Delhi - Rob Quiney’s 33-ball 40 set the platform for the Victoria Bushrangers
to beat the Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets in their Champions Trophy
Twenty20 match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Friday.
The Australian team romped home with twenty balls to spare as they casually met a below-par target of 99 runs.
Quiney’s innings included four boundaries and three sixes before he
attempted an awkward shot, swinging across the line and lost his middle
Amit Mishra and Tillakaratne Dilshan took two quick wickets in
the middle of the chase, but the outcome was never threatened, and
captain Cameron White (22) and Aiden Blizzard (15) saw the team home.
Earlier, a star-studded Delhi Daredevils – including ten
current internationals – could only muster a mere 98 for eight as they
were made to struggle by disciplined bowling and their innings never
really took off as they lost wickets at regular intervals.
A philosophical Gautam Gambhir said after the match, "We need
to keep winning from now. Hopefully, we can turn it around. We were
looking for 130-140, but we just didn't bat well."
White commented, "We very pretty nervous and pumped up. We
played pretty well, we can get a bit better in a couple of areas. We
bowled very well, and to restrict Delhi for under 100 was a good
Virender Sehwag started off like a house on fire, but an outstanding
caught and bowl opportunity from man-of-the-match Clint McKay saw the
opener back in the hut for 21 off only 15 deliveries.
Two overs later McKay sent Owais Shah packing without scoring,
and a poorly judged single saw the end of Dinesh Karthik, putting Delhi
in trouble on 47 for four after eight overs.
McKay then bagged the prized scalp of Dilshan, dislodging his
off stump for only 18 runs. The 26-year old fast bowler to end up with
figures of 3/17.
Andrew McDonald finished off the innings, cleaning up the woodwork of both Rajat Bhatia and Pradeep Sangwan in the final over.
Mithun Manhas was the top scorer for the home team, with 25 cautious runs.
Speaking at the after-match presentation, McKay was full of praise for India and his team mates.
"It's a great country to tour and a great place to play cricket.
It all worked out well today, and there were people like Siddle who
gave me plenty of advise."
Delhi Daredevils: G Gambhir (capt), V Sehwag, TM Dilshan, KD Karthik (wk), OA Shah, M Manhas, R Bhatia, A Mishra, PJ Sangwan, DP Nannes, A Nehra
Victoria: BJ Hodge, RJ Quiney, AC Blizzard, DJ Hussey, CL White (capt), AB McDonald, MS Wade (wk), CJ McKay, SM Harwood, JM Holland, PM Siddle