Victoria re-proved their credentials as the best twenty 20 outfit in their country by winning their 4th KFC twenty 20 big bash title. Victoria have 4 out of the 5 editions of the title. The achieved the 4th by completing a 48 run victory over the South-Australian Red Backs on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, the bushrangers skipper David Hussey had won the toss and elected to bat at the Adelaide oval. The Victorians were going nowhere until Aaron Finch decided to cut lose in the 4th over.
Finch had been given a chance when he was bowled by Shaun Tait of a no-ball. He capitalized on that chance and went on to make a 34 ball 47. Just when Victoria threatened to take the game away the Red backs broke through letting no major partnership to form. In fact at the 15 over mark the Red backs were bossing the game with the bushrangers at a 109 for 5.
The Red backs were doing the bowling bit right—they almost had one hand on the title. However, it was not to be as Aiden Blizzard had other ideas. The south paw hammered the South Australian bowlers all around the park. He scored 42 of 19 balls including 3 fours and 3 huge sixes at a strike rate of 221.
The left arm spinner Aaron O’Brien was easily the Red backs best bowler with figures of 4-0-26-3. He came on in the power play and struck with his third ball when he had Hodge caught and bowled. He accounted for McDonald and Wade too. The Victorians at the end of their 20 Overs managed a more then respectable score of 166.
South Australia were behind the eight ball right from the start of their innings when they lost their captain Graham Manou for a duck (first ball of the innings) to Nannes. The Victorians quietened the crowd even more after Harris fell to Pattinson caught at midwicket.
South Australia were reeling at 13 for 3. But, it couldn’t be all over, could it especially with ‘cash-rich’ Pollard still to come. Pollard and Cosgrove did put on a decent stand but once that was broken it was curtains.
Although Pollard did flex a muscle or two it was all too late in the bargain and he holed out to David Hussey at the deep midwicket boundary who took a splendid catch. He took the ball above his head running backwards. He knew he was going to touch the rope and showed admirable presence of mind tossed the ball up regained his poise and took the catch. South Australia finished at 118 of their 20 Overs.
Both teams were missing key players due to international commitments. Victoria had managed to win without their regular skipper Cameron White who was on international duties and Shane Harwood. On the other hand the South Australian Red Backs were without their leg-spinning Pakistani all rounder Shahid Afridi. The Bushrangers have managed to win 4 out of the five editions. One going- to the New South Wales Blues.
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