By VINODE MAMCHAN
World Stars flew into Chicago and conquered, taking the MCL C90 cricket title with a crushing victory over Hyderabad Deccan in the final on Sunday at the Warren Park in Chicago.
Missing skipper Maq Qureshi in the finals, the World Stars still came good to win the match by 109 runs and take the trophy back to South Florida. World Stars won the toss and decided to take first strike and from the very first over batsman of the tournament Syed Hasan took the attack to the bowlers. The big right hander slammed the bowling to all parts of the picturesque ground and from very early Deccan was on the defensive.
He continued his great form in the previous games where he scored 114 off 44 balls and 50 not out off 22 balls, to score a rapid 95 in the finals. He hammered 95 runs off 43 balls that included nine sixes and five fours. He and left handed opener Huda Muhammed had an opening stand of 105 in just 8.3 overs. Mohammed the former Bangladesh U19 player was the first to go getting a fine 29 off 21 balls with four hits to the boundary.
Hasan continued to plunder the bowling from the other end and took World Stars to their mammoth 196 for four off their 15 overs. Also among the runs were the inform Sameer Khan with 27 runs off 15 balls including two sixes and a four and Awais Tariq 21 off seven balls with two sixes and a four. The pick of the bowlers for Deccan was Samiuddin Mohammed with 3/38.
When Deccan batted they were forced to attack from ball one because of the high target set and this caused some injudicious strokes. Pacer Morshed Kallam who had a good tournament with the ball got the early breakthrough and from that point there was a continuous procession of players to and from the pavilion.
Great bowling by Huda Mohammed 3/11, former US Player Nasir Javed 2/16 and bowler of the tournament Rizwan Mohammed 2/13 enabled the World Stars to restrict the Deccan team to 87/9 off their 15 overs.
The best batsman of the tournament and most valuable player was Syed Hassan, the best bowler Rizwan Mohammed and the best wicketkeeper Zaheer Khan.