ICL World 20s: India XI record clinical win over World XI

Published: Sunday, April 13, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Hyderabad: India XI outplayed World XI in all the departments to register a convincing 44-run win in the ICL 20s World Series tie at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium here on Saturday.

This is India XI's second win in the series on trot and lead the table with two wins and a defeat while Pak has won one and lost one. Previous evening they had overpowered Pak XI.

India XI batting first made a solid 163/8 in stipulated 20 overs. Former Madhya Pradesh Ranji cricketer Abbas Ali top-scored with 44. Jhunjhunwala contributed with a strokeful 27. Kasprowicz claimed 2/39 for World XI.

In reply World XI was restricted to 119/8, thanks to some economical bowling from spinners especially Murtaza Ali who plucked 2 wickets conceding a measly 19 runs in his four overs.

Indians sent in to bat had a fine start. Openers Vignesh and Khaleel fired 28 runs in just three overs. World XI opening bowlers Kasper and Tuffey hit back dismissing Khaleel and Vignesh respectively to reduce India to 38/2.

Abbas Ali and Jhunjhunwala resurrected India innings with a brisk 76-run stand. The duo grafted initially taking quick singles and twos with odd boundary hits. They played proper cricketing shots and rarely relyed on playing innovative shots.

Kasper broke the dangerous looking partnership dismissing Abbas in the 15th over. At the end of 15 overs India was handsomly placed at 129/4.

Reargaurd action from Stuart Binny saw India XI reach a formidable total 

In reply, the World XI got off to a slow start largely due of some tight bowling by the new-ball bowlers. At the end of four overs, World was placed at 21 for no loss.

Nechim was working some serious pace and got the first breakthrough knocking the stumps to pack off the dangerous Lou Vincent for eight.

With the fall of Elliott's wicket in the sixth over the World were in some sort of bother at 30/2.

The Indians were putting up a splendid display with the cherry restricting the World batsmen to singles and cutting off the boundaries. At the halfway mark World XI were placed at 55/3, and left with a daunting ask of 109 off 60 balls at nearly 11 runs per over.

Sathish brought on his premiere spinner Murtaza, in the 12th over who got into the act taking two wickets in three balls to reduce the World to 57/5.

World XI, who kept on losing the wickets in the regular intervals, never looked like it was in hunt of victory total

Eventually India limited World to 119/8.

Brief Scores:

India XI 163/8 in 20 overs (Abbas Ali 44, Abishek Jhunjhunwala 27; Kasprowicz 2/39) beat World XI 119/8 in 20 overs (Marvan Atapattu 20, Matt Elliott 19; Ali Murtaza 2/19).


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