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The Bulletin by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan in Panchkula
December 2, 2007
Delhi Jets 143 for 5 (Umar 52*, Abbas Ali 43) beat Hyderabad Heroes 141 for 5 (Boje 45, Inzamam 34) by 5 wickets
Taufeeq Umar powered Delhi Jets to their first win of the tournament, overcoming Hyderabad Heroes by five wickets in Panchkula. The fourth game of the tournament saw the first instance of a team batting second chasing successfully.
The Heroes, who enjoyed a fine win last night, struggled early on after choosing to bat. TP Sudhindra, the medium-pacer from Madhya Pradesh, extracted good bounce off the track to dismiss the Heroes' openers. Nicky Boje led the revival with an aggressive 45 before the Pakistan duo of Inzamam-ul-Haq and Abdul Razzaq propelled them to a healthy 141.
Ali Mortaza, the quickish left-arm spinner, impressed for the second time in as many games and ended with 2 for 24 in his four overs. The Jets began the chase in blistering fashion with Monish Mishra cracking three fours and a six. It was Umar and Abbas Ali, though, who held the innings together, pacing their innings to a nicety. They punished the bowlers' errant length during their 81-run stand.
Ali edged a straight one to the wicketkeeper, who fumbled the ball - which went on to hit the stumps - before completing the catch, but Umar ensured the target was reached with 14 balls to spare. Only a smattering of spectators saw the game, despite it being a Sunday, but a sizeable audience is expected in the evening.
Siddhartha Vaidyanathan is an assistant editor at CricinfoFeeds: Siddhartha Vaidyanathan
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