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Victoria crush Wayamba to stay alive for a semi-final berth

September 21, 2010 00:35 IST

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Victoria produced a disciplined all-round performance to inflict a humiliating eight-wicket defeat on Wayamba and keep their hopes alive of reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League twenty20 in Centurion on Monday.

Peter Siddle returned with a four-wicket haul to help Victoria bowl out Wayamba for a paltry 106 after Jehan Mubarak won the toss and elected to bat.

David Hussey (47) and Aaron Finch (38) then shared an unbeaten 47-ball 77-run third wicket partnership to overhaul the target with 6.4 overs to spare as Victoria moved to the second spot in the points table of Group A.

Victoria's brilliant run chase have also improved their runrate but the road to semifinals will depend on the result of the match between the Warriors and Chennai Superkings at Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

Earlier, Mahela Jayawardene anchored the Wayamba innings with a 40-ball 51 but the Sri Lankan team lost last eight wickets for 25 runs to be bundled out in 16.3 overs at the SuperSport park here.

Chasing 107 to win, Victoria lost early two wickets -- Brad Hodge (8) and Matthew Wade (5) -- for 31 runs in 5.3 overs but Aaron Finch and David Hussey added an unfinished 77 runs in 7.5 overs to romp home comfortably.

Looking to flick Thissira Perera across the short fine leg boundary, Hodge lobbed it straight to Isuru Udana, while Wade was done in by a Udana slower ball.

Peter SiddleFinch picked up his first boundary in the fourth over off Perara and repeated the treatment to Karunanayake in the 12th over.

In the eighth over, Hussey smashed two fours and a six off Udana to accumulate 17 runs, before hitting Shalika Karunanayake for another boundary in the 10th over.

Rangana Herath was at their receiving end in the 13th over, when Finch clobbered a six over mid-wicket and Hussey completed the over with a four across extra cover.

In the 14th over, Hussey blasted a huge six off Chanaka Welegedara to bring up the winning runs for Victoria.

Earlier electing to bat, Wayamba had a shaky start as they lost two early wickets in opener Jeevantha Kulatunga and Mahela Udawatte with the score reading just nine in 1.3 overs.

Jayawardene and skipper Jehan Mubarak (44) then tried to stem the rod and added 72 runs in 52 balls for the third wicket but Wayamba suffered a massive batting collapse and folded for 106 in 16.3 overs.

Jayawardene and Mubarak were the only batsmen to score in double figures as five of their teammates were back to the pavilion for duck.

Siddle scalped four wickets giving away 29 runs, while his team-mates James Pattinson and Andrew McDonald took two wickets each for 14 and 22 runs.  Wayamba had a shaky start as they lost two early wickets in opener Jeevantha Kulatunga and Mahela Udawatte with the score reading just nine in 1.3 overs.

Kulatunga succumbed to his second consecutive duck after he was cleaned up by a first ball yorker by James Pattinson, while a diving Clint McKay produced a brilliant run out to remove Udawatte.

Opener Mahela Jayawardene, whose top-edge sailed over the rope for the first six of the day in the opening over, then took the onus on himself and picked up five boundaries in the third and fourth over.

Skipper Mubarak then got into the act and blasted two fours off Peter Siddle to bring up the fifty in 6.2 overs, before crashing another Andrew McDonald delivery for another four to complete their 50-run partnership.

Jayawardene also scooped one over the Keeper's head to bring another four.

Mubarak then pulled one over mid-wicket off John Hastings to pick up a six, before smashing another over the square-leg boundary for his second six of the day.

But McDonald struck in the 11th over to remove the dangerous-looking Mubarak with David Hussey picking up an easy catch at short extra cover as Wayamba slipped to 81 for three in 10.1 overs.

Pattinson then dismissed Perera with skipper Hussey taking another good catch. Shallika Karunanayake, who was dropped twice, was finally done in by McDonald with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade completing the stumping.

Wayamba lost two more wickets in consecutive deliveries of the 14th over by Siddle as they further tumbled down to 95 for seven in 13.3 overs.

Stranded all this while at the other end, Jayawardene then tried to step up the gas and scored a four before being cleaned up by Siddle for his third wicket of the day.

Three balls later, Siddle cleaned up Rangana Herath, while Dirk Nannes also uprooted Ajantha Mendis stumps to mop up the tail.

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