Zulu powers ICL World XI to win

Published: Monday, November 24, 2008, 10:08 [IST]
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Ahmedabad: The World XI beat Bangladesh XI by 12 runs in the inaugural match of the Indian Cricket League (ICL) 20-20 World Series at the Sardar Patel stadium here on Sunday.

Chasing a competitive target of 168, the Bangladeshi side was restricted to 159 for nine in allotted 20 overs. Openers Shahriar Nafees and Nazimuddin started steadily, but could not hold on the partnership as Nazimuddin got out in the fourth over after scoring 20 runs leaving Bangladesh 28 for one.

Aftab Ahmed joined Nafees to build a useful 47-run partnership for the third wicket, before getting out in the 9th over.

Disaster struck the Bangladesh side in the 12th over with Lance Klusner taking two wickets off successive balls. Adding insult to injury Harris bowled Nafees and Dhiman Ghosh in the 13th over, shattering the hopes of Bangladesh who were tottering at 89 for seven.

Mohammad Rafique and Mosharraf Hossain hit a few strokes over the boundary, but by then the match had gradually slipped out from their fingers.

Bangladesh finally finished their innings at 159/9, with Hossain not out at 28 and Mohammad Sharif unbeaten on seven.

Klusener with three wickets and Boje and Chris Harris bagging two each, were responsible for fall of the Bangladesh middle order.

Earlier, the World side opened with the formidable combination of Ian Harvey and Murry Goodwin who got off to a quick start racing off to 21 in the second over, before Harvey played a cut shot straight into the hands of Alok Kapali at point off Tapash Baisya. Bashar introduced his spinner Mohammad Rafique in the third over who struck immediately, castling the dangerous Damien Martyn (1), to leave the world side at 22 for two.

Rafique struck again in the 5th over, getting the big wicket of Goodwin for a well made 27 off 16 balls that included six hits to the boundary.

Nicky Boje and Lance Klusener got into the damage-control mode and worked up a strong partnership to take the score to 91 for three at the half way mark. Their 55-run partnership for the fourth wicket came to an end in the 11th over, when Boje was stumped off Mosharraf Hussain's ball. Boje scored 34 runs off 23 balls, laced with five fours.

Lance Klusener anchored the World innings against a confident and disciplined field by the Bangladeshi side. Mosharraf Hossain picked up crucial wickets of Boje and Paul Nixon in his allotted four overs, while Mohammad Rafique bagged three for 20 runs.

The world innings finally folded at a healthy 167 for six in their allotted 20 overs with Klusener unbeaten at 63 coming off 49 balls studded with four fours and two sixes and Andre Admas at 4.

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