Eagles blow away by impressive Blues
The New South Wales Blues sealed an impressive 53 run victory over a shell shocked Diamond Eagles in a one sided game to start their Champions League campaign in style.
Captain Simon Katich led from the front with a classy half century as New South Wales easily beat Diamond Eagles by 53 runs in a Group B match of the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 in Delhi on Friday.
The Australia opener scored 53 runs off 41 deliveries as New South Wales put up a competitive 144 for 6 in their 20 on a slow Ferozshah Kotla wicket.
In reply, Diamond Eagles failed to string together any notable partnerships and finished on 91 for 9.
Ryan MClaren was the only notable contributor for the South African side, scoring 40 off 37 deliveries, including four fours and a six.
Stuart Clark was the most successful New South Wales bowler, claiming three wickets for 12 runs in his four overs. overs.
Opting to bat, NSW got off to a horrible start, Victor Mptisang disturbing Philip Hughes's timbers in the second over. The scoreboard read 3 for 1 at that stage.
Hughes went for a wild slog, but missed the ball completely and looked behind to find his off-stump uprooted.
New-man in Katich started his innings on a positive note, hitting three boundaries off Dillon Du Preez in the third over, to step-up NSW's tempo.
He was in ominous form and found the fence at will, without going for extravagant shots. Inspired by his skipper, David Warner (23 off 31 balls), who was subdued initially, opened up and hit van Schalkwyk for three fours to take NSW's score to 42 for 1 after six overs.
Both Katich and Warner looked good from the onset and mixed caution with aggression to guide NSW to 69 for the loss of one wicket at the half-way mark.
Not a single Eagles bowler was able to trouble the left-hand duo as they shared 79 runs for the second wicket in 10.5 overs before medium-pacer Ryan Bailey bowled Warner.
Warner deflected the ball off his thigh pad on to the stumps. His dismissal drew curtains on a dangerous-looking partnership.
The breakthrough worked for the South Africans, as, in the next over, Katich (53 off 41 balls) offered a simple catch to Rossouw at long-off, off van Schalkwyk's bowling, leaving NSW in a spot of bother at 84 for three after 14 overs.
The NSW captain's innings included six fours and two sixes.
Then came Henriques and Rohfer, and both batsmen stepped up the scoring to help their side's cause.
Henriques struck three huge sixes in his knock before van Schalkwyk cut short his stay, caught by Adrian McLaren at short point.
Rohfer, on the other hand, found the fence twice and cleared it once.
Shadley van Schalkwyk was the pick of the Eagles bowlers, picking two wickets for 22 runs from three overs.