Victoria v Wayamba, CLT20 2010, Centurion
September 20, 2010
Wayamba's Champions League hopes crashed in Centurion against a top-quality fielding effort from Victoria that was backed by purposeful bowling and batting. Victoria looked like the side more hungry to succeed in a must-win game for both teams and Wayamba paid the price, losing five batsmen for ducks as they spluttered to 106. Things could have been far worse but for a brief period of sublime strokeplay from Jehan Mubarak and a nervy half-century from Mahela Jayawardene. Those two contributed 95, and extras, at six, was the next highest score in Wayamba's listless innings.
David Hussey and Aaron Finch then bustled to the victory target without too many problems to seal an eight-wicket win. Their urgency, however, wasn't enough for Victoria to surpass Warriors' net run-rate, and their semi-final prospects hinged on either a defeat or a comprehensive win for Chennai in the final league game.
Victoria's intensity was epitomised by the second over of the game. James Pattinson struck with his first ball in the tournament, yorking Jeevantha Kulatunga for his second successive duck. Mahela Udawatte, returning to the side after missing the previous game, began with a confident drive on the move that would have eased his nerves in normal circumstances. No such luck today: Clint McKay, fielding well inside the circle at mid-off, scampered to his right and dived full length to stop the shot. Udawatte's disappointment at being denied four quickly gave way to shock as McKay sat up and threw down middle stump at the striker's end, beating the batsman's scramble to the crease. Read more...
Victoria 108 for 2 (Hussey 47*, Finch 38*) beat Wayamba 106 (Jayawardene 51, Mubarak 41, Siddle 4-29) by eight wickets