Auckland v Hampshire, CLT20 Qualifier, Centurion

Mahmood blasts Auckland through, Hampshire out

The Report by Alex Winter

October 10, 2012

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Auckland 123 for 2 (Mahmood 55*) beat Hampshire 121 for 8 (Carberry 65, Mahmood 5-24) by eight wickets
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Andre Adams celebrates after catching Shahid Afridi, Auckland Aces v Hampshire, Champions League T20, Centurion, October 10, 2012
Auckland won both their qualifying matches to claim a place in the main draw of the Champions League © Getty Images
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Azhar Mahmood produced a remarkable all-round performance to send Auckland through to the main draw of the Champions League. His unbeaten 55 blazed Auckland's trail to a target his 5 for 24 had ensured was paltry. Their second victory wrapped up Pool 1, with Hampshire and Sialkot now unable to qualify.

Despite their schedule in the qualifying tournament lasting two days, Auckland had spent two weeks in South Africa and their preparations proved worthwhile as they became the first New Zealand team to make the main draw of the Champions League.

Mahmood benefitted from bowling and batting at the right time. With the ball in the first innings, he was able to use a pitch that began a touch sticky to induce five loose shots, but the surface was more conducive to clean hitting in the second innings. Mahmood slammed four sixes in his 31-ball knock and became the fifth player to score fifty and take five wickets in a Twenty20.

His performance handed Auckland a second victory at a canter. The target was largely conquered before Mahmood's innings in a Powerplay where Auckland scored 50 for 1. Hampshire by contrast had limped to 29 for 3 in their first six overs. The difference was that Hampshire bowled too full. Martin Guptill and Lou Vincent filled their boots; Vincent disappointed to slap the final ball of the sixth over to extra cover, and Guptill hung his head after swinging Shahid Afridi to long on, both following entertaining innings.

But Azhar Mahmood ensured Auckland did not just meander to the target. He lifted Chris Wood over the leg side for his first six in the eighth over, and added further maximums with a slog sweep off Afridi and a heave over long-on and slap over extra cover against Liam Dawson - the second of which found the swimming pool.

The match was a major anti-climax for Hampshire. In 2010, they announced a grand deal with Rajasthan to form a global franchise with clubs from other countries, setting up a travelling circus of money-spinning tournaments. But all that materialised of that deal was Hampshire becoming the "Royals," in line with the Indian franchise.

On the back of that deal, Hampshire would have expected to be performing on a world stage sooner than the 2012 Champions League. This was their first appearance in the competition but their active participation lasted just 34.3 overs.

Auckland's comfortable victory against Sialkot presented them with a chance to confirm their passage into the main draw of the tournament and they did so with a second chase that was set up by another miserly display with the ball.

The seamers again enjoyed the surface after Gareth Hopkins had won another toss. It was slower that Wanderers and at first offered tennis-ball style bounce. As such, timing was difficult for the batsman. Clean hitting in the first innings was at a premium and the method of dismissals demonstrated their struggles.

James Vince managed to time one six into the stands but his second attempt found mid-on from high on the bat; Jimmy Adams drove loosely outside off and edged behind; and Shahid Afridi - at No. 4 despite his very poor recent form - Sean Ervine and Glenn Maxwell all perished to catches in the deep. The damage was 77 for 5 in the 14th over.

Hampshire's debut rather flashed them by and it took Michael Carberry to prevent total disaster. Carberry's timing was horrendous for the majority of his 65-ball innings but he stuck it out and made a half-century that put something on the board for Hampshire. He took nine runs off Kyle Mills' opening over - three more than Mills conceded in four overs against Sialkot - with a gloved hook that went for six encapsulating the batsmen's struggles on a slightly underprepared wicket.

Carberry tried to lay a platform but batting didn't get easier. He was alone though in hanging around and working the bowling to accumulate a score. Slogging as the entire middle order did was a waste of time. Carberry managed some acceleration with two boundaries in Andre Adams' final over and two more as Michael Bates closed the innings.

