Rockets thrash unbeaten Tigers
The Ahmedabad Rockets thrashed the previously unbeaten Royal Bengal Tigers by 10 wickets to seal a comprehensive win at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Earlier in the evening Craig McMillan, won the toss and elected to bat on a track expected to play on the slower side. The Tigers were off to a steady start with Marshall carrying on his great from taking the score to 24 for no loss at the end of the 3rd over. Rakesh Patel struck the first blow castling Deep Dasgupta with a perfect yorker in the 4th over.
Bhima Rao- aka ICLís Jonty Rhodes, was at his lightning best in the field, running out the dangerous Marshall with a brilliant pick and throw from point, leaving the Tigers in a bit of a bother at 37/2 in the 7th over. Rakesh Patel was working up some brilliant pace and was largely responsible for restricting the Tigers on 44/2 at the 8th over mark.
Patelís spell read an impressive figure of 1/12 in his allotted 4 overs.
The Rockets bowling was spot on and dismissals of Jhunjhunwala (13 runs in 9th over) & McMillan (21 runs in 15th over) at crucial junctures gave the Rockets the clear upper hand at the Tigers score of 96/4 at the 15th over mark. Martyn was once again using his spinners in the crucial death overs for a second match in row and they were delivering a fine performance, especially Sriram who ended his 4 over spell impressively at 2/23.
Bhima Rao was giving a good account of himself picking up his second wicket in form of the dangerous Adams cheaply for 5 in the 18th over. Bhima picked up four wickets with the wickets of Klusener & Chandana to end with match winning figures of 4/15 in 3 overs. The Tigers folded their innings at a low 131 all out in their allotted 20 overs. The only significant partnership was of 43 runs off 33 balls between Gavaskar & McMillan for the 4th wicket.
The Rockets chase opened with Campbell and Goodwin with the later spanking15 runs off the first Nechim over the get the Ahmedabad side off the tracks in style. Campbell joined the party and 6 boundaries later had the Rockets off to a flier at 30 for no loss at the end of the second over.
The openers were carrying out a complete Carnegie on the Tigers bowling attack racing to 58 for no loss at the end of the 5th over including 12 hits to the boundary. Campbell was on a rampage not even sparing the talented Shiv Sagar Singh who was getting some good purchase from the turning track.
Campbell brought his second fifty of the tournament with a big six of Chandana in only the 8th over off only 21 balls including 7 fours and 3 sixes. The century partnership for the opening wicket came in only the 9th over completely dominating the Tigers bowling. Goodwin too was batting beautifully at the other end brining his maiden ICL fifty off 34 balls including 9 exquisite boundaries.
The Rockets finally got to the target in style with a big Campbell six to win by 10 wickets with 8 overs to spare.