Panchkula: Hurricane Cairns (70* off 27) powered Chandigarh Lions to a facile 38-run win against Lara-led Mumbai Champs in the ICL Twenty20 C'ships tie at Tau Devi lal Stadium here on Sunday night.
Cairns entertained the holiday crowd with some of the clean and lusty hitting ever seen in the competition so far. He struck four boundaries and seven massive sixes over the mid-wicket-long-off arch. Cairns, who looked on course to get a hundred, was dismissed by his fellow New Zealander Nathan Astle while attempting to clear boundary once more.
Lions' opting to bat first got off to a brisk start with openers Farhat (34 off 26 balls) and Hamish Marshall (16 off 14) firing 48 runs in five overs before the later holed to Astle stationed at mid-off off Rakesh Patel.
Former Railways batsman TP Singh joined Farhat and the duo milked 42 runs in just four overs. Farhat hit five boundaries before being castled by Astle. The next man in Manish Sharma joined the party with a little cameo 37 off 20) to bolster Lions to 219/4- the highest total in the tournament so far.
Chasing the Herculean 220-run victory mark Champs opened with two most illustrious batsmen - Lara and Astle. However both fell cheaply. Astle was dismissed by the first change bowler Love Ablish for 13 while Lara (9) conceded his wicket to Tuffy caught Marshall at Point.
In four innings Lara had played so far he has failed to reach even the double figure mark.
After the early setback Champs' batsmen Dhiraj Jadhav (58* off 39, 8X4s) and Kiran Powar (54 off 30, 3X4s&3X6s) tried in vain to match their rivals. They could muster only 181/5 in the end.
Mumbai Champs are still pointless from four outings and are virtually out of the race in the $ 4m prize money tournament. Lions have also ensured a semi-final berth with six points from five matches.
Cairns was duly adjudged as Man-of-the-Match
Chandigarh Lions 219/4 in 20 overs (Chris Cairns 70, Manish Sharma 37*, Farhat 34, TP Singh 27; Astle 2 for 31, Avinash Yadav 1 for 32) beat Mumbai Champs 181/5 ( Dhiraj Jadhav 58*, Kiran Powar 54; Hall 1 for 29, Tuffey 1 for 24, Ablish 1 for 42) by 38 runs