Abbas Ali smashes Giants to victory
The 2nd match of the Edelweiss 20s Challenge being played at The Tau Devil Lal stadium, Panchkula, featured two big teams of the tournament, the Delhi Giants & Mumbai Champs.
Delhi Giants won the match by 6 wickets and Abbas Ali was declared Man of the Match.
Restricting the Mumbai Champs to only 115/5 in 20 over, led by a superb bowling performance from left arm spinner Ali Murtaza , the Giants romped home to victory led by some breathtaking batting by Abbas Ali.
Nathan Astle leading the side in the absence of the injured Brian Lara , won the toss & elected to bat on a pitch which looked dry & flat. The Champs opened the innings with the promising Dheeraj Jadhav & new recruit Sri Lankan S Jayantha.
The Mumbai Champs openers got off to a cautious start especially facing one of the fastest bowlers in the world & star attraction of the Edelweiss 20s challenge, Shane Bond.
At the end of the first five overs the Champs were 31 for no loss. The giants bowling was disciplined hardly giving any room to the Mumbai batsmen. Soon the Champs were left at 84 /4 by the end of the 15th over with hardly any significant partnership.
For the Giants Ali Murtaza and Dale Benkestein bowled some tight overs in the middle of the innings hardly giving the Mumbai batsmen any room to play their strokes.
The Mumbai Champs innings was finally restricted to 115 for 5 at the end of the 20 overs . The pick of the bowlers for the Giants was again the young left arm spinner Ali Murtaza picking two important wickets especially of the inform Mumbai Champs opener, D Jadhav at a crucial stage of the innings.
In reply the Giants lost early wickets with both Monish Sharma and Captain Marvan Atapattu back in the dug out by the 3rd over reducing the Gaints to 11/2 in the third over . This brought to the wicket the superb Abbas Ali who into the act right away taking 16 runs of a Dino best over.
Gunawardane soon got into the act and both he & Abbas Ali were displaying a wide array of strokes. Astle turned to the spin of Avinash Yadhav who responded splendidly with a first ball wicket castling the dangerous Avishka GUnwardane for 17.
Kasprowicz soon got into the act getting the wicket of A Bali ,reducing the Gaints to 55/4 . By the 10th over the Gaints score read 58/4 leaving the match delicately poised. But Abbas Ali was rock solid & along with Nic Pothas, added a superb partnership 61 runs to take the giants home in the 19th over.