and thats what he does, smashing this with a proper tennis forehand back over Sharma's head and Hyderabad win by nine wickets
Thats a pretty comprehensive win for the Hyderabad Heroes, who win their third game. That means they move up to No. 3 in the ICL points table. "A good win," says Maher to the attractive Mayanti Langer down on the boundary. "We haven't played here at night so it may be difficult. We're not doing too bad but in this form of the game you're only as good as your next one."
For his 1 for 39 and 66 from 61, the Man of the Match here is Abdur Razzaq.
Thats it for this game, folks, but do come back and join us for game two of this Sunday double header at 7.30pm local (14:00 GMT). Until then, this is your commentator, Jamie Alter, signing off. See you soon!
"Finish it off, buddy," says Maher to Rayudu ...
flat and fast on leg stump, turned to midwicket
So the scores are level at 141 for 1. No fifty for Maher, however. Sharma is back into the attack.
swings down the pads, beats Rayudu and 'keeper for a leg bye
plants his front foot down and goes for another big shot but mistimes it, the ball clips his pads and drops dead at his feet
tighter delivery, middle and leg, and Rayudu defends it back
and this one too, for four! On the pads and clipped over square leg
wow, lovely use of the wrists from Rayudu! This one's too straight and he effortlessly - and I mean effortlessly - picks it up off the pads and bisects fine leg and deep square leg for six
comes forward, rolls the wrists, and drives down to long-on
Maher on 47. Hyderabad need 13 from a full three overs. A cakewalk.
and next ball he drives from his crease and french cuts to fine leg
oh ho ho, Rayudu gets a streaky four first ball, reaching out and square-driving in the air wide of Vincent at point
A good innings though. Its really set Hyderabad up for victory. Entertaining stuff. Here's Rayudu.
cleaned up! Razzaq misses a straighter one, swinging across the line, and the ball strikes leg stump
full toss outside off stump, Razzaq clears his front leg and heaves that over midwicket for four more, all timing and brutality on that occasion
swings at one on the stumps and inside-edges to deep square leg
swings at one angled across the stumps, fails to get bat on it and Singh takes it very well and stumps Razzaq, but replays show his foot was safely inside
Its all looking rather one-sided right now. These two batting very well. Here's Uniyal again.
full on off stump, driven back to Hall, who fields very well
too full on the pads, even though its an attempted yorker, and Maher clips that off the toes and places it superbly behind square leg for four
makes room and drives another full ball to the man at cover
full in the block hole, Razzaq tries to jam it out and misses
fuller ball outside off, Razzaq gets the toe end of the bat on it
backs away and cannot connect well on the shot
|Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Gurgaon|
|Toss||Chandigarh Lions, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Hours of play (local time)||14.00 start, First Session 14.00-15.15, Interval 15.15-15.35, Second Session 15.35-16.55|
|Match days||26 October 2008 - day (20-over match)|
|Points||Hyderabad Heroes 2, Chandigarh Lions 0|