AZHAR MAHMOOD and Imran Nazir turned in superlative performances to script a thumping nine-wicket win of Lahore Badshahs over Hyderabad Heroes in a jam - packed stadium. While Azhar Mahmood returned with a devastating five-wicket haul to skittle out Hyderabad heroes for meagre 87, Imran Nazir hit a sizzling 62 off just 32 balls to guide Badshahs to a comprehensive victory.
Though Lahore Badshahs lost opener Imran Farhat on the second ball of the innings, but the ruthless assault, studded with eight boundaries and three sixes, left Heroes with just no chance.
Earlier, Heroes were done in by some poor batting display, falling for just 86 in 18.4 overs- the lowest total of the tournament. Azhar Mahmood spearheaded the Badshah's attack, and picked up five wickets. Mohammad Sami and Naved-ul-Hasan picked two wickets each. Jimmy Maher, an attractive Australian left-hander playing in his first match, fell to Mahmood for 5 runs. Anirudh Singh was run out for 5 while Ambati Rayudu was sent packing by Naved-ul-Hasan. Stuart Binny, South African all rounder Justin Kemp and Chris Harris lasted six balls each. Abdual Razzaq was bowled by Mohammad Sami for 10 runs, leaving the team reeling at 69 for 7 in 15.2 overs. Nicky Boje waged a lonely battle, scoring a fighting 39 off 47 balls. But that as never going to be enough.
Hyderabad Heroes: Anirudh Singh run out (Inzamam-ul-Haq) 5, J Maher b Azhar Mahmood 5,A Rayudu c Inzamam-ul-Haq b Naved-ul-Hasan 3, S Binny b Azhar Mahmood 6,J Kemp b Naved-ul-Hasan 5,C Harris c Naved Latif b Mohammad Sami 0,N Boje not out 39, Abdul Razzaq b Mohammad Sami 10,I Khaleelb Azhar Mahmood 8,P Reddy lbw b Azhar Mahmood 0,P Reddy c & b Azhar Mahmood 0. Extras (lb 2, w 3) 5.Total (all out; 18.4 overs) 86.Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-13, 3-19, 4-21, 5-25, 6-31, 7-69, 8-86,9-86,10-86. Bowling: Azhar Mahmood 3.4-1-13-5,Naved-ul-Hasan 4-0-19-2,Mohammad Sami 3-0-12-2,Saqlain Mushtaq 4-0-23-0, Shahid Nazir 4-0-17-0.
Lahore Badshahs: Imran Farhat c Khaleel b Abdul Razzaq 4, Imran Nazir
not out 62,Humayun Farhat not out 18. Extras (lb 4, w 1, nb 1) 6.Total
(1 wicket; 9.4 overs) 90.Fall of wickets: Bowling: Abdul Razzaq
3-0-15-1,PK Reddy 3-0-36-0,J Kemp 2-0-13-0. PIS Reddy 1.4-0-22-0.