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Sharks win toss, elect to bat against Eagles

Sussex Sharks captain Michael Yardy won the toss and elected to bat against Diamond Eagles in the Champions League at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.

Both the teams thoroughly outplayed in their respective Group B openers against a markedly superior New South Wales, it's fairly an uncomplicated situation where the winners would breeze into Super Eight and the losers catch an early home-bound flight.

The Eagles, under Boeta Dippenaar, would have to pull up their socks if they are to extend their stay in the high-profile tournament.

Dippenaar was critical of the Feroz Shah Kotla track's uneven bounce but the fact is, it remains same for all the sides and there would be no place for similar excuse on Tuesday.

On a tricky pitch, Eagles bowlers did not really set alight the tournament even though they restricted NSW to a modest 144 for six. Among their bowlers, Victor Mpitsang impressed against NSW, as did Shadly van Schalkwyk and on Tuesday they would have to put up an improved show.

Eagles batsmen, in contrast, have been a huge let down with the glorious exception of Ryan McLaren, whose gritty 37-ball 40 was one of the two double digit scores against NSW.

Dippenaar himself needs to lead from the front, more so because of his familiarity with the Indian conditions.

Not that Sussex has done any better and losing regular captain Michael Yardy due to stomach cramps did not help their cause against NSW on Sunday.

The lack of penetration in their bowling unit has been the bane of the English side and even though they restricted NSW to 130, they could claim just two wickets, which is not a flattering statement on their bowlers, including Indian leg-spinner Piyush Chawla and Pakistani pacer Yasir Arafat.

source - ptinews.com
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