|Sky won by 26 runs
Martians won the toss and elected to field
Sky 170 - 6 off 16 overs
Aleem Hussain 103 not out
144 - 6 off 16 overs
Sky's Rizwan Siddiqui reports:
Martians, having won the toss, invited Sky to bat on a glorious summer's
evening and the openers quickly set about the Martians' bowling with the
half century partnership coming up within the first 5 overs.
However, a change of bowlers paid immediate dividend, the runs dried up
(particularly as Aleem had to retire in the 6th over) and the middle order
capitulated to some sustained accurate bowling.
The score in the 11th over had limped along to 89 for 6 and the defending
Cup holders were looking down the abyss.
Aleem strode out to the middle and resumed his innings and was promptly
dropped the second ball he faced at slip.
Now, although not quite in the same league as Warney's misdemeanour at
the Oval in '05 or Gibbs's at World Cup '99 it did nevertheless prove
With his partner (Mudi) dutifully taking a single every time he took
strike, Aleem marched onto a superb unbeaten century and ensured Sky posted
what would turn out to be a match winning total.
Martians started well and once their No 3 entered the arena runs were coming
at a good rate and by the 9th over the score was 82-1, game on.
As with the Sky innings, a change of bowling led to a collapse and with
Ayaz picking up a couple of wickets and some good fielding (leading to 3 run
outs), in particular a direct strike at the stumps from Hasan patrolling the
midwicket boundary, the run rate gradually escalated and in the end Martians
fell short of their target by 26 runs.