Heroes beat Lions by 33 runs, enter ICL semi-finals

March 30th, 2008 - 6:02 pm ICT by admin  

Hyderabad, March 30 (IANS) Hyderabad Heroes defeated Chandigarh Lions by 33 runs to storm into the semi-finals of the Edelweiess Twnety20 Challenge of the Indian Cricket League at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium here. Lions captain Chris Cairns won the toss and put Heroes in to bat Saturday night. But debutant pace-man Ishan Malhotra struck the first blow, picking up Heroes’ in-form opener Jimmy Maher in the opening over of the match.

From the start, Daryl Tuffey and Malhotra swung the ball viciously to trouble the opposition batsmen.

Malhotra got his second wicket in the fifth over, sending back Ambati Rayudu (12) but the other opener, Abdul Razzaq, got into the act soon and struck Tuffey for four consecutive boundaries.

Cairns then brought on the experienced Dinesh Mongia who immediately responded by ending Razzaq’s cameo of 26 runs.

Heroes were relatively reeling at 95 for five, when skipper Chris Harris and Justin Kemp combined together to deliver the final onslaught, and some lusty hitting from the duo helped Heroes set a competitive target of 149.

In reply, Lions got off to a good start through Matthew Elliott (34) and Lou Vincent (10) which forced Cairns to bring in his spinners to stop the run flow. His move soon paid dividend with Nicky Boje getting rid of dangerous Vincent.

Alfred Absolem (2-17) put Heroes in the driver’s seat even as Dinesh Mongia (37) played a lone hand for Lions. Heroes displayed discipline with the ball in the crucial middle order, which shot up the required run rate for Lions.

At the 15th over mark, Lions were tottering at 84 for five and never recovered. They finally ended their innings at 115 for nine in the allotted 20 overs, thus conceding a 33-run victory to Heroes.

Brief Scores: Hyderabad Heroes 148/5, (Harris 38, Kemp 35, Ishan Malhotra 2/22); Chandigarh Lions 115/9 (Elliott 34, Mongia 37, Absolem 2/17 Harris 2/14)

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