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Virender Sehwag's Gemini Arabians win inaugural Masters Champions League

Virender Sehwag's Gemini Arabians win inaugural Masters Champions League

Brian Lara's Leo Lions failed to chase a below-par total of 130 thanks to Rana Naved ul Hasan's 4 for 9, which included a hat-trick.

Virender Sehwag's Gemini Arabians defeated Brian Lara’s Leo Lions by 16 runs to clinch the inaugural Masters Champions League title on Saturday.

After winning the toss, Lions’ captain Lara decided to field first and managed to remove the dangerman as the Arabians lost Sehwag for just 9 in the fourth over.

Kumar Sangakkara (30 off 26) and Justin Kemp (32 off 29) steadied the innings but the moment the duo departed, the Arabians lost the plot and were wrapped up for a below-par 130.

Chasing a relatively easy target, Lions were off to a forgettable start as they lost three of their top-order batsmen in the first three overs.

Captain Lara and Hamish Marshall tried to repair the damage. The duo added 56 runs together before Lara (28 off 25) was retired hurt. A couple of overs later, substitute Shivnarine Chanderpaul took a screamer to send Scott Styris (7) back to the pavilion off Muttiah Muralitharan’s bowling.

The telling blow was delivered by former Pakistan fast bowler Rana Naved-ul-Hasan’s hat-trick, which triggered Lions’ collapse for 114 to give the Arabians a resounding win.

Rana ended up with magnificent figures of 4 for 9.



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RankTeamPointsRating
1 India 2914 121
2 New Zealand 2166 120
3 England 3493 109
4 Australia 1844 108
5 Pakistan 2247 94
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1 New Zealand 2054 121
2 Australia 2945 118
3 India 3344 115
4 England 3100 115
5 South Africa 2137 107
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1 England 6088 277
2 India 6811 272
3 New Zealand 6048 263
4 Pakistan 7818 261
5 Australia 5930 258
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