Delhi Giants v Lahore Badshahs, ICL, Gurgaon March 23, 2008

Badshahs cut Giants to size

Cricinfo staff

Lahore Badshahs 104 for 2 (Nazir 60*) beat Delhi Giants 103 for 7 (Mishra 33, Mushtaq 3-20) by eight wickets
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Introduced late in the tournament, Mushtaq Ahmed has already picked up five wickets in two matches at an average of nine (file photo) © Getty Images
 

The action may have shifted from Panchkula to Gurgaon, but the Lahore Badshahs extended their domination, posting a massive eight-wicket win over the Delhi Giants.

Gurgaon would surely be considered home territory for a team named the Delhi Giants, but a total of 103 after captain Marvan Atapattu chose to bat meant the Giants had little hopes of defending their home turf, with less than 15 overs needed by the Badshahs to hunt down their target.

The Giants weren't off to an explosive start, but at 53 for 1 after 8.1 overs, they seemed to be going along smoothly. However, Mushtaq Ahmed triggered a collapse; the legspinner scalped three as the Giants crumbled to 80 for 7.

Nic Pothas and Shane Bond played out the last four overs, but 103 never looked a score that could threaten the Badshahs' batting line-up.

Imran Farhat fell cheaply, but his partner Imran Nazir scored an unbeaten 60 off 47 to steer the Badshahs to their fifth consecutive win of the tournament.

The Badshahs have a four-day break before their next game against the Kolkata Tigers on Friday, while the Giants, currently placed sixth in the points table, face the Hyderabad Heroes on Monday.

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