ICL 20s Grand Championship, 2007/08 / Commentary

Hello all and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the second final of the best of three finals, first of which has been won by the Hyderabad Heroes. Lahore Badshahs, would be eager to get back into the mix by winning in this match and take it to the decider.

Toss has been won by the Badshahs, who chose to bat. Raza makes way for Imran Farhat

Imran Nazir and Taufeeq Umar will face up to Abdul Razzaq

0.1

Abdul Razzaq to Taufeeq Umar, FOUR, drifts onto the leg stump first up, turns it to fine leg for a boundary. Umar starts well

0.2

Abdul Razzaq to Taufeeq Umar, 1 run, on the leg stump, Umar turns it to midwicket for a quick single but the fielder throws the stumps down which is reffered to the third umpire who flashes the red light

0.3

Abdul Razzaq to Imran Nazir, 1 run, on the middle stump and swinging in, Nazir pushes it to mid on for a single

0.4

Abdul Razzaq to Taufeeq Umar, no run, fuller outside the off stump, Umar covers the line of the delivery and punches it to mid off, but no run taken

0.5

Abdul Razzaq to Taufeeq Umar, no run, on a good length on the off stump, Umar moves back and pushes it to midwicket

0.6

Abdul Razzaq to Taufeeq Umar, no run, fuller on the off stump, coming in a touch. Umar mistimes a drive back to the bowler

End of over 1 (6 runs) Lahore Badshahs 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
Taufeeq Umar    5* (5b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-6-0
Imran Nazir    1* (1b)     

1.1

Kemp to Imran Nazir, no run, bang on the off stump, defends on the front foot

1.2

Kemp to Imran Nazir, FOUR, short outside the off stump, Nazir moves back and forces it through point for a boundary. Good looking shot there

1.3

Kemp to Imran Nazir, 1 run, on the leg stump, Nazir comfortably nudges it to midwicket for a single

1.4

Kemp to Taufeeq Umar, FOUR, fuller on the off stump, Umar chips it over midwicket for a boundary. Umar makes it look an easy shot

1.5

Kemp to Taufeeq Umar, no run, on the off stump, defends on the front foot back to the bowler

1.6

Kemp to Taufeeq Umar, 2 runs, fuller on the middle stump, Umar gets under it but does not time it as he intends to as it lands a couple of yards in front of the long on boundary and the mid on fielder collects it

End of over 2 (11 runs) Lahore Badshahs 17/0 (RR: 8.50)
Taufeeq Umar    11* (8b 2x4)      JM Kemp    1-0-11-0
Imran Nazir    6* (4b 1x4)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-6-0

2.1

Abdul Razzaq to Imran Nazir, 2 leg byes, on the leg stump, off the pads to mid wicket from where a wild throw allows them to take a run extra

2.2

Abdul Razzaq to Imran Nazir, no run, on the leg stump, pushes it to mid wicket

2.3

Abdul Razzaq to Imran Nazir, no run, outside the off stump, pushes to covers off the back foot

2.4

Abdul Razzaq to Imran Nazir, FOUR, on the leg stump, as Nazir flicks it away to fine leg for a boundary

2.5

Abdul Razzaq to Imran Nazir, 1 run, on the leg stump, turns it to midwicket for a single

2.6

Abdul Razzaq to Taufeeq Umar, 1 run, on the off stump, Umar runs it down to third man for a single

End of over 3 (8 runs) Lahore Badshahs 25/0 (RR: 8.33)
Taufeeq Umar    12* (9b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    2-0-12-0
Imran Nazir    11* (9b 2x4)      JM Kemp    1-0-11-0

3.1

Kemp to Taufeeq Umar, no run, full on the leg stump, Umar turns it to midwicket for a single

3.2

Kemp to Taufeeq Umar, no run, outside the off stump, pushes to backfoot

3.3

Kemp to Taufeeq Umar, no run, outside the off stump, and cuts it in, Umar leaves it alone

