Tigers pounce on hapless Heroes; enter semis~~

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Panchkula: A lethel first spell by 19-year-old medium pacer Sujay Tarafdar (1-0-4-3) powered Kolkata Tigers into semi-final with a 53-run victory over Hyderabad Heroes in the ICL Twenty20 C'ship tie at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium here on Wednesday night.

The Tigers joined Chandigarh Lions, Chennai Superstars and Delhi Jets in semi-finals.

Hyderbad Heroes were dismissed for 115 in 16.2 overs in reply to Tigers' score of 168 for 5.

Tigers' paceman Nantie Hayward drew the first blood when he castled Ibrahim Khaleel (1) before Tarafdar ran thro' the Heroes' top order.

In his first over Tarafdar sent three Heroes' batsmen packing. With his second delivery Tarafdar trapped Shashank Nag plumb in-front with an inswinging yorker.  Two balls later former South Africa all-rounder Nicky Boje (3) played an uppish cut only to be holed to Jhunjhunwala at point to become Tarafdar's second victim. In the following delivery the young seamer from Bengal dismissed Chris Harris (0) LBW.

Hyderabad Heroes were reeling at 7 for 3. Captain Inzamam took the total to 23 before Nantie Hayward trapped the former Pakistan captain Inzamam (13) with a fuller length ball that kept straight and hit the burly batting legend from Pak below knee.

Abdul Razzak 28-ball 37 and Azhar Mahmood (24 off 11b) pulled Heroes back in contention with a 38-run association for the sixth wicket before Klusener put paid to heroes plans striking twice to dismiss both the former Pak all-rounders in the same overs.

Tarafdar and Klusener plucked three wickets apiece while Nantie Hayward took two wickets.

Earlier, Tigers riding on skipper Craig McMillan's (50 off 35 balls 2X4s&4X6s) and his 71-run stand for the third wicket with Jhunjunwala (30 off 21b, 2x4s&1x6), made a solid 168 for 5 in 20 overs. Lance Klusener (24) and Darren Maddy (32) were the other major contributers for Tigers.

Brief Scores:

Kolkata Tiger 168/5 in 20 overs (McMillan 50, Maddy 32, Jhunjhunwala 33, Klusener 24; Razzaq 1 for 13, IS Reddy 1 for 32) beat Hyderabad Heroes 115 all out in 16.2 overs (Razzaq 37, Mahmood 24; Tarafdar 3 for 20, Klusener 3 for 26, Hayward 2 for 15) by 53 runs.


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