2016 Masters Champions League

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Masters Champions League
Masters Champions League logo.jpg
Dates28 January 2016 (2016-01-28)–13 February 2016 (2016-02-13)[1]
Administrator(s)Emirates Cricket Board
Cricket formatTwenty20
Tournament format(s)Round-robin and knockout
Host(s)United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
ChampionsGemini Arabians (1st title)
Participants6
Matches played18
Player of the seriesKumar Sangakkara (Gemini Arabians)
Most runsKumar Sangakkara (Gemini Arabians) (386)
Most wicketsMuttiah Muralitharan (Gemini Arabians) (15)
Official websitewww.mcl2020.com

2016 Masters Champions League was the Twenty20 cricket tournament that took place from 28 January to 13 February 2016 in Dubai and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.[1] The tournament was contested by six teams of fifteen players, all former international cricketers,[2] with the Gemini Arabians defeating the Leo Lions in the final by 16 runs.[3]

Teams[edit]

The following six franchises participated in the tournament:[4]

Team Captain Owner(s)
Libra Legends South Africa Jacques Kallis Grand Midwest Group
Gemini Arabians India Virender Sehwag Khaitan Holdings
Sagittarius Strikers Australia Adam Gilchrist Orange Limited
Virgo Super Kings South Africa Graeme Smith Rhiti Sports
Capricorn Commanders England Paul Collingwood Pacific Ventures
Leo Lions West Indies Cricket Board Brian Lara Manyata Dutt

Player auction[edit]

Former South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis achieved the top bid of the player auction, joining the Libra Legends for US $175,000. Former Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist was the second-highest signing, purchased by the Sagittarius Strikers for $170,000. Other players with high bids included former England captain Paul Collingwood ($140,000), Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka ($120,000), West Indies' Brian Lara ($100,000) and Brett Lee of Australia ($100,000).

Venues[edit]

United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
Dubai Sharjah
Dubai International Cricket Stadium Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium
Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 27,000
Dubai Sports City Pak vs Aussies.jpg SharjahCricket.JPG

Standings[edit]

Team [5] Pld W L T NR Pts NRR
Gemini Arabians 5 5 0 0 0 10 +1.419
Leo Lions 5 3 2 0 0 6 +0.200
Virgo Super Kings 5 3 2 0 0 6 -0.280
Sagittarius Strikers 5 2 3 0 0 4 +0.716
Capricorn Commanders 5 2 3 0 0 4 -0.162
Libra Legends 5 0 5 0 0 0 -1.955

Fixtures[edit]

League Stage[edit]

28 January
19:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Gemini Arabians
234/3 (20 Overs)
v
Libra Legends
156/8 (20 Overs)
Kumar Sangakkara 86 (43)
Brad Hogg 1/25 (4 overs)
  • Libra Legends won the toss and elected to field first.

29 January
15:00
Scorecard
Leo Lions
156/8 (20 Overs)
v
Capricorn Commanders
130/8 (20 Overs)
Johan Botha 42* (29)
Rory Kleinveldt 2/18 (4 overs)
Ashwell Prince 34 (37)
Fidel Edwards 4/33 (4 overs)
Leo Lions won by 26 runs
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Peter Hartley (Eng) and Jeremy Lloyds (Eng)
Player of the match: Johan Botha (Lions)
  • Leo Lions won the toss and elected to bat first.

29 January
19:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Sagittarius Strikers
157/6 (20 Overs)
v
Virgo Super Kings
131/9 (20 Overs)
Mahela Jayawardene 69 (47)
Brett Lee 2/29 (4 overs)
Azhar Mahmood 51 (31)
Daniel Vettori 3/19 (4 overs)
Sagittarius Strikers won by 26 runs
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Peter Hartley (Eng) and Billy Taylor (Eng)
Player of the match: Shane Bond (Strikers)
  • Sagittarius Strikers won the toss and elected to bat first.

30 January
15:00
Scorecard
Leo Lions
132/7 (20 Overs)
v
Gemini Arabians
133/2 (18 Overs)
James Franklin 35 (37)
Muttiah Muralitharan 4/19 (4 overs)
Brad Hodge 65* (43)
Ramesh Powar 1/14 (2 overs)
  • Leo Lions won the toss and elected to bat first.

30 January
19:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Capricorn Commanders
146/5 (20 Overs)
v
Sagittarius Strikers
143/6 (20 Overs)
Saleem Elahi 43* (45)
Nathan Hauritz 2/20 (4 overs)
Adam Gilchrist 57 (46)
Jeetan Patel 2/19 (4 overs)
Capricorn Commanders won by 3 runs
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Steve Davis (Aus) and Billy Taylor (Eng)
Player of the match: Abdul Razzaq (Commanders)
  • Capricorn Commanders won the toss and elected to bat first.