3.4

Kemp to Taufeeq Umar, no run, short on the middle stump and swinging away a touch. Umar looks to cut it but misses as he is deceived by the late swing

3.5

Kemp to Taufeeq Umar, 1 run, outside the off stump, Umar runs it down to third man for a single

3.6

Kemp to Imran Nazir, 1 run, on the off stump, Nazir steers it to third man for a single

End of over 4 (2 runs) Lahore Badshahs 27/0 (RR: 6.75)
Imran Nazir    12* (10b 2x4)      JM Kemp    2-0-13-0
Taufeeq Umar    13* (14b 2x4)      Abdul Razzaq    2-0-12-0

Absolem into the attack now

4.1

Absolem to Imran Nazir, no run, fuller outside the off stump, Nazir pushes it on the front foot to mid off

4.2

Absolem to Imran Nazir, SIX, fuller on the middle and leg, Nazir so easily flicks it away to deep midwicket for the first six. Believe me, that was a shot out of Nazir's books

4.3

Absolem to Imran Nazir, no run, on a good length outside the off stump, Nazir has a swing and misses

4.4

Absolem to Imran Nazir, 1 run, on the off stump, Nazir drives it to mid off at the last moment as he checks his shot at the last moment

4.5

Absolem to Taufeeq Umar, OUT, Heroes draw first blood as Absolem lures Umar by pitching it outside off. Umar goes for the lofted drive and does not clear Maher at deep extra cover

Taufeeq Umar c Maher b Absolem 13 (15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 86.66

4.6

Absolem to Imran Nazir, FOUR, the wicket does not whittle Nazir's instincts as he bludgeons a full toss over deep extra cover. The ball reached the ropes in a wink

End of over 5 (11 runs) Lahore Badshahs 38/1 (RR: 7.60)
Imran Nazir    23* (15b 3x4 1x6)      A Absolem    1-0-11-1
Imran Farhat    0* (0b)      JM Kemp    2-0-13-0

5.1

Kemp to Imran Farhat, 1 leg bye, on the leg stump and going down, off Imran Farhat's pads for a leg bye

5.2

Kemp to Imran Nazir, no run, short outside the off stump, pushes it to point off the back foot but does not take a run

5.3

Kemp to Imran Nazir, 1 run, on the middle stump, Nazir comes down the track and pushes it to mid wicket for a single

5.4

Kemp to Imran Farhat, no run, on the leg stump, flicks to mid wicket and sets off but is sent back by Nazir and rightly so

5.5

Kemp to Imran Farhat, no run, wide outside off, Farhat pushes it to point which just falls short of the point fielder

5.6

Kemp to Imran Farhat, FOUR, one two three strides down the ground and Farhat hoicks it away to deep midwicket for a boundary

With this shot we have Raymond here rooting for his chum Binny

End of over 6 (6 runs) Lahore Badshahs 44/1 (RR: 7.33)
Imran Farhat    4* (4b 1x4)      JM Kemp    3-0-18-0
Imran Nazir    24* (17b 3x4 1x6)      A Absolem    1-0-11-1

6.1

Boje to Imran Nazir, no run, outside the off stump, defends on the frontfoot

6.2

Boje to Imran Nazir, no run, on the leg stump, pushes it to cover

6.3

Boje to Imran Nazir, no run, on the off stump, turns it to midwicket

6.4

Boje to Imran Nazir, 1 run, on the leg stump, Nazir pushes it to mid on for a single

6.5

Boje to Imran Farhat, no run, on the off stump, pushes it to cover

6.6

Boje to Imran Farhat, 1 run, on the off stump and short, cut to deep point for a single

End of over 7 (2 runs) Lahore Badshahs 46/1 (RR: 6.57)
Imran Farhat    5* (6b 1x4)      N Boje    1-0-2-0
Imran Nazir    25* (21b 3x4 1x6)      JM Kemp    3-0-18-0

