Much in contrast to the first two finals, which witnessed tense moments and on-field skirmishes, the third final of the ICL 20s Indian Championship proved to be a one-sided affair with Lahore Badshahs snuffing out the Hyderabad Heroes by eight wickets and pocketing a huge prizemoney of Rs 2 crore.
Imran Nazir (111 off 42) piled on the agony on the defending champions as he blasted the quickest hundred in the ICL, scoring the runs in just 42 deliveries, also the third fastest ton of all T20 tournaments.
Chasing 159, Nazir launched as many as 10 sixes and five fours to reach to his three-figure mark. He carried his bat through to lead his team to victory as the Badshahs reached the target in just 13.5 overs.
After his poor showing in the last two finals, it was expected that Nazir would try to make the most of the final opportunity and he took the attack from the very first over smashing three sixes and a four off Abdul Razzaq. Imran Farhat rightly complemented Nazir by rotating the strike.
The Heroes had an opportunity to trap Nazir, but Nicky Boje dropped him in the sixth over off Inder Shekar Reddy when the Badshahs batsman was on 58.
Earlier, the Hyderabad Heroes put on 158 for the loss of seven wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Ibrahim Khaleel (45 off 25) did the bulk of the scoring. He took the aerial route after Jimmy Maher failed to flourish with the bat and took a heavy toll on the Badshahs bowlers. He scored all the park hitting seven fours and one six. But it was finally Saqlain Mushtaq, who got the breakthrough by luring Khaleel for a mighty hit and only to be lapped by Imran Farhat at midwicket.
Stuart Binny (25) also scored some quick runs and Justin Kemp's unbeaten 22 provided the Heroes the much-needed momentum to keep up the fight against the belligerent Lahore side. Shahid Nazir was the pick of the Lahore Badshahs bowlers, as he picked up three wickets.
Hyderabad Heroes (Maher b Mahmood 5, I Khaleel c Farhat b Mushtaq 45, A Singh b Nazir 12, Razzaq c Inzamam b Nazir 1, Rayudu c Farhat b Nazir 13, Binny c Nazir b Mushtaq 25, Boje c Farhat b Sami 19, Kemp not out 22, Harris not out 9; Extras --- lb 4, w 2, nb 1 --- 7).
Total (7 wkts; 20 ovs) 158
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-55, 3-57, 4-73, 5-82, 6-124, 7-126.
Bowling: Sami 4-0-31-1, Mahmood 4-0-31-1, Nazir 4-0-29-3, Naved 4-0-28-0, Mushtaq 4-0-35-2.
Lahore Badshahs (Nazir not out 111, Farhat c Boje b Razzaq 28, Yousuf lbw b Boje 1, Yousuf not out 17; Extras --- lb 2, w 1 --- 3).
Total (2 wkts; 13.5 ovs) 160
Fall of wickets: 1-108, 2-109.
Bowling: Razzaq 3-0-36- 1, Binny 2-0-27-0, Reddy 2-0-23-0, Boje 3-0-25-1, Harris 2-0-11-0, Absolem 1.5-0-36-0.