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Victorian Bushrangers vs Wayamba Elevens: Victoria Lose To Wayamba But Make It To Second Stage

By on October 13, 2009

Victorian Bushrangers vs Wayamba Elevens - Jeevantha KulatungaWayamba 118 for 9 (Vandort 42, Kulatunga 41, Harwood 3-14) beat Victoria 103 for 4 (Hodge 44*) by 15 runs…

Victoria Bushrangers qualified for the Super Eight stage despite a 15-run loss to Wayamba Elevens in the Champions Trophy Group D match at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium here Tuesday.

Mustering 118 for nine after winning the toss and batting, Wayamba needed to stop the Bushrangers within 83 runs to have a realistic chance of qualifying to the next stage. The Australian side, however, crossed the barrier, managing 103 for four. Delhi Daredevils are the other team to qualify from the group.

Wayamba must have fancied their chances when Bushrangers were tottering at 73 for four in the 17th over, but Andrew McDonald 27 (not out) was the man who made the difference.

The all-rounder, who took 2-38, bludgeoned three fours and a six off Kaushal Lokurachchi in the 18th over to ensure his side qualify to the next level on the basis of better run-rate.

It was an important match for both teams. The Sri Lankan side had lost by 50 runs to Delhi Daredevils, which had outclassed Bushrangers in the first match.

The Australian team were chasing a small total, built around Michael Vandort (42) and Jeevantha Kulatunga (41), but the subcontinent team had their hopes rested on a low and slow wicket.

Victoria suffered a set-back on the third ball of the innings when Chanaka Welegedra took a stupendous single-handed catch in his follow through with no score on the board.

The Sri Lankans were sharp on the field and got their second wicket when Welegedra took his second wicket in Aiden Blizzard, reducing Bushrangers to 17 for two. And when Maharoof castled off David Hussey’s bails in the 11th over, the Sri Lankan camp erupted in rapture.

But opener Brad Hodge (44 not out) and McDonald batted with purpose to cross the important target of qualifying for the next stage.

Earlier, the Bushrangers bowled a tight line and the Sri Lankans were slow to start.

To compound Wayamba’s misery, their opener Mahela Udawatte lasted four balls, Peter Siddle caught him plumb off the last ball of the second over, and the new batsman Michael Vandort was a bundle of nerves.
Vandort made a painstaking three off 12 balls and almost ran out opener Kulatunga, who was impatient to take the strike.
A ball later, it was Vandort who got a lifeline while running for a single, when Brad Hodge missed the aim.

It was only when slow left-armer Jon Holland was brought in the ninth over that Kulatunga and Vandort, who were struggling against the seamers, breathed easy. Both hit a six each off Holland in an over that went for 14 runs.

Runs came briskly, with both Kulatunga and Vandort by now scoring fluently.

And just when it looked that Sri Lankans are back on track, Clint Mckay returned to bowl his last over and knocked off Vandort’s stumps. His innings included three fours and a six.

Kulatunga soon followed, holing out an easy catch to McDonald in the same over, giving Clint (2-24) his second wicket. Kulatunga’s 39-ball innings included three fours and two sixes.

Wayamba middle-order then crumbled, losing three players on 99. From 85 for one they were soon struggling at 99 for six. Shane Harwood was the destroyer, rattling the stumps twice in figures of 3-14.

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