Ravi Raj Patil (16) and skipper Nathan Astle (17) failed to convert good starts into big scores. Opener D. S. Jadhav, who was run out on 28, was the top scorer for the Champs which has been pushed to the bottom of the points table after Sunday’s loss. Jayantha, wicketkeeper Subhojit Paul (21), J. J. van Der Wath (1) and T.L. Best (0) were dismissed by Kumaran.
In reply, Superstars surpassed the target with 44 balls to spare with G. Vignesh top-scoring with 61 while former Australia ODI player Ian Harvey and R. Sathish remaining not out on 31 and 29 respectively. Superstars is now placed second in the points table behind Lahore Badshahs, having won three of the six matches it had played so far.

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Chandigarh Lions grab 4-run win from Chennai Superstars

Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns played a blazing 67 to power his team to a four-run win over Chennai Superstars in a Twenty20 match of the ICL played on Saturday night, keeping the team's hopes alive in the tournament.
The skipper's knock came off 32 balls and helped the team amass 195/8, the highest in the tournament so far. The Lions have now played four matches earning two wins while the Superstars have won two from five matches. The Superstars needed five runs to win off the last ball, but former South African medium-pacer Andrew Hall kept his nerves in the last over when former Kiwi wicket-keeper Adam Parore was given run out for 2.
Superstars middle-order batsman SV Sarvanan's unbeaten 32 off 20 balls went in vain while opener, former Australian batsman Ian Harvey was the star of their innings with 58 in 37 balls (six boundaries and three sixes). Lions all-rounder Dinesh Mongia made amends for his batting failure and scalped Harvey in the 16th over. G Vignesh got 42 off 22 balls but Russel Arnold (run out for 0), Hemang Badani (7) and skipper Stuart Law (8) failed to contribute to Superstars' innings. Lions opener and former Kiwi batsman Lou Vincent gave a terrific start to the team and his individual score of 42 came in just 22 balls, which included eight fours.
T Kumaran and J Sayeed Mohmmed took three wickets each. Former Pakistani pacer Shabbir Ahmed was the most expensive bowler giving away 45 runs in his alloted quota of four overs.

Eight-wicket win for kokata Tigers

Kolkata Tigers cruised to an eight-wicket victory over Ahmedabad Rockets in a rain-truncated match of the Indian Cricket League’s Edelweiss 20s Challenge at the Lal Bahadur Stadium on Saturday.
Set a target of 85 runs in 10 overs under the V. Jayadevan (VJD) method, the Tigers rustled up the required tally with eight wickets and eight balls to spare. Earlier, opting to bat, the Ahmedabad Rockets registered a total of 156 for six.
Not unduly perturbed by the intervention of the elements, Kolkata Tigers got down to business in right earnest. Subhomoy Das’ blistering assault on new ball bowler Jason Gillespie, shorn of his famous locks, set the tone, the former cracking three boundaries, while the latter conceded 14 runs in the over. Capitalising on the bounce generated by the Aussie speedster, Das simply ploughed into the deliveries, the first two boundaries despatched to the point region and third over cover. Another pull off Abhishek Tamarkar followed but the tall paceman had the last laugh, castling Das with a yorker. Abhishek Jhunjhunwala continued the good work, with non-striker Lance Klusener yet to get into action. The hard-hitting South African strangely got his first boundary with a tickle off Wavell Hinds that raced to the ropes. The West Indian’s over-pitched offerings subsequently became a tad too saucy for the Tigers to resist.
The second boundary saw an even stranger happening. Klusener’s lofted hit to long-on bounced once before sailing into Gillespie’s cupped hands, which suddenly seemed to spring a leak as the ball slipped into the fence. No one seemed more perplexed by the occurrence than Gillespie himself. A dozen boundaries to the innings and the Tigers seemed well on their way. A revised run-out verdict saw Klusener and McMillan safely take the eastern side to victory.

