ICL: All-round Vignesh helps India XI conquer World title

Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Hyderabad: A fine all-round effort from Ganapathi Vignesh (57, 2/28) helped India XI edge past World XI to clinch the inaugural ICL 20s World Series title at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Satdium here on Monday.

India riding on the brilliant knocks from Vignesh and Khaleel posted a healthy 148/8 in the stipulated 20 overs and then limited World XI to 138/5 to seal title win by 10 runs. Damien Martyn top-scored for World with a 48-ball 60. Vincent chipped in with run-a-ball 28.

Vignesh earned Man-of-the-Match award while Ibrahim Khaleel was adjudged Man-of-the-Series for his good work with both behind the wicket and infront of it in the series.

India took its fine form in the event to the title clash. Although the batters other than openers failed to deliver. Nonetheless the young side led by Sathish Rajgopalan made up the batting loss with tidy bowling coupled with fine work on the field.

Spinner Syed Mohammad mixed up the balls well to contain the formidable line-up of World batters. He conceded measly 10 runs in his four overs besides accounting for the wicket of Vincent.

The tried and tested combination of Vignesh (57 off 43, 5X4s&3X6s) and Khaleel (34 off 33, 6X4s) after the first two quiet overs opened their arms playing some cracking shots on off-side. Vignesh cut Tuffey over point for a max and followed it up with two full-bloodied on-drives to the fence.

 However it was Khaleel who played the shot of the day The former Hyderabad Ranji gloveman magnificently lofted Hall inside out to the cover fence. The duo shared a brisk 76-run stand before Elliott  provided World the much needed breakthro' in the 10th over dismissing Khaleel caught Chandana at long-on.

The World XI battled back thro' leggie Chandana, offie Arnold and medium pacer Andrew Hall. The trio not only put brakes on Indian scoring rate but also plucked wickets in regular intervels.

TP Singh and Abbas Ali came and went in whimper. Chandana packed off Vignesh in the 15th over to leave India in some sort of bother at 109/4 in 15 overs.

Stuart Binny and Jhunjhunwala added some useful runs in the end overs as India reached comfortable 148/8.

World XI began their chase on a good note with former Aussie batsmen Martyn and Elliott took their side score to 22 in three overs. Vignesh induced Elliott to edge one to give a regulation catch to gloveman Khaleel.

 However Martyn, who was looking in great touch, joined by Vincent and the pair forged a 53-run stand as World raced to 75/1 in 10 overs. The elegant Martyn batted with ease and scored runs in boundaries. His cuts and cover drives is a treat to watch.

Just when the partnership was taking dangerous proporation Syed Mohammed struck in the 11th over to send Vincent packing. The wily Syed drew Vincent out of the crease with a flighted one and beat the bat all ends for a easy stumping.

At the end of 15th over World was left with a big but gettable ask of 53 more runs in 30 balls with 8 wickets in hand.

The Indian fielders pounced on World XI and ran out Cairns and Martyn in a space of four balls in the 17th over.

With two overs to go, the World side needed 35 runs off 12 balls. South African all-rounder van der Wath's cameo proved insufficiant for his side's cause as World ran out of overs falling short by 10 runs in the end.

Brief Scores:

ICL XI India 148/8 (Ganapathi Vignesh 57, Ibrahim Khaleel 34, Upul Chandana 2 for 31, Andrew Hall 2 for 39) beat World XI 138/5 (Damien Martyn 60, Lou Vincent 28; Vignesh 2 for 28, Syed Mohammad 1 for 12).


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