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LB v HH, 3rd Final: Lahore Badshahs lift ICL Trophy

Favourites Lahore Badshahs lived up to their reputation and annexed the ICL Twenty20 League title after an easy eight-wicket win over Hyderabad Heroes in the third final on Sunday.
Imran Nazir cracked a huge six to land the winning runs as Lahore won the best-of-three finals 2-1.
Requiring 159 to win, Lahore flew to victory in just 13.5 overs as Nazir blazed his way to an unbeaten 111 off just 44 balls. Nazir heaved 11 sixes and seven fours to pulverise the hapless Hyderabad bowlers. He made a mockery of the contest and provided the spectators with a fabulous exhibition of power hitting.
Earlier, before the deciding final got underway at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel stadium on Sunday, Inzamam-ul Haq's Lahore Badshahs were on the ground limbering up. They were also seen using the long handle trying to clear the ropes. The fast bowlers bent their back trying to extract extra pace and the spinners too had a good workout wheeling their arms. There were also some good catches taken, some wonderful saves and some excellent throws.
Whatever they did, there was a sense of purpose in it and why not? They were just a step away from the title when on Saturday Jusine Kemp plucked a blinder from thin air, jumping and diving on the boundary line and changed everything. Lahore Badshahs, after winning the first final against Hyderabad Heroes with ease, lost the second by a whisker and so Sunday was D-day.
The way Azhar Mahmood celebrated after he sent Man-of-the-Match in the second final, Jimmy Maher's, leg-stump cartwheeling, one could get the feeling that the Badshahs bowlers are not going to give anything away. But as usual, Khaleel held one end tight and built up small partnerships with Anirudh Singh, Ambati Rayudu and Stuart Binny to take the Heroes to 158 for the loss of 7 wickets. The scenario could have been much better for the Hyderabad team had Shahid Nazir not bowled that spell in the middle overs.
Nazir ensured that Badshahs don't have to chase much more than what they did on Saturday night by picking up three crucial wickets giving away just 29 runs. Saqlain Mushtaq took two wickets.
LB v HH, 3rd Final: Lahore Badshahs 160 for 2 (13.5 overs) beat Hyderabad Heroes 158 for 7 (20.0 overs) by 8 wickets

LB v HH, 2nd Final: Thrilling win for Hyderabad Heroes

Hyderabad Heroes secured victory over Lahore Badshahs and paved way for third final of the Indian Cricket League Twenty20 cricket championship.
The final would take place on Sunday. Hyderabad Heroes won the match with eight-runs at the Sardar Patel Stadium on Saturday night.
Shahid Yousuf scored 51 runs while Farhat could not perform well as compared to previous match. Inzamam-ul-Haq could score only 10 runs. Jimmy Maher played very well from Heroes’ side and contributed with 56 runs which lead to victory of team. Badshahs failed to achieve modest target set by Hyderabad Heroes with under performance of its players in the ground. Shahid Yousuf contributed 51 runs while other players could not stand before Heroes.
Hyderabad Heroes scored 158 runs in 20 overs after losing 7 wickets while Lahore Badshahs could make only 150 in 19.1 overs.
LB v HH, 2nd Final: Hyderabad Heroes 158 for 7 (20.0 overs) beat Lahore Badshahs 150 (19.1 overs) by 8 runs

LB v HH, 1st Final: Lahore Badshahs win ICL first final

Aided by Imran Farhat’s hurricane 38-ball 65 and some lusty hitting by Azhar Mahmood lower down the order, Lahore Badshahs overcame a middle-order hiccup to beat Hyderabad Heroes by 4 wickets in the first of three ICL Season 2 finals.
Chasing a target of 171 set by Hyderabad, the Badshahs romped home with five balls remaining to boost their chances of winning this season’s title. Naved-ul Hasan also picked up three wickets as Abdul Razzaq’s 46-ball 69 went in vain for Hyderabad.
Earlier, Razzaq shone with the bat and Jimmy Maher fell short of a half century by five runs as Hyderabad Heroes notched up 170/5 wickets off their 20 overs at an overflowing Sardar Patel stadium here. Razzaq hammered 69 and Maher 45. Hyderabad had won the title the last time, triumphing 2-0 in the finals against the same opponents.
LB v HH, 1st Final: Lahore Badshahs 174 for 6 (19.1 overs) beat Hyderabad Heroes 170 for 5 (20.0 overs) by 4 wickets

