November 7, 2008
Mumbai Champs recorded the first victory in the second season of the Indian Cricket League by defeating Delhi Giants. Cricket 360 sponsored the twenty fourth match of the ICL 2. The two teams were placed in the last two spots in the points tally and both were in the poor form. A victory in the match was dreadfully needed by champs and giants to stay in the hunt.
From the starting itself, Mumbai team was unable to register a single win and were consequentially defeated five times in a row. After winning the toss, the Delhi team chose to field first and looking forward to register their inaugural match in the second season of ICL.
The Mumbai Champs started their batting on an optimistic note and scored runs on a brisk pace. However, they slowed down a bit and achieved a target of 44 runs. In the process, they lost two wickets in the middle of seventh over. The batting of Mumbai champs was put on the fast track by Jhadav and Raza who together put on 116 for the third wicket partnership after the end of fourteenth over. Individual score of both the players was 43 for Raza and 59 for Jhadav respectively.
In the last few over, batsman from Mumbai champs Khirid amassed 60 runs for the team. The bowling attack of Delhi giants was outplayed in this match. The batting of Delhi giants began on a slow note as they were struggling to find suitable openers for the team.
They were able to record a win their previous match because of stupendous bowling of Murtaza. After the end of thirteenth over, Delhi giants’ cricket team was standing at the score of 87 runs for the loss of five wickets. In the end the Delhi team lost the crucial T20 match at the total of 116 with Khirid of the Mumbai champs being adjudged man of the match for his all-round performance.