Champions League Twenty20 - Qualifying Pool 1

Auckland v Sialkot Stallions

Auckland won by 6 wickets (with 17 balls remaining)

5.15pm There is a bit of grass on the track, but the bowlers won't get as much help as they did in the afternoon game. It was pouring in the morning in Johannesburg, but the sun is out now and it is a beautiful evening. Almost no one in the stands though.

Shakeel Ansar and Imran Nazir to open. Kyle Mills has the ball, and he has two slips lying in wait.

LoveTanmay sends in the first feedback of the game: "After a long wait Sialkot back in action ...They are the world's most consistent side so far In T20 Since winning 25 T20 games in a row in Oct 2010, Sialkot Stallions have lost just 3 games but won 11, incl their last 9 games."

5.00pm Toss Shoaib Malik tosses, he wins and Sialkot will bat. "150-160 will be a good total, there is grass on the wicket and we have good pacers, and spinners as well. It is a great opportunity for us, we have been winning for the last seven years on the domestic circuit." Malik also says something about it still being sunny, and that being one of the reasons for him to bat first.

Auckland captain Gareth Hopkins: "We would have bowled. We managed to get four warm-up matches here."

You should be able to see the XIs at the top of this page shortly.

Get up to date with this game through our match preview. Our boundlessly energetic South Africa correspondent, Firdose Moonda, has a couple of pieces up ahead of this game. Here's what she has to say on Sialkot, and this was an Auckland presser she attended.

4.50pm The World T20 barely seems over and we are already into game 2 of the qualifying phase of the Champions League T20. The first game was a close one, with Yorkshire beating Sri Lankan Premier League champions Uva Next in the final over.

Next up, Sialkot Stallions v Auckland. Sialkot, one of the most consistent T20 sides in the world, finally get their chance to strut their stuff in the Champions League. They had also qualified for the 2008 edition, but that was postponed after the Mumbai terror attacks and Pakistan teams weren't invited after that till this year.

Auckland were New Zealand's champions in 2010-11 as well, and reached the qualifiers of the CLT20 last year as well, but lost two close matches to crash out.

The toss is five minutes away.

0.1

Mills to Imran Nazir, no run, beauty to start off, a short of length ball that darts a hint away, just outside off, batsman caught on the crease and pokes at the ball, beaten

0.2

Mills to Imran Nazir, no run, again stuck on the crease, that was just outside off, looked to whip it to the leg side, Nazir outside edges it, the ball rolls towards point

0.3

Mills to Imran Nazir, 1 run, short of length once more, wider outside off, down to third man to get the first run of the innings, this was a thick edge as well

0.4

Mills to Shakeel Ansar, no run, length ball outside off, defended off the front foot towards the bowler

0.5

Mills to Shakeel Ansar, no run, shorter and a hint wider as well, Ansar stays back in the crease and steers the ball towards backward point

0.6

Mills to Shakeel Ansar, 1 run, length ball outside off, pushed towards cover and a quick single is taken, quiet start from Sialkot

End of over 1 (2 runs) Sialkot Stallions 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
Shakeel Ansar    1* (3b)      KD Mills    1-0-2-0
Imran Nazir    1* (3b)     

Imran Nazir's career striker-rate is a cool 156.

1.1

Bates to Shakeel Ansar, no run, Bates jogs in and starts with a shortish ball outside off, dabbed towards point

1.2

Bates to Shakeel Ansar, no run, on middle stump this time, fuller length than the previous one, clipped to square leg but there is no single to be taken

1.3

Bates to Shakeel Ansar, no run, just outside off, punched towards mid-off, that's three dot balls in a row now

1.4

Bates to Shakeel Ansar, OUT, Ansar is gone after a nervy stay, he wanted to pull a shortish ball from Bates, top-edges it and the ball swirls towards mid-on, easy take there, not a great start from Sialkot

Shakeel Ansar c Kitchen b Bates 1 (6m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

A minute before the dismissal, Darren Hamed sent this message to Sialkot: "Sialkot should remember that they are playing in SA and not pakistan. Batting won't be as easy as in Pakistan especially since most of their players do not have exposure to SA conditions."