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Lahore Badshahs beat Mumbai Champs by 50 runs

Former Pakistan Test batsman Hasan Raza smashed a 52-ball 98 to propel Lahore Badshahs to a 50-run win over Mumbai Champs in the Indian Cricket League’s 20s Grand Championship here. Hasan, who hit 10 boundaries and four sixes, helped the Badshahs to 187 for five wickets in 20 overs. And then Rana Naved-ul-Hasan captured three wickets for 17 runs to restrict the Champs to 137 for seven in 20 overs at Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium.
Besides Hasan, left-handed opener Imran Farhat did well to score 40 off 25 balls. He smashed three boundaries and three sixes. The best Mumbai Champs bowler was pacer Ranjit Khirid, who bagged two wickets for 24. For Mumbai Champs, South Africa’s Johan van der Wath was the top scorer with 33 (27 balls, 2×4s, 2×6s) while Shreyas Khanolkar made 28 off 30 balls.
With their fourth win in as many matches, leaders Lahore Badshahs have taken their points tally to eight. They are two points ahead of Hyderabad Heroes, who beat Ahmedabad Rockets by 52 runs in Hyderabad Friday.

Hyderabad Heroes beat Ahmedabad Rockets by 52 runs

Medium-pacer Alfred Absolom returned dream figures of 15-7, the best so far in the Twenty20 format, to fashion Hyderabad Heroes’s 53-run win over Ahmedabad Rockets in the Edelweiss 20s Challenge cricket championship at the Lal Bahadur Stadium.
On a pleasant afternoon, it seemed destined to be Hyderabad’s day from the word go. First, Aussie southpaw Jimmy Maher played an explosive knock of 84 (52b, 12x4, 1x6) to set the tempo. Then, local boy Ambati Rayudu finally found his touch to score his maiden half-century in the ICL (65, 36b, 6x4, 4x6) to help Heroes post 175 for four in 18 overs after the match was reduced by two overs due to rain.
Ahmedabad Rockets was penalised four runs for slow over-rate and was consequently set a target of 180 in 18 overs. Maher treated the Rockets bowlers with contempt. The first to get the stick was Jason Gillespie, who was whipped past square-leg for two boundaries in an over. The next was medium-pace bowler Babu Rao Yadav, who was pulled with ease and driven through the covers. Rayudu, with an average of 13 in the ICL before this match, began in style when he leaned into an exquisite cover-drive off Yadav. That was just the beginning, as he was soon playing in his usual style to come up with a classy knock to silence his critics.
Even the rain interruption did not affect his rhythm. In the first over after resumption, Rayudu executed a straight drive off Reetinder Singh Sodhi to notch up his 50 and then celebrated it in style with a six into the stands at mid-wicket. The best shot of Rayudu’s innings was when he stepped out to swing Gillespie for a huge six. It was a difficult chase and Rockets faltered from the beginning. Despite Parvez Aziz’s breezy knock (35, 22b, 6x4) and a useful contribution by Sridharan Sriram (36, 22b, 4x4), Rockets fell short of the target. Rockets ran into an unexpected hero — Absolom — playing his first match. To the delight of his captain Chris Harris, the Hyderabad youngster bowled a wicket-to-wicket line and let the ball do the trick. His double blow in the eighth over when he cleaned up Parvez and Wavell Hinds (16) was just the break the home team was looking for.
Again in the 12th over, Alfred lured Murray Goodwin (8) into an off-drive which went straight to Nicky Boje in the deep and then trapped Rockets’ skipper Damien Martyn (1) leg-before to leave Rockets struggling at 92 for five. Absolom struck another double blow in the 16th over dismissing Sodhi (0) and Babu Rao Yadav (1) off successive deliveries. “I think it was my day. Everything clicked and I am very pleased. I thank the team for the way it supported me,” he said.
With this win, Hyderabad Heroes has three wins from four matches to move to second place with six points behind Lahore Badshahs while Rockets is at the bottom with two points from four matches.