He fell trying to swing Mahmood over long-on and it was he that profited most from the errant strokes of much of the Hampshire order, returning 5 for 24 - his best figures in a Twenty20. The wickets of Vince and Adams came in his first over; four balls of his second were enough to lure Afridi into a slog. His final over saw Liam Dawson backing away and slapping to extra cover and Dimitri Mascarenhas carving a full ball to deep cover point. He could have have had a six-for but spilled a catch running back from his final delivery.

Mahmood copped a fine at the end of the match. He was reprimanded, and fined US$1000, for breaching the tournament's code of behaviour after dismissing Dawson. Mahmood pleaded guilty to a code relating to, "pointing or gesturing towards the pavilion in an aggressive manner by a bowler or other member of the fielding side upon the dismissal of a batsman."

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP Overs 16-20 NB/Wides
Hampshire 60 13 3 29-3 38-3 0-3
Auckland 41 13 6 50-1 - 0/5

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Posted by g.narsimha on (October 12, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

SPIRIT WITH IN - LOL see in IND team no flooriegn player features ,, but our national team thrashes u r team every where , than why this arrogance ? , is it u r club team is more stronger than u r national team which always fails

Posted by anver777 on (October 12, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

Good all round effort by Mahmood...... he showed some old form of his....... if he continue this form ECB may include him in the Eng T20 squad in future !!!!!!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 11, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

Yes..Stallions won their 2nd match..I am very happy the way they adjusted themselves to such condition.First time playing outside,not a bad result by the way.We'll come back strongly next time InshaAllah :)

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 11, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Nobody remembers that how many times Pak reached Semifinals..But people do remember the WC champions.And also people do remember things like a team losing all 6 games of last 2 WC's Super 8 Round..That terrible performance is worth remembering i guess :).. Comparing those 6 defeats with the performance of Pak team who currently is the only team to reach SF's of all T20 WC's till now.Well such comparison cannot be made even if i wanted to :P Its not all about who won the cup..Performance of teams during whole WC also counts.No matter if you reached the finals and gets defeated,it has got no shame in it.You become a runner up and still better than all other teams below you

Posted by MakaveliDon on (October 11, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover I really think you need to pick up a dictionary mate, I have a tough time understanding your terrible spelling. But what I could pick up from that terrible english of yours is that you definetly have some sort of envy for the Indian players and the IPL..still hurting from the fact that once again we thrashed you in a world cup? Nobody cares if you made it to the semi's, the World T20 is about winning the cup which declares you the best t20 team in the world it's not about counting how many times you made it to the semi finals, end of the day your team has one world t20 cup and so does ours so I dont see no difference between the two. Nobody remembers a semi finalist they only remember the one who lifts up the cup and because West Indies won the cup they are currently the best t20 side in the world..end of story!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 11, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

@Ali-Abbas->Its just personal..I dont like Azhar :P I think he was given a chance recently in Pak team but he failed completely.. One more thing just came to my mind.. Guys remember what Lahore Badshahs did in ICL? They were all Pak players and they completely demolished every team in that Tournament.And about pak player dreams of playing in the IPL..Lol these same Pak players rocked your First IPL.And now eople are treating our players as if we are beggars.Cricket should remain cricket.Bringing in Politics and making jokes about players who want to play cricket..This thing should be stopped. Pak players want to play in IPL thats true and for money?Yes for money.And why do Indian players and all other foreign players play in IPL?For fun?One must be crazy to think that all play in IPL just for FUN lol..Off course all are there for big money.So putting just Pak players in that category is not fair.All are the same

Posted by Black-Zero on (October 11, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

its more like IND/AUS/SA league.coz teams from these countries get a direct entry(EVEN if they are ONLY semi-finalists).not to mention the qualifying tournament's format.which allows ONLY one team from a group of four to qualify.the format should have been like the world t20's first round.top two teams qualify.

Posted by Black-Zero on (October 11, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

only top two IPL teams should be selected in the main draw.the two semi-finalists SHOULD be in the qualifying tournament.doesn't it looks bias??all the winners of the t20 tournaments SHOULD get a direct entry into the main round and the Losers/Semi-finalists SHOULD have to go through the qualifying stage.just like the Champions Trophy.

