Asia Lions 191 for five (Tharanga 50, Ojha 2-26) beat India Maharajas 106 (Gambhir 32, Hafeez 2-21) by 85 runs
It was a sloppy begin to the chase from Asia Lions as they dropped two probabilities off each India Maharajas openers Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa. Gambhir, the best run-scorer within the match, was dropped for 4 runs within the first over by Abdul Razzaq earlier than Uthappa was dropped for five within the fourth over off Abdur Razzak as Shahid Afridi dropped a easy probability at mid-off. Uthappa made probably the most of his probability as he slammed Razzak for 2 consecutive boundaries via mid-on in the identical over.
A gentle 47-run opening stand was damaged by Hafeez within the subsequent over. Gambhir drove a tossed-up supply exterior off straight to Misbah-ul-Haq, who took a pointy catch at further cowl. It was all downhill from there for the Maharajas as wickets continued to fall. At one level, the asking fee even touched 11 per over.
Suresh Raina struggled via his innings of 18 runs off 29 deliveries. Sohail Tanvir ended his distress with a full-length supply that beat his defence to hit the stumps. Stuart Binny was the subsequent sufferer for Tanvir as he tried to work a full supply in direction of third man however solely managed a thick edge onto the stumps.
Apart from the highest 4, no different batter managed to get into double digits for India Maharajas. Tanvir, Razzak and Hafeez picked up two wickets apiece.
Earlier, Asia Lions began slowly after opting to bat with India Maharajas’ new-ball bowlers Irfan Pathan and Ashok Dinda counting on their disciplined traces. That pressured Tharanga to take a number of early dangers, which paid off when he struck Pathan for a six and a 4 within the third over.
Tharanga continued to revive the scoring fee for Asia Lions within the subsequent over. He greeted Yusuf Pathan’s offbreaks with consecutive boundaries in direction of further cowl earlier than utilizing his ft and driving in direction of deep cowl for the third boundary of the over.
His opening associate Tillakratne Dilshan, although, struggled to seek out his rhythm. He didn’t time his paddle sweeps and execute his conventional Dilscoop however was in a position to keep above a run-a-ball with a 26-ball 27.
Tharanga reached his half-century in 30 balls earlier than he was dismissed by Pragyan Ojha off the subsequent supply, majorly as a consequence of a shocking one-handed catch by Mohammad Kaif at further cowl.
New batters Hafeez and Asghar Afghan stitched a 42-run stand for the third wicket. That was instantly adopted by a fast 44-run partnership between Afghan and Thisara Perera because the Asia Lions put up the best rating of the match, which proved to be properly over-par. Asia Lions will face reigning champions World Giants within the remaining on Monday.
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