Panchkula:Call it irony, but the much-fancied Mumbai Champions team registered their first win in the Indian Cricket League (ICL)'s Twenty20 championship on Monday on a day when their captain and star player Brian Lara did not bat.
The Champs, already knocked out of the tournament's semi-final line up after their fourth successive defeat Sunday, beat Kolkata Tigers by 7 runs to get their first win in the tournament.
The Champs, who won the toss, scored 187 runs for the loss of just three wickets with useful contributions from S N Khanolkar (64 runs from 39 balls) and Subhojit Paul (50 runs from 41 balls).
Lara, who failed to click in the entire tournament with a string of poor scores of 0, 4, 3 and 9 runs, did not come out to bat at all.
In reply, Kolkata Tigers, who had a good start from its top five batsmen, could not chase the target of 188 runs - falling short by 7 runs - as their team ran out of overs. The Tigers lost nine wickets.
New Zealander Nathan Astle took 3 wickets for 26 runs for the Champs.
The Champs got their first two points in the championship.
Mumbai Champs - 187 runs for 3 wickets in 20 overs.
Batting: S.N. Khanolkar - 64 runs from 39 balls, Subhojit Paul - 50 runs from 41 balls.
Bowling - Lance Klusener - 2 wickets for 29 runs.
Kolkata Tigers - 180 runs for 9 wickets from 20 overs
Batting: A.A. Jhunjhunwala 32 runs from 22 balls.
Bowling: Nathan Astle - 3 wickets for 26 runs.