7.1

Reddy to Imran Farhat, no run, outside the off stump, tries to cut but misses

7.2

Reddy to Imran Farhat, 1 run, on the leg stump, turns it to short fine leg for a single

7.3

Reddy to Imran Nazir, 1 run, outside the off stump, comes down the track and pushes it to point for a single

7.4

Reddy to Imran Farhat, 1 run, on the middle stump, Farhat comes down the track and lofts it to long on for a single

7.5

Reddy to Imran Nazir, no run, on the off stump, comes onto the frontfoot and is struck on the pads, high though

7.6

Reddy to Imran Nazir, 2 runs, full on the middle stump, Nazir lofts it away to long on, where we have first sighting of Binny , who does a leap to save a couple and we have Raymond here going crazy

End of over 8 (5 runs) Lahore Badshahs 51/1 (RR: 6.37)
Imran Nazir    28* (24b 3x4 1x6)      PIS Reddy    1-0-5-0
Imran Farhat    7* (9b 1x4)      N Boje    1-0-2-0

8.1

Boje to Imran Farhat, SIX, full outside the off stump, slam and bang as he lofts it to long off for a six

8.2

Boje to Imran Farhat, 1 run, on the leg stump, flicks it to deep midwicket for a single

8.3

Boje to Imran Nazir, 1 run

8.4

Boje to Imran Farhat, 1 run, on the leg stump, pushes it to mid wicket for a single

8.5

Boje to Imran Nazir, 1 run, on the leg stump, turns it down to fine leg for a single

8.6

Boje to Imran Farhat, 1 run, on the leg stump, lofts it to long on for a single

End of over 9 (11 runs) Lahore Badshahs 62/1 (RR: 6.88)
Imran Farhat    16* (13b 1x4 1x6)      N Boje    2-0-13-0
Imran Nazir    30* (26b 3x4 1x6)      PIS Reddy    1-0-5-0

9.1

Reddy to Imran Farhat, 1 run, dropped! Farhat comes charging down the track and lofts it to long off and Rayudu eagerly comes up but the ball is a little high and Rayudu drops it. Raymond says"If only Binny......"

9.2

Reddy to Imran Nazir, OUT, on the leg stump, Nazir lofts it to long on where Rayudu takes the catch without moving an inch. Raymond says"Good Catch.... Binny would have taken it one handed"

Imran Nazir c Rayudu b Reddy 30 (27b 3x4 1x6) SR: 111.11

9.3

Reddy to Inzamam-ul-Haq, 1 run, on the off stump, Inzamam works it across to midwicket for a single

9.4

Reddy to Imran Farhat, no run, on the off stump, Farhat drives back to the bowler

9.5

Reddy to Imran Farhat, 1 run, full toss on the leg stump, sweeps to deep square leg for a single

9.6

Reddy to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run, outside the off stump, tries to run it down to third man but misses

End of over 10 (3 runs) Lahore Badshahs 65/2 (RR: 6.50)
Inzamam-ul-Haq    1* (2b)      PIS Reddy    2-0-8-1
Imran Farhat    18* (16b 1x4 1x6)      N Boje    2-0-13-0

Harris into the attack now

10.1

Harris to Imran Farhat, 1 run, on the leg stump, turns it to fine leg for a single

10.2

Harris to Inzamam-ul-Haq, 1 run, on the leg stump, Inzamam pushes it to midwicket for a single

10.3

Harris to Imran Farhat, 1 run, on the leg stump, Farhat pushes it to fine leg again for a single

10.4

Harris to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run

10.5

Harris to Inzamam-ul-Haq, 1 run, on the leg stump, pushes it to square leg for another single

10.6

Harris to Imran Farhat, FOUR, when you want boundaries loft it straight down the ground. Farhat believes in the maxim and gets a boundary for himself

End of over 11 (8 runs) Lahore Badshahs 73/2 (RR: 6.63)
Imran Farhat    24* (19b 2x4 1x6)      CZ Harris    1-0-8-0
Inzamam-ul-Haq    3* (5b)      PIS Reddy    2-0-8-1