1.5

Bates to Imran Nazir, no run, Nazir is rubbing his rib cage after being struck by a short sharp ball from Bates, he was in an awkward position to play that, the extra bounce troubles him

1.6

Bates to Imran Nazir, no run, Bates gets the ball to nip back and has hurt Nazir, that one thudded into the gloves, shaping in a long way and Nazir was look to push that away but that down the ground, it bounced more than he expected, he throws his bat to the ground in pain, and immediately takes his gloves off, massaging his right hand, a wicket maiden from Bates

End of over 2 (wicket maiden) Sialkot Stallions 2/1 (RR: 1.00)
Imran Nazir    1* (5b)      MD Bates    1-1-0-1
Haris Sohail    0* (0b)      KD Mills    1-0-2-0

2.1

Mills to Haris Sohail, no run, length ball angling away from the left-hander, past the outside edge and through to the keeper

2.2

Mills to Haris Sohail, no run, length ball just outside off, defended to the off side by Haris

2.3

Mills to Haris Sohail, no run, shorter and wider outside off, batsman shoulders arms, not high among the most common sights in T20 cricket

Thiru Cumaran has spotted this: "Shakeel Ansar is 33 years and 333 days old. Triple Nelson at work here?"

2.4

Mills to Haris Sohail, no run, back of a length and just outside off, played off the back foot towards cover

2.5

Mills to Haris Sohail, no run, make that 11 dot balls in a row, that was a cross-seam delivery that swerves away and rears on the batsman as well, again left alone

2.6

Mills to Haris Sohail, no run, two maidens in a row, back of length outside off, through to the keeper, just the two singles then in the first three overs

End of over 3 (maiden) Sialkot Stallions 2/1 (RR: 0.66)
Haris Sohail    0* (6b)      KD Mills    2-1-2-0
Imran Nazir    1* (5b)      MD Bates    1-1-0-1

3.1

Bates to Imran Nazir, SIX, that's what Nazir can do, forget about pottering around, Bates drops it a touch short, Nazir powerfully pulls that over deep backward square leg for a flat six

3.2

Bates to Imran Nazir, 1 run, Bates troubles Nazir with the amount of inward seam movement, Nazir was looking for another expansive shot but was cramped up, bottom edges it for a single

3.3

Bates to Haris Sohail, no run, just outside off, Haris feels for that one and is beaten, good stuff this from Bates

3.4

Bates to Haris Sohail, no run, Bates gets the edge, but does he get a wicket? a big sound as the ball passes bat outside off after Haris fished at it without moving his feet, Hopkins dived to his left to try take that edge but it was beyond him, Lou Vincent was distracted by that dive but still manages to grab the ball, did it bounce before he got his hands around it? yes, say the replays, Haris survives

3.5

Bates to Haris Sohail, no run, defended to the off side, 0 off 9 balls now, Haris needs to get a move on here

3.6

Bates to Haris Sohail, no run, a muted lbw appeal from Bates and Auckland, an inside-edge tempered that appeal, the ball rolls to the leg side, and Haris is now 0 off 10

End of over 4 (7 runs) Sialkot Stallions 9/1 (RR: 2.25)
Haris Sohail    0* (10b)      MD Bates    2-1-7-1
Imran Nazir    8* (7b 1x6)      KD Mills    2-1-2-0

4.1

Mills to Imran Nazir, 1 run, short of length and outside off, guided down to third man for a single

4.2

Mills to Haris Sohail, no run, back of length and on off stump, defended down the track after getting behind the line

4.3

Mills to Haris Sohail, no run, Haris remains on duck, Sialkot run-rate is 2.22, he pokes this one towards cover off the front foot, thinks of a single but there was none there

4.4

Mills to Haris Sohail, 1 run, an ugly shot from Haris, but at least it gets him off the mark, has taken him 13 deliveries, that was a flat-batted slug, wanted to send the ball into orbit, mistimes and the ball loops over the bowler and rolls towards mid-on

4.5

Mills to Imran Nazir, no run, short ball on off stump, Nazir looking to manufacture some room there, realising the need for Sialkot to get going, he tries to crash that past point but doesn't connect

4.6

Mills to Imran Nazir, no run, another attempt to send the ball out of Wanderers, another time when he fails to get bat on ball, on commentary Ramiz Raja points out that Sialkot have played 24 dot balls out of 30 so far

End of over 5 (2 runs) Sialkot Stallions 11/1 (RR: 2.20)
Imran Nazir    9* (10b 1x6)      KD Mills    3-1-4-0
Haris Sohail    1* (13b)      MD Bates    2-1-7-1

Azhar Mahmood, Auckland's vastly experienced overseas player, has been given the ball

