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Tigers hunt down Champs

The Mumbai Champs proved no match to the Royal Bengal Tigers in the first match of the day at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, going down by 12 runs, reports Anam Arsalan.

cricket Updated: Oct 19, 2008 23:30 IST
Anam Arsalan

The Mumbai Champs proved no match to the Royal Bengal Tigers in the first match of the day at the Sardar Patel Stadium, here, on Sunday, going down by 12 runs.

Electing to bat, the Tigers started off emphatically with their openers Hamish Marshall (55) and Deep Dasgupta going after the bowlers. The duo put on 84 for the first wicket to provide a firm foundation to kick start their batting campaign.

Dasgupta finally fell to Shridhar Iyer's away moving delivery that saw him stumped by keeper Subhojit Paul on 32. Later Iyer accounted for the wicket of Marshall, when the latter was batting on 55. A fuller delivery on the off was played straight down the throat of Michael Kasprowicz at long off.

Later down, the order Lance Klusener and Rohan Gavaskar batting at no. five and six respectively scored 30 each to that helped the Tigers put 170 for 4 on board.

While, Gavaskar's knock came off just 12 balls Klusener took 21 deliveries to reach the figure. And Gavaskar summed it up saying, "I was given the licence to thrill by my skipper Craig McMillan."

In reply, the Champs innings folded up with 158 on board, with a ball to spare.

They got off to a disastrous start with Abu Nechim sending Taufeeq Umer back to the Champs dugout without troubling the scorers.

Later, Dheeraj Jadhav (39) alongwith skipper Nathan Astle forged a 55-run partnership for the second wicket. But no sooner did the partnership ended, with Astle departing to Abhishek Jhunjhunwala on 33, that the Tigers struck back sending the rest of the bats back on meagre totals.

Finally, Johan van der Wath and Subhojit Paul stablised the innings with a 66 run partnership, but that could not save them from the jaws of defeat as the Champs went down by 12 runs.

Brief Scores: Royal Bengal Tigers 170/4 in 20 overs (Marshall 55, Dasgupta 32, Iyer 2-32) beat Mumbai Champs 158 all out 19.5 overs (Jadhav 39, Van Der Wath 35, Nechim 3-22 ) by 12 runs.