Gurgaon: Man-of-the-match Abdul Razzaq struck a breezy fifty, while his opening partner Jimmy Maher remained unbeaten on 48 as Hyderabad Heroes notched up a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over Chandigarh Lions in the ICL Twenty20 championship here on Sunday.
After restricting the Lions to 141 for six, Heroes reached home comfortably with 10 balls to spare, courtesy a 123-run opening partnership between Maher and Razzaq.
Heroes made a watchful start with Maher and Razzaq taking time to settle down, before weaving a crucial partnership with ones and twos. In between the duo hit the occasional boundary to reach the fifty run mark in 43 balls.
Increasing the tempo
At the end of 10th over, Razzaq increased the tempo, picking up 16 runs off a Dinesh Mongia over and hit the left-arm spinner to all parts of the ground.
The Pakistani all-rounder raced to his fourth fifty of the tournament off 40 balls in the 12th over before stitiching the century stand with Maher in the 14th over.
Runs continued to flow thick and fast with Razzaq doing the bulk of the scoring. He hit some lusty shots before being bowled in the 17th over by Amit Uniyal. His knock of 66 had seven hits to the fence and two sixes.
After Razzaq’s dismissal, Ambati Rayudu joined Maher and the young talented player made it clear that he was not going to just hang around as he clubbed a six and a couple of boundaries to wipe out the remaining runs.
Earlier, opting to bat, Lions started on a breezy note as the openers Sarabjit Singh and Lou Vincent clobbered the bowling at will. It took them just two overs to get their eyes in as the opening pair added 35 runs in 2.2 overs.
Vincent was the first to go after he failed to negotiate an Inder Shekar Reddy delivery and was caught in front. He hit three fours and a six in his short stint at the crease.
Lions’ skipper Chris Cairns promoted himself up the order and brought the fifty in the sixth over with a six over long-on off a Syed Sahabuddin delivery. However, he perished in the very next over, caught at the covers off Razzaq.
T.P. Singh then joined Sarabjit but Lions’ woes continued when the latter fell to Nicky Boje to leave his team tottering at 56 for three in the eighth over.
Runs dry up
Finding two new men — Dinesh Mongia and T.P. Singh — at the crease, Heroes dried up the scoring with the spinners bowling in tandem. However, Mongia broke the shackles in the 12th over, bringing the first four in as many overs.
Meanwhile, Singh had his share of luck when he was dropped on the boundary line by I.S. Reddy. However, he failed to capitalise on the reprieve and handed a straight forward catch to Stuart Binny at deep mid-wicket in the 15th over.
Mongia helped Heroes, in the company of new batsman Chetan Sharma, to get his team past the century mark in exactly the 15th over. But Mongia soon perished holing out to Rayudu at long-off. His 38-run innings off 32 balls had four fours and a six.
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 (J. Maher 48 not out, A. Razzaq 66). — PTI