Hyderabad: The hosts Hyderabad Heroes defeated defending champions Chennai Superstars in the first semifinal of the Edelweiss 20s Challenge here on Wednesday.
It was expected to be a close encounter, especially as it involved two of the best Indian sides in the tournament, hosts Hyderabad Heroes, who had the impressive record of not having lost single match at home and Chennai Superstars, the defending Champions looking to win their third consecutive title on the ICL platform.
After winning the toss, the Heroes came out to bat with their two inform stalwarts - Maher and Razzaq.
But the duo failed to produce a formidable start when Superstars' Vignesh castled Maher for two, reducing the Heroes to 16/1 in the 4th over.
In the due course, the run out of Razzaq, who was on 14, put the Heroes in a bit of a bother at 23/2.
However, Rayudu's valiant effort helped the Heroes to break the shackles and accelerate a bit.
At the end of the 15th over, the Heroes were placed at 107/4 with Boje holding the key and finally were restricted to 147/6 in 20 overs.
In reply, the Superstars came in with their tested explosive combination of Harvey and Vignesh. However, the combination did not get off to a good start with Razzaq taking the wicket of Vignesh, who did not trouble the scorers.
Kemp castled Harvey in the 2nd over to put the defending champions in deep trouble at 4/2. At the end of the 4th over the Superstars were placed at 22/2 with Law and Arnold stuck in the repair act. However with Arnold's wicket in the very next over the Superstars were on the back foot at 23/3. By the 9th over the Superstars were placed at 48/4 needing another 100 off 66 balls at a challenging rate of nine runs per over and six wickets in hand.
The 100 for the superstars came in the 15th over with Badani and Sathish building useful partnership. The old fox Harris, got into the act getting Badani's wicket for a well made 50 in the 16th over.
With four overs to go the match was set to go down to the wire with Superstars needing 43 runs off 24 balls at 10.8 runs per over.
It went down to the last over with Syed holding the key and the Superstars needing 12 runs off 6 balls and 3 wickets in hand.
With two wickets of the first 2 balls the pendulum swung in favour of the Heroes and finally they won the thriller by four runs.
Brief Scores: Hyderabad Heroes 147/6 (Boje 47, Rayudu 25, Syed 1/17) won by 4 runs against Chennai Superstars 143 all out (Badani 50, Sathish 25, Harris 2/19).