ICL 20s: Lahore Badshahs reign over Hyderabad Heroes

Published: Friday, March 14, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Panchkula (Haryana): Azhar Mahmood (5/13) and Imran Nazir steered Lahore Badshahs to a convincing nine-wicket win over the Hyderabad Heroes in the Edelweiss ICL 20/20 tie at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium here on Thursday.

Heroes, opting to bat first, started off badly losing the Aussie international Jimmy Maher in the first over off Azhar Mahmood.

Nicky Boje top-scored for Heroes with a sedate 39.

Two overs later a horrible mix up between the Anirudh Singh&Rayudu resulted in the former's run out.

Rayudu's poor run the event continued when Rana Naved induced an edge of tempermental batsman into the safe hands of Inzamam in slip cordon to leave Heroes' innings tottering at 21/4 in the fifth over.

Former South African batsman Justin Kemp&skipper Harris did not trouble the scorers much. Halfway thro' the Heroes' innings cut a sorry picture with 44/6. Razzaq and Boje (39) battled hard in the middle adding 23 runs before the ex-Pak all-rounder played Sami on to the stumps.

Azhar Mahmood then got into the act mopping up the tail as Heroes collapsed to 86 all out.

In reply the Badshahs despite losing the opener Imran Farhat early his namesake Imran Nazir hit a hurricane 46-ball 62* as the team from the other side of Radcliffe line romped home by nine wickets with well over ten overs to spare. Imran Farhat's sibling Humayun remained unconquered on 18.

Azhar Mahmood&Imran Nazir were declared as joint winners for Man of the Match.

Brief Scores: Hyderabad heroes 86 /10 in 19 overs (Nicky Boje 39; Azhar Mahmood 5 for 13, Rana Naved 2 for 19) lost to Lahore Badshahs 87/1 in 10 overs (Imran Nazir 62, Humayun Farhat 18; Abdul Razzaq 1 for 15).


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