Hyderabad Heroes beat Champs by seven runs

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Hyderabad: Hyderabad Heroes continued their formidable run and defeated Mumbai Champs by seven runs in their last league tie of the ICL Edelweiss 20s Challenge at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium here Monday.

Chris Harris won the toss and elected to bat. With three fours off Van der Wath in the first over, the Heroes mainstay Maher set the tone for the match. At the end of the fifth over, the Heroes were placed at 35 for one with Van der Wath sending back the dangerous Maher for 26.

The twin-spin attack of the Champs in the shape of Yadav and Iyer contained the Heroes batsmen. At half-way mark of their innings, the Hyderabad side was placed at a modest 58/1.

Razzaq (78) and Rayudu (55) took the score to 98 for one at the end of the 14th over. Razzaq struck nine boundaries and two sixes in his 57-ball knock. Rayudu, who had poor run in the event so far, found his lost touch with a brisk innings. The former Hyderabad Ranji player matched the Pakistani batsman shot-for-shot with six hits to fence and two over it in his 42 ball innings.

With three overs to go, the Heroes were all set for a big onslaught and placed in a commanding position at 153 for one. The partnership finally came to an end when Tino Best took a spectacular catch to send Rayudu back to the paivilion. The onslaught finally resulted in the Heroes getting a challenging total of 176 for two in their allotted 20 overs.

In reply, the Champs came out positively with Jadhav going after Kemp in the second over with two big hits to the fence. However, Kemp had the last laugh when he removed Paul for three. Razzaq, however, removed Jadhav when the batsman nicked the ball to the wicket-keeper, leaving the Champs in a spot of bother at 22 for two.

The young Patil was carrying his good form in the tournament, tormenting his opponents with some lusty hits to the boundary.

At the end of the fifth over, the Champs were placed at 52 for two, scoring at over ten runs per over. A 50-run partnership off only 33 balls, between Morris and Patil kept Mumbai in the race to attain the target of 177 in the eight-over mark. At the half-way stage, the Champs needed 86 runs off 60 balls with eight wickets in hand. Just when Patil was running away with the match, Harris trapped the young Mumbai lad leg-before for a well-made 51 in the 11th over.

Reddy and Boje bowled economically and tempted the batsmen with their nagging line and lenth. Soon the batsmen succumbed under pressure and were reduced to 110 for five at the end of the 14th over.

The Champs needed 48 off 18 balls. Morris took the initiative and with some lusty blows ensured that the team needed 18 runs in the last over.They, however, fell short by seven runs, despite making valiant attempts.

Abdul Razzaq (78&3/31) was adjudged as Man-of-the-Match.

Brief Scores: Hyderabad Heroes 176/2 (Razzaq 78, Rayudu 55, Iyer One for 25) won by seven runs against Mumbai Champs 169 for nine. (R Patil 51, Morris 56, Razzaq 3 for 31).


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