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Heroes beat Dhaka Warriors by 4 wickets

Published: Thursday, October 16, 2008, 11:07 [IST]
 
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KapaliHyderabad: Champions Hyderabad Heroes showcased a blazing run chase in front of their home crowd at the LB stadium to beat newbies Dhaka Warriors by four wickets in game seven of the Indian Cricket League's second season on Wednesday. This was the ninth straight win for the Heroes.

Warriors' skipper, Habib Ul Bashar won the toss and decided to take the first hit, wanting to take advantage of his formidable batting line up. A double strike in the very first over from Razzaq, had the Warriors on the back foot at 6/2.

A solid fifth wicket partnership between Kapali&Ghosh took the score to 98/5 at the 13th over stage. Kapali was looking in great touch playing some aggressive cricket and brining about his fifty in 14th over off only 36 balls. Kapali was batting in the zone taking the Heroes bowling to the cleaners. At the 15th over stage, the Warriors were right back into the game at 124/5, perfectly set for the final launch in the last five overs. It was turning into a Kapali night and he brought about the first ICL century entertaining a capacity packed LB stadium with some brilliant stroke-play.

His brilliant innings of 100 came to an end in the final over and included 11 fours and five sixes. The Warriors innings finally folded at a competitive 168/9 in their allotted 20 overs.

The Warriors came out with a new plan to defend their competitive total opening their bowling in the 2nd over inform of the left arm spinner Rafique, who had the experienced left–right combination of Maher&Razzaq in a bit of a bother. Warriors tasted their first success in the field with Maher's wicket in the 3rd over off Sharif, at the Heroes score of 25. Rafique struck the second blow getting the prodigal Rayudu cheaply for 5, in the fourth over leaving the Heroes in a bit of a bother at 34/2. Just when Razzaq was getting the upper hand for the Heroes, he was castled by Reza to bring the Warriors right back in the game at the eight over stage.

At the half way mark of their innings, Heroes were placed at 81/4 needing another 88 runs off 60 balls with 6 wickets in hand. The high octane match was seeing some great cricket produced by both sides keeping the spectators glued on the seat and a brilliant piece of fielding in the outfield, saw the end of a promising Binny innings of 30 runs in the 14th over.

The match was fascinatingly poised at the 16th over stage with Heroes needing 41 runs off 24 balls and five wickets in hand

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