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Chennai Superstars beat Delhi Giants by 56 runs

Chennai Superstars climbed up to second place in the league standings following their crushing 56-run win over Delhi Giants in Hyderabad.
Chasing an imposing 181, the Giants never looked in the hunt after three wickets fell with the score on 64: T Kumaran struck off successive balls in the seventh over, while Mohish Mishra, who blazed his way to 38, fell to Syed Mohammad in the next. Kumaran took 3 for 12 off his three overs, while Ian Harvey bagged three lower-order wickets to finish with a haul of 4 for 24. R Sathish, the Superstars captain, pouched four catches during the Giants' innings. It was Sathish's 62 and his 97-run stand with Russel Arnold (49) that had put the Superstars in a position of strength. Two early strikes from Shalabh Srivastava left them struggling at 40 for 3, but things turned around quickly once Arnold and Sathish got into the act.
Sathish's 62 came off 46 balls, and included five fours and two sixes, while Arnold hit six fours in his 40-ball knock. Michael Bevan chipped in with 22 off 9 at the end as Superstars piled up 180.
The Chennai Superstars will next play back-to-back games in Panchkula during the weekend, while Delhi Giants will play the in-form Lahore Badshahs on Sunday in Gurgaon.

Hyderabad Heroes beat Kolkata Tigers by four wickets

Left-handed Australian Jimmy Maher’s whirlwind half-century and Stuart Binny’s unbeaten 44 helped Hyderabad Heroes tame Kolkata Tigers by four wickets with four balls to spare in the Indian Cricket League.
Maher, who played 26 One-Day Internationals before joining the rebel Indian league, smashed 65 off 59 balls, including seven boundaries, to guide the Heroes to victory in the Twenty20 encounter at the Lal Bahadur Stadium Wednesday night. Chasing Kolkata Tigers’ 165 for five wickets in 20 overs, Hyderabad Heroes finished with 168 for six wickets in 19.2 overs.
Kolkata Tigers’ defeat meant that South African Lance Klusener’s brisk 73 went in vain. With this win, Hyderabad Heroes are placed joint second with Delhi Giants in the eight-team competition. Both teams have four points, but the Chris Harris-led Heroes (-1.19) are technically third as they have an inferior net run rate than Delhi (+0.18).
Lahore Badshahs, led by former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq, are leading the points table with six and also have the best net run rate of +2.41. In a match in which two New Zealanders led the rival teams, Harris won the toss and asked the Craig McMillan’s Kolkata Tigers to bat first.
Half-century partnerships for the first two wickets gave Kolkata a sound start. Although Subhomoy Das scored just nine, he and Klusener put on 52 for the opening wicket and then the South African all-rounder and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala (24 off 22 balls) raised 53 for the second wicket. Towards the close, former New Zealand Test player Andre Adams smashed 27 off 20 balls to take the Kolkata Tigers to a competitive 165 for five.
Chasing, Hyderabad had an initial slump as they lost three wickets for 28 before Justin Kemp (28 off 18 balls) and Maher steadied the ship with their 56-run partnership at a rate of 8.40 runs per over. Two more wickets fell cheaply, but Maher and Binny joined hands in an unbeaten 73-run stand in 6.1 overs and ensured victory with four balls to spare. They scored at an amazing rate of 11.83 runs per over. Maher was adjudged the man of the match.

