St.Moritz: Former India opener Virender Sehwag's half-century went in vain after his side Palace Diamonds suffered a six-wicket loss to the Shahid Afridi-led Royals in the first match of the inaugural St. Moritz Ice Cricket 2018 at the ski resort. Sehwag's side suffered second consecutive loss in the second and final match.
Electing to bat after winning the toss, Palace Diamonds scored 164/9 in 20 overs, thanks to Sehwag's 31-ball 62, laced with four fours and five sixes. In response, Royals reached 166/4 in 15.4 overs with former England batsman, Owais Shah scoring 74.
Sehwag was given company by former Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds, who smashed 40 off 30 balls. For Royals, former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq was the bowling star with figures of 4/18.
Hathiyar chhode hain ,chalana nahi bhoole hain :) Great fun on the ice. pic.twitter.com/V1bjFATGnI- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 8, 2018
In reply, Diamonds lost Graeme Smith (23) and Matt Prior (8), but Shah batted brilliantly in the company of Jacques Kallis (36).
After Kallis' dismissal, Shah partnered with Grant Elliott to help Diamonds romp home with 28 balls to spare.
The second match was also won by Afridi's side as Royals XI beat Sehwag's Diamonds XI by 8 wickets.
Diamonds posted a daunting 205 runs on board with Andrew Symonds and Mohammed Kaif registering half-centuries. However, Jacques Kallis made an unbeaten 90 and along with Graeme Smith (58*) chased down the target.