ZURICH: Shahid Afridi-led Team Royals beat Virender Sehwag’s Badrutt’s Palace Diamonds by six wickets in the inaugural Ice Cricket contest at St Moritz resort in Switzerland.
Batting first, Diamonds set a target of 165 before the Royals cantered home courtesy of a blistering 74 by Owais Shah.
Earlier, the Diamonds won the toss and opted to bat first on an artificial turf carpet laid out on the perfectly laid out snowfield.
Skipper Virender Sehwag led the charge with a quickfire 62 of 31 balls. Along with Andrew Symonds chipped in with a handy 40.
For the Royals, Abdul Razzaq was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/18. However, the most entertaining aspect of the first innings was when Sehwag took on Shoaib. Enroute to his first ever half-century on the ice.
The Sultan of Multan started the innings by cutting Shoaib Akhtar’s very first ball to score a boundary and went on to make 62 brilliant runs. Team diamond scored 166 runs by 9 wickets in limited 20 overs.
In reply, the Royals dominated proceedings from the start with Graeme Smith getting off to a flyer. While the Diamonds did get wickets at regular intervals, it was Owais Shah’s innings which proved decisive. His unbeaten 74 of 34 deliveries and Grant Elliot’s 21 of 11 saw the Royals reach home with 28 balls to spare.