In reply to Chandigarh Lions' total of 200 for 7 in 20 overs, Delhi Giants made 200 for 4 in 20 overs. The cricket thriller that had a capacity crowd glued to their seats right till midnight and witnessed 400 runs scored. In the end two hits on the stumps by Delhi to nil from Chandigarh Lions saw the Giants emerge winners.
Monish Mishra and Sri Lankan Avishka Gunawardene (64) gave Delhi a flying start as they realised 126 runs before Mishra returned to pavilion after completion of 12 overs. He faced 51 balls and hit seven fours and one six. Mishra faced just 40 deliveries for his 81 which contained 10 fours and three sixes.
Mishra (81) was declared man of the match.
Earlier, Andrew Hall won the toss and elected to bat. Openers TP Singh and Sarabjit gave Chandigarh Lions a sound start by putting on 26 runs for no loss after completion of three overs. The 50-run partnership for the opening wicket came about in only 28 balls in the fifth over. TP Singh completed his half century off only 22 balls, laced with 10 fours and one six in the 7th over. The half way mark of the innings had the Chandigarh Lions handsomely placed at 95 for no loss.
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TP Singh brilliant innings of 65 off 31 balls came to an end in the 11th over, credited to a brilliant catch in the outfield by Monish Mishra off Benkenstein ending the 98-run partnership for the first wicket. The talented southpaw's innings included 11 fours and 1 six.
Singh's wicket brought ICL's new induction Graeme Hick in the middle who got into the act right away taking the score to 130 at the 13th over mark.
Sarabjit, too, brought about his half century in 15th over batting at 54 off 46 balls at the 15th over mark, making a strong case for his selection into the ICL India team for the forthcoming ICL 20s World Series.
Nixon leading the side in the absence of Atapattu, brought on his premiere spearhead Shane Bond in the 17th over, who put the plugs on the Chandigarh batting juggernaut with the wickets of Hick and Vincent of consecutive balls. Murtaza came back for his second spell in the next over packing back the dangerous Sarabjit for a well made 60 runs off 43 balls, including 4 fours and 3 sixes.
Some top class bowing from Bond and Murtaza in the death overs did manage to reduce the huge damage inflicted by the top order Chandigarh batting. The Chandigarh Lions finally folded their innings at a mammoth 200 for 7 in their allotted 20 overs. Murtaza and Bond who got 2 wickets apiece.
Brief scores: Chandigarh Lions: 200 for 7 in 20 overs (TP Singh 65, Sarabjit 60, HA Hick 36, Chetan Sharma 11, I Malhotra 17 not out, Bond 2-24).
Delhi Giants: 200 for 4 in 20 overs (MD Mishra 81, DA Gunawardene 64, A Bali 15, Abbas Aku 22, AH Hall 1-42, DR Tuffey 1-33, Rajesh Sharma 1-31, TP Singh 1-17).
Result: Delhi defeated Chandigarh 2-0 in bowl out.