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Leo Lions outsmarts Capricorn Commanders, MCL 2016

The second game of the inaugural edition of the MCL proved out to be a low scoring one in which the Leo Lions won the game easily at the end. Leo Lions defeated the Capricorn Commandos by 26 runs. Lions had the better of the Commanders in the second innings.

Leo Lions won the toss and decided to bat first on another decent looking batting track. The start was a shaky one for the Lions. Marshall faced much of the bowling and scored 20 but then a great throw from the deep by Abdul Razzaq left him struggling to reach the batting end while completing a double.

Gibbs had faced 7 balls at that time and his eight became his last as Kleinveldt took him out on the off side in the 4th over. After that Petersen edged the ball back to Jones off Razzaq and Lara hit it straight to point fielder off Chandana, the Lions became 4-61 inside 9 overs.

Taylor gave some resistance with his 24 but then he too perished away. With Styris lbw to Patel, the Lions were clearly struggling at 83 for 6 in 11.2 overs. Lions were given a late support by Botha (42) and Franklin (31). Both the players took the Lions to 149. This partnership for Lions did the job eventually if we look towards the whole context of the game.

Botha and Franklin did not hit many boundaries as per the T20 standards  but were keen on their running between the wickets. Botha hit 2 sixes and 3 fours while Franklin hit just 1 four. Lions finished up at 156. Kleinveldt and Patel took 2 wickets apiece.

The chase for the Commanders was fantastic at the start of Symonds and Prince getting 63 runs in almost 9 overs. But once Symonds (21) fell to Streak and 6 runs later Prince threw his wicket o Styris, the batting collapse started for the Commanders.

Collingwood was the only batsman to make a double figure score against Lion, 19 apart from him every other batsman fell in the single digit mark. Lions had Edwards, who blew away the Commanders batting line by taking 4 wickets to his name including Collingwood. The Commanders just wasted away the efforts of Symonds and Prince against Lions.

It was a poor show from the Commanders and an excellent fight back by the Lions. They were struggling to get wickets in the first half of the second innings but once the Lions got the openers out, they never let any other settle in. Botha was awarded the man of the match award.

Leo Lions 156/8 in 20 overs

(Johan Botha 42*, James Franklin 31; Rory Kleinveldt 2-18, Jeetan Patel 2-24) beat

Capricorn Commanders 130/8 in 20 overs

(Ashwell Prince 34, Andrew Symonds 21; Fidel Edwards 4-33, Scott Styris 2-14) by 26 runs.

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