Shoaib And Sohail Give Stallions Consolation Win
Sialkot 144-4 (Sohail 63no, Malik 39) beat
Hampshire 143-8 (Maxwell 42) by 6 wickets
CLT20 Qualifying Tournament, Pool 1, Johannesburg
Friends Life t20 champions Hampshire were sent packing without a win to their name following a six-wicket defeat to Pakistan's Sialkot Stallions in Johannesburg.
Hampshire could make just 143 for eight after being put into bat by Stallions skipper Shoaib Malik. They had limped to 64 for four in the 11th over, with two batsmen run-out, before Glenn Maxwell and Shahid Afridi led a partial recovery. Neither Maxwell nor Afridi looked particularly fluent, with Afridi, in particular, struggling to locate the middle of his bat.
Maxwell hugely favoured the leg-side during his 29-ball 42, pulling several back of a length deliveries through mid-wicket, but he fell to Umaid Asif, who then picked up the wicket of Afridi the very next ball, as Hampshire's innings stuttered to its conclusion.
Liam Dawson, who had contributed a breezy 16 off 10 balls towards the end of that innings, raised their spirits by clean bowling Imran Nazir in the first over, while David Griffiths and David Balcombe both bowled with pace and pinned the Sialkot batsmen on the back foot.
Griffiths removed wicket-keeper Shakeel Ansar; with Chris Wood having Shahid Yousuf caught at point, to make it 28 for three in the seventh over. Shoaib Malik, though, showed his class and took the pressure off his junior partner Haris Sohail, who again took a while to get going. Both, though, were soon into their stride, with Malik playing a couple of sublime cut shots off the Hampshire spinners, prior to being stumped off his Pakistan team-mate Shahid Afridi shortly before the end.
Sohail, who lifted his strike-rate steadily throughout his innings until its final level of 110.52, remained until the end and was unbeaten on 63 off 57 balls when the winning runs were hit.
Despite Sialkot's win, Yorkshire and Auckland are the two teams who progress to the main Champions League T20 - the first match of which is on Saturday between South African franchise Titans and Big Bash League franchise Perth Scorchers in Centurion.
© Cricket World 2012
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