Posted by PakCricSpin on (October 11, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

@g.narsimha: It's just a game. As for the stallions - yes they indeed are the best t20 Pakistani club team. But remember, they are club team - Not an IPL team. And hey, its just a game. It's not like they dropped a bomb some place. :P

Posted by spiritwithin on (October 11, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

>>>Ali-Abbas @indian fans,who r crticising SS performance,Big lol at ya IPL teams..play with ya 11 local playewrs then see ya cant even score 100,SS scored 129 on bouncy track>>>

lemme check,last time we played with 11 local players in bouncy pitches of SA albeit with indian national team they beat pak team in both T20's in 2007WC and yea both time they scored way more than 129...this is a club not a national team to have 11local players,they r free to choose any players,its ur fan who'r saying SS is the best domestic T20 teams on earth,now what happened suddenly??lol yea they were thrashed..IPL,BigBash,SLPL,BPL,english county all has foreign players and its ur fan who'r saying the standard of IPL is low,now out of nowhere these IPL teams becomes strong due to those foriegn players??lol then accept that IPL teams r far stronger than u credits them for whereas ur domestic T20 leagues without foriegn players r very low standard

Posted by spiritwithin on (October 11, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

@azeesajid..y u need indian club teams to play without foreign players to show their worth? then what is national teams r for?

Posted by spiritwithin on (October 11, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

seriously fans from PAKISTAN sud come out and see the world of club sports rather than being in denial mode,which nation has better talent is known when their respective national teams meet each other and lets not equate it with clubs if thats the case than teams like Delhi has Sehwag,gambhir,amit mishra,ishant sharma,nehra,kohli,dhawan etc in their side so does mumba and other Ranji teams,its club cricket dont equate it with national sides....,in club sports every club has the right to pick any players from anywhere around the world to make their team stronger,clubs does'nt represent national team but only their own clubs,nobody forced u not to pick any players from other nation so accept that ur team is not good enough against IPL,Big Bash and even kiwi club teams...Big Bash,english county all has international players in their side and they has every right to choose players..........all in all dont give silly EXCUSES

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 11, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

g.narisma,wel evrybdy knows how great ur batsmen R against shear pace,evrybdy saw it during t20 championshp n Ur team's Wrld famous tour to eng,aus,lolz.ON THAT BOUNCY PITCH UR INDIAN batsmen's performance would hav been close to pathetic.SS WERE NT POOR BT BELOW PAR

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 11, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

I think Ipl,CL SHOULD B ORGANIZD AT the end of Each Icc t20 championship so that indian fans might find an outlet to expres their frustratn ovr india been knockd out 4rm each championship at super 8s stage.ANOTHR WRLD 4 DIS OUTLET Z CALD "CATHARSIS"

Posted by --.-- on (October 11, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

@ Ali-Abbas - Bro its SS's fault that they didn't pick Overseas players.This is Club Cricket (Entertainment !) where every team is allowed to have 4 overseas players. It not only increases the chances of the teams winning the matches but also increases fans' interest as watching popular players from different nations playing in one team is always fascinating. Example - Hampshire .. I really don't know much about this team or its players .. but when I saw Afridi in it, I saw the whole match. No wonder, IPL teams are not only teams but BRANDS. Just imagine - If Sialkot had say Samuels or AB or Tait or even Owais Shah in its team, how interesting it would have been. With Pak's Premier League about to begin (as u guys claim), u will see even Pak's teams going with Overseas players in future. So Cheers !! Enjoy Cricket .. Wld luv to see Kohli and U Akmal batting together, if that can actually happen :) !

