Panckhula: Chennai Superstars' paceman Shabbir Ahmed (4 for 23) wrecked Chandigarh Lions with a sensational spell of seam bowling to help his side clinch the inaugural ICL Twenty20 Championship title with an exciting 12-run victory in the final at the floodlit Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium in Sector 3 here on Sunday night.
Chasing a victory target of 156, Lions managed only 143 for 8 in the stipulated 20 overs. Superstars were presented a purse of 3.9 crore, the highest ever prize money offered in domestic cricket.
Lions were richer by Rs 1.9 crore. Delhi Jets took home Rs 1.50 crore for the third position while Kolkata Tigers pocketed Rs 1.25 crore for the fourth position. Hyderabad Heroes who finished fifth, received a cheque of Rs one crore while at the bottom Mumbai Champs got Rs 85 lakh.
Watched by a packed holiday stadium, Shabbir dismissed Chandigarh Lions openers Imran Farhat (4) and Hamish Marshall (3) to leave Lions in some sort of bother with 19/2 in three overs. Chennai pacemen didn't allowed the Lions batsmen to forge partnerships. Half-way thro' hosts were 66/4.
Shabbir, who has played 10 Tests and 32 one-day internationals for Pakistan, struck fatal blows in his second spell. With his first delivery of the 13th over, Shabbir bowled former India opener Dinesh Mongia (21, 14 balls, 3x4s) and trapped new comer Chetan Sharma (0) leg before wicket. Both wickets fell at 82.
Lions were struggling at 82 for 6 after 12.2 overs. Andrew Hall denied Shabbir a hat-trick by playing the next delivery at cover. Ian Harvey then bowled captain Chris Cains (5) and Lions were reeling at 82 for 7 after 13.2 overs. Andrew Hall (30*) and Sarabjeet Singh (28) played cautiously and got 61 runs for the eighth wicket partnership. However, their valiant efforts proved futile as they fell short by 12 runs. Harvey dismissed Sarabjeet with the last ball of the match.
Earlier, Chennai Superstars made 155 for 8 in 20 overs despite four run-outs and a disciplined opening spell by new-ball bowlers. Opener Ian Harvey (36, 5x4s), Chris Read (21), Hemang Badani (20), captain Stuart Law (34) were the main scorers. Lions' Kiwi pacer Daryl Tuffey got two for 32.
Chennai Superstars 155 for 8 in 20 overs (Ian Harvey 36, Chris Read 21, Hemang Badani 20, Stuart Law 34; Tuffey 2 for 32, Mongia 1 for 19) beat Chandigarh Lions 143 for 8 in 20 overs (TP Singh 35, Dinesh Mongia 21, Andrew Hall 30, Sarabjeet Singh 28; Shabbir 4 for 23, Harvey 2 for 26).