HH v RBT, 2nd Semi Final: Hydearbad Heroes in final

Defending champion Hydearbad Heroes pulled off a three-wicket win with three balls to spare over Royal Bengal Tigers in the second semifinal of the ICL Twenty-20 cricket championship at Sardar Patel Stadium on Tuesday night.
Chasing 162 in 20 overs, Heroes coach Steve Rixon’s gamble of shuffling the batting order seemed to have misfired at one stage. But, thanks to Stuart Binny’s breezy knock (45, 26 balls), it romped home to ensure a repeat clash with Lahore Badshahs in the best of three finals with the first one scheduled on Thursday.
Lance Klusener struck twice in the sixth over removing openers Jimmy Maher (14) and Ibrahim Khaleel (32). Soon Ambati Rayudu (14) and Abdul Razzaq (26) departed in quick succession to reduce Heroes to 89 for four in 11.2 overs. But the Heroes stayed cool under pressure to wrap up a win.
Earlier, Royal Bengal Tigers recovered from a precarious 10 for three to post a challenging 161 for four thanks to the brilliance of the 37-year-old Lance Klusener (78 not out, 54 balls) and Rohan Gavaskar (74, 47 balls).
HH v RBT, 2nd Semi Final: Hyderabad Heroes 162 for 7 (19.3 overs) beat Royal Bengal Tigers 161 for 4 (20.0 overs) by 3 wickets

CSS v LB, 1st Semi Final: Inzamam takes Lahore Badshahs to final

Lahore Badshahs, spurred by a captain's knock of 62 by Inzamam-ul Haq, sailed into the best-of-three-finals in the ICL's Twenty20 Championship.
In Monday's first semi-final, they defeated Chennai Superstars by six wickets at the Sardar Patel Stadium.
Chasing a victory target of 166 runs, Badshahs were home with seven balls to spare. They will take on the winners of the Tuesday's second semi-final, to be played between Hyderabad Heroes and Royal Bengal Tigers.
Inzamam was adjudged man of the match for his match-winning 62 runs, off just 33, which included two towering sixes and eight boundaries. Imran Farhat (45) and Mohammad Yousuf, who scored an unbeaten 28, were the other main contributors in Lahore's chase. Imran's 45 runs came of 24 balls, inclusive of five boundaries and three sixes.
Earlier, after losing toss and batting first Chennai Superstars scored 165 runs for the loss of wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. They had good contributions from top and middle order batsmen Ian Harvey (29), Russel P Arnold (26), Hemang Badani (37) and Rajagopal Satish (37), but some fine bowling by Naved-ul Hassan (3-30) and Saqlain Mushtaq (2-26) restricted them.
CSS v LB, 1st Semi Final: Lahore Badshahs 168 for 4 (18.5 overs) beat Chennai Superstars 165 for 7 (20.0 overs) by 6 wickets

