India XI wins title

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CONFETTI TIME: ICL World Series champion India XI celebrates a well-deserved win.
CONFETTI TIME: ICL World Series champion India XI celebrates a well-deserved win.

Principal Correspondent

HYDERABAD: India XI pulled off a splendid, 10-run win over World XI to win the inaugural ICL 20s World Series cricket championship and the winner’s purse of Rs 1.25 crores here on Tuesday night.

Chasing a target of 149, World XI was cruising at one stage having scored 74 for one in 10 overs with the elegant Damien Martyn on song.

But slow bowlers Syed Mohammed and Ali Murtuza bowled impressively in the middle-overs, conceding just 37 runs in eight overs between them. Mohammed picked a wicket too, having Lou Vincent (28) stumped.

Then World XI captain Chris Cairns (9) was smartly run out by Stuart Binny on his follow-through in the 16th over and in next over Martyn (60, 48 balls, 10x4, 1x6) steered Kumaran to short third man and tried a sharp single only to be stranded at non-striker’s end by a superb throw by captain Rajagopal Sathish.

After that, despite a couple of big hits by Johan van der Wath in the slog overs, World XI fell short.

Earlier, for India XI, opener Ganapathi Vignesh (57, 43balls, 5x4, 3x6) especially, was in rampaging form and he and Ibrahim Khaleel (34, 33 balls, 6x4) put on 75 runs in 9.4 overs treating Darryl Tuffey, van der Wath and Andrew Hall with contempt.

Once Khaleel perished holing out to in the deep off Mathew Elliot, India XI struggled, losing wickets at regular intervals.

Ganapathi Vignesh was named the ‘player of the final’ and Ibrahim Khaleel the ‘player of the tournament.’

The scores: India XI 148 for eight in 20 overs (Ibrahim Khaleel 34, Ganapathi Vignesh 57, Andrew Hall two for 39, Upul Chandana two for 31) bt World XI 138 for five in 20 overs (Damien Martyn 60, Ganapathi Vignesh two for 28).

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