Kemp leads Heroes to important win
Justin Kemp and Chris Harris hit quick fire thirties to help the Hyderabad Heroes claim an important win agaginst the Chandigarh Lions at the Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad.
The Heroes who have had some stupendous success on their home turf were looking to clinch a victory to register their place in the semi final.
Looking at the good sporting track on offer, Chris Cairns, won the Toss and elected to field. In the end, it was the hosts who registered their 4th straight win at home, beating the Lions by 33runs. Chris Harris & Ibrahim Khaleel were declared winners of the Man of the Match award.
The Heroes opened their account in this important match with their batting anchor Jimmy Maher & the explosive Abdul Razzaq. It was the Lions, who had the better start with their debutant pace-man Ishan Malhotra, bowling a wicket-maiden 1st over, which saw the back of the inform Maher without troubling the scorers.
The first four overs proved to be a fascinating contest between the bat & ball, especially with Tuffey and Malhotra swinging the ball prodigiously and local hero Rayudu, trying to tame the bowlers.
Just then it was the impressive Malhotra, who won the battle sending back Rayudu for 12 in the 5th over. Razzaq got into the act in the 6th over with four consecutive boundaries off Tuffey, taking 17 runs of the over. At the end of the 6th over, the Heroes were right back in the game placed at 43/2.
Cairns brought on the experienced Mongia in the 7th over to slow down things & he responded immediately ending Razzaq's dangerous cameo of 26 runs, assisted by some smart piece of stumping from Sarabjeet.
With spin operational at both ends, the Heroes' batting was in a bit of a bother. At the half way mark of their innings, the hosts were placed at 65/4. With no major partnerships & wickets at regular intervals, helped the Lions hold the upper hand by the 15th over mark, with the Heroes placed at 95/5.
It came down to the dangerous duo of skipper Harris & Kemp to deliver the final onslaught and they were doing a good job of it by taking the score to 127/ 5 by the 18th over. Some lusty hitting from the duo helped the Heroes set a competitive target of 149.
In reply, the Lions came out chasing the competitive target with their internationally acclaimed pair of Elliott & Vincent. It was a positive start from the Lions, especially with Elliott playing some exquisite shots taking the score to 31/0 at the end of the 3rd over. Cairns took a leaf out of his counterpart's book and brought on his spinners to stop the Lions' carnage & it yielded dividends right away with the first breakthrough in the form of Vincent's wicket off Boje.
It was the young Absolem who put the Heroes in the driver's seat with the wickets of the dangerous Elliott & Sarabjeet, setting back the Lions at 47/3 in the 7th over. At the half way mark of their innings, the Lions were placed at 64/3 needing 85runs off 60balls at just under 9 runs per over with 7 wickets in hand.
The key for the Lions was heavily dependent on the fortunes of Chris Cairns battling it out in the middle. However, the Heroes captain Harris, bowled a peach of a delivery in the 12th over to send his counterpart back in the Lions dugout to leave the Chandigarh side in big trouble at 68/4.
The Heroes were displaying some remarkable discipline with the ball in the crucial middle orders, resulting in the spiraling rise of the required run rate for the Lions. At the 15th over mark, the Lions were in a slump at 84/5, needing another 65 off only 30 balls at over 13 runs per over. In the end, the Lions could not breakthrough the tight leash maintained by the Heroes with the ball & fell short of the target by 33 runs.