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (October 11, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

@solid snake,Bro Plz dont compare azhar with Yasir lol.yasir is gud in counties only......but Azhar already pRoved at international level

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (October 11, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

Aussie team Sydney sixers Gonna win clt20...........SA team ill be runner up

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 11, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

@g.narsimha->This so called Stallion team is the one having all local players and i dont need to recall their record.I never said before the match that it is the best on earth.Such comment was ridiculous. Why is that i cannot see any local team of yours in the Champions league.If that Delhi team you guys are talking about is so talented.Then where is it.Why only IPL teams playing here.I guess scared of bringing out all 11 Indian players :P IPL teams are like having 11 players.Half of them are foreign players who are starts of their national side,and other half having Indian players who already play for their national side.Stallions facing IPL teams is like a club team facing national side all full of stars.And then people laugh when stallions lose..Why they laugh,Well i would say keep laughing.i am enjoying it :P

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 11, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

@Virender_BRUTAL_Sehwag->Lol Azhar mehmood is so good?Noone spotted his talent?As far as i remember he did not perform well in the main side.He was trashed out after 1999 and then given chances after that too.But he could not perform well every time he was given a chance.So selecting him for Pak team is out of question.Here at club level he plays well.Even Yasir Arafat is so deadly but only while playing in English Domestic clubs.When these guys make their way into the team,they suddenly becomes pathetic and all of their talent goes down the drain

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 11, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

Most of the Stallion players were playing there for the first time..Adjusting yourself with such bouncy pitches in a day or 2 is very difficult.I dont understand why people are comparing Stallions with IPL teams...Stalions got all local players.Keep Shoaib Malik and Rana aside.Rest never played on such pitches before. IPL teams are more foreign and less Indian teams.Mainly banking the performance of Foriegn players most of the times.I dont want to even think about performance of Bangalore if you remove Gayle and De Villiars from it.Similarly all teams are like that.Having one or 2 match winner players in each IPL team

Posted by yorkshirematt on (October 11, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

Going along with the general theme of this forum, I think if Kevin "Roland Rat Superstar" Pietersen still played for Hampshire they would have qualified easily then won the whole thing at a canter. But then again..........................................

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (October 11, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

indian domestic teams r ordinary,by Poutting 4 overseas players ya cant hide lack of talent ,we all know what ya r

Posted by WideBat on (October 11, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

The formation of qualifying round is rediculus. Must have been four teams in each group with two to qualify.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

when team has such apathetic captain , that team is bound to be demolished, average , medicore batsman i,e malik , who is the sole reason , pak have also lost the precious world cup , this culb ckt . does,nt matter , but what matters is world cup , and the deserved guy versatile razaq , has been punished ...

Posted by --.-- on (October 11, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

@ JG2704 - Read my comment below your comment. U will get your answer.

Posted by g.narsimha on (October 11, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

My dear WICKY ROY PAK LOVER & OTHER PAK cricket fans it is not INDIAN team which is knocked out IT IS U R SO CALLED BEST T-20 TEAM in the world presently in domistic circuit u people over the years have been giving a build up making tall claims like this team is un beatable , we all seen what they have to show us , u people talking as if our teamis eliminated , SOUTH AFRICA is the place u should not erase from u r momory - why - its here we thrashed u to win t-20 wc.

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (October 11, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

@indian fans,who r crticising SS performance,Big lol at ya IPL teams..play with ya 11 local playewrs then see ya cant even score 100,SS scored 129 on bouncy track

Posted by   on (October 11, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

participations of pakistan teams in these kinds of tourments will allow the fans to judge the level of their teams. it has been always poor and everytime they needed some naturally talented cricketers to come and rescue their reputation. it shows that pakistan have only 20 to 30 players who all the cricket for them. the rest of 1st class level players dont desrve to called 1st class players. but the regional format which is based on district teams has really failed to produce good players.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 11, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

@wicky.paklover hi mate!!!we thrashed your mediocre team fair and square in wct20..and moreover we are the Icc world cup holder now...what cup you have?tea cup?hahaha..try to beat india in world cups..hahaha

Posted by JG2704 on (October 11, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

@Virender_BRUTAL_Sehwag on (October 11 2012, 08:48 AM GMT) And what might happen if the Pak domestic sides each cherry picked 4 overseas stars? Would they still be ordinary?