Patil,Yadav script first win for Champs

Quite fittingly, Raviraj Patil put the finishing touches to Mumbai Champs’s chase with a boundary for a six-wicket victory over Ahmedabad Rockets in the Indian Cricket League’s Edelweiss 20s Challenge at theTau Devi Lal Stadium on Tuesday.
Earlier, electing to bat, Rockets slumped from 61 for no loss to 131 for nine in 20 overs after Varanasi medium-pacer Avinash Yadav took four wickets for 14 runs. Thereafter, Champs stayed on course for its first victory in three games with Patil staying around to finish the job with just two deliveries to spare. Rockets’s best chance was when Champs needed 10 runs to win in the last over bowled by Heath Streak. Shreyas Khanolkar, who till then had scored five runs off seven balls, struck the first two deliveries for fours and then ran a bye to level the scores. Patil’s lofted boundary to the long-off fence brought victory for Champs. Avinash scalps four
Patil’s unbeaten 65 off 46 deliveries was dotted with three sixes and six fours. However, the Man-of-the-Match award went to Avinash Yadav for getting rid of dangermen Wavell Hinds, skipper Damien Martyn (8), Reetinder Singh Sodhi (8) before adding the scalp of Rakesh Patel (1). At one stage, Rockets was looking good to set a formidable target but all the good work by the openers Hinds and Sachin Dholpure was soon undone.
Hinds’s first five scoring shots being boundaries. Dholpure got into the act soon, hittng a six and three fours and overtook Hinds before falling leg-before to Michael Kasparowicz. Two more dismissals kept Rockets in check. Ranjit Khirid sent back new-man Murray Goodwin (6) and Hinds played across the line to lose his off-stump to Avinash. That brought together Martyn and Sriram. Sriram, who hit three fours in his 19 during the 27-run stand for the sixth wicket, was unfortunately run-out with the score at 97. Two more wickets fell at the same score with Martyn departing in the same over and new-man Streak (0) getting stumped off Nathan Astle. In the 18th over, Yadav packed off Sodhi and Patel. Jason Gillespie (15 not out, one 4) played the lone hand in the lower order.

Arnold stars as Chennai Superstars win

Defending champions Chennai Superstars beat the Kolkata Tigers by 4 wickets in the the Edelweiss 20s Challenge match that went down to the last over at the Lal Bahadur Stadium, Hyderabad on Monday.
Russel Arnold was declared the man of the match for his magnificent unbeaten knock of 66 runs. Jeff Dujon in his pitch report predicted the track to produce true bounce making it conducive for stroke play. So Kolkata Tigers captain Craig McMillan won the toss and elected to bat.
The Kolkata innings was opened by Lance Klusener and Subhomoy Das. It turned out to be a disastrous start for the Tigers with both their openers being dismissed before the end of the second over. Further disaster awaited the Tigers when a terrible mix up saw the end of Deep Dasgupta, leaving the Tigers' innings struggling at 14/3. Two consecutive fours by McMillan off Shabbir Ahmed in the 5th over saw the Tiger captain trying to resurrect the innings.
By the 6th over the Tigers were placed at 33/3. At the halfway stage of their innings, the Tigers were back in the match at 69/3, with McMillan and Jhunjhunwala battling it out in the middle. McMillan was dealing in boundaries and his wonderful innings of 69 off only 41 balls, which included 3 sixes & 5 fours, came to an end with a run out as a result of some smart thinking by his Chennai Superstars captain Rajagopal Sathish. By the 15th over the Tigers were comfortably placed at 123/4. His partnership with Jhunjhunwala was worth 99 runs. Jhunjhunwala batted right through the innings to make a classy fifty.
A late onslaught from Rohan Gavaskar taking 18 runs off the last over from Shabbir took the Tigers innings to 185/6 in their allotted 20overs. The Superstars started with a strong reply, scoring some big hits and taking the score to 40 for no loss in the first 4 overs.
Vignesh and Harvey were taking off from their good form in their previous match. Vignesh's onslaught was brought to an end when he was castled by a lovely slower delivery from Hayward in the 5th over. Harvey was taking the attack right to the Tigers setting the park on fire with some lusty hits, till the young Pritam Das produced a peach of a delivery to uproot his off stump for a well made 49, in the 10th over. At the end of the 10th over the match was a fascinating contest with the Superstars placed at 98/2. The 15th over had the Superstars placed at 134/4 needing 52 runs off 30 balls at 10.4 runs per over and Arnold holding the key for Chennai Superstars' fortunes.
Ten runs were needed off the last over and it was Arnold's brilliance which took the Superstars to a fantastic victory

