Inzamam stars as Lahore Badshahs defeat Chennai Superstars
Skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq struck an unbeaten half-century to guide Lahore Badshahs to a five-wicket win over defending champions Chennai Superstars in the second edition of the Indian Cricket League's Twenty20 tournament here tonight.
Needing 158 to win, Badshahs, comprising former Pakistan international cricketers, made it look easy in the end achieving the target with an over to spare, mainly due to the heroic innings played by their skipper, who stood there till the winning runs were scored.
At the age of 38, Inzamam showed that experience matters as his knock was studded with five boundaries and a six.
However, at one stage, the Badshahs had lost four wickets with just 47 runs on the board, the wrecker-in-chief being T Kumaran, who took three wickets.
Inzamam was given full support by Naved Latif, who scored a quickfire 41 (of 26 balls).
Earlier, electing to bat first, Superstars opener and former Australian batsman Michael Bevan struck a brilliant 56 of 53 balls. His knock was studded with six hits to the fence.
Hemang Badani gave him good support at the other end, scoring a useful 30.
However, Superstars skipper R Sathish could not do much with the bat and got out after making just seven. Down the order, SV Sarayanan (14) and Syed Mohammed (15) helped their team put up a fighting total.
Saqlain Mushtaq and Naved-u-Hasan were the most successful bowlers for the Badshahs claiming two wickets each.