Posted by --.-- on (October 11, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

Teams like Sialkot are really Boring to watch. This is Club Cricket (Entertainment !) where every team is allowed to have 4 overseas players. It not only increases the chances of the teams winning the matches but also increases fans' interest as watching popular players from different nation's playing in one team is always fascinating. Example - Hampshire .. I really don't know much about this team or its players .. but when I saw Afridi in it, I saw the whole match. No wonder, IPL teams are not only teams but BRANDS. Just imagine - If Sialkot had say Samuels or AB or Tait or even Owais Shah in its team, how interesting it would have been.

Posted by --.-- on (October 11, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

@ azeesajid - Do u really think that domestic teams of two nations should play each other just to know which nation's Cricket is better ? Then what are Senior National Teams for ? If Sialkot's players were so talented, then they would have been playing for their national team not domestic. And you might not know but if actual Delhi players play for DD (Delhi Dardevils), even your Pak National team would not be able to beat them. These are the players - Shikhar Dhawan, Viru, Gauti, Unmukt Chand, Kohli, Raina, Rajat Bhatia, Awana, Amit Mishra, Nehra, Ishant Sharma. ....Raina, Praveen kumar and Piyush Chawla - they all live in Ghaziabad which comes under NCR, so along with U. P. they can also play for New Delhi.

Posted by --.-- on (October 11, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

Feeling so sorry for frustrated Pakistan fans ! (after reading their comments) But they should understand, their domestic teams are indeed ordinary. Why in World one would not purchase 4 Overseas players ? Pak missed a trick here. But they should thank BCCI at least they got invited to play High Class tournament and as we all can see BCCI and PCB working together to organize Ind-Pak series, who knows Pak players' dream of playing in IPL might even come true next season. Would love to see Razzaq playing for DD. Lets hope for the best.

Posted by spiritwithin on (October 11, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

haha love to see comments from pak fans,till few days back Sialkot Stallion was the best T20 club team on earth and now that they lost they suddenly realised IPL teams has 4 foreigners in their teams,lol will u plz stop giving excuses?clubs r like that only,everywhere from football to cricket the clubs has a mixture of players from many nations,its ur own fan who were overrating their teams so u r getting back from others now after ur team lost

Posted by --.-- on (October 11, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

Feeling sorry for Azhar Mahmood. Pakistanis never spotted this guy's talent and sadly he had to leave Pakistan one day due to lack of opportunities. He surely is a better batsman than all current Pak batsmen - Hafeez, Afridi, Asad, Jamshed, Akmals etc.; a better bowler than Gul, Riaz, Tanveer, Sami etc, and certainly a way better fielder than all current school level fielders of Pak. But today all Pakistanis must be regretting now. It seems, they haven't learnt from their mistakes either as Abdul Razzaq who always plays for team not records and is a way better Cricketer than Afridi is being IGNORED by PCB.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 11, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

IPL,CL R jst like "LOLLY POP" TO FRUSTRATD INDIAN FANS,whenevr their team z knockd out 4rm any icc championship.lolz

Posted by vish57 on (October 11, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

Qualifier is made a meaningless affair; just 1 loss, you are out of the tournament; suggest we have only 6 seeded teams 2 each from India ( reduce Indian teams ),SA & Australia and let 4 places be taken from a qualifying round of 10 teams ( split in to 2 grups) consisting of 2 other teams from India, 2 from England & Pak 1 each from SL,NZ,WI,Bangaldesh. I opine that CLT20 is one of the worst tournament without any public interest, as on date tailored to BCCI and Indian teams instead the Indian heros can play in any domestic tournament.

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (October 11, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

@azeesajid.......... Agreed.......then they ill lost all matches against SS or lahore ,karachi etc

Posted by devrockzz on (October 11, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

because of Azhar Mahmood only they won

Posted by dariuscorny on (October 11, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

@El_Toro_Loco hmmm keep living in the past(i mean 10yrs back).if that's the case Sehwag was the real tormenter of ur attack,he butchered and still butchers ur attack even if he is in midst of dreadful form............haha

Posted by guptahitesh4u on (October 11, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

The format of qualifier round needs changes...how about a single group of all teams playing against each other in 10 over matches!!T10

Posted by   on (October 11, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

hahahahhaah aal pak fans now say : whether you win or losse we love you :D....whole world is getting used to it

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (October 11, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

4 overseas players........HAHA.........without them ..so called 4 chadi teams r 0

Posted by raj3006 on (October 11, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

Champions league is nothing but Money league. Why on earth all countries have 1 or 2 champions only whereas India has 4 that too without even qualifying matches.

