Panchkula: Lara-led Mumbai Champs earned their first win in the tournament seeing off Kolkata Tigers by seven runs in the ICL Twenty20 C'ship tie at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex here on Monday night.
Shreyas Khanolkar (64 off 39 balls, 7X4s&3X6s) and Subhojit Paul (50 off 41, 5X4s &1X6) shared a brisk 106-run stand for the second wicket to help Champs post a healthy 187 runs in 20 overs.
Chasing a victory target of 188 runs for victory, Tigers could manage only 180/9 in stipulated 20 overs.
Tigers got off to a good start with Darren Maddy (16) and Deep Dasgupta (31) adding on 37 runs before Maddy was castled by Khirid.
Abhishek Jhunjunwala joined Deep Dasgupta and carried the score to 74 when Deep Dasgupta trying to up the scoring rate heaved one only to get top edge for a simple caught and bowled off Pushkaraj.
The next man in McMillan smashed a quick 29 studded with two massive sixes before being castled by his brother-in-law Astle. Abhishek Jhunjhunwala (32 off 22, 4X4s) and Rohan Gavaskar (28) too departed after taking Tigers past 150.
Tigers slumped to 177 for 9 in the 19th over from 156 for 5 in 16.2 overs as they lost the wickets of Rohan Gavaskar (28), Klusener (7), Upul Chandana (3), Rajiv Kumar (8) and Mihir Diwakar (2). Champs military medium pacer Astle was the pick among the bowlers plucking three vital wickets for a measly 26 runs in his four overs. Khirid bowled a tidy last over to help his side coast to a seven-run win.
Earlier, a fine 104-run partnership in just 11 overs between opener Subhojit Paul and Shreyas Khanolkar, who was adjudged as Man-of-the-Match award, fired Champs to a solid 188/3
Paul and opener Vikram Solanki (26) gave them a good start by putting on 46 runs before Solanki was dismissed by Lance Klusener who got the Mumbai Champs opener caught by M Diwakar.
Solanki hit four fours and one six in his 22-ball knock. Then Subhojit Paul and Shreyas Khanolkar (64) flayed the Kolkata Tigers bowlers and were associated in a 106-run stand for the second wicket stand.
Klusener broke this stand when he had Paul caught by Diwakar after contributing 50 runs from 41 balls. He hit five fours and one six. Khanolkar top scored with a breezy 64 from 39 balls before he was run out. Khanolka hit seven fours and three sixes.
Kiran Powar (27 off 12) chipped in with little cameo. Tigers employed as many as eight bowlers. Lance Klusener was the most successful bowler who bagged two for 29 from four overs.
Mumbai Champs 188/3 in 20 overs (S Khanolkar 64, S Paul 50, Kiran Powar 27 n o, Vikram Solanki 26; Klusener 2 for 29) beat Mumbai Champs 180/9 in 20 overs 9 (Dasgupta 31, Jhunjhunwala 32, McMillan 29, Rohan Gavaskar 28; Astle 3 for 26)