Hyderabad Heroes 168 for 6 (Maher 65*, Binny 44*) beat Kolkata Tigers 165 for 5 (Klusener 73, Harris 2-16) by four wickets
An unbroken 73-run stand between Jimmy Maher and Stuart Binny saw the Hyderabad Heroes clinch an unlikely win at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium.
Strikes from Sujay Tarafdar and Nantie Hayward had reduced the Heroes, chasing 166, to 28 for 3, before a 54-run stand between Justin Kemp and opener Jimmy Maher. Tarafdar's wicket of Kemp triggered another collapse and at 95 for 6, the Heroes were staring down the barrel.
However, then came the whirlwind 73-run stand off just 6.1 overs, with which the Heroes sealed the game with four balls and four wickets to spare. Stuart Binny, the son of former India allrounder Roger Binny, was the chief architect of the chase, smashing 44 off just 19 at No. 8. Maher stayed right till the end; his 59-ball 65 anchored the innings, but even his Man-of-the-Match effort would have been in vain had it not been for Binny's heroic knock.
In all, Binny hit five four and two sixes, and finished his innings with a strike-rate of 231.57. Both Andre Adams and Lance Klusener went at more than ten an over.
At the toss, the Heroes' Chris Harris choose to field, and the move didn't seeming to be working when Klusener blazed away. He biffed his way to 73 off 42 balls, with seven fours and five sixes. Twenty-one runs were taken of a Syed Sahabuddin over.
Harris struck twice for the Heroes, also removing Klusener during his 3-0-16-2. Once Klusener fell in the 15th over, the Tigers were unable to keep up the momentum and they scored 165 for 5, at least 10-15 runs short of they would have expected in the first place, and what perhaps was the key difference in the final equation.