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Champs crushed by the Badshahs

The Lahore Badshahs crushed the Mumbia Champs by 8 wickets to claim an easy win at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Earlier in the evening Inzamam, won the toss and elected to field, keeping in consideration the due factor expected to play a role later in the evening. A cautions but steady start had the Mumbai Champs placed at 16 for no loss.

Jadhav coming into the tournament after a successful outing in the English summer took the initiative, playing some delightful strokes against one of the most formidable bowling attacks in the world. The fifty run partnership came in the 8th over with both batsmen looking good in the middle.

The half way mark of their innings had the Mumbai Champs side placed at 63 for no loss. Tahir Mughul finally broke the 84 run partnership with the wicket of Taufeeq Umar who made 41 runs off 42 balls including 5 fours. At the 15th over mark the Mumbai Champs were paced at 95/1, setting the platform for an onslaught in the last 5 overs.

Jadhav brought his workman like fifty with a lovely cover drive off Rana in the 16thover. Jadhav's fifty came off 42 balls including six hits to the boundary.

The Mumbai Champs however did not fully utilize their solid start and in the end folded their innings at a competitive 140 in their allotted 20 overs. For the Lahore Badshahs side Mughal was the most successful bowler picking up three wickets.

The Lahore Badshahs opened with their formidable combination of the two Imrans'; Farhat & Nazir. Nazir was in a dangerous mood and got on the job right away scoring six boundary shots of the second over from Kasprowicz, picking 30 runs off the over. Farhat came to the party and nine consecutive boundary balls brought the Lahore Badshahs fifty.

It was for the second time in two weeks that the fastest fifty partnership world record was broken at the ICL. The Lahore Badshahs' openers brought their half century in 15 balls; bettering the record set by Vignesh & Harvey a week before at Hyderabad, off 18 balls against the Dhaka Warriors.

The openers were on carnage lighting up a packed capacity Ahmedabad stadium with some unbelievable stroke play. The Mumbai Champs finally got a breakthrough in form off Farhat's wicket, held at long on by Powar off Van der Wath in the 3rd over, for an entertaining cameo of 21 runs off only 8 balls. Nazir brought about his fifty off 27 balls including 5 fours and four mighty sixes.

The 10th over mark saw the Badshahs handsomely placed at 102/2 with Nazir and Inzamam looking in ominous touch. In the end the unbeaten knock of 83 from Nazir off only 38 balls; including 5 fours and 9 mighty sixes; sealed an eight wicket victory for the Lahore Badshahs in only the 14th over of their innings.

source - indiancricketleague.in
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