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Collingwood, Symonds help Capricorn Commanders secure facile win over Libra Legends

Andrew Symonds scored an unbeaten 62 for Capricorn Commanders against Libra Legends.
Andrew Symonds scored an unbeaten 62 for Capricorn Commanders against Libra Legends.
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Capricorn Commanders 155-2 (Collingwood 62no) beat
Libra Legends 154-7 (Kallis 54) by eight wickets
11th match, Masters Champions League, Sharjah

Paul Collingwood and Andrew Symonds produced stunning performances sharing an unbeaten 110-run stand to help Capricorn Commanders defeat Libra Legends by eight wickets in the 11th match of the Masters Champions League in Sharjah.

Leading from the front, skipper Collingwood along with the former Australian all-rounder Symonds made the 155 runs target look undemanding as Commanders secured victory in the 17th over with 22 balls to spare.

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Libra Legends opening pair Jacques Kallis (54) and Michael Lumb (52) delivered a perfect start adding 89 runs in 10 overs without losing a wicket.

The floodgates were opened by Upul Chandana (2-30) as he dismissed Lumb on the very first delivery of the 11th over.

From there on things went completely south as Libra Legends kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were unable to gather any sort of momentum in the innings.

Jeetan Patel (3-29) inflicted some serious damage by dismissing Kallis, Sean Ervine (9) and Ryan ten Doechate (1) in quick succession. Rory Kleinveldt (2-20) was impressive in his three overs.

From 89 for naught, Libra Legends collapsed to 154 for seven in the 20 overs as only 65 runs came in the final 10.

Capricorn Commanders however showed no mercy as Symonds (62 not out) and skipper Collingwood (62 not out) made a complete mockery of the Legends bowling attack after the early loss of Ashwell Prince (14) and Rizwan Cheema (11).

The duo threw caution to wind and brought the 50-run partnership off 40 deliveries and was severe on the Libra Legends spinners.

Collingwood brought up his fifty off 35 deliveries while Symonds brought up his off 41 balls while plundering Nicky Boje (0-35) for a couple of sixes and a boundary.

Collingwood smacked five gigantic sixes with Commanders hitting a total of 11 throughout the chase.

Sean Ervine (1-17) and Ryan ten Doeschate (1-10) somehow managed to put up notable display as the remaining Legends bowling attack was taken to cleaners.

As anticipated, Collingwood rightfully bagged the man of the match award for his spectacular knock.

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