Tarafdar and Klusener bowl Kolkata Tigers into semis

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Panchkula, Dec 12 (UNI) A sensational bowling spell by 19-year-old medium pacer Sujay Tarafdar (1-0-4-3) broke the backbone of Hyderabad Heroes as Kolkata Tigers entered semi-final with a 53-run victory in the 15th match of the Indian Cricket League Twenty20 Championship at the floodlit Tau Devi Lal Stadium here tonight.

The Tigers joined Chandigarh Lions, Chennai Superstars and Delhi Jets in semi-finals. Hyderbad Heroes were dismissed for 115 in 16.2 overs in reply to Kolkata Tigers score of 168 for 5.

In his first over Tafafdar sent back three Hyderabad Heroes top batsmen into pavilion. With his second delivery of his first over Tarafdar trapped Shashank Nag leg before wickets with an inswinger.

The wicket fell at the same total of three when opener Ibrahim Khaleel was bowled by Nantie Hayward. Nicky Boje (3) became Tarafdar's second victim.

While trying to cut Tarafdar, Boje gave a catch to bhishek Jhunjunwala. In the next delivery Tarafdar got leg before verdict in his favour to get Chris Harris out (0).

Hyderabad Heroes were reeling at 7 for 3. Captain Inzamam took the total to 23 before Nantie Hayward trapped the former Pakistan captain Inzamam (13) leg before wicket.

Lance Klusener captured three wickets for 26 runs and Nantie Hayward got two for 15 runs.

Earlier, a 35-ball 50, with two fours and four sixes, by Craig McMillan and his 71-run stand for third wicket with Abhishek Jhunjunwala (30, 21b, 2x4s, 1x6) helped Kolkata Tigers scoe 168 for 5 in 20 overs. McMillan hit Kaushik Reddy for two successive sixes, first at deep midwicket and second at third wicket.

Later, Abdul Razzak (37, 28b, 2x4s, 2x6s) and Azhar Mahmood (24, 11b,1x4s, 2x6s) were associated in a 38-run stand for seventh wicket. This pair took the total to 106 before both departed at the same total.

Scoreboard: KOLKATA TIGERS: Darren Maddy b Shekhar Reddy 32 Deep Dasgupta run out (Inzamam) 13 Abhishek Jhunjhunwala run out (A Mahmood) 33 Craig McMillan c I Khaleel b Abdul Razzaq 50 Lance Klusener run out (Chris Harris) 24 Rajiv Kumar not out 01 Mihir Diwakar not out 00 Extras (b 4,lb 5, nb 3, w 3) 15 Total (for five wkts in 20 overs) 168.

Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-57, 3-128, 4-161, 5-167.

Bowling Abdul Razzaq 4-0-13-1 Azhar Mahmood 4-0-37-0 Kaushik Reddy 4-0-46-0 Inder Shekhar Reddy 4-0-32-1 Chris Harris 4-0-31-0 HYDERABAD HEROES: Shashank Nag lbw b S Tarafdar 02 Ibrahim Khaleel (W) b N Hayward 01 Ambati Rayudu lbw b U Chandana 14 Nicky Boje c A Jhunjhunwala b S Tarafdar 04 Chris Harris lbw b S Tarafdar 00 Inzamam-ul-Haq lbw N Hayward 13 Abdul Razzaq c S Tarafdar b L Klusener 37 Azhar Mahmood c S Tarafdar b L Klusener 24 Anirudh Singh not out 06 Inder Shekhar Reddy st D Dasgupta b L Klusener 02 Kaushik Reddy c A Jhunjhunwala b C McMillan 01 Extras (lb 3, nb 2, w 6) 11 Total (all out in 16.2 overs) 115.

Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-3, 3-7, 4-7, 5-23, 6-68, 7-106, 8-106, 9-110, 10-115., Bowling Nantie Hayward 3-0-15-2 Sujay Tarafdar 4-0-20-3 Upul Chandana 3-0-19-1 Darren Maddy 1-0-14-0 Lance Klusener 3-0-26-3 Mihir Diwakar 1-0-16-0 Craig McMillan 1.2-0-2-1 UNI

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