11.1

Reddy to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run, on the off stump and struck on the pads, appeal made but withdrawn immediately

11.2

Reddy to Inzamam-ul-Haq, 2 runs, on the middle and leg, Inzamam flicks it to deep midwicket for a couple

11.3

Reddy to Inzamam-ul-Haq, no run, on the off stump and again is struck on the pads but turning away so cant be given

11.4

Reddy to Inzamam-ul-Haq, OUT, on the leg and middle and Inzamam tries to sweep it and is struck flush on the pads and is out but Inzamam says he got an edge onto it and the replays dont suggest so. Palmer who already lifted his finger is further vindicated by the replays. Good breakthrough this

Inzamam-ul-Haq lbw b Reddy 5 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

11.5

Reddy to Naved Latif, 1 run, on the leg stump, Latif gets off the mark with a push to midwicket

11.6

Reddy to Imran Farhat, no run, outside the off stump, Farhat moves away on the backfoot and tries to cut it but misses

End of over 12 (3 runs) Lahore Badshahs 76/3 (RR: 6.33)
Imran Farhat    24* (20b 2x4 1x6)      PIS Reddy    3-0-11-2
Naved Latif    1* (1b)      CZ Harris    1-0-8-0

12.1

Harris to Naved Latif, no run, fuller outside the off stump, Latif pushes it to short third man but does not take a run

12.2

Harris to Naved Latif, 1 run, on the leg stump, Latif pushes it to mid wicket to hand the strike to Farhat

12.3

Harris to Imran Farhat, FOUR, full on the middle stump, Farhat goes down on one knee and lofts it to deep midwicket where Binny outstretching his arms cant get to the ball and it is a boundary

12.4

Harris to Imran Farhat, 1 run, on the off stump, pushes it to cover for a single

12.5

Harris to Naved Latif, 1 run, fuller on the off stump, Latif drives it to mid off for a single

12.6

Harris to Imran Farhat, 1 run

End of over 13 (8 runs) Lahore Badshahs 84/3 (RR: 6.46)
Imran Farhat    30* (23b 3x4 1x6)      CZ Harris    2-0-16-0
Naved Latif    3* (4b)      PIS Reddy    3-0-11-2

Binny into the attack and Raymond is blushing

13.1

Binny to Imran Farhat, no run, outside the off stump, and cutting away. Farhat looks to cut it late but is beaten by the drift and gets a feathers edge back to Khaleel, who is pleased as a punch. Palmer asks the third umpire to take the call and he says not out, cant blame him

13.2

Binny to Imran Farhat, no run, fuller outside the off stump, pushes it to mid off

13.3

Binny to Imran Farhat, no run, outside the off stump, Farhat lets it go to the keeper

13.4

Binny to Imran Farhat, OUT, on the off stump, Farhat looks to loft it onto the midwicket but misses and is stumped. Khaleel is the man

Imran Farhat st †Khaleel b Binny 30 (27b 3x4 1x6) SR: 111.11

13.5

Binny to Humayun Farhat, 1 run, on the off stump, pushes it to midwicket for a single

13.6

Binny to Naved Latif, 1 wide

13.6

Binny to Naved Latif, 1 run, on the leg stump, moves across and pushes it to midwicket for a single

End of over 14 (3 runs) Lahore Badshahs 87/4 (RR: 6.21)
Naved Latif    4* (5b)      STR Binny    1-0-3-1
Humayun Farhat    1* (1b)      CZ Harris    2-0-16-0

14.1

Harris to Naved Latif, 1 run, on the leg stump, pushes it to midwicket for a single

14.2

Harris to Humayun Farhat, FOUR, outside the off stump, Humayun forces it off the backfoot to backward point for a boundary

14.3

Harris to Humayun Farhat, no run

14.4

Harris to Humayun Farhat, 2 runs, on the leg stump, Humayun sweeps it to deep square leg for a couple. It could have easily fetched him a boundary but for Boje