Posted by azeesajid on (October 11, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

@persant n indiarule. keep in mind that if stallion could have purchased 6 to 8 foreign players then you would have better came to know that how their n your cricket is. ask any of your domestic team to play with sialkot without foreign players then will better know that actually how your country's cricket is.

Posted by ada123 on (October 11, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

why is everyone being so critical about Sialkot?? They lost 1 game and they are playing in completely different conditions! Take'er easy!

Posted by IndiaRulesEverybody on (October 11, 2012, 3:10 GMT)

This script has becoming so predictable it is not even funny now ... Pak/BD fans tell us all about how their "Tigers/Lions/Donkeys" are going to perform and then after the match it is about how they are still learning and how bad India is for making all the rules of the game and how overpaid Indian cricketers are and how in the next series they will blow India away. Lame. Boring- Just like their teams.

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (October 11, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

Pakistan should consider replacing Shahid Afridi with Azhar Mahmood. True all rounders are hard to find these days.

Posted by zagman on (October 11, 2012, 2:43 GMT)

Afridi seems to make an unbreakable record with duck outs.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2012, 2:17 GMT)

@rajesh-india1990 you are right just like india got kicket out in t20 wc finally we saw some top notch quality cricket with bat'n'ball the top best teams in international cricket.

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (October 11, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

@samincolumbia: hmmm 10 years, didn't he butchered your bowlers with 45 ball century a few years ago in your home country in front of home crowd & earned the designation of "Boom Boom" from your own Shastri? nuff said. Ciao....

Posted by SS_JJ on (October 11, 2012, 1:30 GMT)

General public are more knowledgeable than those who claim to be professional (PCB). If general public can figure out which should be in and out so why PCB can't????????????

Posted by   on (October 11, 2012, 0:12 GMT)

The wholw Champions trophy is ridiculous; what are they playing for? Of course, for money! Other than that? World championship is decided in the World T-20. This one is for what?

Posted by Dark.Matter on (October 10, 2012, 23:56 GMT)

@stark62.......not all-rounder anymore.........leg break bowler and 9th place tail ender. thats where he can be useful......

Posted by Dark.Matter on (October 10, 2012, 23:47 GMT)

hard luck stallions. best of luck for next time. BTW both MD BATES should celebrate their birth day together LOL.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 22:46 GMT)

Gareth Hopkins actually lost the toss against Sialkot - but Auckland were good enough on that occasion. Here, yes, he did win the toss, but Sialkot actually chose to bat first in the first game of the tournament.

Posted by BackfootNossyfan on (October 10, 2012, 22:25 GMT)

Even if the toss had been won by Hampshire, Auckland would still have won. They have world-class batters, a great middle order, top fielding and one of the best, most together bowling units in the competition. They're not stacked with stars but they work together and that can often be the difference. Hampshire's batsmen played some awful shots trying for boundaries - Auckland know that rotating the strike and taking singles are just as important. So don't moan about the toss. Azhar Mahmood had a great day. Up the Aces!

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 21:53 GMT)

Classic, moaning about the toss of the coin..... it's a 20-over innings! The pitch doesn't actually chnge all that much in 20 overs folks. As mentioned in the article, Hampshire bowled the wrong length. If the ball is "sticking" a wee bit, you don't bowl overly full. Auckland's bowlers adjusted best to the conditions on offer, and essentially decided the contest. Had Hampshire followed suit, it would most likely have been a closer match.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 10, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

It is good to see mediocre teams like sialkot,uva kicked out of the tournament..so we will see the quality cricket from next stage..