CSS v LB, Match 36: Lahore Badshahs beat Chennai Superstars by 13 runs

Lahore Badshahs won their match against Chennai Superstars by 13 runs, during their Indian Cricket League (ICL) 20-20 championship at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel stadium on Sunday.
With this win Superstars and Badshahs entered the semi-finals and will be battling again for place in the finals on Monday. The other semi-final will be played between Hyderabad Heroes and Bengal on November 11.
Chasing a mammoth total of 211, set by the Badshahs, the Superstars were restricted to 198 for nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Despite a fantastic unbeaten innings, 76 of 38 balls (4x4, 6x6) by Rajagopal Sathish, Superstars fell short of their target. Superstars got off to a steady start with the openers putting up partnership of 34 runs for the first wicket, before Ganapathi Vignesh got out in the 4th over.
Opener Ian Harvey made a useful 54 in 29 balls comprising off five fours and four sixes, before he got out in the 7th over with Superstars down 84/2. Rajgopalan Satish anchored the innings for Superstars, as wickets tumbled at the other end. Satish showed some fireworks hitting six sixes and four fours, forcing the Badshahs to rethink their strategy.
But fantastic bowling by Naved-ul-Hassan, who bagged 4 for 26 runs and Shahid Nazid claiming 3 after conceding 43 runs, restricted the Superstars to 198 for 9 wickets in the allotted 20 overs.
CSS v LB, Match 36: Lahore Badshahs 211 for 4 (20.0 overs) beat Chennai Superstars 198 for 9 (20.0 overs) by 13 runs

AR v CL, Match 35: Ahmedabad Rockets beat Chandigarh Lions by 39 runs

Ahmedabad Rockets put up a combined effort to stun Chandigarh Lions by 39 runs in the ongoing Indian Cricket League (ICL) Twenty20 tournament at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium on Sunday.
Chasing a target of 198 posted by the Ahmedabad's team, Chandigarh Lions were restricted on 158 for 9.
Electing to bat first, Rockets posted a competitive 197 in 19.5 overs with an impressive average of 9.93 runs per over. M W Goodwin, who later adjudged Man of the Match, scored 61 runs off just 31 deliveries to lead the batting department, while RJ Campbell (28), DR Martyn (20), KM Sanjeev (32) and RS Sodhi (23) only added to the worries of the Chandigarh Lions' bowlers.
For Lions, L Ablish bagged four wickets in 2.5 overs, but failed to arrest the run-rate. Among other, Amit Uniyal bagged two wickets, while Karanveer Singh and Rajesh Sharma took one each. On Lions part, Uniyal (45) and Karanveer, who made a gutsy 42 off just 24 balls, put up commendable efforts. But their fighting innings went in vain as rest of the batsmen failed to deliver on time.
Lions' innings were wrapped up by the Ahmedabad Rockets' bowlers on 158 for 9. Rockets' JN Gillespie and S Sriram took two wickets each.
AR v CL, Match 35: Ahmedabad Rockets 197 (19.5 overs) beat Chandigarh Lions 158 for 9 (20.0 overs) by 39 runs

HH v RBT, Match 34: Rayudu helps Hyderabad beat Bengal Tigers

Hyderabad Heroes strolled to victory over Royal Bengal Tigers to finish with 12 points from their eight matches in the league phase of the Indian Cricket League at the Sardar Patel stadium on Saturday.
After knocking off the Tigers for a meagre 111 runs in 16.4 overs, Hyderabad were home and through in 15.1 overs, thanks to Amabathi Rayudu, who hammered 46 not out off 33 balls (seven fours, 1x6) and wicketkeeper Ibrahim Khaleel, who struck an unbeaten 54 off 46 balls with six fours and one four.
The pair shrugged off the early dismissal of Abdul Razzaq and added 101 runs for the unfinished second wicket as Hyderabad ended on 112 for the loss of one wicket.
Earlier, Heroes’ bowlers dominated play as Royal Bengal Tigers were dismissed for 111 after batting first.
HH v RBT, Match 34: Hyderabad Heroes 112 for 1 (15.1 overs) beat Royal Bengal Tigers 111 (19.4 overs) by 9 wickets

