Marshall blasts Bengal tigers to victory

Published: Monday, October 13, 2008, 11:11 [IST]
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Hyderabad: Royal Bengal Tigers defeated Lahore Badshahs by eight wickets in the fourth match of the ICL season-2 at the Lal Bahadur Shastri stadium here on Sunday.

Lahore Badshah's captain Inzamam won the toss and elected to bat.

The Badshahs opened with their formidable combination of the two Imrans', Farhat and Nazir who got off to a steady start; placed at 22 for no loss at the end of the first three overs. Some tight bowling, resulted in a mix-up in the middle, resulting in Nazir falling short of his crease to give the Tigers the first breakthrough in the fifth over when the Badshahs were at 28.

The 11th over saw a bowling change in the form of the experienced leggie Upul Chandana, who got the second breakthrough packing back debutant Mughal cheaply for eight. This set the stage for skipper Inzamam, looking in a dangerous mood scoring 19 off just eleven balls before Chandana struck a blow, getting him to nick one to Deep Dasgupta who took a sharp catch to see the back of the great man in the crucial 14th phase.

Chandana was working up a great spell sending back Farhat and Azhar Mahmood in quick succession to end with brilliant figures of 4/21 in his allotted four overs. The spirited Tigers were all over the field not allowing any space to the formidable Badshahs batting.

McMillan also showcased his sides bowling prowess using six frontline bowlers; restricting the mighty Badshahs to a partly 139/6 in their allotted 20 overs.

The Tigers chase opened in the form of new recruit Hamish Marshall accompanying the experienced Deep Dasgupta. They got the Tigers off to a good start and at the end of the third over, the Tigers were right on target at 25 for no loss. Both batsmen made most of the second chances given by some lackluster Badshahs fielding, playing some sensible strokes to take the score to 42 at the five over mark.

The Tigers' fifty came about in the sixth over with some flawless batting from both the openers. It finally took Saqlain to break the 52-run partnership with the wicket of Dasgupta in the seventh over. Jhunjhunwala looked all at sea against the legendary Saqlian and turned out to be his second victim leaving the Tigers in a bit of a bother at 55/2 at the end of the 7th over.

In the end the Tigers romped home to a big win by 8 wickets and over two overs to spare. Marshall came up with a top class 76 runs off 56 balls that included nine fours and 2 sixes, which was the highest individual score at ICL season-2.

Brief Scores: Lahore Badshahs 139/6 in 20 overs (Farhat 37, Yousuf 32, Chandana 4/21) lost by 8 wickets to Royal Bengal Tigers 140/2 (Marshall 76, McMillan 35, Saqlian 1/19).


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