Hyderabad, Mar 21 (UNI)Hyderabad Heroes defeated Ahmedabad Rockets by 52 runs in the ICl T20 cricket match here today.
Batting first, Hyderbad Heroes scored 175 losing four wickets in 18 overs spearheaded by J P Maher's 84 and A T Rayudu's 65.
Chasing a victory target of 176, the Ahmedabad Rockets were bowled out for 127 in 17.5 overs. A Absolem of Hyderabad Heroes claimed seven wickets conceedng only 15 runs.
Steve Rixon's decision to play Alfred Absolem in Hyderabad's fourth game proved to be the trump card as the right-arm medium-pacer destroyed the Ahmedabad Rocket's batting.
Bowling seam-up and regularly hitting a nagging length, Absolem first struck to clean up Parvez Aziz, who made 35 from 22 balls. Next to go was Caribbean Wavell Hinds, attempting a big shot. Murray Goodwin and Damien Martyn followed in quick succession, undone by Absolem's sharp movement, and Heath Streak held out to deep extra cover after Nicky Boje spun out top-scorer left hander Sridharan Sriram (36).
Retinder Sodhi(0) also fell cheaply when he lofted his first delivery down to long on. That equalled the best spell of wickets taken in an ICL innings, and when Baburao Yadav missed a straight one to be bowled, the record was set.
Earlier, for Hyderabad, Jimmy Maher and Ambati Rayudu formed a formidable duo, battering 124 runs. The duo came together in the sixth over. After showers held up play for a brief while the number of overs were brought down to 18. But it continued to rain boundaries. Rayudu hit 65 off 36 balls with four sixes and six fours. Maher was last out for a 52 ball 84, his second fifty in a row.
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