New Delhi: South Wales skipper Simon Katich won the toss and elected bat first against Victoria Bushrangers in the 1st Semi Final of Champions League tournament here on Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
New Delhi: New South Wales takes on Victoria in the first semi-final of the Champions League tournament here tonight. Here are some interesting facts related to the two teams.
In the 262 official matches between NSW and Victoria in the past 117 years, the closest the teams have gone to playing on neutral territory has been a Sheffield Shield match on the border-town of Albury in 1989 and a one-dayer in Canberra in 2006.
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Tonight, they will meet at a stadium more than 10,000 kilometres from the SCG and MCG.
Although the (Victoria) Bushrangers and the (NSW) Blues have met in two Shield finals since 1990 the stakes - at least financially - have never been higher than for this clash: the first semi-final of the Champions League Twenty20.
The difference between winning and losing is at least 800,000 US dollars, or at most two million US dollars, if the winner of the match goes on to win the final as well.
Both NSW and Victoria are splitting the prize money between the players and the organization, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
NSW's success so far has been built on their formidable pace attack - notably Brett Lee's extraordinarily stingy effort to concede only 54 runs in four matches - and their plundering opening partnership of Phillip Hughes (164 runs) and David Warner (140 runs), who sit first and fourth respectively on the tournament''s list of leading scorers.
Victoria coach Greg Shipperd said the Blues, who still lost only four wickets when beaten by Trinidad and Tobago, had yet to be challenged properly during the tournament.
''They've played game plan A - everything's worked for them. Our job's to disturb that and see what they''ve got up their sleeve … We've played them about 10 times in the [tournament] preparation, minus [Brett] Lee and [Nathan] Hauritz basically, so we''ve got a really good fix on them as an opponent," Shipperd claimed.
NSW coach Matthew Mott agreed with Shipperd''s assertion that virtually everything had gone to plan for its batting in the tournament.
''That's the aim of every side''- and predicted batting would be even more crucial than usual because of the poor state of the Delhi pitch. It's probably going to be which batting unit comes out and applies the most pressure on difficult batting conditions that''s probably going to get over the line,'''' Mott said
Both teams have kept the same line-ups for all four matches they have played in the tournament.
Road to the semi finals
New South Wales Blues
League A: Beat Somerset by 6 wickets in Hyderabad
League A: Lost to T&T by 4 wickets in Hyderabad
Group B: Beat Sussex by 55 runs in Delhi
Group B: Beat Eagles by 35 runs in Delhi
League B: Lost to Cobras by 8 wickets in Bangalore
League B: Beat Bangalore by 7 wickets in Bangalore
Group D: Lost to Wayamba by 15 runs in Delhi
Group D: Beat Delhi by 7 wickets in Delhi
New South Wales Blues: Simon Katich (captain), Phillip Hughes, Brett Lee, Stuart Clark, Moises Henriques, Nathan Hauritz, Doug Bollinger, Aaron Bird, Stephen O'Keefe, Ben Rohrer, Steve Smith, Daniel Smith, Dominic Thornely, David Warner.
Victoria Bushrangers: Cameron White (captain), Brad Hodge, Peter Siddle, David Hussey, Andrew McDonald, Jon Holland, Clint McKay, Rob Quiney, Matthew Wade, Aiden Blizzard, Aaron Finch, Shane Harwood, John Hastings, Damien Wright, Bryce McGain.