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Chandigarh Lions enter ICL final
December 15, 2007 22:28 IST
Chandigarh Lions set up a summit clash with Chennai Superstars after skipper Chris Cairns [Images] and Andrew Hall [Images] helped the local favourites pip Delhi Jets by four wickets in a thrilling semi-final in Panchkula on Saturday.
Chasing a modest target of 149, the Lions pulled off the win in the final over with former South African all-rounder Hall hitting a boundary. Hall's knock of 20 came off just 11 balls while Cairns scored unbeaten 26 off 18 balls.
With 48 needed in 32 balls, the former Kiwi all-rounder and Hall weaved an unbeaten partnership of 48 runs, which came off just 24 balls to see the side through.
The Jets, led by Marvan Atapattu, were left to regret giving away 20 extra runs.
The Lions will face Chennai Superstars in the final to be played on Sunday.
The Lions started their run chase on a confident note and raced to 37 in the fourth over before losing Hamish Marshall (12), Imran Farhat [Images] (19), T P Singh (6) and Chetan Sharma (6) in quick succession as T P Sudhindra came up with a three-wicket burst.
Abid Nabi then removed well-set Dinesh Mongia (23) to raise the hopes of a win but Cairns and Hall took the match away from the Jets.
Earlier, the Jets, riding on Syed Abbas Ali's quick-fire 57 (40b, 4x6) and Sudhindra's 22-ball 33, scored 148 for four wickets in their stipulated 20 overs.
The late charge did not help much and the Jets had to pay for a turgid start with the first 10 yielding 60 runs.
Dale Benkenstein made just 28 consuming 37 balls while fellow opener Monish Mishra scored one of six balls.