14.5

Harris to Humayun Farhat, 1 run, on the leg stump, Humayun comes down the track and pushes it to mid on for a single

14.6

Harris to Naved Latif, 1 run, on the off stump, pushes to mid off for a single

End of over 15 (9 runs) Lahore Badshahs 96/4 (RR: 6.40)
Naved Latif    6* (7b)      CZ Harris    3-0-25-0
Humayun Farhat    8* (5b 1x4)      STR Binny    1-0-3-1

15.1

Binny to Naved Latif, no run, short on the off stump, Latif pulls it to midwicket where Maher takes the catch but starts celebrating ala Herschele Gibbs and drops it. Disappointing and how much would it cost them?

15.2

Binny to Naved Latif, OUT, the answer to the question of earlier ball is nothing as the stumps are bought out of the ground and sends Latif back

Naved Latif b Binny 6 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

15.3

Binny to Azhar Mahmood, 2 wides, on the leg stump, Mahmood gets struck on the thigh pads but called a wide as they run across

15.3

Binny to Humayun Farhat, OUT, on the middle stump, Farhat plays the ugly swipe, which he has made all his own and gets s top edge to long on. Binny is the "Kissed man" of the finals 3 wickets off 9 balls, can you beat that ?

Humayun Farhat c Rayudu b Binny 8 (6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

BTW it is Raymond reeling off the stats on Binny

15.4

Binny to Azhar Mahmood, no run, on the leg stump, Mahmood turns it away to short fine leg

15.5

Binny to Azhar Mahmood, no run, on the off stump, drives back to the bowler

15.6

Binny to Azhar Mahmood, no run, on the off stump, Mahmood comes onto the front foot and pushes it to cover

End of over 16 (2 runs) Lahore Badshahs 98/6 (RR: 6.12)
Azhar Mahmood    0* (3b)      STR Binny    2-0-5-3
Naved-ul-Hasan    0* (0b)      CZ Harris    3-0-25-0

16.1

Boje to Naved-ul-Hasan, 1 leg bye, on the off stump and struck on the pads as they run across for a leg bye

16.2

Boje to Azhar Mahmood, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

16.2

Boje to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, on the leg stump, Mahmood sweeps it away to square leg for a single

16.3

Boje to Naved-ul-Hasan, no run, outside the off stump, pushes it back to the bowler

16.4

Boje to Naved-ul-Hasan, 1 run, on the off stump and a touch fuller, Rana pushes it to short third man for a single

16.5

Boje to Azhar Mahmood, FOUR, on the off stump and fuller in length, and Mahmood drives it through long off for a boundary

16.6

Boje to Azhar Mahmood, 1 leg bye, off the pads for a leg bye

End of over 17 (9 runs) Lahore Badshahs 107/6 (RR: 6.29)
Azhar Mahmood    5* (6b 1x4)      N Boje    3-0-20-0
Naved-ul-Hasan    1* (3b)      STR Binny    2-0-5-3

17.1

Binny to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, inside edge that could have easily gone on to the stumps, deflects to third man

17.2

Binny to Naved-ul-Hasan, no run, glided to third man

17.3

Binny to Naved-ul-Hasan, 1 run, flicked away in front of square for a single

17.4

Binny to Azhar Mahmood, 1 run, on the pads and whipped away to short fine leg, he tries to get that for four but they can get only one

17.5

Binny to Naved-ul-Hasan, 1 run, full and outside off, he tries to heave it towards midwicket but can get only a bottom edge, they scamper a single

batsman backs away and Binny stops before his delivery stride

17.6

Binny to Azhar Mahmood, no run, outstanding end to an outstanding over, good length outside off and Mahmood, who is moving around the crease, can't make contact, superb stuff from Binny, just four from the over and that's invaluable in this format

