Principal Correspondent

HYDERABAD: South African Justin Kemp came up with a brilliant knock (66 n.o., 42 balls, 6x4, 4x6) and was involved in a 103-run stand for the fourth wicket with Nicky Boje to help Hyderabad Heroes record a seven-wicket win over Chennai Superstars in the Edelweiss 20s Challenge cricket championship at the floodlit Lal Bahadur Stadium here on Saturday.

Kemp, known for his big-hitting ability, made merry with some extraordinary strokes. And, it came just when the team needed at 53 for three with S. Anirudh Singh (1) and Jimmy Maher (0) and Ambati Rayudu (16) back in the pavilion in the eighth over.

Hyderabad Heroes could not have expected a better start to its campaign in front of the home crowds. Kemp enthralled the spectators with lusty hitting. An extravagant pull for six off medium-pacer T. Kumaran stood out.

At the other end, Nicky Boje (61 n.o., 52 balls, 7x4) gave adequate support. And, he too celebrated his half-century in style driving Vignesh for fours. Quite fittingly, Kemp finished off the match in style with a huge six off Ian Harvey as Hyderabad Heroes romped home in 19.1overs.

Badani’s onslaught

Earlier, a late onslaught by Hemang Badani propelled Chennai Superstars to a challenging 152 for seven in the stipulated 20 overs.

Put in to bat, Chennai Superstars was off to good start scoring 50 in the 6.4 overs thanks to some power hitting by Australian Ian Harvey(49, 37 balls, 6x4, 1x6).

But once opener Ganapati Vignesh (17) was brilliantly caught in the deep by Inder Sekhar Reddy off left-arm spinner Nicky Boje, Chennai outfit struggled.

It could have been worse had Boje latched on to a difficult return chance off Harvey in the same over. Just when he looked dangerous, left-arm spinner and local boy I. S. Reddy won an lbw verdict against Harvey which was referred to the third umpire to the delight of the crowd.

Things certainly looked gloomy for Chennai Superstars with the score reading 118 for three in 16 overs before Badani took charge.

Thanks to Badani’s brilliant cameo (33 n.o., 18 balls, 2x4, 3x6), Chennai Superstars posted a good total.

Kemp was declared experts’ Man of the Match and Boje TV viewers’ Player of the Match.

The scores: Chennai Superstars 152 for seven in 20 overs (Ian Harvey 49, Hemang Badani 33 n.o., Razzaq two for 28, Justin Kemp two for 32) lost to Hyderabad Heroes 156 for three in 19.1 overs (Nicky Boje 61 n.o., Justin Kemp 66 n.o.).

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