Friday, October 9, 2009

NSW secure an easy win against Eagles

New South Wales' attack put up a spirited show to start their Airtel Champions League Twenty20 campaign on a high by beating Diamond Eagles by 53 runs.

After Simon Katich helped NSW put up 144 on the board, his bowlers wrecked havoc against Diamond Eagles. Eagles could only manage 91/9 in return.

Brett Lee sent the Eagles opener Rilee Rossouw packing right in the first over as umpire had no second thoughts in giving an lbw.

Adrian McLaren could not make it to the crease in time and Eagles lost two wickets before even making 15 runs inside three overs.

Morne van Wyk then headed back to the pavillion without opening his score. Phil Hughes took an easy catch at short midwicket off Stuart Clark for the third wicket.

Clark struck again to claim Boeta Dippenaar's wicket as Katich proved to be safe hands.

Eagles lost their fifth wicket in Dean Elgar as Nathan Hauritz picked his first one of the day.

Ryan Bailey was the sixth one to depart as he got run out.

Moises Henriques then accounted for the seventh wicket in Shadley van Schalkwyk.

Earlier, Diamond Eagles' bowling attack came good at the end of the innings to restrict New South Wales to 144/6. NSWRyan Bailey claimed the next one in Warner. He chipped it outside leg stump and Warner mistimed to lose his wicket.

Rossouw made no mistake at the long-off to dismiss Katich off Shadley van Schalkwyk to break NSW's momentum. had won the toss and elected to bat.

Victor Mpitsang bowled a slower one to Phil Hughes and got the better of his off-stump to account for the first wicket.

NSW at 69/1 at the end of the 10th over. Simon Katich and David Warner looking pretty good in the middle out there after the early loss. They had finished the first five overs at just 29/1.

Moises Henriques was the next victim of van Schalkwyk, with AP McLaren taking an easy catch at short point.

Dillon du Preez then sent Steven Smith packing to rock NSW's hopes of putting up a decent score on board.

Brett Lee was then run out without opening his account as his side finished at 144/6.

Diamond Eagles will have to play out of their skin to start their Airtel CL T20 campaign on a winning note against a formidable NSW Blues.

Considering the big names in captain Simon Katich, Stuart Clark, Nathan Hauritz and Brett Lee among others in the NSW
squad, Lee, the champion Australian side is undoubtedly the overwhelming favourites in the opening Group B match at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in Delhi.

On the other hand, the Eagles are the underdogs in the encounter, but one thing which is in the favour of Boeta Dippenaar-led side is their opponents lack of knowledge about them.

The Teams:

New South Wales: MC Henriques, PJ Hughes, BJ Rohrer, DLR Smith†, SPD Smith, B Lee, NM Hauritz, SR Clark, DE Bollinger, DA Warner, SM Katich

Diamond Eagles: AP McLaren, RR Rossouw, MN van Wyk†, HH Dippenaar*, D Elgar, RT Bailey, R McLaren, D du Preez, SC van Schalkwyk, T Tshabalala, PV Mpitsang

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