Imran Farhat shines in Lahore Badshahs' victory

Former Pakistani opener Imran Farhat hit a blazing half-century to lead Lahore Badshahs to a 38-run win over local favourites Chandigarh Lions in an ICL Twenty20 match in Panchkula on Sunday night. Riding on Imran's quickfire 94, studded with eight sixes, Lahore Badshahs posted a challenging total of 187 and then restricted Lions to 149 for seven in their quota of 20 overs.
It was a disastrous start for the Lions while chasing the massive total, as openers Matthew Elliot and Lou Vincent went without scoring, both falling to all-rounder Azhar Mehmood, who bagged three wickets. Middle-order batsman Dinesh Mongia (35) and skipper Hall (32) tried to do the repair work but that was not enough to save their team from defeat.
Manish Sharma (20) and TP Singh (23) were the other notable contributors for Lions. Earlier Imran's knock came off just 54 balls with the help of eight sixes, highest in an innings in the tournament so far, and four boundaries before a 7,000 capacity Sunday crowd at the Tau Devi Lal stadium. Imran's elder brother Humayun also contributed with his 48-run knock of 39 balls.
Farhat brothers plundered over 100 runs in the final ten overs to set a massive target for the opponents, led by South African Andrew Hall . Hall and Daryl Tuffey shared six wickets to fall but they failed to put brakes on the run flow, due to poor ground fielding by the Lions. Badshahs now lead the points table with six points after three successive wins in the tournament.

Delhi Giants beat Ahmedabad Rockets by nine wickets

Delhi Giants scored a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over Ahmedabad Rockets at a league match of the Edelweiss 20s Challenge of the Indian Cricket League at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium here Sunday. Electing to bat, Rockets drew first blood in the second over as T. Sudhindra (1 for 13) castled through Sachin Dholpure’s defence.
In the very next over, some sloppy running between the wickets led to the downfall of the other opener Wavell Hinds leaving Rockets reeling at 7 for two. Rockets captain Damien Martyn (44) and pinch hitter Rakesh Patel tried to repair the early setbacks, but Patel fell and Rockets were left tottering at 24 for four after seven overs. Runs dried down for Rockets’ batsmen as both Sridharan Sriram (32) and Martyn scored in singles. Sriram and Martyn managed to resurrect the Rockets innings with their half-century partnership. However, the lower middle-order batsmen could not accelerate in the final stages of the innings and ended at 107 for six.
Giants opening duo of Mohnish Mishra and Avishka Gunawardene (55) started their innings at a cautious note. Gunawardene stepped up the gear in the sixth over and struck Patel for two huge sixes followed by an inside edge boundary.
In search of a desperate breakthrough, Martyn brought on his young off-spinner P. Bhima Rao in the ninth over but it had no effect on Gunawardene’s attacking ploy. In the 10th over, Sriram got the Rockets their first breakthrough snaring Mishra for a well-made 18. The Giants’ score read 66 for one. Abhinav Bali (34) then matched Gunawardene stroke for stroke, taking the Giants to home in the 16th over.
Gunawardene was declared man of the match for his explosive half-century.

