Classification 5-6: Hyd Heroes beat Mumbai Champs

Published: Saturday, December 15, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Panchkula: Hyderabad Heroes defeated Mumbai Champs by 25 runs in the classification match for 5-6 positions in the inaugural Indian Cricket League Twenty20 Championship at the Tau Devi Lal Cricket Stadium here on Saturday.

The winners were presented a cheque of Rs 1 crore. Abdul Razzaq was declared Man of the Match as he slammed unbeaten 67 runs off 33 balls with seven huge sixes.

In the absence of regular captain Inzamam ul Haq, Hyderabad Heroes were skippered by Ambati Rayadu. Mumbai Champs have won only one match from total of six encounters they had played in the tournament.

Mumbai Champs captain Brian Lara's continued to disappoint the spectators as he was again dismissed cheaply.

Heroes after opting to bat got off to a good start with Shashank Nag (35) and Nicky Boje (15) shared a quick 50-run stand before Khirid castled the former South African all-rounder. The stand-in Heroes skipper Rayadu came and went in whimper when he was holed out to Powar off Khirid. The next man in Razzaq batted like a man possessed from the word go. He belted Champs for massive seven sixes in the mid-wicket-cover boundary arch and a boundary. He added 120 runs in 10 overs with Kiwi Chris Harris (49 off 32, 5X4s&2X6s) as Heroes realised 179/3 in 20 overs.

Mumbai's Ranjeet Khirid (3-29) claimed all the three Heroes' wickets to fall.

Mumbai Champs started their chase on a bad note when Razzaq returned to castle Subhojit Paul for 3. Englishman Vikram Solanki (45) and former Railways batsman Khanolkar (51) revived Champs with a brisk 40-run stand for the second wicket  However, heavyweights like legendary batsman from West Indies Brian Lara (15) and Nathan Astle (13) failed to rise to the occasion.

Champs could manage only 154/6 in the end to settle for the last spot.

Heores' paceman Azhar Mehmood plucked two wickets conceding measly 28 in his four overs while his fellow countryman Razzaq and ex-South African all-rounder took one wicket apiece.

Brief Scores:

Hyderabad Heroes 179/3 in 20 overs (Razzaq 67*, Harris 49, Shashank Nag 35;  Ranjit Khirid 3 for 29) beat Mumbai Champs 154/6 in 20 overs (Khanolkar 51, Vikra Solanki 45; Mahmood 2 for 28, Boje 1 for 16, Razzaq 1 for 35) by 25 runs.


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