Delhi - CJ de Villiers took two wickets in two balls as the Diamond Eagles beat
the Sussex Sharks on a super over in their Champions League Twenty20
match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Tuesday.
Chasing Sussex’s 119 for seven the Eagles scored 119 for four to send the match to the single over eliminator.
The Eagles faced the first super-over and they scored nine runs thanks to Rilee Rossouw and Ryan McLaren.
Fast bowler De Villiers then held his nerve to bowl Dwayne Smith and
Rory Hamilton-Brown with the first two balls of Sussex’s reply.
The win ensures that the Eagles move on to the Super Eight stage of the tournament.
The South African side had to endure a nail-biting finish to
their innings as they began the last over needing 12 runs to win the
An inside edge for four, off the bat of Ryan McLaren, left the Eagles needing five runs to win off the last ball of the match.
McLaren held his nerve to swat the last ball, bowled by
medium-pacer Yasir Arafat, to the deep midwicket boundary to force the
The Eagles had looked well in control of the match thanks to a maiden twenty20 half-century from Rilee Rossouw.
The 20-year-old scored 65 off 62 balls, with six fours and two
sixes, comfortably eclipsing his previous best T20 score of 11, before
he was caught by keeper Andy Hodd off the bowling of off-spinner Rory
The left-handed Rossouw fell in the 19th over as the Eagles
lost four wickets for 34 runs between the 12th and 19th over as Sussex
fought their way back into the contest.
Rossouw and Adrian McLaren (16) had put the South African side
in a strong position thanks to a 72-run first-wicket stand before
McLaren was trapped leg-before by leg spinner Piyush Chawla to start
the Eagles’ slide.
Chawla and Hamilton-Brown played pivotal roles in Sussex’s
revival with Chawla capturing two for 17 off four overs while
Hamilton-Brown picked up two for 15 off three overs.
Earlier, on a low and slow pitch that was not conducive to
stroke making, the Eagles’ bowlers maintained a tight line and length
to suffocate Sussex’s batsmen.
The Eagles made use of six bowlers with only one, seamer Ryan McLaren, conceding more than six runs to the over.
Pacemen De Villiers and Dillon du Preez were the most successful
bowlers for the South African side with De Villiers claiming two for 20
off four overs while Du Preez captured two for 23 off his four overs.
Sussex captain Michael Yardy won the toss and elected to bat
but only two batsmen, the right-handed Joe Gatting (25) and Ed Joyce
(21), scored more than 20 runs.
The pair combined for the biggest partnership of the innings
and they added 29 runs for the sixth wicket before the left-handed
Joyce was run out after a throw from De Villiers at mid-on.
Gatting, nephew of former England captain Mike Gatting, fell in
the last over when he was caught by Ryan McLaren at the long-on
boundary off the bowling of Du Preez.
Sussex’s innings had been given a quick fire start thanks to
opening batsman Luke Wright, who blazed 19 runs off 12 balls, before he
was bowled by De Villiers.
Diamond Eagles - Adrian McLaren, Boeta Dippenaar (capt),
Morne van Wyk (wk), Rilee Rossouw, Alan Kruger, Ryan McLaren, Ryan
Bailey, Dillon du Preez, CJ de Villiers, Thandi Tshabalala, Victor
Sussex Sharks - Chris Nash, Luke Wright, Ed Joyce, Michael Yardy (capt), Rory Hamilton-Brown, Dwayne Smith, Joe Gatting, Piyush Chawla, Yasir Arafat, Andy Hodd (wk), James Kirtley.