Hampshire v Sialkot Stallions, CLT20 qualifier, Johannesburg October 11, 2012

Sohail fifty leads Sialkot home


Sialkot Stallions 144 for 4 (Sohail 63*, Malik 39) beat Hampshire 143 for 8 (Maxwell 42) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It was a match of no consequence for either team, but Sialkot Stallions will leave South African shores with greater confidence, having put in an all-round performance against the English domestic champions. Two individual performances from youngsters on either side stood out - Haris Sohail's unbeaten 63 the highlight, as it was a match-winning knock. Glenn Maxwell scored a counter-attacking 42 when his team, Hampshire, needed runs, but a score of 143 wasn't imposing enough for Sialkot.

A combined bowling effort by Sialkot kept Hampshire to that score, well short of what Trinidad and Tobago had managed earlier in the day, with only 31 runs scored in the last five overs. Hampshire lost early wickets in search of quick runs, scratched around for the first ten overs, surged in the middle overs thanks to an entertaining cameo from Maxwell but lost their way after his dismissal. It was a pitch that offered something for the spinners and seamers. Sarfraz Ahmed, the tall left-arm seamer with an unusual action, got a few to bounce off a good length to pose questions for the openers. Shoaib Malik got turn and bounce and those that skidded through weren't easy to put away either.

Hampshire would have ideally liked one from the top order to bat through for the majority of the overs, but regular strikes stalled their progress. The run-outs didn't help - they lost two of their top order off direct hits. Hampshire had only managed 59 off the first ten overs and it was up to their overseas picks to give the innings a push.

Maxwell was harsh on the pull, connecting a few off the seamers and sending the ball several rows over the on side. He picked Naved-ul-Hasan for consecutive sixes in an over which yielded 16, and added 56 with Shahid Afridi. However, Sialkot pulled things back with a quiet over by the seamer Bilawal Bhatti, whose skiddy pace kept Maxwell in check. Hampshire were 113 for 4 after 16 overs and in the search for quick runs, both Maxwell and Afridi fell off successive balls off Umaid Asif. The lower order though failed to push the score past 150.

The Sialkot top order didn't look at ease against the Hampshire seamers, limping to 26 for 2 after the Powerplay. A couple of pressure-relieving boundaries by Sohail off the left-armer Chris Wood put Sialkot on the path to stability. It helped to have the experienced Malik at the other end as they calmly pushed the singles in between. Sialkot were 62 for 3 after ten overs, just three ahead of Hampshire's at the same stage.

Malik showed some aggressive intent, charging the left-arm spinner Liam Dawson and launching him for a six and four off consecutive deliveries. Crucially, Sialkot didn't let themselves get bogged down with a boundary drought - the pair ensured they picked up at least one boundary per over on an average. From the 11th to the start of the 18th over, when they were separated, they picked up ten boundaries. It also hurt Hampshire that their most experienced bowler, Afridi, couldn't effect the breakthroughs or stem the flow of runs. Sohail pounced on anything short and wide from Afridi, and by the time the spinner picked up a wicket - that of Malik - Sialkot were well on course needing 20 off 17. Malik's 96-run association with Sohail had all but sealed the game. It was a pity though that the tournament format didn't allow Sialkot to build on the momentum.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Deepak on October 14, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    @Solid_Snake - Bhajji did become a world-class batsman by scoring two Test hundreds later that year.

  • Adnan on October 13, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    it should be called Mini Ipl . . .

  • Sami on October 13, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    @Solid_Snake - How do our comments correlate? Care to clarify?

  • Dummy4 on October 13, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    haris sohail should be another upcoming talent like azhar ali

  • Yasir on October 12, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    @ SamAsh07 ->And do you remember how many times the Wicket of Tendulkar went flying past the boundary line while facing Akhtar? Bhajji smashing Akhtar,i still remember that match.Ok so Did Bhaji become a world Class Batsman after that lol?Hitting a six is not a difficult task..How you trap a batsman and take his wicket..Thats an achievement.But just saying that a Bowler is pathetic because of being hit by a Six by Bhajji?Well thats an awsome judgment.According to that logic,Wasim Akram,Waqar Younis,Kapil dev,Anil Kumble,Shane Warne and all great bowlers becomes pathetic.If i agree on this point then even Muralitharan becomes a world class batsman because once he smashed Waqar Younis so badly.

    PS->Sachin is great..But Akhtar is great too.Just because Akhtar opens his mouth infront of Media saying bad things about other people,it dosent mean that he was a bad bowler while on ground.He was the fastest,he took wickets,he proved himself.His character has a question mark but still he rocks

  • Vivek on October 12, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    India future team: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Unmukt Chand, Manish Pandey, Mandeep Singh, Manoj Tiwary, Ambati Rayudu, Saurabh Tiwary, Robin Uthappa, AND MANY MORE :) :) :) (Response to Qasim Ali)

  • Alley on October 12, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Our tournament finished with SS disqualification. Now domestic league PPL is coming. so forget that clt20 and enjoy PPL . who cares for that low level clt20 when our team is not their. its like watching american baseball .

  • jayaesh on October 12, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    See people weather you like IPL or not, is the system unfair or not ?? harsh reality is 75 to 80 % of the world revenue comes from India so it is quite obvious that CL will be dominated by Indian teams, Indian sponsers, Indian viewership, some smart alec posted in another report other countries should boycott India ,oh really, Rest of the cricketing world needs India more than vice versa, We indians would be just happy playing our IPL and invent some 50 over IPL and get all the international players thus decimating other national teams, Cricket as it is is hardly played by 7-8 countries and pales in popularity compared with other sports especially Football.So please as a global cricket community quit all this hating weather it is IPL ,other t-20 leagues or whatever pet peeves you have for common cause of cricket.

  • Dummy4 on October 12, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Pak future team: Umar Akmal, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail, Nasir Jamsheed, Hassan Raza and many many more! Indi Future team: Kohli and..........??? It´s not always abt. money and business...

  • Stark on October 12, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    I'm glad Sohail played well because he has been a consistent performer in for his county.

    Also, players Yasin, Shezhad and Sohail should replace Misbah, Azhar and Malik in ODI's.

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