DW v LB, Match 33: Lahore Badshahs beat Dhaka Warriors by 4 wickets

A fantastic 64 off 32 balls by Naved-ul Hassan steered Lahore Badshahs to a five-wicket victory over Dahaka Warriors in the Indian Cricket League Twenty20 Championship, at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday night.
Chasing a modest 145, Badshahs completed their task in 16.1 overs, scoring 149 with five wickets to spare. Badshahs did not have a good opening as they lost opener Imran Farhat in the second over with just three runs on the board. Imran Nazir and Naved-ul Hassan then put up a useful partnership of 53 runs for the second wicket.
Nazir was out after scoring 27, leaving Badshahs at 56 for 2 in the fifth over. But Hassan's brilliant innings, comprising six sixes and four fours, paved the ground for an easy victory. Mohammad Yousuf came in for a shot while but scored 12 runs.
Skipper Inzamam-ul Haq, who joined Hassan in the sixth over, remained unbeaten on 27. Hassan was out in the 12th over, with Badshahs 121 for 4. Inzamam (27) and Azhar Mahmood (5) remained unbeaten as Badshahs reached their target in the 17th over. For Warriors, Rapash Baisya and Mohammad Rafique claimed two wickets each.
Earlier, Lahore Bhadshahs won the toss and elected to field. The Warriors openers got off to a cautious start and built a useful 51-run partnership for the first wicket, before Nazimuddin was out in the eighth over after scoring 20 off 22 balls.
Opener Shahriar Nafees was out for 35 (4x5) in the 12th over after another 40-run partnership with Aftab Ahmed. But Warriors lost two quick wickets in the next over, leaving them at 94 for 4 in the 13th over. Skipper Habibul Basher was unbeaten on 17 with Mohammad Sharif on 8 on completion of their 20 overs.
Badshahs conceded 24 extras, which helped swell Warriors' total to 145 for the loss of seven wickets. For Badshahs, Naved-ul Hasan and Saqlain Mustaq took three wickets each.
DW v LB, Match 33: Lahore Badshahs 149 for 5 (16.1 overs) beat Dhaka Warriors 145 for 7 (20.0 overs) by 4 wickets

HH v MC, Match 32: Hyderabad Heroes beat Mumbai Champs by 79 runs

Blazing knocks of 88 and 51 by Nicky Boje and Stuart Binny respectively helped Hyderabad Heroes inflict a crushing 79-run defeat over Mumbai Champs to ensure a semi-final berth for themselves at the ICL's Twenty20 championship match played in Panchkula on Thursday night.
After posting the highest total (214) in ICL T20's Season 2, the Heroes restricted the Champs to 135 for 6 and barring opener D S Jadhav, who got out on an individual score of 43, no other batsman from the losing side posed any threat.
Even Johann van der Wath's knock of 26 down the order went in vain as Champs lost badly. Left arm spinner Inder Shekhar Reddy proved the most successful bowler for Heroes taking three wickets.
For Heroes, who tasted their fifth victory in seven matches, Boje and Binny's left-hand and right-hand combination wrecked the Champs bowlers as the two weaved a crucial 94 run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Boje's knock came in just 49 balls and was studded with eight boundaries and five huge sixes while Binny got his runs of 26 balls that included five hits to the fence and three sixes. The Champs bowlers came in for some heavy stick from the two and in particular Avinash Yadav and Van der Wath were the most expensive.
HH v MC, Match 32: Hyderabad Heroes 214 for 6 (20.0 overs) beat Mumbai Champs 135 for 6 (20.0 overs) by 79 runs

