Azhar Mahmood and James Foster scored crucial knocks to give Virgo Super Kings a thrilling last-ball victory against Leo Lions at Sharjah Cricket stadium. It was a fantastic game of cricket that hung in the balance throughout the 40 overs and it was the Super Kings who had the last laugh.
Leo Lions won the toss and elected to bat first. They were immediately jolted by Azhar Mahmood and Murali Kartik who took down Marshall and Lara. Marshall was caught by Mooney off Azhar while Lara got stumped off Karthik for the Super Kings.
When Kartik trapped Taylor leg before wicket for 3, Lions were 25 for 3. Botha, who was promoted up the order made 27 but as the wickets were falling around him, he could not open up his arms freely and fell in the heat of the moment.
Franklin hit 44 off 33 balls to give some stability to the Lions middle order along with Styris and Streak who hit little cameos of 21 runs each to push the Lions total over 140. Lions eventually ended up their innings making 146. Kartik picked up 3 wickets for the Super Kings.
In the second half, the wicket became much slower and the Super Kings faced some difficulties in making a brisk start. Smith fell to former teammate Botha for 13. Later Yousuf hit the ball straight to Franklin of Steak after making 19. With Shah falling to Peterson for 5, Super Kings lost their three batsmen for just 55 and looked under pressure.
McKenzie and Azhar Mahmood then took the Super Kings to 94. McKenzie then fell to Peterson after making 30 off 34 balls. Azhar kept the Super Kings in the game with his bat. His crucial 48 off 28 balls came at the right time for the Super Kings.
However, after Mahmood departed, Super Kings still needed some decent number of runs and that is where Foster stood up for the Super Kings. His 23 off 11 balls turned the game completely in the favor of Super Kings. Foster hit 17 runs to Edward in the last over to give Super Kings an unbelievable win by 4 wickets.
Leo Lions 146/7 (20 overs)
(James Franklin 44*, Johan Botha 27; Murali Kartik 3-18, Azhar Mahmood 2-27)
beat Virgo Super Kings 149/6 (20 overs)
(Neil McKenzie 30, Azhar Mahmood 48; Robin Peterson 2-39) by four wickets.