Auckland v Hampshire, CLT20 Qualifier, Centurion October 10, 2012

Mahmood blasts Auckland through, Hampshire out


Auckland 123 for 2 (Mahmood 55*) beat Hampshire 121 for 8 (Carberry 65, Mahmood 5-24) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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."

Alex Winter is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • 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

  • Anver 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 !!!!!!

  • Yasir 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 :)

  • Yasir 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

  • Makaveli 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!

  • Yasir 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

  • Mohsin 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 two teams qualify.

  • Mohsin 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.

  • Pak 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

  • spirit on October 11, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    >>>Ali-Abbas @indian fans,who r crticising SS performance,Big lol at ya IPL 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

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