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Victoria bulldoze Daredevils by seven wickets

Unheralded Clint McKay shone with the ball while Rob Quiney hit a quickfire 40 to help Victoria Bushrangers register a convincing seven-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils in a Group D match of the inaugural Champions League in New Delhi, reports Deepika Sharma. SPECIAL COVERAGE| Listen to podcastaudio

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

Fans at the Ferozeshah Kotla skipped a few heartbeats and then suffered a big heartbreak they aren't likely to get over anytime soon. The explosive Jai-Viru jodi of the Delhi Daredevils had just been sent to the pavilion, and the home team innings was in tatters.

Heartbreak later turned into agony as the star-studded Delhi team was outplayed in every aspect of the game by the

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Victoria Bushrangers who won their opening match of the Champions League by seven wickets.

The star-studded Delhi team had been packed off by the Victoria Bushrangers for a paltry 98. For the Bushrangers, it was the overall effort in the field — by the bowlers and fielders — that had them dominating the mighty heavyweights from Delhi. That said, the lack of playing together coming in to this tournament too seemed to play a role in their dismal showing.

The mood was set for a Friday night blockbuster. What with Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir walking on to the field together after what seemed ages. The crowd nearly went ballistic, dancing with the cheerleaders, clapping incessantly and swaying to the chartbusters.

After getting off to a blazing start — Sehwag sent two successive balls from Shane Hardwood to the boundary through point and mid-wicket in the first over — the Daredevils lost Gambhir (4 off 8) in the third over. No fours, no sixes for the Karol Bagh boy as Shane Harwood had his stumps in a royal mess with one that didn't bounce as much as Gambhir expected it to.

As if that wasn't enough, pacer Clint McKay got the wicket of his life in the fifth over. Yes, you guessed it right - Virender Sehwag. Sehwag (21), who was so far looking in great touch, was brilliantly caught by McKay off his own bowling.

Delhi's devils didn't prove too daring thereafter.

The Bushrangers had no difficulty in chasing the total. Only three wickets fell in their innings. Rob Quiney topscored with 40 off 33 balls with four boundaries and three smashing sixes. He was the first to go. Brad Hodge, who made just nine, followed soon.

But who said Delhi were anywhere in the game? Walking onto the crease was Australia's new star Cameron White. Joining him in the middle was flamboyant David Hussey. Hussey (7 off 13) didn't stay till the end but Aiden Blizzard (15 off 16) did the needful along with White (22 off 23) to take Victoria home.