Inzamam-led Hyderabad Heroes out of ICL
Panchkula, Haryana: The Hyderabad Heroes led by former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq faltered in a do-or-die match here Wednesday evening, crashing out of the Indian Cricket League (ICL) Twenty20 championship after losing to the Kolkata Tigers by 53 runs.
The Kolkata Tigers, who became the last team to make it to the semi-final round of the breakaway championship, finished on top of the points table.
With the Brian Lara-led Mumbai Champs already out of the semi-final slots, the Heroes became the second star-studded team to be knocked out of ICL at the Tau Devi Lal cricket stadium.
The Heroes, who opted to field first after winning the toss, could not put up a solid batting performance as Tigers’ bowlers S Tarafdar, who was declared the player of the match, and Lance Klusener picked up three wickets each.
Chasing a target of 169 runs, the Heroes were bundled out for 115 runs in 16.2 overs.
Earlier, the Tigers scored 168 runs for five wickets in their 20 overs with skipper Craig Macmillan leading from the front with a 35-ball 50 runs, including four sixes.
Kolkata Tigers: 168 for 5 wickets in 20 overs (Craig Macmillan 50 runs in 35 balls)
Hyderabad Heroes: 115 all out in 16.2 overs (Abdul Razzak 37 runs from 28 balls, S Tarafdar 3/20, Lance Klusener 3/26)