Marshall shines in Tigers victory
Hamish Marshall was the star for the Royal Bengal Tigers smashing an unbeaten 76 in a 8 wicket victory over the Lahore Badshahs.
Inzamam won the toss and elected to bat. The Badshahs opened with their formidable combination of the two Imrans', Farhat & Nazir who got off to a steady start; placed at 22 for no loss at the end of the first three overs. Some tight bowling, assisted by some sharp bowling resulted in a mix-up in the middle, resulting in Nazir falling short of his crease to give the Tigers the first breakthrough in the 5th over at the Badshahs score of 28.
Marshaled by the combative McMillan, the Tigers in their new smart outfit were lighting up the field with some tight bowling and sharp fielding keeping a tight leash on the Badshahs at 44/1 at the end of the 8th over.
The 11th over saw a bowing change in the form of the experienced leggie Upul Chandana, who got the second breakthrough packing back debutant Mughal cheaply for eight. This set the stage for skipper Inzamam, looking in a dangerous mood scoring nineteen off just eleven balls before the wily old fox Chandana struck a blow, getting him to nick one to Deep Dasgupta who took a sharp catch to see the back of the great man in the crucial 14th phase.
Chandana was working up a great spell sending back Farhat & Azhar Mahmood in quick succession to end with brilliant figures of 4/21 in his allotted four overs. The spirited Tigers were all over the field not allowing any space to the formidable Badshahs batting. McMillan also showcased his sides bowling prowess using six frontline bowlers; restricting the mighty Badshahs to a partly 139/6 in their allotted 20 overs.
The Tigers chase opened in the form of new recruit Hamish Marshall accompanying the experienced Deep Dasgupta. They got the Tigers off to a good start and at the end of the third over, the Tigers were right on target at 25 for no loss. Both batsmen made most of the second chances given by some lackluster Badshahs fielding, playing some sensible strokes to take the score to 42 at the five over mark.
The Tigers fifty came about in the sixth over with some flawless batting from both the openers. It finally took the wily Saqlain to break the 52run partnership with the wicket of Dasgupta in the 7th over. Jhunjhunwala looked all at sea against the legendary Saqlian and turned out to be his second victim leaving the Tigers in a bit of a bother at 55/2 at the end of the 7th over. This brought skipper McMillan to the middle, who got into the act right away steadying the ship with the in form Marshall powering a match winning 85 run partnership for the third wicket.
In the end The Tigers romped home to a big win by 8 wickets and over two overs to spare. Marshall came up with a top class 76 runs off 56 balls that included nine fours & 2 sixes, which was the highest individual score at ICL season-2.