Sialkot Stallions will go back home with some pride as they defeated Hampshire by six wickets in their inconsequential Pool 1 qualifying match of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament. It was a dead rubber since both the teams have already been eliminated. Auckland Aces had qualified for the main draw from Pool 1 after defeating both Hampshire and Sialkot in the earlier matches.
Stallions did a good job by restricting Hampshire to 143 for eight after electing to bowl and then overcame a poor start to overhaul the target with five balls to spare. Left-handed batsman Haris Sohail played a vital unbeaten knock of 63 runs and raised a 96-run match-winning partnership with skipper Shoaib Malik (39) for the fourth wicket in Stallions win.
The Pakistan domestic T20 champions were playing in the CLT20 tournament first the time but could not qualify for the main competition. It was Glenn Maxwells quick-fire 42 off 29 balls and his 56-run partnership with Shahid Afiridi (14) that had lifted the English County team to a decent total from a miserable 66 for four in 11 overs.
Hampshire bowlers raised hopes of win by getting three quick wickets,reducing the rivals to 28 for three in seven overs but Malik and Sohail responded to the SOS call well. They took time to settle down as the ball was doing a bit. Stallions had lost both the openers Imran Nazir (0) and Shakeel Ansar (15) inside fifth over. Nazir was castled by spinner Liam Dawson in the very first over while Ansar was scalped by David Griffiths.
Shahid Yousuf (3) was brilliantly caught by Maxwell at point off Chris Wood. However,Malik together with Sohail repaired the innings well before being stumped off Afridi at the start of the 18th over. Sohail,whose knock came off 57 balls with eight fours and a six,though completed the job by staying till the end.
Brief scores: Hampshire 143 for 8 in 20 overs (G Maxwell 42,James Vince 18; U Asif 2/42) vs Sialkot 144 for 4 in 19.1 overs (H Sohail 63 n.o,S Malik 39) match washed out
Meanwhile,the inconsequential Pool 2 qualifying match between Trinidad and Tobago and Uva Next was called off due to wet ground conditions. Both T&T and Uva Next have already crashed out after losing to Yorkshire.
Sehwag fit to play
Johannesburg: Virender Sehwag will play in Delhi Daredevils opening Champions League Twenty20 encounter against IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders at the Centurion on Saturday after he clearing the fitness test. Sehwag,who suffered a ligament strain on his left ankle during Indias final Super Eights game against South Africa in Colombo recently. Virender Sehwag appeared for a fitness test which was conducted by Kirk Russell. He cleared the test and was declared fit to play in the tournament from the start, a Delhi Daredevils official said.
Sehwag also played a warm-up game against Sydney Sixers. However the practice match didnt go along expected lines for the out-of-form opener as he was yorked for nought by pacer Josh Hazlewood as Daredevils managed only 107 against the Big Bash champions.