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Katich, Clark guide NSW to emphatic win over Eagles

Captain Simon Katich digged out a classy half century when it mattered most, while Stuart Clark scalped three prized wickets to guide New South Wales to a comprehensive 53-run victory over Diamond Eagles in a Group B match of the Champions League Twenty20 in New Delhi, reports Deepika Sharma. FULL COVERAGE

cricket Updated: Oct 10, 2009 01:30 IST
Deepika Sharma

There was no dhoom, no mad fans and certainly no masala in this one. Even the DJ, trying to play every single number from his playlist, couldn't get the meagre crowd on its feet.

But one man, the one they call Brett Lee, found the chords to wake up a crowd that was otherwise busy dancing to the

tunes of the red hot cheerleaders, the least bit interested in cricket. But from the moment the Aussie took the field, the Kotla crowd found something to cheer about. Apart from the cheerleaders, of course.

Even as Dilliwalas were busy scratching their heads trying their best to recognise the foreign players, New South Wales Blues hunt down the Diamond Eagles from South Africa to win by 53 runs. Set 145 to win, the Eagles had their wings clipped for just 91. Stuart Clark did most of the damage for the Blues, picking up three wickets.

The Eagles could not gather any momentum in their innings, losing the first five wickets for just 33 runs. Lee got his fans in the groove, bowling fast and leaving the wonderfully named Rilee Roscoe Rossouw all at sea. Rossouw departed for one and the Eagles downfall had begun.

Wickets kept tumbling and crowd got a little excited. They were waiting for fireworks and the Blues bowlers delivered. The Eagles looked amusingly clueless for the most of their innings, with Ryan McLaren the only saving grace with a 37-ball 40. The low and slow Kotla wicket played exactly like one had predicted, taking the game ahead at a snail's pace and the slow pace at which Eagles skipper Boeta Dippenaar batted did not make things any better.

Anyway, things were much different when the Blues pair of Simon Katich (53 off 41) and David Warner (23 off 31) got going. Katich tried everything to spice up the innings. In fact, Katich tried so hard that one of his sixes nearly killed a cheerleader! Warner got going right from the word go, smashing four lusty fours in the sixth over.

Blues looked good for a massive total, but the 13th proved unlucky. Both Warner (23) and Katich (53) fell in the van Schalkwyk over to help the Eagles claw their way back. But it wasn't to be.