Tigers go for the Badshahs’ jugular
After being put in, the Tigers latched on to the catches on offer and the factor was the key to restricting the Badshahs to 139/6 and winning the match by eight wickets, reports Anam Arsalan.cricket Updated: Oct 13, 2008 23:12 IST
The slogan catches win matches was probably on their minds when the Royal Bengal Tigers took on the Lahore Badshahs in the second match on Sunday.
After being put in, the Tigers latched on to the catches on offer and the factor was the key to restricting the Badshahs to 139/6 and winning the match by eight wickets.
Tigers' skipper Craig McMillan removed Imran Nazir early on. A direct hit from short mid-wicket saw Nazir walking back. That set the pace of things to come.
The fielding was so tight that most of the Badshahs' batsmen fell while going for big shots. Skipper Inzamam-ul Haq was undone by Upul Chandana as the delivery clipped the bat and wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta made no mistake.
Abhishek Jhunjhunwala pulled off an incredible catch inches off the ropes to send danger-man Azhar Mahmood back on a meagre score of three. Jhunjhunwala later added another one to his kitty when Naved Latif's lofted shot off Lance Klusener landed straight in his hands at extra cover.
The only decent totals were from opener Imran Farhat (37) and Shahid Yousuf (32).
The Badshahs too were tight in the field but the Tigers managed to wrap-up the innings with 2.2 overs to spare. Kiwi Hamish Marshall who did the bulk of scoring, was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match. He carried his bat through, scoring an unbeaten 76.
Brief scores: Lahore Badshahs 139-6 in 20 overs (Farhat 37, Yousuf 32, Chandana 4-21) lost to Royal Bengal Tigers 140/2 in 17.4 overs (Marshall 76 n.o., McMillan 35 n.o.; Saqlain Mushtaq 2-19) by 8 wickets.