5.1

Azhar Mahmood to Haris Sohail, SIX, hello massive, Mahmood is greeted with a contemptuous swipe that sends the ball into the stands beyond long-on, that was just back of a length, only 119kph, Haris gets plenty of bat on that

5.2

Azhar Mahmood to Haris Sohail, 1 run, closer to the body this time, pushed towards cover for a tight single, Guptill is a terrific fielder but he can't score a direct hit this time, Haris survives

5.3

Azhar Mahmood to Imran Nazir, SIX, whoah, there was hardly any power on that stroke from Nazir, it was a bit short from Mahmood, Nazir helps it along to the fine leg boundary, lifts his front leg as he plays that shot, ball sails over the rope

5.4

Azhar Mahmood to Imran Nazir, 1 run, on the pads, worked for a single behind square leg

5.5

Azhar Mahmood to Haris Sohail, FOUR, 18 off five ball in this over, it was wide outside off, Haris doesn't try to hammer this time, just glides it past point, timed for four that one, Mahmood going for plenty

5.6

Azhar Mahmood to Haris Sohail, no run, shorter and closer to off stump, extra bounce as well, shaping away from the left-hander who can't get bat on it, jumps and sways out of the way

End of over 6 (18 runs) Sialkot Stallions 29/1 (RR: 4.83)
Haris Sohail    12* (17b 1x4 1x6)      Azhar Mahmood    1-0-18-0
Imran Nazir    16* (12b 2x6)      KD Mills    3-1-4-0

6.1

Adams to Imran Nazir, 1 run, Andre Adams from round the wicket, that was short and wide and should have been sent to the boundary, Nazir can only dab that wild delivery towards backward point for a single

6.2

Adams to Haris Sohail, no run, slapped towards backward point, where Lou Vincent makes a diving stop

LFigo614 is pleased to have noticed this: "Lou Vincent is 33yrs 333 days as well lets see what happens"

6.3

Adams to Haris Sohail, OUT, Adams has struck, Sohail is dismissed just as it seemed that he was getting into some sort of groove after a miserable start, a soft dismissal as well, slapping the ball straight to Vincent at backward point, easy catch for him

Haris Sohail c Vincent b Adams 12 (23m 19b 1x4 1x6) SR: 63.15

Shoaib Malik, the captain, walks out. Lot depends on him in these alien conditions

6.4

Adams to Shoaib Malik, no run, a confident leave outside off to start

Danish Jamil: "Cant say whether Sialkots stallions will make it to next round or not, but am pretty happy that players like Haris Sohail and raza hassan are getting exposure to pitches in South Africa."

6.5

Adams to Shoaib Malik, no run, through to the keeper again, but this was not a confident leave, it was back of a length and well outside off, jagging away, Malik looks to crash it through the off, beaten

6.6

Adams to Shoaib Malik, no run, this time Malik chops it hard towards cover, but can't beat the fielder, a run and a wicket in Adams' first over

End of over 7 (1 run) Sialkot Stallions 30/2 (RR: 4.28)
Shoaib Malik    0* (3b)      AR Adams    1-0-1-1
Imran Nazir    17* (13b 2x6)      Azhar Mahmood    1-0-18-0

7.1

Azhar Mahmood to Imran Nazir, no run, short of length and just outside off, bit of movement away, Nazir follows the ball and jabs it towards backward point

Waited a while for this feedback. Prem: "Is there some WCT20 final going on???"

7.2

Azhar Mahmood to Imran Nazir, OUT, Sialkot are 30 for 3, and Auckland have the big wicket of Nazir, he charged out to this delivery and looked to launch the ball over the off side, gets a big top edge and the ball swirls towards short third man, Hira runs around from point and calmly takes a tough catch, great comeback this from Mahmood after that horror first over

Imran Nazir c Hira b Azhar Mahmood 17 (33m 15b 0x4 2x6) SR: 113.33

Shahid Yousuf is the new man. Does he bat like Shahid Afridi or Mohammad Yousuf?

