Inzamam and Latif power Badshahs' win
Lahore Badshahs 158 for 5 (Inzamam 50*, Latif 41, T Kumaran 3-22) beat Chennai Superstars 157 for 6 (Bevan 56, Badani 30, Naved-ul-Hasan 2-19)
Inzamam-ul-Haq's cool temperament saw the Lahore Badshahs home in a close encounter against the Chennai Superstars in Panchkula.
Inzamam, the captain of the new outfit that consists only of Pakistan players, starred with an unbeaten 43-ball 50 to anchor the chase of 158, which at one stage looked improbable after T Kumaran had struck thrice to leave the Badshahs reeling at 47 for 4.
Inzamam, who has pulled off rescue acts many a time for Pakistan, paced his innings perfectly: he was happy with the singles at the start, and cut out the risk of attempting boundaries, before shifting gears when it mattered. Inzamam's easy approach had a nice foil in the cameo from former Pakistan batsman Naved Latif, who scored 41 off just 26 and was instrumental in changing the tone of the Badshahs' chase.
The 15th over bowled by Tamil Kumaran was the turning point. Badshahs needed more than ten-an-over from the final six, and Latif belted two fours and a six, before striking another six in the next from Ian Harvey after Inzamam had already taken ten off him. When Latif fell, it was down to 34 from 24, and Inzamam and Azhar Mahmood (19 off 11) eased to the target with six balls to spare.
After choosing to bat, it was Michael Bevan, the Superstars' coach-cum-player, who steered his side to 157. In the absence of Stuart Law, the captain who led Superstars in the inaugural edition, Bevan opened the innings and came up with a run-a-ball 56. Pakistan internationals Rana Naved-ul-Hasan and Saqlain Mushtaq took two wickets apiece as the Superstars were restricted to 157, a total that wasn't enough on the day.