Lahore trounce Chandigarh by 7 wickets
The 28th match of the ICL20s Indian Championship featured the much anticipated “Trans-Punjab” battle between the mighty the Lahore Badshahs and the Chandigarh Lions at the Tau Devi Lal stadium Panchkula.
In the end it was a clinical all round performance from the Lahore Badshahs that saw them win by a comfortable margin of 7 wickets. Rana Naved Ul Hasan was declared man of the match for brilliant half century.
Earlier in the evening Chandigarh Lions won the toss and elected to bat. Dashing south-paw TP Singh was on the job right away taking forward his good form in the tournament and adding 40 runs for the first wicket along with the young Sarabjit Singh.
His promising innings of 28 off same number of balls, was cut short by Rana Naved trapping him LBW in the 7th over. Some tight bowling from Rana Naved & the consistent Shahid Nazir pulled back the Chandigarh batting, placed at 66/2 & ICL’s & Chandigarh Lions star induction Graeme Hick, holding guard in the middle.
Nazir displayed a brilliant spell of pace bowling, ending his four over quota with impressive figures 1/12. The Lahore side was working in some brilliant bowing in the crucial middle overs; resulting in the dismissal of Hick packed back by the wily Saqlian Mushtaq in the 13th over, on his personal score of 14.
Saqlain struck again in the 15th over packing back the talented Manish Sharma to leave the Chandigarh side in a bit of a bother at 85/4 at that stage of the match.
With five overs to go the Chandigarh side needed a major onslaught to register a decent total; placed at 90/4. Lou Vincent who had had a dry run in the tournament so far was looking determined in the middle tackling some high class bowling in company of Chetan Sharma.
The duo put on 43 runs for the 5th wicket before Sharma was run out for 13 in the final over. It was a top class bowling performance from the Lahore Badshahs.
he Chandigarh team finally folded their innings at 136/6 with Lou Vincent top scoring with an unbeaten knock of 33 off 23 balls including 4 fours and 1 six.
The Lahore chase got off to an aggressive start with both Imrans’ (Farhat & Nazir) playing some delightful strokes to take the score to 33 at the end of the third over. Luv Ablish struck back for the Chandigarh side packing back the dangerous Nazir for 18.
Malhotra struck in the 5th over getting Farhat to nick one to the keeper in the 5th over to bring the Chandigarh side right back in the game. The 6thover mark had the Lahore side placed at 52/2 making it a fascinating contest between the two Punjabi sides.
The half way mark of the innings had the Lahore side in a strong & stable position at 78/2, needing only 58 runs more off 60 balls and 8 wickets in hand. Tournament debutant Shahid Yousuf was working up a clinical partnership with the aggressive Rana Naved for the 3rd wicket keeping the Lahore side right on target in the crucial middle overs.
Malhotra picked his second scalp of the match with the wicket of Shahid Yousuf, ending the 62 run partnership for the third wicket in 14th over.
With five overs to go the Lahore Badshahs were costing along at 124/3 needing only another 13 runs and Rana Naved playing a stellar innings. Rana Naved brought his well deserved fifty off 33balls including 6 fours and 1 six in the 16thover.
In the end it was a comprehensive win for the team from Lahore beating their Punjabi counterparts from India by a convincing margin of 7 wickets & four overs to spare.