7.3

Azhar Mahmood to Shoaib Malik, 1 wide, too wide outside off

7.3

Azhar Mahmood to Shoaib Malik, no run, pitched up and this is driven along the ground towards mid-on

7.4

Azhar Mahmood to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, back of a length and angling in, Malik gets on the back foot and drops the ball towards point, takes a quick single, sensible stuff from Malik

7.5

Azhar Mahmood to Shahid Yousuf, no run, back of a length and tight around off, sliced towards point

7.6

Azhar Mahmood to Shahid Yousuf, no run, same length, just outside off, Yousuf looks to cut that though it is close to the stumps, the ball flies over the top of his bat, just two off the over

End of over 8 (2 runs) Sialkot Stallions 32/3 (RR: 4.00)
Shahid Yousuf    0* (2b)      Azhar Mahmood    2-0-20-1
Shoaib Malik    1* (5b)      AR Adams    1-0-1-1

8.1

Adams to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, length ball is pushed off the front foot towards sweeper cover for a single

8.2

Adams to Shahid Yousuf, no run, goes for a flashy shot and is beaten outside off, through to the keeper

Sami is not a big Nazir fan: "Been waiting for the inevitable, Nazir getting out for below 20. He should remain in Pakistan since that's the only place he can score runs in or play matches against Affliates."

8.3

Adams to Shahid Yousuf, no run, outside off and the batsman shoulders arms

8.4

Adams to Shahid Yousuf, SIX, he's had enough of fiddling around, a lovely crisp hit from yousuf there, plants the front foot forward and crashes that over long-off for six

8.5

Adams to Shahid Yousuf, SIX, not as easy on the eye this time but same result, slightly short ball, pulled off the front foot, a flat six over the man at deep square leg

8.6

Adams to Shahid Yousuf, 1 run, Adams from round the wicket, angling across the batsman, who guides it down to third man for a single

Sialkot don't like fours, just one this innings so far. Five sixes though

End of over 9 (14 runs) Sialkot Stallions 46/3 (RR: 5.11)
Shahid Yousuf    13* (7b 2x6)      AR Adams    2-0-15-1
Shoaib Malik    2* (6b)      Azhar Mahmood    2-0-20-1

Part-time bowling of Munro now. Can Sialkot capitalise?

9.1

Munro to Shahid Yousuf, FOUR, from round the wicket, not the most promising of starts, short and wide and that is slapped over cover for four

9.2

Munro to Shahid Yousuf, no run, slightly fuller, still outside off, batsman chases after it and misses

9.3

Munro to Shahid Yousuf, FOUR, short and wide once more, looks to lash that towards backward point, for a moment the fielder at deep backward point thought he could take a catch, then realised he wouldn't make it, so decided to stay on the rope and cut off the boundary, Bates slips though and the ball spins past him for four

9.4

Munro to Shahid Yousuf, 1 run, close to the body and that is guided down to Bates, who fields properly this time

9.5

Munro to Shoaib Malik, no run, over the wicket now, and the batsmen is beaten outside off

9.6

Munro to Shoaib Malik, no run, full ball just outside off, cramping up the batsman, who defends from the crease to the off side

End of over 10 (9 runs) Sialkot Stallions 55/3 (RR: 5.50)
Shoaib Malik    2* (8b)      C Munro    1-0-9-0
Shahid Yousuf    22* (11b 2x4 2x6)      AR Adams    2-0-15-1

10.1

de Grandhomme to Shahid Yousuf, 1 run, de Grandhomme starts with a short of length ball outside off, sent towards deep backward point for a single

10.2

de Grandhomme to Shoaib Malik, no run, length ball swerves away a hint, batsman goes for the booming drive and is beaten by the movement, gentle medium from de Grandhomme

10.3

de Grandhomme to Shoaib Malik, no run, and again, the length is fuller this time, again Malik goes for the off drive, again he misses

10.4

de Grandhomme to Shoaib Malik, 1 wide, too wide outside off, Malik looks to slash that but doesn't connect

10.4

de Grandhomme to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, pitched up and that is elegantly played by Malik, along the carpet towards sweeper cover

IBO provides you some general information: "Sialkot has the city where most of the sport items manufacturing companies are there. whenever someone is visting there we ask to bring bats from there."

10.5

de Grandhomme to Shahid Yousuf, no run, played from the crease towards backward point, another dot ball

10.6

de Grandhomme to Shahid Yousuf, no run, pitched up and another flashy drive attempted, again beaten

CricBellz: "You must have an idea by now that how Shahid Yousaf plays! He is a blend of Shahid Afridi & Muhammad Yousaf! He was the star in ICL by the way!!!"

