Sialkot Stallions vs Hampshire Highlights Champions League 2012. Sialkot Stallions vs Hampshire Highlights Champions League T20 10th Oct. Champions League Cricket Highlights 2012.
It was a match of no consequence for either team, but Sialkot Stallions will leave South African shores with greater confidence, having put in an all-round performance against the English domestic champions. Two individual performances from youngsters on either side stood out – Haris Sohail’s unbeaten 63 the highlight, as it was a match-winning knock. Glenn Maxwell scored a counter-attacking 42 when his team, Hampshire, needed runs, but a score of 143 wasn’t imposing enough for Sialkot.
Malik showed some aggressive intent, charging the left-arm spinner Liam Dawson and launching him for a six and four off consecutive deliveries. Crucially, Sialkot didn’t let themselves get bogged down with a boundary drought – the pair ensured they picked up at least one boundary per over on an average. From the 11th to the start of the 18th over, when they were separated, they picked up ten boundaries. It also hurt Hampshire that their most experienced bowler, Afridi, couldn’t effect the breakthroughs or stem the flow of runs. Sohail pounced on anything short and wide from Afridi, and by the time the spinner picked up a wicket – that of Malik – Sialkot were well on course needing 20 off 17. Malik’s 96-run association with Sohail had all but sealed the game. It was a pity though that the tournament format didn’t allow Sialkot to build on the momentum.