End of over 18 (4 runs) Lahore Badshahs 111/6 (RR: 6.16)
Azhar Mahmood    7* (9b 1x4)      STR Binny    3-0-9-3
Naved-ul-Hasan    3* (6b)      N Boje    3-0-20-0

18.1

Reddy to Naved-ul-Hasan, 1 run, on the leg stump,Rana adjusts late to sweep it away to short fine leg for a single

18.2

Reddy to Azhar Mahmood, SIX, loop on the leg stump, Mahmood clubs it away to deep midwicket for a six. The ball lands on the roof at the midwicket stand

18.3

Reddy to Azhar Mahmood, OUT, full toss at the waist height as Mahmood comes down the track and blasts it to deep extra cover only to see Rayudu taking the catch. And for all those having a doubt, why it is not called a no ball, it isn't dangerous for a spinner to be bowling that ball

Azhar Mahmood c Rayudu b Reddy 13 (11b 1x4 1x6) SR: 118.18

18.4

Reddy to Naved-ul-Hasan, 1 run, full toss on the leg stump as he sees Rana advancing down the track and pulls it to deep midwicket for a single

18.5

Reddy to Mushtaq Ahmed, no run, on the off stump, Mushtaq moves across and tries to reverse sweep it but misses and the ball is deflected from the off stump and the bails dont fall.

Mushtaq is benefited this time as he once saw the ball go through the stumps and bails not falling. Pat Symcox was the batsman then

18.6

Reddy to Mushtaq Ahmed, OUT, on the off stump and an arm ball, which beats Mushtaq on the run and is stumped easily. Khaleel has easily been the most impressive keeper

Mushtaq Ahmed st †Khaleel b Reddy 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 19 (8 runs) Lahore Badshahs 119/8 (RR: 6.26)
     PIS Reddy    4-0-19-4
Naved-ul-Hasan    5* (8b)      STR Binny    3-0-9-3

19.1

Abdul Razzaq to Naved-ul-Hasan, 1 run, slower on the middle stump, Rana looks to pull but gets an inside edge to his pads and runs away to cover for a single

19.2

Abdul Razzaq to Mohammad Sami, 2 runs, on the leg stump, turns it to deep midwicket for a couple

19.3

Abdul Razzaq to Mohammad Sami, 1 leg bye, on the middle stump and short in length, Sami looks to pull it but the ball flies off the pads for a leg bye

19.4

Abdul Razzaq to Naved-ul-Hasan, 1 leg bye, on the leg stump, Rana looks to flick it away but gets struck on the pads as they run for a leg bye

19.5

Abdul Razzaq to Mohammad Sami, SIX, shot! Sami comes down the track for a ball that lands on a good length and smashes it over sweeper on the leg side for a six

19.6

Abdul Razzaq to Mohammad Sami, OUT, on the leg stump and slower ball as Sami comes down the track and lofts it to long on to guess who? Rayudu, who takes his fourth catch of the innings

Mohammad Sami c Rayudu b Abdul Razzaq 8 (4b 0x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

Badshahs have not exactly set the turf on fire as it was expected but ended up getting 130, a good defendable total as they have the bowlers to do it but according to IS Reddy, the bowlers have done their job and it's upto the batsman to do their job. Join us in about 15 minutes from now to tune into the Heroes chase

End of over 20 (11 runs) Lahore Badshahs 130/9
     Abdul Razzaq    3-0-21-1
Naved-ul-Hasan    6* (10b)      PIS Reddy    4-0-19-4
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Apr 6, 2008

The victorious captain Chris Harris gets hold of the trophy, Hyderabad Heroes v Lahore Badshahs, Indian Cricket League, 2nd final, Hyderabad, April 6, 2008

The victorious captain Chris Harris gets hold of the trophy

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Apr 6, 2008

The Hyderabad Heroes pose with the trophy and winner's cheque, Hyderabad Heroes v Lahore Badshahs, Indian Cricket League, 2nd final, Hyderabad, April 6, 2008

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