Monday's ICL20s Indian Championship match between Chandigarh Lions and Mumbai Champs was billed as a close contest and it lived up to its billing. The Champs despite their good fight ultimately lost the match by two wickets.
Electing to field, the Lions decided to go for the kill straight away pressing Andrew Hall and Daryl Tuffey into service and the result was there or all to see with opposition opener and skipper Nathan Astle walking back for four. A fuller delivery by Tuffey saw the batsman loft the ball to cover where T.P. Singh made no mistake.
That started the rot for the Mumbai Champs as wickets kept falling at regular intervals. The situation got so bad for the Champs that at one stage their scoreboard read 36-4.
Finally, it was left to the Champs local hero, Kiran Powar to stall the fall. He batted on scoring an unbeaten 45 of 42 balls. The loose balls went past he boundary while the others paved the way for singles. But, his efforts proved futile as the other batsmen walked back the soon they came. Their final score 135 for 6 with the bulk of scoring coming off Powar's bat.
The total though low, proved rather hard for the Lions to chase. Matthew Elliott, though stayed on scoring 38 but the rest refused to contribute and as a result the scoreboard plummeted to as low as 70-6 in the 13th over. And if it had not been for their in-form wicketkeeper batsman Sarabjeet Singh, the result would have been different. The man remained unbeaten making an impressive 41 of just 22 balls.
Mumbai Champs 135/6 in 20 overs (Powar 45n.o) lost to Chandigarh Lions 137 for 8 in 19.4 overs (Sarabjeet 41n.o.)