World Series i
LA Kings @ Toronto Tyrants
King City, Toronto
: LA (Bat)
Final: Los Angeles Kings won by 43 runs.
Man of the Match: Abdur Razzaq
Series: 1-0 Kings
: LA Kings won the toss and not surprising chose to bat first on a pitch that is known for high scoring battles. Gibbs provided the early big hits for the Kings, with text book shots from the little master at the other end. Young Tyrants' quick Hamid Hasan, who has been brilliant through out the season looked far off his game, going at 15 per over in first spell, eventually finishing his figures wicketless. Gibbs entertaining innings, not for the home crowd though, lasted for only 15 balls and Tendulkar was joined by the other fine-tune lefty Kumar Sangakkara in the 5th over at 60/1. Together they took the Kings past 150, before the 15h over. Kings looked to go well beyond 180 at this point but their middle order failed to push on once Tendulkar was bowled by Herath as he tired to accelerate. Followed my a mixup between Sangakkara and David Hussey. Razzak closed the Kings' inning with couple of late hits.
Loud cheer followed the duos as they walked out for the first time in the world series. But the crowd was quite just within 4 deliveries as Razzaq got rid of Warner for a duck, but not for long. In form and regular season MVP continued to strike from the other end. McCullum brought up the 2nd fastest fifty of the 2012 season, and fastest of the World Series, in just 22 balls. Razzak was unable to tackle McCullum, but the other low-order all rounder Irfan Pathan got rid the danger man in his 2nd over. And things only went down hill from there for the TT. Unable to keep up with the RRR, thanks to some tight bowling and great defense, Tyrants eventually gave up the chase.
All 4 top order batsmen from both sides were considered for the MoM award, but it was Razzak's all-round performance that deservedly won the prize. High flying Kings will take on the Tyrants for the 2nd game of the series tomorrow.