Eagles pip Sharks via 'Super Over'

Published: Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 10:40 [IST]
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Eagles pip Sharks via 'Super Over'

New Delhi: Ferozshah Kotla stadium witnessed intense drama as the Eagles pipped Sharks via 'Super Over' in an edge-of-the-seat thriller in the Champions League.

In the 'Super Over', Eagles scored 9 run. Cornelius de Villiers bowled it superbly for his team, the Diamond Eagles, taking two wickets in two balls, both bowled, without conceding a single run and helped his team qualify for the Super Eight stage.

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The victory ensured Eagles a berth in the next league stage of the USD six million event.

Batting first, Sussex had earlier managed 119 for 6, a total they owed largely to Joe Gatting (25) and Ed Joyce (21).

Chasing the modest target, Rossouw made a flamboyant 65 that came off 62 balls to give Eagles an upper hand in the contest.

But brilliant bowling spell by Piyush Chawla (2/17), Michael Yardy and Hamilton-Brown (2/15) in the middle overs pulled the things back and Eagles managed only to tie the scores.

With 17 runs needed from last two overs, Eagles received severe blow when Rossouw mishit a Hamilton-Brown delivery and gave a skier to wicket-keeper Andy Hodd.

With 12 required of final over, Yardy gave the ball to Arafat as Ryan McLaren hit a fours to drag the match into the 'Super Over'.

Sussex skipper Michael Yardy said: "It's an absolutely brilliant tournament and we've been looked after fantastically well.

"We've really enjoyed our time here and I think its an incentive to come back here and try and go one step better.

Brief Scores

Sussex Sharks: 119 for 7 (Gatting 25, de Villiers 2 for 20) tied with Diamond Eagles: 119 for 49 (Rossouw 65, Chawla 2 for 17).


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