Chandigarh Lions v Lahore Badshahs, ICL, Panchkula November 1, 2008

Lahore look to revive campaign

Cricinfo staff

Match facts

Nov 2, 2008
Start time 7.30pm (1400 GMT)


Chandigarh need Lou Vincent to come good © Getty Images
 

The Big Picture

The Lahore Badshahs came into the tournament as one of the favourites but a lack of consistency, both in batting and bowling, has hurt their chances. They were thoroughly outplayed by the Delhi Giants in their previous match, but have had a week to recoup from that defeat. A loss against the Chandigarh Lions could see their semi-final hopes evaporate.

For Chandigarh, the major problem is that their batting, in the absence of Chris Cairns and Dinesh Mongia, has an inexperienced look. While that drawback may be redressed by the signing of Graeme Hick, it isn't clear when Hick will join the Chandigarh team.

Where they rank

Chandigarh are currently in fifth spot and need a win to keep pace with the other semi-final contenders.

Lahore are languishing in seventh place but a victory against Chandigarh could launch them into the top four

Form guide (most recent first)

Chandigarh: LWLWW
Lahore: LWWLL

Stats

  • TP Singh's unbeaten 74 against the Royal Bengal Tigers is the only 50-plus score by a Chandigarh batsman in the tournament so far.

  • Imran Nazir's 10 sixes is the second highest for a batsman in the tournament after Dhaka Warrior's Alok Kapali.

    Players to watch

    Lou Vincent hasn't hit top form yet in this tournament, but with Cairns and Mongia gone, his experience and explosive strokeplay make him the most important cog in Chandigarh's batting

    As his manic 38-ball 83 against the Mumbai Champs demonstrated, Imran Nazir can dismantle any bowling attack on his day. Lahore will be looking to him to tackle the new-ball threat of Andrew Hall and Daryl Tuffey

    Quotes

    "Our spinners are coming to the party, Love [Ablish] has been bowling beautifully in the death, and Daryl [Tuffey] up front." Chandigarh Lions captain Hall talks up his bowling attack