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Can Lahore Badshahs be reined?

Mar 19, 2008
Mar 19, 2008 

All eyes at the Edelweiss 20s Challenge are on the Lahore Badshahs. The entire Badshahs machinery, starting with  their stalwarts  Inzamam, Saqlian and Azhar Mahmood to talented youngsters like Farhat and Nazir having been firing all cylinders, to make the Badshahs the most dominant team at the end of the first week of the highly competitive Edelweiss 20s Challenge. The Badshahs have already beaten both the finalists of the inaugural ICL 20s tournament.


In the forthcoming league matches of the Edelweiss 20s Challenge, the Badshahs take on the Mumbai Champs on March 21, Delhi Giants on March 23, Kolkata Tigers on March 26 and the second new team in this edition, Ahmedabad Rockets on March 30. The big question remains: Can any of these teams stop the impressive march of the Basdshahs?


Mumbai Champs: The Champs who are yet to register a win so far, face the toughest challenge on March 21 when they take on the Badshahs. In case their talented batsmen including the likes of Jadhav, Patil and Powar translate their talent into performance on the field, then one can expect the Champs to push the Badshahs on the back-foot with their impressive bowling line up led by Kasprowicz, Best and Van-Der- Wath.


Delhi Giants: The most cohesive unit of the Edelweiss 20s Challenge, the Giants possesses the best fielding unit at the Edelweiss 20s Challenge. Their youngsters like the brilliant Ali Murtaza and Abbas Ali have been the mainstay of their bowling and batting arsenal respectively, which boasts of international stalwarts like Atapattu, Gunawardene and Shane Bond.



Kolkata Tigers: The City of joy represented by a bunch of spirited players is best exemplified by their combative captain Craig McMillan, ably supported by domestic players like the experienced Rohan Gavaskar amd prodigal Abhishek Jhunjhunwala. The Tigers, true to their name, can be expected not to be intimidated by their more illustrious opponents on March 26, when they take on the Badshahs.


Ahmedabad Rockets: March 30 will see the two new teams of the series, Rockets and Badshahs go head-on. The Rockets, led by the stylish Damien Martyn, will rely on their fast bowing arsenal lead by Gillespie, Rakesh Patel and Streak to contain the famed Badshahs batting line up.


At Edelweiss 20s Challenge, the Badhsahs seem to have brought back the India–Pakistan rivalry to the forefront, which had lost some sheen at the international level. It is now to be seen which Indian city team rises up to challenge the supremacy of the Badshahs!



Report by: Jayshree Kumar


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