End of over 11 (3 runs) Sialkot Stallions 58/3 (RR: 5.27)
Shahid Yousuf    23* (14b 2x4 2x6)      C de Grandhomme    1-0-3-0
Shoaib Malik    3* (11b)      C Munro    1-0-9-0

11.1

Hira to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, Spin for the first time, Hira starts with a flat, short delivery, scythed towards sweeper cover

Sialkot will be looking to target Hira

11.2

Hira to Shahid Yousuf, no run, back of length ball on the stumps, defended back to the bowler

11.3

Hira to Shahid Yousuf, 1 run, length ball outside off, punched towards long-off for a single

11.4

Hira to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, in towards middle and leg, played off the backfoot towards midwicket, the ball just dribbles across the rope, played gently enough to give batsmen the time to scamper two

11.5

Hira to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, pushed towards mid-off for one more

11.6

Hira to Shahid Yousuf, no run, into the blockhole, looking to power it down the ground, batsman misses and Hopkins doesn't collect cleanly, that was a stumping chance there, but a tough one as the keeper wouldn't have been able to see the ball cleanly

End of over 12 (5 runs) Sialkot Stallions 63/3 (RR: 5.25)
Shahid Yousuf    24* (17b 2x4 2x6)      RM Hira    1-0-5-0
Shoaib Malik    7* (14b)      C de Grandhomme    1-0-3-0

12.1

de Grandhomme to Shoaib Malik, SIX, Malik bludgeons that towards the Sialkot dug-out, powered over cover for a six, there was some width there and Malik latched on, he's not had the best of starts

12.2

de Grandhomme to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, pushed to mid-off for a single

12.3

de Grandhomme to Shahid Yousuf, no run, looks for the off drive and is beaten

12.4

de Grandhomme to Shahid Yousuf, 2 runs, length ball angling in, thrashed towards long-on, reaches the fielder on the bounce, batsmen scoot back for the second

12.5

de Grandhomme to Shahid Yousuf, SIX, another six, Sialkot finding their higher gears now, not the most pleasing of shots, powers a length ball over the bowler's head for a straight six, brute force there

12.6

de Grandhomme to Shahid Yousuf, 1 run, clubbed back towards the bowler, who sticks out his right hand but can't catch an immensely powerful hit form Yousuf, hard to call that a drop given how hard that was hit

End of over 13 (16 runs) Sialkot Stallions 79/3 (RR: 6.07)
Shahid Yousuf    33* (21b 2x4 3x6)      C de Grandhomme    2-0-19-0
Shoaib Malik    14* (16b 1x6)      RM Hira    1-0-5-0

13.1

Hira to Shahid Yousuf, 1 run, down the leg side, off the pads as the batsman looks to sweep, to short fine leg

13.2

Hira to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, comes down the track and works that in front of point for one more

50 stand came up earlier this over

13.3

Hira to Shahid Yousuf, 1 run, darts it into the pads, clipped towards midwicket

13.4

Hira to Shoaib Malik, 1 bye, another stumping chance, this one slides on, Malik was down the track and looking to loft the ball out of the ground, he misses, the keeper misses as well, with the batsman way out of the crease, that hits Hopkins on his pads

13.5

Hira to Shahid Yousuf, FOUR, slapped for four, a powerful hit from Yousuf who moves on to 38, that was smoked past square leg, Hira is frustrated

13.6

Hira to Shahid Yousuf, OUT, got him this time, a chip back to the bowler, Hira moves across to his left to latch on to that, Yousuf's cameo is over, slightly slower through the air, foxes the batsman

Shahid Yousuf c & b Hira 39 (26m 25b 3x4 3x6) SR: 156.00

End of over 14 (8 runs) Sialkot Stallions 87/4 (RR: 6.21)
     RM Hira    2-0-12-1
Shoaib Malik    15* (18b 1x6)      C de Grandhomme    2-0-19-0

14.1

Adams to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, Adams back with his super short run-up, guided towards short third man for a single

14.2

Adams to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, helped to short fine leg for a single

Shehroze: "Not just the cricket bats. Footballs used in the 1998 FIFA World Cup were also made in Sialkot."