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

I'm amazed, you guys are talking about the toss of the coin making you lose. Just face it, you got smashed because you played badly!

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 21:16 GMT)

I knew the pakistan selection should have considered azhar mehmood. He could have even won pakistan the t20 world cup

Posted by GasPipe on (October 10, 2012, 21:12 GMT)

Good stuff Auckland! Mahmood has been a wonderful signing for them and he proved his worth this match, outstanding performance. As for the overall performance, well, the fielding has been excellent, both our seamers and spinners (Ronnie Hira is looking better and better) have been tight and effective, and Guptill and Vincent are giving a good platform for our middle order to really go for the win. Good to see a NZ team proving that we are no pushovers, all the best for the rest of the tournament Aces!

Posted by siddharth_WC2011 on (October 10, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

This champions league format is very unfair. Having 4 IPL teams automatically qualify and then make the other teams do a qualifying round is ridiculous. Instead have the local winners qualify automatically and the rest through the qualifiers.

Posted by Lermy on (October 10, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

Auckland seems to have snuck in under the radar, but only two of their team haven't played international cricket so maybe their performance shouldn't be such a surprise. Andre Adams for example has to be one of the most under-rated players in NZ cricket, and he hasn't really fired a shot yet. So there could be more to come from these dark horses.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

So why Azher was not playing in 20/20 WC cup in place of Yasir Arafat?

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (October 10, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

Ya loose the toss bat first and go home. As the condition were, they didn't need to come here, they could just have tossed a virtual coin and decided without playing.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (October 10, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

My question is to IQBAL QASIM, How in the world do you think that Yaser Arfat or Sohail Tanveer were better choices to be in the T20 squads. Dear selector, most of time it feels and gets proved that common fans have better common sense than you people who claim to be knowledgable and professionals. Each and every common fan asked for Asad Shafiq and Razzaq to be included in semifinal playing eleven instead of Imran Nazir and Sohail Tanveer and today every professionals says the same that Asad could have been handy against SL spin. How would you explain it? By saying coach and the captain asked for them. right? But what is your job then sir, if coach and the captain do the selection work - you may then go home.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

Such a shame tournament, You came with high hopes & back home right after two days.

Posted by SS_JJ on (October 10, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

After seeing Azhar's remarkable performance in both last T20's, I would say he must be given a one more chance to play in Pakistan Cricket Team. All big names like Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik and Afridi should be kicked out right away from the team forever. Afridi may comeback if he performs in domestic.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (October 10, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

Azhar Mehmood was always a good allrouder. It felt starnge when Pakistan and England both didn't select him in to their T20 World squads. A player who came in to the game by scoring two test hundreds in South Africa was degraded to no. 8 batting position only to accomodate some other favoured ones. Abdul Razzaq and Afridi got always prefered while no one was ready to play all 3 allrounders in the team.

Posted by maheemanga on (October 10, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

what a foolish format of the tournament. Now whats the point of tomorrow's DEAD RUBBER match b2n Sialkot and Hampshire. Both teams have no single chance to qualify and its just their second game. The formats are so ridiculous nowadays in cricket where WI qualified in WT20 without a win and CLT20 is another example

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

Is this really a "champions league"? I mean hardly any crowd :))

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

Well Done, Auckland Aces! Lets hope there`s more to come!

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

This is the stage where we should talk about the great all rounder Azhar Mehmood really is, rather then wasting our time on the likes of Afridi and other lads of Sialkot stallions.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (October 10, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

@may_the_best_win while i do not accept the joy of @Rajesh_india_1990 (his name suggests he is young guy) one thing to remember here is that teams like sialkot, Uva have a point to prove. They are definitely watched passionately by thier fans and have the one advantage over other teams, that is team bonding. If you look at IPL teams there is hardly any member who belongs to that local club. And you are right it is all about money and thats why you see 4 IPL teams (to ensure viewership longevity). Guess what most of us Indian fans are already fed up with T20 and this Clt20 is just overdose. It has pushed us down further instead of helping. Iam sure sehwag will always love to play these T20 even when injured but he is not ready to htat for international tours (read Test matches)

Posted by samincolumbia on (October 10, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

@ may_the_best_win - The only problem with Afridi's 'poor patch' is that the patch has been ongoing for the last 10 years. He also took a grand total of 2 wickets in the entire T20 WC. Sehwag and Gambhir won India the REAL World Cup last year!!