Tuffey shines in Lions win over Giants

A three wicket haul by Darreyl Tuffey steered Chandigarh Lions to a comfortable 34-run win over Delhi Giants in the sixth match of the Edelweiss Indian Cricket League (ICL) at Tau Devi Lal Stadium here Saturday. Chandigarh Lions posted a challenging 153 for 6 in the allotted 20 overs after captain Andrew Hall elected to bat.
Opener Lou Vincent (20) decided to go for the shots and step up the tempo but fell to a straight tossed up delivery of Dale Benkenstein. Mathew Elliot continued his fine form making a patient 35. But once he departed, wickets fell at regular intervals and Lions were 104 for 4 at one stage. For Lions T.P. Singh who came at the fall of Vincent played a crucial knock making a quickfire 38 off 36 balls. Singh later went on to take two crucial wickets that won him the man of the match award.
Chasing the target, Giants were never in the game. The Giants had a miserable start with Tuffey (3 for 15) picking opener Awishka Gunawardne in his very first over and striking again in his next over with the wicket of M.D. Mishra. Giants skipper Marvan Atapattu and Abhinav Bali tried to add some stability through their 47-run stand but once their partnership was broken in the 12th over, Giants lost their faint glimmer of hope, being bundled out for 119 in 18.1 overs.

Kemp, Boje destroy Chennai Superstars

Hyderabad Heroes have scored a thumping seven-wicket victory over defending champions Chennai Superstars in a league match of Edelweiss 20s Challenge of Indian Cricket League (ICL) at the Lal Bahadur Shastri stadium here. Sent in, the Superstars made a solid start with openers Ian Harvey and Vignesh firing at all cylinders to take the score to 40 for no loss at the end of five overs Saturday night.
But left-arm spinner Nicky Boje halted the Superstars juggernaut in the seventh over by picking up Vignesh. Harvey (49) followed after young left-arm spinner Indra Shekar Reddy foxed him. Hemang Badani (33) and Hemanth Kumar then took control of the Superstars’ innings and took the score to 152 runs for seven wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
In reply, the Heroes started on a shaky note with both their openers Anirudh Singh and Jimmy Mayer departing in quick succession and leaving their team tottering at four for two wickets. Boje and Ambati Rayudu got into the repair act and their 41-run partnership brought the match alive. Rayudu, however, failed to capitalise on a good start getting out in the 10th over, which brought Justin kemp in the middle.
Kemp in the company of Boje thrashed the Superstars’ attack to take the Heroes to a convincing victory.

Azhar, Imran Nazir trump Heroes in ICL

Medium pacer Azhar Mahmood’s five-wicket haul and Imran Nazir’s blistering unbeaten 62 saw Lahore Badshahs race away to a nine-wicket victory over Hyderabad Heroes in the fifth game of the Indian Cricket League’s Edelweiss 20s Challenge at Panchkula on Thursday.
After opting to bat, there were no heroes for Hyderabad, who crashed to 86 in 18.4 overs. The wrecker-in-chief was Azhar Mahmood, formerly of Pakistan, who snared 5 for 13 in 3.4 overs of accurate, swinging medium pace. Jimmy Maher was cleaned up fifth ball of the match, Stuart Binny missed a straighter one, and three tail-enders came a cropper in the 19th over, after crucial strikes from Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Mohammad Sami dented the Heroes' innings. Subtract former South African allrounder Nicky Boje's unbeaten 39 from 47 balls, after the Heroes were 31 for 6, and that total could have been far more dismal.
The Badshahs lost Imran Farhat for just 4, edging fellow countryman Abdul Razzaq in the first over, but the rest of the chase was smooth sailing. Taking 19 off one Kaushik Reddy over, Imran Nazir proceeded to completely shut out the Heroes with a blitzkreig of an innings. Boundaries were smashed all around the ground, his fifty was raised from his 28th delivery, and two towering sixes in the tenth over sealed a handsome win. Nazir remained unbeaten on 62 from 32 balls, with eight fours and three sixes. Humayun Farhat, who played one Test and five ODIs in 2001-02, was a silent spectator at the other end, scoring 18 off 24 balls. The Badshahs sit atop the ICL points table with two wins on the trot.