3 February
15:00
Scorecard
Virgo Super Kings
168/5 (20 Overs)
v
Libra Legends
163/4 (20 Overs)
Graeme Smith 57 (42)
Brad Hogg 3/12 (4 overs)
Michael Lumb 54 (48)
Malinga Bandara 2/36 (4 overs)
Virgo Super Kings won by 5 runs
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Steve Davis (Aus) and Graham Lloyd (Eng)
Player of the match: Graeme Smith (Virgo Super Kings)
  • Virgo Super Kings won the toss and elected to bat first.

3 February
19:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Gemini Arabians
190/4 (20 overs)
v
Capricorn Commanders
180/8 (20 overs)
Virender Sehwag 59 (27)
Abdul Razzaq 1/25 (4 overs)
Ashwell Prince 44 (34)
Muttiah Muralitharan 3/29 (4 overs)
Gemini Arabians won by 10 runs
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Steve Davis (Aus) and Peter Hartley (Eng)
Player of the match: Virender Sehwag (Gemini Arabians)
  • Gemini Arabians won the toss and elected to bat.

4 February
15:00
Scorecard
Sagittarius Strikers
227/3 (20 overs)
v
Libra Legends
164/7 (20 overs)
Mahela Jayawardene 124 (60)
Nicky Boje 1/21 (2 overs)
Sean Ervine 55 (20)
Shane Bond 2/11 (3 overs)
Sagittarius Strikers won by 63 runs
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Graham Lloyd (Eng) and Billy Taylor (Eng)
Player of the match: Mahela Jayawardena (Sagittarius Strikers)
  • Sagittarius Strikers won the toss and elected to bat.

4 February
19:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Leo Lions
146/7 (20 overs)
v
Virgo Super Kings
149/6 (20 overs)
James Franklin 44 (33)
Murali Kartik 3/18 (4 overs)
Azhar Mahmood 48 (28)
Kyle Jarvis 2/21 (4 overs)
Virgo Super Kings won by 4 wickets
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Peter Hartley (Eng) and Graham Lloyd (Eng)
Player of the match: Azhar Mahmood (Virgo Super Kings)
  • Leo Lions won the toss and elected to bat.

5 February
15:00
Scorecard
Gemini Arabians
224/7 (20 overs)
v
Sagittarius Strikers
212/9 (20 overs)
Virender Sehwag 134 (63)
Krishmar Santokie 5/30 (4 overs)
Imran Farhat 51 (32)
Muttiah Muralitharan 3/38 (4 overs)
Gemini Arabians won by 12 runs
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Jeremy Lloyds (Eng) and Billy Taylor (Eng)
Player of the match: Virender Sehwag (Gemini Arabians)

5 February
19:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Libra Legends
154/7 (20 overs)
v
Capricorn Commanders
155/2 (16.2 overs)
Jacques Kallis 54 (42)
Jeetan Patel 3/29 (4 overs)
Paul Collingwood 62* (39)
Ryan ten Doeschate 1/10 (2 overs)
Capricorn Commanders won by 8 wickets
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Graham Lloyd (Eng) and Jeremy Lloyds (Eng)
Player of the match: Paul Collingwood (Capricorn Commanders)
  • Libra Legends won the toss and elected to bat.

6 February
15:00
Scorecard
Gemini Arabians
144/5 (20 overs)
v
Virgo Super Kings
122/6 (20 overs)
Kumar Sangakkara 51 (34)
Malinga Bandara 2/26 (4 overs)
Neil McKenzie 46 (42)
Kyle Mills 2/40 (4 overs)
Gemini Arabians won by 22 runs
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Peter Hartley (Eng) and Steve Davis (Aus)
Player of the match: Kumar Sangakkara (Gemini Arabians)
  • Gemini Arabians won the toss and elected to bat.

6 February
19:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Sagittarius Strikers
151/9 (20 overs)
v
Leo Lions
152/5 (19.5 overs)
Adam Gilchrist 33(26)
Kyle Jarvis 3/33 (4 overs)
Johan Botha 70 (60)
Krishmar Santokie 2/41 (4 overs)
Leo Lions won by 5 wickets
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Steve Davis (Aus) and Jeremy Lloyds (Eng)
Player of the match: Johan Botha (Leo Lions)
  • Sagittarius Strikers won the toss and elected to bat.

