Heroes crush Champs in 79 run victory
The 32nd match of the ICL 20s Indian Championship featured the ICL defending Champions Hyderabad Heroes take on Mumbai Champs, at Tau Devi Lal stadium, Panchkula.
In the end it was clinical performance from the defending Champions Hyderabad Heroes, to outclass their counterparts from Mumbai with a huge victory of 79 runs. Nicky Boje picked up the man of the match award for his sparkling innings of 88.
Earlier in the evening Chris Harris, won the toss and elected to bat. Mumbai Champs got off to a great start in the field, seeing the back of the dangerous Abdul Razzaq with the first ball of the match. Jimmy Maher & prodigal Rayudu got into the repair act right away and took the score to 45 before Rayudu threw his wicket to a rash shot off the last ball of the fifth over.
Mumbai’s new ball bowlers Van der Wath & Kasprowicz were bowling with a lot of purpose. Kasprowicz got into the act in the very next bringing curtains on a promising innings of 19 runs from Jimmy Maher.
The Hyderabad batting depth however was on full view & despite the early reversals was placed at 69/3 at the 7th over mark scoring at nearly 10 runs per over. The half way mark of their innings had the defending champions placed at 89/4 and Binny & Boje holding the batting mantel.
Boje got into the acceleration mode in the crucial middle overs 18 runs off a Robin Morris’ 14th over took the score to 140/4 at that stage of the match; setting the platform for a major onslaught in the final overs. Binny too got into the act taking 17 runs off Vander Wath’s 15th over to take the 5th wicket partnership to dangerous proportions for the Mumbai Champs.
Binny brought about his 2nd ICL fifty off only 24 balls; laced with 5 fours & 3 sixes. Avinash Yadav finally brought to an end the 92 run partnership for the 5th wicket with the scalp of the pedigreed Binny out for a well made 51. Boje brought about his well deserved fifty off 36 balls in the 17th over.
Boje stepped on the accelerator and some brilliant attacking batting took the defending Champions to the highest total of the tournament, folding their innings at a humongous 214/6 in their allotted 20 overs. Boje’s innings of 88 came off only 49 balls studded with 8 fours and 5 sixes.
The Mumbai reply came in the form of Skipper Jadhav & Morris who got off to a reasonable start till a terrible mix-up saw the end of Morris in the 3rd over. The 5th over mark had the Mumbai side placed at 37/1 needing another 178 runs at nearly 12 runs per over.
Harris introduced his famed twin spin attack as early as the 7th over and both Boje & Reddy worked up a disciplined spell, adding to the vows of the Mumbai chase. At the 10th over mark Mumbai were placed at a partly 66/3, needing a mammoth task of scoring 149 runs off only 60 balls.
Young Reddy picked up his second scalp of the match with the big wicket of Dheeraj Jadhav, ending his anchoring innings of 43 in the crucial 12th over. The spinners were doing the job brilliantly for Hyderabad blocking off the boundaries & in turn putting extra pressure on the Mumbai batsmen.
The pressure eventually started taking a toll on the Mumbai innings, reeling at 94/6 in the 14th over.
In the end the clinical performance from the defending champions was too good for the lackluster Mumbai batting who were never in the hunt off the huge target, falling short of the target by 79 runs. For the Hyderabad Heroes it was I S Reddy who ended with brilliant figures of 3/25.