CL v DG, Match 31: Delhi Giants beat Chandigarh Lions in bowl out thriller

In a cliff-hanger, Delhi Giants pipped Chandigarh Lions through a ‘bowl out’ in the Indian Cricket League at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex on Wednesday.
Chasing an imposing target of 201, the Giants rode on Monish Mishra and Avishka Gunawardene’s 126-run opening stand to give a befitting reply to the Lions and dented the home side’s chances of making the cut for the semifinals.
With the help of 10 fours and three sixes, Mishra hit a 44-ball 81 to give a flying start. He got able support from Gunawardene, who notched up a 51-ball 64 that included seven fours and two sixes. The Giants lost some quick wickets in the last quarter of its innings but stand-in skipper Paul Nixon managed a boundary in the last ball to level the scores.
Ali Murtaza and Dhruv Mahajan hit the stumps for the Giants while none from the Lions’s side could find the target.
Earlier, a blistering start by Tejinder Pal Singh and Sarabjit Singh laid a strong foundation for the home team as the two scored 98 runs for the first wicket. Tejinder, who made 65, struck 11 fours and a six in his 31-ball knock. Sarabjit was more patient in his innings as his 60 came from 53 balls with four 4s and three 6s.
On a perfect belter, the Lions’s milked the Giants’s bowling with its English import Graeme Hick slamming a 18-ball 36, which had in it four hits to the fence apart from two huge sixes.
Giants has eight points from as many matches while Lions has six from seven outings.
CL v DG, Match 31: Delhi Giants 200 for 4 (20.0 overs) beat Chandigarh Lions 200 for 7 (20.0 overs) in bowl out (2-0)

CSS v RBT, Match 30: Royal Bengal Tigers beat Chennai Superstars by 9 wickets

An Unbeaten hurricane knock of 80 runs off 54 balls by Hamish Marshall saw Royal Bengal Tigers maul Chennai Superstars by nine wickets in the Indian Cricket League Twenty20 Tournament being played at Tau Devi Lal Stadium on Tuesday.
The New Zealander opened the Bengal Tigers' innings with Deep Dasgupta and the duo was involved in a century partnership (132 runs) for the first wicket. Dasgupta played a breezy knock of 54 runs off 46 balls with the help of four boundaries and two towering sixes. However, it was Hamish Marshall who dominated the bowlers right from the word go and played some scintillating strokes all over the ground. His unbeaten innings contained eight boundaries and three mighty sixes. Skipper McMillan joined Hamish at the fall of Dasgupta and the duo steered Tigers towards win with five balls remaining.
Earlier, Chennai Superstars made 161 in 19.5 overs. Andre Adams struck in the second over to remove Chennai Superstars' Hemanth Kumar when the team score was on 12. However, Vignesh didn't curb his attacking game as he smashed 22 runs off 13 balls before lofting a catch to Rohan Gavaskar off Adams. A disciplined bowling performance by Bengal bowlers saw the Superstars score run-a-ball. After the dismissal of Russel Arnold and Jesuraj, R Satish walked in and produced some fire-works with a blistering knock of 50 runs off just 25 balls. He smashed 22 runs off Upul Chandana's in the thirteenth over to get the Chennai side right back in the game. His knock contained five boundaries and three towering sixes. Giving him company at the other side was Hemant Badani who scored his third ICL fifty off 40 balls in the 18th over. Just when it looked that Chennai were heading towards a mammoth total, Upul Chandana scalped three wickets for just one run in the 19th over to bounce back into the game. Chandana took four wickets for 38 runs while Eklak Ahmid took three wickets for 21 runs.
CSS v RBT, Match 30: Royal Bengal Tigers 162 for 1 (19.1 overs) beat Chennai Superstars 161 (19.5 overs) by 9 wickets

AR v DW, Match 29: Dhaka Warriors register a comfortable win

A quickfire 57 by opener Murray Goodwin went in vain as Dhaka Warriors registered a 13-run win over Ahmedabad Rockets and kept themselves in contention for a semi-final berth in the ICL Twenty20 league.
Chasing a total of 181, at Panchkula on Monday night, Rockets could score only 168 for 8. The 35-year-old former Zimbabwean cricketer's knock came in just 42 balls and was studded with seven hits to the fence and a six.
The Warriors have played seven games and won four while the Rockets made an exit from the competition and are at the number eight spot with just two wins, only better than Mumbai Champs.
Earlier, Damien Martyn won the toss and put the Warriors in to bat. They posted a formidable 181 for 7. It was a crucial match for both sides to remain in contention for a berth in the semi-finals.
AR v DW, Match 29: Dhaka Warriors 181 for 7 (20.0 overs) beat Ahmedabad Rockets 168 for 8 (20.0 overs) by 13 runs

