Lahore Badshahs stop Klusener heroics to reach ICL final

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Despite a hurricane innings by Lance Klusener Lahore Badshahs emerged victorious in the second semi-final of the Indian Cricket League here on Thursday.

Klusener smashed 91 off 57 balls with 11 fours and three sixes but his efforts went in vain as Lahore Badshahs won the exciting match by seven runs to qualify for the final.

Winning the toss, the Badshahs batted first and scored 182 runs for seven wickets in the allotted 20 overs.
Their main scorers were opener Imran Nazir (42), wicketkeeper Humayun Farhat (39) and captain Inzamam-ul-Haq (33).
Besides, Azhar Mahmood played a breezy innings of 24 off just eight balls while Naved Lateef made 27 off 17 balls. Both hit three sixes each.
In reply, Kolkata Tigers made a sound start and were looking to win the match as their all rounder Lance Klusener set a fine tempo right from the beginning but he failed to guide his team to a possible victory.
Shaid Nazir claimed two for 12 runs from Lahore Badshahs while from Kolkata Tigers, S. Singh, Klusener and M.Hayward took two wickets each.

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