Azhar Mahmood picks up five-for and scores 31-ball 55, puts Auckland Aces in main draw of CLT20

first_imgVeteran all-rounder Azhar Mahmood grabbed five wickets and struck a blistering half-century as Auckland Aces thrashed Hampshire by 8 wickets to qualify for the main draw of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament here today.Mahmood made inroads into the Hampshire top-order as Auckland bundled out the English county team for a modest 121 in the stipulated 20 overs.Mahmood then smashed an unbeaten 31-ball-55 to steer his side to a comfortable win with 33 balls to spare. The Pakistan discard hit five sixes and four boundaries during his innings.Mahmood, who is now a British passport holder, ripped apart the Hampshire top-order when he removed James Vince (11) and Jimmy Adams (0) in a space of four balls.Auckland thus became the first team to qualify for the main draw of the tournament that starts Saturday. The New Zealand T20 champions have won both their qualifying matches, having beaten Sialkot Stallions in the first game on Tuesday.Two teams — one each from Pool 1 and 2 of the qualifying rounds — will join the other eight teams in the main competition.The result of today’s match means the final game of Pool 1 between Sialkot Stallions and Hampshire has been reduced to a dead rubber, with both teams already out contention.last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *