The Lahore Badshahs may be one game up with their win in the first final of the ICL 20s Indian Championship, but Chris Harris, captain of the Hyderabad Heroes, hasn't thrown in the towel just yet.
“We don't have an option but to go out their and win,” Harris said ahead of the second final. “We have got our target set and we just have to go out and win.”
Harris admitted that his team were never in the game in the first final. “They (Badshahs) started aggressively and then put pressure on us which changed the complexion of the game. Cricket is a funny game; you never know what pressure can do to you.”
However, Harris did believe that the target his team set was a competitive one. “In the hindsight we would have liked to have scored 190 to 200, but I think 170 was a pretty good target,” he said.
Harris also said his team was thinking of making some changes to the line-up. “We will need to make some subtle adjustments but the overall team composition will remain the same,” he said. “We just need to bowl a bit better tomorrow.”
On the influence of toss, he said, “Winning the toss doesn't make much of a difference here, as there is not much dew in the evening, but there has been a trend here that whoever wins the toss bowls first.”
However, Inzamam-ul Haq, captain of the Badshahs, didn't quite see it that way. “There is dew in the second innings which prevents the ball from swinging and gives a lot of advantage to batsmen,” he said. “In the end it's a bat and ball game, what changes is how you approach it. It's how you get out of tense situations that matters,” he said, laying stress on the temperament of players.
Inzamam was also not thrilled that the ball was changed in the last game, after it had become discolored. “I had appealed against it to the umpires. For if there had to be a ball change then why did it only happen in the finals after 40-odd games? There is no such rule stipulating a ball change in a T20 match just like there is one in the ODI where a ball is usually changed after 35 overs.”
Dismissing the on-field skirmish between Heroes batsman Abdul Razzaq and Naved-ul-Hasan Rana, he said, “It happened on the spur of the moment and there is no ambiguity involved whatsoever between the two.”
On the changes in the team composition, he said, “Shahid Nazir may make a comeback. He was out with a toe injury so we had to include Arshad Khan in his place. But I think Nazir has got sufficient rest and recovery time, so let's hope we come out with the same combination tomorrow.”