June 26, 2003

Kaif sizzles, but Derbyshire lose a thriller to Leicestershire

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Mohammad Kaif scored a blistering 40-ball 53 for Derbyshire in a Twenty20 Cup match against Leicestershire, but it wasn't enough to snatch victory. Replying to Leicestershire's 171, Derbyshire fell one run short despite the heroics from Kaif, who smashed six fours and a six in his knock. The match ended in controversial circumstances too: 19 runs were needed from 11 balls when Steve Selwood hoisted the ball to Brad Hodge at long-on, who took a fine catch, but appeared to stumble across the rope in doing so. The umpires, however, were unmoved, and with six runs needed from the final delivery, Neil Gunter could only manage a four. Earlier, Virender Sehwag's dismal run continued, when he was dismissed for just 15, taking his tally to 86 from five Twenty20 matches.

The other Indian in action - Yuvraj Singh for Yorkshire - managed only 4, taking his Twenty20 aggregate to 154 from five games, but watched his team hammer Nottinghamshire by 18 runs in a high-scoring match. A frenetic 101-run partnership by Michael Lumb and Matthew Wood was the cornerstone of Yorkshire's total of 196 for 5. Despite a spirited run-chase, Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 178 with 11 balls to spare.

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