Delhi giants sinks Ahmedabad rockets

Published: Sunday, October 12, 2008, 18:47 [IST]
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Hyderabad: Delhi giants defeated Ahmedabad rockets in the third match of the the ICL 20s Indian Championship here at the LB stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.

The highly engrossing encounter that swung both ways throughout the duration of the match, saw the Giants scamper home by 13 runs. Paul Nixon was declared Man of the Match for his brilliant knock of 43.

Earlier , Ahmedabad Rockets captain Damien Martyn won the toss and elected to field.

A valuable knock of 43 by Paul Nixon enabled Delhi Giants post a competitive 167-7 in their alloted 20 overs. Nixon's innings included four mighty sixes. For the Rockets Heath Streak was the most successful bowler returning with creditable figures of 3/23 in his allotted 4 overs.

The Rockets got off to a shaky start as Campbell sent back to the dugout by the impressive Giant's pacer Shalabh Srivastava, without troubling the scorers in the first over. The Rockets were soon in further trouble with Captain Martyn departing cheaply for four runs off eleven balls, with the scorecard reading 17/2 in the 4th over. The stage was set for Rockets' south paw Parviz Aziz, setting about a fight-back for his side in company of the highly rated Murray Goodwin. However, Shane Bond got the Giants the upper hand, scalping Goodwin ending the promising 40 run partnership for the third wicket in the ninth over.

With 10 overs to go, the Rockets faced a stiff task needing another 106 runs off 60 balls at a humongous required run rate of 10.60. The Rockets chase received another major jolt when JP Yadav castled the dangerous Aziz for a well made 48 off 36 balls including seven fours and one six. A dropped chance by Benkenstein off Yadav, in the 14th over was all the luck that Sriram needed. This was followed by two mighty sixes by Sodhi off the bowling of the express Shane Bond&had the match wide open with Rockets needing 57 off the last five overs&six wickets in hand. In the end despite, a courageous fight back from the talented Sodhi, whose fighting knock of 51 that included two consecutive sixes off the last two balls saw the Rockets, fall short of the target by 13 runs.

Paul Nixon was declared Man of the Match for his brilliant knock of 43.

Brief Scores: Delhi Giants 167/7 in 20 overs (Nixon 43, Bali 35, Streak 3/23) won by 13 runs against Ahmedabad Rockets 154/9 in 20 overs (Aziz 48, Sodhi 51* Sudhindra 3/33)


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