Kolkata Tigers beat Mumbai Champs by 2 runs

The Kolkata Tigers won a thriller by 2 runs handing Mumbai Champs their second straight defeat in the Edelweiss 20s Challenge at Panchkula on Wednesday.
Andre Adams was declared Man of the Match for his allround performance. The pitch report had the experts declare the pitch as dry with low bounce. Craig Mcmillan, the Tigers captain, won the toss and elected to bat.
The Tigers opened the innings with Subhomoy Das and Lance Klusener. Das got into the act right away sending the ball to the ropes twice in the first over of Van der Wath. Tino Best got the first break with a fast delivery castling Klusener in the 4th over for 9. At the end of the fifth over the Tigers were placed at 35 /1. Astle brought on medium pacer Khird in the 7th over and he responded with a wicket on the very first ball that he bowled, getting Das for 21.
Kasprowicz who was hit for a couple of boundaries in his previous over got right back into the game clean bowling the dangerous Tigers captain McMillan in the 10th over. By the end of the 10th over the match turned into a keen contest between the bat and the ball, with the Tigers placed at 67/3. The promising Jhunjhunwala was looking good in the company of experienced Rohan Gavaskar, till a rush of blood saw him getting out to a smart piece of stumping by Paul off the impressive bowling of Khirid in the 14th over.
At the end of the 15th over the Tigers were placed at 102/4. Gavaskar was the mainstay of the Tigers batting, but the boundaries were hard to come by. The hard hitting Andre Adams came to the party clubbing two big sixes of the final Best over. The Tigers innings finally folded at 146/5 in 20 overs. The Mumbai Champs reply started on a shaky note with opener Jayanta being castled by Adams in the first over. The newly promoted opener S Paul along with Raviraj Patil was in a positive mood displaying an array of strokes taking the score to 34/1 at the end of the 4th over.
Patil especially was in an aggressive mood showing scant respect for the reputed opposition bowlers, stroking some audacious strokes all across the park. The courageous partnership came to an end when the Tigers captain got the dangerous Patil out for a well made 52 in the 10th over. At the 11th over the Champs were well placed at 87/2 with captain Nathan Astle and Paul battling it out for the Champs. Some tight overs in the middle of the innings from experienced Klusener and McMillan brought the Tigers back into the game. At the end of the 15th over the Champs were placed at 102/3, needing 45 off the last 5 overs at 9 runs per over. Astle played some big shots but a rash stroke brought an end to his promising innings of 30, which changed the fortunes for Champs.
A mini collapse with quick wickets of Van der Wath, Powar and Khanolkar reduced the Champs to 130/6 in the 17th over, taking the match right down to the wire.
The Champs needed 9 runs off the last over from the quick Hayward. It proved too big a task for the lower order batsmen and finally the Champs fell short of the target by 2 runs.

Lahore Badshahs beat Chennai Superstars by 5 wickets

Skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq struck an unbeaten half-century to guide Lahore Badshahs to a five-wicket win over defending champions Chennai Superstars in the second edition of the Indian Cricket League's Twenty20 tournament in Panchkula on Tuesday night.
Needing 158 to win, Badshahs, comprising former Pakistan international cricketers, made it look easy in the end achieving the target with an over to spare, mainly due to the heroic innings played by their skipper, who stood there till the winning runs were scored. At the age of 38, Inzamam showed that experience matters as his knock was studded with five boundaries and a six.
However, at one stage, the Badshahs had lost four wickets with just 47 runs on the board, the wrecker-in-chief being T Kumaran, who took three wickets. Inzamam was given full support by Naved Latif, who scored a quickfire 41 (of 26 balls).
Earlier, after electing to bat first, Superstars opener and former Australian batsman Michael Bevan struck a brilliant 56 off 53 balls. His knock was studded with six hits to the fence. Hemang Badani gave him good support at the other end, scoring a useful 30.
However, Superstars skipper R Sathish could not do much with the bat and got out after making just seven. Down the order, SV Sarayanan (14) and Syed Mohammed (15) helped their team put up a fighting total. Saqlain Mushtaq and Naved-u-Hasan were the most successful bowlers for the Badshahs, claiming two wickets each.

