Eagles claim victory, Somerset crash out
The Diamond Eagles cruised to a 5 wicket victory over the Somerset Sabres to get their Champions League Super Eights campaign off to the best possible start in Hyderabad.
Decent bowling complemented by disciplined batting scripted Diamond Eagles' five-wicket victory over Somerset, who kissed their semifinal hopes goodbye after losing the League B encounter of the Champions League here today.
The Eagles bowlers, especially Cornelius de Villiers (4/17) did a brilliant job -- allowing just one significant partnership in the Somerset innings -- restricting the English outfit to a modest 132 for eight wickets.
The same discipline was the hall-mark of their chase as Morne van Wyk (47) and Ryan Bailey (29) guided them near the victory mark and their teammates completed the rest with 1.2 overs to spare.
The Eagles got off to an eventful start in their pursuit for the 133-run victory with in-form Rilee Rossouw (13) in the thick of things.
The attacking left-hander, who had slammed a half-century against Sussex, was clearly in a hurry today.