7 February
15:00
Scorecard
Virgo Super Kings
131/9 (20 overs)
v
Capricorn Commanders
119/9 (20 overs)
Neil McKenzie 43 (29)
Ben Laughlin 4/18 (4 overs)
Ashwell Prince 30 (35)
Malinga Bandara 4/16 (4 overs)
Virgo Super Kings won by 12 runs
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Graham Lloyd (Eng) and Billy Taylor (Eng)
Player of the match: Malinga Bandara (Virgo Super Kings)
  • Virgo Super Kings won the toss and elected to bat.

7 February
19:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Leo Lions
201/3 (20 overs)
v
Libra Legends
190/6 (20 overs)
Hamish Marshall 64 (39)
Graeme Swann 1/26 (4 overs)
Ryan ten Doeschate 67 (36)
Johan Botha 2/40 (4 overs)
Leo Lions won by 11 runs
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Peter Hartley (Eng) and Graham Lloyd (Eng)
Player of the match: Hamish Marshall (Leo Lions)
  • Libra Legends won the toss and elected to field.

Knockout phase[edit]

Semifinals Final
      
1 Gemini Arabians 191/5
4 Sagittarius Strikers 181/6
1 Gemini Arabians 130/7
2 Leo Lions 114
2 Leo Lions 139/7
3 Virgo Super Kings 122/9

Semi Finals[edit]

The top four teams from the group stage qualified for the semi finals.

Semifinal 1
11 February
19:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Gemini Arabians
191/5 (20 overs)
v
Sagittarius Strikers
181/6 (20 0vers)
Virender Sehwag 83 (50)
Tino Best 3/24 (4 overs)
Mahela Jayawardene 65 (52)
Graham Onions 3/37 (4 overs)
  • Gemini Arabians won the toss and elected to bat.

Semifinal 2
12 February
19:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Leo Lions
139/7 (20 overs)
v
Virgo Super Kings
122/9 (20 overs)
James Franklin 65* (48)
Brett Lee 3/31 (4 overs)
Graeme Smith 39 (32)
Kyle Jarvis 3/17 (4 overs)
Leo Lions won by 17 runs
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Jeremy Lloyds (Eng) and Billy Taylor (Eng)
Player of the match: James Franklin (Leo Lions)
  • Leo Lions won the toss and elected to bat.

Final[edit]

The winners of the 2 semi-finals qualified for the final.

Final
13 February
19:30 (D/N)
Scorecard
Gemini Arabians
130/7 (20 overs)
v
Leo Lions
114 (19.3 overs)
Justin Kemp 32* (29)
Scott Styris 2/18 (4 overs)
Hamish Marshall 46 (40)
Naved-ul-Hasan 4/9 (4 overs)
Gemini Arabians won by 16 runs
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Steve Davis (Aus) and Graham Lloyd (Eng)
Player of the match: Naved-ul-Hasan (Gemini Arabians)
  • Leo Lions won the toss and elected to field.
  • Gemini Arabians remain undefeated throughout the tournament (won 7 out of 7 matches).

Statistics[edit]

Most runs[edit]

Player Team Inns Runs Ave SR HS 100 50 4s 6s
Kumar Sangakkara Gemini Arabians 7 386 64.33 148.46 86 0 5 34 17
Virender Sehwag Gemini Arabians 6 318 53.00 183.81 134 1 2 32 18
Mahela Jayawardene Sagittarius Strikers 6 299 49.83 162.50 124 1 2 30 15
James Franklin Leo Lions 7 220 55.00 118.27 65* 0 1 6 10
Ryan ten Doeschate Libra Legends 5 171 42.75 158.33 67 0 2 9 9
Source: ESPNcricinfo.com, last updated 13 February 2016

Most wickets[edit]

Player Team Inns Wkts Ave Econ BBI SR 4WI 5WI
Muttiah Muralitharan Gemini Arabians 6 15 11.06 6.91 4/19 9.6 1 0
Kyle Mills Gemini Arabians 7 12 15.75 7.56 2/13 12.5 0 0
Kyle Jarvis Leo Lions 5 11 13.90 7.65 3/17 10.9 0 0
Fidel Edwards Leo Lions 7 11 21.09 8.92 4/33 14.1 1 0
Malinga Bandara Virgo Super Kings 6 10 15.20 6.90 4/16 13.2 1 0
Source: ESPNcricinfo.com, last updated 13 February 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Masters Champions League 2016 Schedule". mcl2020.com. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  2. ^ "UAE to host T20 tournament for retired players". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  3. ^ "Masters Champions League - Final". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Masters Champions League". Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  5. ^ "MASTERS CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Point Table". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 February 2016.