A Twenty20 tournament with a major twist begins in Switzerland on Thursday where cricket legends including Shahid Afridi, Virender Sehwag, Shoaib Akhter, Mike Hussey, Mahela Jayawardene and Jacque Kallis played the first match on an ice field.
The tournament first match is being played on a frozen, snow-covered lake on an artificial turf carpet, with players using traditional cricket gear and a red ball, but wearing normal sports shoes rather than spikes.
Royals have won by six wickets. Owais Shah once again slapped a six off the first ball of the over. It’s all over for Diamonds. Sensational batting by Shah in the last five to ten minutes.
The Diamonds, batting first, gave a target of 165 for the loss of nine wickets to Royals.
Skipper Sehwag was the pick of the batsmen for the Diamonds with a score of 62 from 31 deliveries. Andrew Symonds chipped in with 40 from 30 deliveries.
Abdul Razzaq picked up 4/18 while Shoaib Akhtar took 2/32 for the Royals.
Shahid Afridi’s Royals XI: Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan), Abdul Razzaq (Pakistan), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Graeme Smith (South Africa), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand), Nathan McCullum (New Zealand), Grant Elliott (New Zealand), Monty Panesar (England), Owais Shah (England), Matt Prior (England), Aidan Andrews (Switzerland)
Virender Sehwag’s Diamonds XI: Virender Sehwag (India), Zaheer Khan (India), Mohammad Kaif (India), Ajit Agarkar (India), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka), Michael Hussey (Australia), Andrew Symonds (Australia), Mithun Manhas (India), Ramesh Powar (India), Rohan Jain (Switzerland)