ICL-India on roll with second victory at ICL 20s World series

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Hyderabad, Apr 12 (UNI) The fourth match of the ICL 20s World Series featured the resurgent ICL India team, fresh from a fantastic victory over their arch Pakistani rivals, taking on the formidable ICL World at the magnificent ICL facility, Lal Bahadur Stadium, Hyderabad.

In the end, the young ICL Indian boys outclassed their illustrious opponents (ICL World) in all departments of the game to register their second consecutive win by 44 runs.

Chris Cairns won the toss and put the Indians to bat first on a wicket that was expected to play true for the entire duration of the game. The Indians opened with their successful combination of the previous game, Vignesh and Khaleel. The openers brought their good form of the previous match into this game getting off to a solid start.

However, it was Kasprowicz who had the last laugh, getting the first breakthrough in the form of Khaleel's wicket with the penultimate ball of the third over. At the end of the third over, the Indians were placed at 28/1. Tuffey soon accounted for the dangerous Vignesh, to pull back the strong Indian to start at 38/2.

At the halfway stage of their innings, the Indians were well placed at 92/3 with both Abbas Ali&Jhunjhunwala playing some lovely strokes all across the park.

The partnership was working well for the Indians, worth over 50 runs at the 12th over stage. The lovely partnership worth 76 runs finally came to an end in the 15th over with Kasprowicz accounting for the dangerous Abbas Ali for a well made 44.

With 5 overs to go the Indians were all set for the big onslaught, placed handsomely at 129/4. It was the young Stuart Binny, who anchored the innings in the final overs taking the Indians to a formidable 163/8.

In reply, the ICL- World side got off to a slow start largely due of some tight bowling by the new ball Indian bowlers. At the end of four overs, the ICL World was placed at 21 for no loss.

Nechim was working some serious pace and got the first breakthrough knocking the stumps to pack back the dangerous Vincent for eight, leaving the World scorecard reading 28/1.

With the fall of Elliott's wicket in the sixth over the ICL-World were is trouble at 30/2. The Indians were putting up a splendid display with the ball restricting the ICL World batsmen to singles and cutting off the boundaries. At the halfway mark of their innings the World side were placed at 55/3 ,needing another 109 off 60 balls at nearly 11 runs per over.

Sathish brought on his premiere spinner Murtaza, in the 12th over who got into the act taking two wickets in three balls to leave the ICL-World scorecard reading a dismal 57/5.

A complete batting collapse, fading any chance that the World side had in reaching the big target.

In the end, it turned out to be India's night and a magnificent effort in the field saw them register a big win by 44 runs.

Brief Scores: ICL India 163/8 in 20 overs (Abbas Ali 44, Jhunjhunwala 27, Kasprowicz 2/39) won by 44 runs against ICL World 119/8 in 20 overs (Atapattu 20, Elliott 19, Murtaza 2/19) UNI XR/AP PY RN2349

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