CL v LB, Match 28: Naved stars in Badshah’s win

Buoyed by a half-century by Rana Naved Ul-Hasan, Lahore Badshahs scored a emphatic seven-wicket win over Chandigarh Lions in a match of the the Indian Cricket League's Twenty20 tournament being played at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Sector 3 on Sunday.
Chasing a target of 137 runs in the allotted 20 overs, Badshahs were given a fine start as their openers Imran Nazir and Imran Farhat were associated in a 33-run stand for the first wicket. After the departure of nazir and farhat, Shaid Yousuf joined hasan who blasted the Lions' opposition.
After Shahid Yousuf departed after making 28 in the 14th over, Hasan and Khalid Mahmood guided Badshahs to victory. Earlier, Chandigarh Lions posted a total of 136 for 20 overs. Lou Vincent was the top scorer for Lions playing an unbeaten knock 33 runs while TP Singh scored 28 runs.
CL v LB, Match 28: Lahore Badshahs 137 for 3 (16.0 overs) beat Chandigarh Lions 136 for 6 (20.0 overs) by 7 wickets

CSS v MC, Match 27: Chennai Superstars crush Mumbai Champs

A strokeful innings of 88 by opener Ganapathi Vignesh paved the way for Chennai Superstars' 75 runs victory over Mumbai Champs in the 27th match of the ICL20s Indian Championship at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium.
Chasing a target of 206, Mumbai Champs could score only 130 for five in allotted 20 overs. Only Nathan Astle played a defiant knock of 68 which came in 61 deliveries. During his vigil at the wicket, Astle hit three boundaries and four sixes. Hasan Raja contributed 17 runs.
Shabbir Ahmed captured two wickets for 36 runs. R Jesuraj (1 for 12) and M Haward (1 for 19) were also very economical bowlers to restrict the Mumbai Champs total.
Earlier, batting first, Chennai Superstars piled up 205 for 7. Ganapathi Vignesh, adjudged the Player of the Match, played the winning knock of 88 in just 53 deliveries.
Executing his strokes with confidence and power, Vignesh executed seven sweetly-time boundaries and hit five huge sixes. S G Law remained not out on 29.
CSS v MC, Match 27: Chennai Superstars 205 for 7 (20.0 overs) beat Mumbai Champs 130 for 5 (20.0 overs) by 75 runs

DG v HH, Match 26: Delhi Giants beat Hyderabad Heroes by 1 run

Delhi Giants beat Hyderabad Heroes by 1 run in an exciting ICL encounter at Tau Devi Lal stadium on Saturday.
Chasing a victory target of 145, Hyderabad Heroes scored 143 for 6 off 20 overs. Abbas Ali of Giants was the man of the match.
Sixteen runs off the last over proved too much for the Hyderabad batsmen as they fell short by just one run. Anirudh Singh hit a six and four of the 5th and 6th balls of the 20th over, respectively, but that proved too little too late. Requiring 27 runs from 12 balls, Heroes could only get 11 runs, including one four, of the penultimate over bowled by Shane Bond.
The Heroes had a subdued start as after 6 overs they were 25 for 1. Opener Jimmy Maher departed after being caught and bowled by Delhi quickie Shane Bond scoring just four runs. Abdul Razzaq was also not at his flamboyant best scoring most of runs through singles and the occasional four. The Delhi bowlers gave the Hyderabad batsmen no easy balls to hit and adhered to a strict line and length. The Heroes reached the 50-run mark in the 10th over.
But after that Razzaq accelerated the scoring rate before the the 65-run partnership was broken when Ambati Rayudu was run out for 29 runs. Immediately on the next ball Razzak was also back in the pavilion after making 41 off 38 balls with 5 boundaries with the score reading 75 for 3. Sixteen runs later Justin Kemp also departed after getting run out scoring just 4 runs.
DG v HH, Match 26: Delhi Giants 144 for 9 (20.0 overs) beat Hyderabad Heroes 143 for 6 (20.0 overs) by 1 run

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