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Wayamba beat Victoria but get eliminated

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Wayamba Elevens got eliminated from the ongoing Champions League although they managed an impressive win against Victoria moments back at Delhi. Wayamba put up a target of 119 for Victoria but all the Aussie side needed was 84 in the 20 overs to make it to the next round based on net run rate. Strangely enough, Victoria lost the match having come up with just 103/4 after a really sedate start.

Jehan Mubarak won the toss earlier and his side batted first on a slightly better wicket at the Kotla. The batsmen struggled to get going against the quick bowlers but once the spinners came on, there was some sort of momentum. Opener Jeevantha Kulantunga and one drop Michael Vandort came up with a solid partnership of 81 for the second wicket to lay the platform. They took plenty of time though according to Twenty20 standards with Kulatunga scoring 41 from 39 balls and Vandort scoring 42 from 44 balls. The acceleration didn’t come towards the end as well with wickets going down in a hurry for Wayamba. As many as seven wickets fell down with the addition of just 33 runs in the last 35 balls of the innings.

Shane Harwood was the pick of the bowlers for Victoria taking 3 for 14 which helped him get the Man of the Match award later. In reply, Victoria lost the exciting left hander Rob Quiney for a duck after he was brilliantly caught and bowled by Chanaka Welegedara. Runs were hard to come by even for their top order and after 11 overs, their score was a sticky one at 45 for 3! They sacrificed from taking too many risks at this stage and decided to play safe by going past the qualifying score of 84. Opener Brad Hodge played the anchor scoring an unbeaten 44 from 52 while Andrew McDonald tried in vain to pull off a win with a super unbeaten cameo of 27 from 16 balls. In the end, it was just too much with about 20 to get from the final over! The match saw the unusual sight of Mahela Jayawardene doing the wicket keeper duties.

Originally posted 2009-10-13 14:16:06.

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