14.3

Adams to Qaiser Abbas, no run, short of length ball angling across, looks to drive and misses, ball goes through to the keeper

14.4

Adams to Qaiser Abbas, 1 run, well outside off, throws his bat at that, sliced down to third man

14.5

Adams to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, crashed towards sweeper cover, a quiet over so far

14.6

Adams to Qaiser Abbas, 1 run, pitched up, on the stumps, Abbas wanted to clobber that towards long-on, edges it behind square leg, good over from Adams

End of over 15 (6 runs) Sialkot Stallions 93/4 (RR: 6.20)
Qaiser Abbas    2* (3b)      AR Adams    3-0-21-1
Shoaib Malik    19* (21b 1x6)      RM Hira    2-0-12-1

15.1

Hira to Qaiser Abbas, 1 run, length ball is driven towards long-on for a single

15.2

Hira to Shoaib Malik, OUT, Hira gets his second, he has bowled well today, length ball into the pads, Malik looks to launch that over the long-off fielder, doesn't get the power, Sialkot lose a big wicket

Shoaib Malik c Guptill b Hira 19 (37m 22b 0x4 1x6) SR: 86.36

15.3

Hira to Qaiser Abbas, 1 run, full ball on the pads, flicked towards midwicket for a single

15.4

Hira to Ali Khan, no run, length ball, flighted a touch, defended by the batsman

Ben: "Afridi Mohammed, sorry, Shahid Yousuf has given the impetus that Sialkot needed. It is up to the rest now..."

15.5

Hira to Ali Khan, 1 run, full ball is nurdled towards square leg for a single

15.6

Hira to Qaiser Abbas, 1 run, pitched up from over the wicket, pushed towards mid-on for a single, just four off the over and the wicket of Malik, top stuff from Hira

Arsalan Haider: "And add to all that, all these sporting stuffs manufactured in Sialkot are hand made. Even the footballs are stitched with hands."

End of over 16 (4 runs) Sialkot Stallions 97/5 (RR: 6.06)
Qaiser Abbas    5* (6b)      RM Hira    3-0-16-2
Ali Khan    1* (2b)      AR Adams    3-0-21-1

16.1

Adams to Qaiser Abbas, OUT, a stunning catch from Colin de Grandhomme, running back from mid-on and he takes a tumbling catch to end Qaiser Abbas' stay, Sialkot six down now, Abbas was looking to slog that one, hit on the bottom of the bat, the ball swirls towards long-on, de Grandhomme has plenty of ground to make, the ball is floating away from him all the time, does extremely well to keep his eyes on it and pouch it, top work

Qaiser Abbas c de Grandhomme b Adams 5 (8m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

16.2

Adams to Ali Khan, no run, length ball on off stump, worked to shortish midwicket

16.3

Adams to Ali Khan, no run, charging down the track and looking to clobber that out of the park, misses

16.4

Adams to Ali Khan, no run, short of length and jagging away, pokes at it and misses

16.5

Adams to Ali Khan, no run, short of length ball and on off stump, defended down the track

16.6

Adams to Ali Khan, no run, charges down the track and drops the ball towards the off side, batsman wants one but is sent back by the non-striker, Adams rounds off an impressive over by chasing down that ball and scoring a direct hit, great way to finish a maiden, hang on, is that a run-out? Ali is casual is getting back, he had plenty of time to make his ground, but he plonks his bat instead of dragging it in the crease, and that looks very close indeed, after several replays the third umpire rules in favour of the batsman, but that could have easily gone Auckland's way

End of over 17 (wicket maiden) Sialkot Stallions 97/6 (RR: 5.70)
Ali Khan    1* (7b)      AR Adams    4-1-21-2
Naved-ul-Hasan    0* (0b)      RM Hira    3-0-16-2

17.1

Hira to Naved-ul-Hasan, no run, beaten outside off, that was a quicker one from Hira

17.2

Hira to Naved-ul-Hasan, SIX, Rana Naved connects, and he connects well, that was bludgeoned over wide long-on for six

17.3

Hira to Naved-ul-Hasan, 1 leg bye, short of length ball striking on the pads just outside off, huge lbw appeal, the ball rolls towards square leg

17.4

Hira to Ali Khan, SIX, murder, the biggest shot of the match, that went miles high and very long as well, charging down the track and cleanly strikes that, solid connection and that is a 101m, massive hit

17.5

Hira to Ali Khan, 2 runs, punched past the bowler, Naved scrambles back for the second, fielder didn't gather the ball cleanly

17.6

Hira to Ali Khan, SIX, add another six, third of the over, another straight hit, not as high as the previous one, but just as effective, flat and over long-off for six more, 21 off the over, that has destroyed Hira's impressive figures

End of over 18 (21 runs) Sialkot Stallions 118/6 (RR: 6.55)
Ali Khan    15* (10b 2x6)      RM Hira    4-0-36-2
Naved-ul-Hasan    6* (3b 1x6)      AR Adams    4-1-21-2

18.1

Mills to Naved-ul-Hasan, no run, short of length and well outside off, Naved wants to send everything over midwicket

Ten sixes for a team scoring at 6.55 an over. How weird is that?