Posted by indian_rockers_2015_champs on (October 10, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

minnows (sialkot) knocked out.....................................

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Azhar Mahmood was also involved in sinister deeds in BPL as claimed by a Pakistani cricket team manager.

Posted by SamAsh07 on (October 10, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

Azhar Mahmoon isn't eligible for Pakistan selection because he holds a British Passport, he is no longer a Pakistani by national but only by culture.

Posted by may_the_best_win on (October 10, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990: now since it is only about money and not country anymore.. indians will surely play good.. it wud be better if indians spend their time trying to figure out why India never reach semis in the WC T20 even after so much focus on IPL and stuff!! only after rectifying their own failures should the indians come and smile on someone else's failures (as ur smiley face shows).. as far as afridi goes he is definitely having a very poor patch with the bat but still makes it to the team on his bowling performances, unlike sehwag n gambhir who r there in the indian team on their long ago past performances (n i am not smiling)

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (October 10, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

This makes another point that why were guys like yasir arfat were preferred on azhar mahmood to play in WC t20 for pakistan? Pakistan could have done alot better than what they did provided a fair selection.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

Afridi has fans all over the world but it was really very strange he survived 4 balls per Rajesh India, normally he barely survives one ball, and sometimes he gets run out without touching the ball. If he bats good he does not ball good, if he balls good then he cant bat good. He is one sided player. I am sure he is overdue to explode, all the fans are waiting.

Posted by Ra_Thore on (October 10, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

MD Bates in both teams! So Sialkot Ponies are out and no contribution from pony-tail enders.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 10, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

BOOM BOOM COMEDIAN AFRIDI..:))

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

afridi should just come at number 8 or 9 now hes not helping himself orthe teams by getting out at ducks his bowling is actually pretty good

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 10, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

AS I MENTIND EARLIER,AUCKLAND HAVE WRLD CLAS AL.ROUNDR IN THE NAME OF AZHAR.HE Z STIL WAY BETR THAN IRFAN,BALAJI,ZAHER IN BOWLNG N WAY AHEAD OF GAMBHIR,DHONI,RAVINDRA,ROHIT IN BATNG CNSIDRNG HE CAN SCORE AT More than 150 strike rate while none of above mentind can do dis.

Posted by Stark62 on (October 10, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

@ Talhacroft and Rajesh_india_1990

But you forget to mention the fact, that Afridi was by far the most economical bowler for his side and picked up the all important wicket of Guptill.

Please learn the definition of BOWLING allrounder, then come back and post a valid comment.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (October 10, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

great sham for PCB they give chances like ..Afridi..malik ..nazir (poor guys in field) they never now become match winner but,,,not a one chance for star like Mehmood...

Posted by CricShanghai on (October 10, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

Amazing to see how these players brightening up the games with superb fielding.

Posted by subrops on (October 10, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

Thats fantastic, Sialkot Stallions the Highly over rated team is out (and that too one match left) BOOM BOOM BOOM is also out.

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

lol what a bad luck this guy have now a days... yeah Afridi lol., another Duck... :/

Posted by bestofluckindia on (October 10, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

Stallions knocked out so early, wow shows the standard of T20 cricket in Pakistan.

Posted by Talhacroft on (October 10, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

Boom Boom again duck out... hahahaha

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 10, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

WOW!!what a miracle!!BOOM BOOM AFRIDI survived 4 balls...:))

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

meanwhile hampshire, they lose this they are knocked out

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Was confused for some time to see Michael David Bates playing for both Auckland and Hampshire in same match. Interestingly one is born today and other tomorrow .

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

do both teams have michael bates in their line up or is it a mistake

Posted by   on (October 10, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

both teams have michael bates

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