Delhi Giants defeat Mumbai Champs

Syed Abbas Ali struck a brilliant 64 to single-handedly take Delhi Giants to a six-wicket victory over Mumbai Champs in the second match of the second edition of the Indian Cricket League's Twenty20 tournament on Monday.
Chasing 116, the left-hander from Madhya Pradesh played a quickfire (off 49 balls) knock despite his team losing some quick wickets early on, which included that of skipper Marvan Atapattu who got run out. Ali's knock, which won him player-of-the-match award, was studded with a six and seven boundaries.
Ali was given able support by Nic Pothas (18) on the other end and the Giants achieved the target with 10 balls to spare. Eighteen-year-old left-arm gentle medium pacer Ali Murtaza (2 for 18) helped restrict the Champs to 115 for 4. Former Kiwi pacer Shane Bond bowled well but got only one wicket for the Champs.
Earlier Champs, who missed the services of legendary Brian Lara, elected to bat first and skipper Nathan Astle (32) and DS Jadhav (27) played important knocks for them.

Ahmedabad Rockets beat Chandigarh Lions in ICL opener

New team Ahmedabad Rockets held their nerves to taste 19-run victory over local side Chandigarh Lions in the inaugural match of the second edition of Indian Cricket League Twenty20 tournament at Panchkula on Sunday night.
Chasing 159 to win, Lions had hopes till skipper Chris Cairns (21) and Dinesh Mongia (16) were at the crease after they lost three top-order batsmen. Opener Matthew Elliott (39) was the only batsman who made some useful contribution for the Lions.
However, Cairns fell to Jason Gillespie and soon after Mongia departed, falling to Heath Streak, reducing Lions to 113 for 5 in 16.2 overs. With the asking rate creeping up, it was always going to be a big task for the Lions lower order batsmen, who only managed to take the total to 139 for 6.
Earlier, Ahmedabad Rockets had a rollicking start after winning the toss, with former West Indian left-hander Wavell Hinds scoring at will. Hinds, who opened the innings along with Madhya Pradesh batsman Sachin Dholpure, hit five big sixes and three fours to reach 53 in just 43 balls before being unlucky to get run out. Dholpure, too, looked in good touch and scored briskly accumulating 54 runs in just 43 balls, which included three sixes and four boundaries. Both the batsmen were involved in a 122-run stand for the first wicket.
Mongia applied brakes on Rockets' innings by dismissing Dholpure and then cleaned up rival skipper Damien Martyn for 2. Former Zimbabwean skipper Heath Streak (15) and Reetinder Sodhi (9), both not out, made useful contributions helping their team post a challenging total. Cairns claimed two scalps for the Lions.

Inzamam to lead Lahore Badshahs in ICL

Inzamam-ul Haq will captain an all-Pakistani team Lahore Badshahs, while new recruit Damien Martyn will skipper the Ahmedabad Rockets in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) Twenty20 Grand Championship starting later this month.
The Badshahs and Rockets are the two new teams, taking the total number of sides to eight. Announcing the team compositions, ICL Chairman-Executive Board Kapil Dev said, "A thorough thought process has gone into the selection of players and the objective has been to strengthen the existing teams and not merely carry out the process of star assortment.
"The ICL still remains firm in its commitment of providing a platform to promising domestic players to play the game at the highest level and with players who have done the same at the international level of the game," he added. Mumbai Champs will be once again led by West Indian legend Brian Lara, while Chennai Superstars will have Australian Stuart Law at the helm.
Kolkata Tigers' rein will be in the hands of former New Zealand all-rounder Craig McMillan. Hyderabad, led by Inzamam in the inaugural edition, will now be captained by another Kiwi Chris Harris. Delhi Giants will yet again have Marvan Attapatu as skipper and all-rounder Chris Cairns will return to lead Chandigarh Lions.

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Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.