Hyderabad Heroes tames Chandigarh Lions
Ali Murtaza finished with figures of 4-0-7-4 for Giants
Razzaq and Maher excel for Heroes
GURGAON: Syed Abbas Ali played a decisive role in helping Delhi Giants stay in the reckoning in the Indian Cricket League.
Abbas’s knock saw Giants win its second match in five even as Lahore Badshahs suffered its third defeat at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex here on Sunday. The foundation had been laid by left-arm spinner Ali Murtaza, who finished with an astounding analysis of 4-0-7-4, a performance that fetched him the ‘Man of the Match’ award.
Abbas, walking in at 23 for two with a target of 144, played sensibly in the company of Abhinav Bali (47 off 41 balls) to fashion an easy with six wickets and nine balls to spare. Abbas’s 52 off 46 balls, with three fours and a six, was the strength on which Delhi Giants secured the win.
For Lahore Badshahs, Azhar Mahmood batted brilliantly. His dazzling 67 was carved off 39 balls and included five sixes and five fours.
Earlier, Chandigarh Lions suffered its first loss in three matches even as Hyderabad Heroes continued its progress with a thumping victory. Heroes now lies third behind Chennai Superstars and Royal Bengal Tigers, which have eight points each.
Heroes made light of the target thanks to Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and former Australian international Jimmy Maher putting on an opening partnership of 123 runs. Heroes skipper Chris Harris was mighty pleased with the effort. “We had been giving away too many boundary balls and the fielding had been poor in the previous match. But we corrected it today,” said the Kiwi.
“We did not do justice to the pitch. A score of 160-plus was a minimum on this surface,” bemoaned Lions captain Chris Cairns. The conditions were exploited by the Heroes openers as Razzaq and Maher scored at will. Razzaq faced 61 balls and hit seven fours and two sixes while Maher hit seven fours in his 41-ball essay.
The scores: Chandigarh Lions 141 for six in 20 overs (D. Mongia 38, I.S. Reddy two for 15, N. Boje two for 21) lost to Hyderabad Heroes 145 for one in 18.2 overs (A. Razzaq 66, J. Maher 48 n.o.).
Lahore Badshahs 147 for five in 20 overs (Azhar Mahmood 67 n.o., Ali Murtaza four for seven) lost to Delhi Giants 148 for four in 18.3 overs (Syed Abbas Ali 52, Abhinav Bali 47 n.o.).