Shoaib Malik scored an unbeaten 66 © Getty Images (File photo)
Shoaib Malik scored an unbeaten 66 © Getty Images (File photo)

Oct 2, 2014

Hobart Hurricanes scored a modest 140 for six in their 20 overs in the Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014 semi-final against Kolkata Knight Riders. It was a tough innings, but Shoaib Malik‘s unbeaten 66 helped Hobart get to that score.

Hobart were dented in the lead-up to the game as Tim Paine was out due to an illness. Xavier Doherty captained in his place and Dom Michael was the replacement. Kolkata were unchanged for this game. Doherty won the toss and elected to bat first.

With the overdose of spin, it was always going to be tough for Hobart. And, things did not start well for them as Andre Russell dismissed Dom Michael for a duck in the second over. Then disaster struck as their leading run-scorer, Aiden Blizzard was given out leg-before off Yusuf Pathan when there was a clear inside edge.

From there on, Ben Dunk, played some great strokes, but when he was dismissed for 39, with the score on 46, Hobart were in trouble. Malik then took centrestage. Though he took his time to get going, he accelerated as the innings progressed. Gautam Gambhir kept shuffling between the three spinners and Kolkata were keeping them in check.

Malik battled on with wickets falling at the other end. But, in the penultimate over bowled by Kuldeep Yadav, Malik was able to smash 21 runs to pump some life into the innings. Evan Gulbis also managed a small cameo to ensure they got to their eventual score.

Brief scores:

Hobart Hurricanes 140 for 6 in 20 overs (Shoaib Malik 66, Ben Dunk 38; Sunil Narine 1 for 24, Yusuf Pathan 1 for 24) vs Kolkata Knight Riders.

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