Campbell steers Rockets to 9 wicket win
A fabulous unbeaten knock of 92 runs by Ryan Campbell guided Ahmedabad Rockets to a comprehensive nine wickets win over Mumbai Champs at the Sardar Patel Stadium.
Mumbai captain Nathan Astle won the toss and elected to bat. But the Rockets struck early with the experienced Jason Gillespie scalping Robin Morris cheaply for one in the third over.
The Rockets opening bowlers Gillespie and Rakesh Patel were making most of the helpful conditions, keeping a tight leash on the Champs batting at 9-1 at the end of the 4th over.
A first bowling change in the 5th over, in form of Heath Streak, delivered dividends immediately as he took Astle's wicket, leaving the Champs in a bit of a bother at 15-2.
Thereafter just when Raviraj Patil and Taufeeq Umar were set to resurrect the Champs' innings, Bhima Rao came up with a beautiful piece of fielding to run out Patil for 4 runs.
Bhima Rao's fielding prowess was on full view and a blinder off a catch to dismiss Taufeeq off Sodhi.
Taufeeq's laborious knock of 31 runs off 35 balls included four hits to the boundary. It was Bhima Rao all the adding his fifth fielding dismissal in form of a Powar catch, to leave the Champs reeling at 61-5 in the 13th over.
Champs all rounder Van der Wath, joined Raza at the fall of the sixth wicket and powered a brilliant cameo of 41 off only 15 balls, including 3 fours and four sixes to take the Champs to some respectability at 130-6 in their allotted 20 overs.
The Rockets chase got off to a great start with both Campbell and Parvez Aziz getting stuck into the 3rd, Van Der Wath over scoring 22 runs of it.
Campbell was in a dangerous mood showcasing his attacking batting prowess, much to the delight of a capacity packed stadium. Five boundaries and two sixes from the him took the Rockets in a solid position at 54 for no loss at the end of the 5th over.
Campbell brought about his brilliant fifty in the 10th over off only 25 balls and included 6 fours and 3 massive sixes.
At the 10 over mark, the Rockets were in the drivers' seat needing only another 52 runs off 60 balls and 9 wickets in hand.
Ryan was entertaining a vociferous home crowd with some breathtaking strokes. In the end, it was a dominating unbeaten Campbell innings of 92 off 52 balls that included 12 fours and 4 sixes that sealed the victory with more than four overs to spare.