Hyderabad, Sep 27 (UNI) Riding on Rayudu's cracking half century, Hyderabad Heroes registered an emphatic seven-wicket victory over Chennai Superstars in the ICL 20-20 domestic tournament here today.
Rayudu was supported by Nag for a 44-run partnership for second wicket putting the Heroes in a commanding position.
Finally, a solid 22 from captain Binny helped the Heroes achieve the target in 19.3 overs.
The much-anticipated match between the two champion teams saw the Heroes emerge victorious by a comprehensive margin of seven wickets, largely helped by a fine seam bowling performance from K Sahabuddin and P K Reddy.
Earlier in the day, Sathish won the toss and elected to bat with a new opening combination of Hariesh and himself. It proved to be a fatal move with the impressive Sahabuddin picking up both the openers cheaply in his first spell.
Reddy proved to be an able bowling partner picking the wickets of Badani and Sarvanan to leave the Superstars in serious trouble at 4/9 in the fourth over.
Quick wickets of Syed Mohammed, Naidu and Vasudevan had the Superstars all but buried and out at 7/41 in the 10th over.
A late repair act by Hemanth Kumar and Vignesh, who came up with a 34 run partnership for the 8th wicket brought some respectability to the Chennai total.
However, a fighting 22 from Kumaran, involved in a crucial 23 run partnership with Jesuraj for the last wicket saw the Superstars fold their innings at a dismal 123 for nine in their allotted 20 overs.
In reply, the Heroes lost their in form opener Vinay Kumar early leaving the Heroes in a bit of a bother at 1/6 in the second over.
Brief Scores: Chennai Superstars 123/9 in 20 overs (Hemanth Kumar 35, Kumaran 22, Sahabuddin 3/20, PK Reddy 2/25) Hyderabad Heroes 126/3 in 19.3 overs (Rayudu 53, Nag 36, Vignesh 2/20) UNI XR PY BD2235