18.2

Mills to Naved-ul-Hasan, OUT, Naved opts for placement over power, looking to clip the ball to the leg side, it is of no use as he misses the slower one and the ball cannons into offstump

Naved-ul-Hasan b Mills 6 (8m 5b 0x4 1x6) SR: 120.00

18.3

Mills to Bilawal Bhatti, 1 run, short of length ball, rises sharply, hit high on the bat and the ball flies towards backward square leg

18.4

Mills to Ali Khan, 1 run, short and wide, batsman looking to hammer that through the off side, over cover, but edges it through to third man for a single

18.5

Mills to Bilawal Bhatti, no run, yet another play and miss, have been dozens of them this innings, length ball outside off, and the almighty heave connects only with fresh air

18.6

Mills to Bilawal Bhatti, OUT, another swipe attempted, the bat flies out of Bhatti's hand, and he can't get any sort of timing on the big swing, the ball pops up toward Mahmood at midwicket, he has to go collect his bat from square leg, Mills ends with outstanding figures of 4-1-6-2

Bilawal Bhatti c Azhar Mahmood b Mills 1 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 19 (2 runs) Sialkot Stallions 120/8 (RR: 6.31)
     KD Mills    4-1-6-2
Ali Khan    16* (11b 2x6)      RM Hira    4-0-36-2

Bates to bowl the final over

19.1

Bates to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run, length ball angling in towards leg stump, looking for the big hit, mistimed towards midwicket

19.2

Bates to Ali Khan, 2 runs, length ball cramping up the batsman, flicks it off his thigh pad, immediately calls for two, and they manage to race back for the second

19.3

Bates to Ali Khan, 1 run, OUT, following the batsman again, flicked towards deep backward square leg, down to Lou Vincent, who fires in a flat throw, it was quite wide of the stumps, Hopkins had to stretch to collect but still had time to run out the batsman, Vincent high fives a bunch of excited youngsters in the stands to celebrate the wicket

Ali Khan run out 19 (19m 13b 0x4 2x6) SR: 146.15

19.4

Bates to Raza Hasan, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, guided to short third man for a single

19.5

Bates to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run, heading for the blockhole, batsman drives it towards mid-off, a direct hit might have ended Sialkot's innings there, but the throw misses

19.6

Bates to Raza Hasan, FOUR, innovation there, not often that we have seen the deft touch from Sialkot's batsmen, who have preferred brute force hitting, moves across the stumps and takes that from over the stumps and ramps it along to fine leg, nicely done, Sialkot finish on 130 for 9

Azhar Mahmood: "I have had a wonderful time with the Aces, 130 on this wicket, this is a tricky wicket, a tough wicket to bat on and bowl on, you need to find your right length, we have to look for quick singles and doubles here. It was good to see all these boys from Sialkot."

CricBellz is back: "Inexperience and lack of exposure of Stallion's majority batsmen on such wickets is pretty visible and loud, this 'short' qualification round is 'very short' to determine their talent and I feel sorry for them" 130 - not a huge score from Sialkot, but this isn't the easiest of pitches to bat on. Still, Auckland ahead at this stage.

Mikey: "This must be one of the lowest scoring games with most sixes hit!" Ten sixes in 130. Only five fours too.

Kay says: "Sialkot's manhattan must make an interesting view... skyscrapers interspersed with some flatlands!" Yup, the runs did come in bursts.

End of over 20 (10 runs) Sialkot Stallions 130/9
Raza Hasan    5* (2b 1x4)      MD Bates    3-1-17-1
Sarfraz Ahmed    2* (2b)      KD Mills    4-1-6-2
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Photos

Oct 9, 2012

Anaru Kitchen finished the match with a six, Auckland Aces v Sialkot Stallions, Champions League T20, Johannesburg, October 9, 2012

Anaru Kitchen finished the match with a six

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Oct 9, 2012

Colin Munro plays a reverse sweep, Auckland Aces v Sialkot Stallions, Champions League T20, Johannesburg, October 9, 2012

Colin Munro plays a reverse sweep

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