Code:5.1 Odoyo to Read, FOUR, Whoa! That hit the ropes in no time. He just picked it off a length and deposited it at long-on. 5.2 Odoyo to Read, 0 runs, Driven with some flair, but straight to mid-off. 5.3 Odoyo to Read, 2 runs, He found the gap that time, but didn't time it and it pulled up short of the rope. 5.4 Odoyo to Read, 0 runs, Short ball and he swayed out of the way of it. 5.5 Odoyo to Read, 1 run, Flicked away for a single. 5.6 Odoyo to Rai, 2 runs, Short and wide and cut away! Great fielding by the sweeper to cut it off. Kept them to 2 runs. End of over 6 (9 runs) - Rabid Wolves 53/1 (93 needed from 84 balls) DK Rai 16* (15b) TM Odoyo 3-0-18-0 BS Read 36* (17b) And Saqlain's poor first over sees him replaced by Lance Klusener. 6.1 Klusener to Read, 0 runs, Pitched up and a bit of movement. Read defended it with a dead bat. 6.2 Klusener to Read, FOUR, On the legs and clipped away beautifully. Top shot, timed to perfection. 6.3 Klusener to Read, 1 run, Easy single to long leg. 6.4 Klusener to Rai, 1 run, Pushed just past the bowler and they took a quick run. 6.5 Klusener to Read, OUT, That's against the run of play. Read just played a nothing shot and gave a healthy edge to Prior behind the stumps. Some life in the game, perhaps? BS Read c Prior b Klusener 41 (21) Partnership 57 (DK Rai 16, BS Read 41) Rabid Wolves 59/2 (6.5 overs) 6.6 Klusener to Mørk, 4 legbyes, A yorker fired into the toes and Mørk missed his flick shot. The ball raced away to the boundary for legbyes. End of over 7 (10 runs) - Rabid Wolves 63/2 (83 needed from 78 balls) DK Rai 17* (16b) L Klusener 1-0-6-1 H Mørk 0* (1b) Warne replaces Odoyo... 7.1 Warne to Rai, 2 runs, Swept square enough to get 2 runs. 7.2 Warne to Rai, 2 runs, Another one. He's giving the fielder a workout on the boundary. That's two in a row. 7.3 Warne to Rai, 1 run, Dabbed to short third man for a stolen run. 7.4 Warne to Mørk, 2 runs, Flicked past short midwicket and pressured the fielder into a misfield. They got a second run for it. 7.5 Warne to Mørk, 1 run, Flighted and driven to long-off for 1. 7.6 Warne to Rai, FOUR, Another top shot! Rai played the reverse sweep perfectly and it cleared backward point and raced away to the boundary. Warne is not amused. End of over 8 (12 runs) - Rabid Wolves 75/2 (71 needed from 72 balls) DK Rai 26* (20b) SK Warne 1-0-12-0 H Mørk 3* (3b) 8.1 Klusener to Mørk, SIX, There he goes! He sensed an opportunity to take control of this innings and clobbered a low full toss over midwicket for six! 8.2 Klusener to Mørk, FOUR, Deft touch that time! Another full toss, outside offstump and guided down to third man for four more. 8.3 Klusener to Mørk, 1 legbye, Fired into the pads and he couldn't make contact. They just got a single legbye for it. 8.4 Klusener to Rai, 0 runs, Outside offstump and left alone. 8.5 Klusener to Rai, 0 runs, On offstump and defended. 8.6 Klusener to Rai, 0 runs, Good forward defensive to close out the over. Rabid Wolves in control. End of over 9 (11 runs) - Rabid Wolves 86/2 (60 needed from 66 balls) DK Rai 26* (23b) L Klusener 2-0-16-1 H Mørk 13* (6b) The required rate is down under 7 now and Masters XI need something special to happen very quickly. In the search for wickets, Henderson is back... 9.1 Henderson to Mørk, GONE!, A lifeline for the Masters! Mørk tried for the pull shot and miscued it badly. The ball just floated to Klusener at midwicket for an easy catch. H Mørk c Klusener b Henderson 13 (7) Partnership 27 (DK Rai 9, H Mørk 13) Rabid Wolves 86/3 (9.1 overs) 9.2 Henderson to DeSilva, WIDE, That was way down the legside. Good take by Prior. 9.2 Henderosn to DeSilva, 0 runs, Bang on target and blocked. 9.3 Henderson to DeSilva, 2 runs, Pushed past backward point and great running for 2 runs. 9.4 Henderson to DeSilva, 1 run, Clipped away behind square for 1. 9.5 Henderson to Rai, 0 runs, On target and defended. 9.6 Henderson to Rai, 0 runs, Outside offstump and left alone. Not taking any undue risks. End of over 10 (4 runs) - Rabid Wolves 90/3 (56 needed from 60 balls) DK Rai 26* (25b) T Henderson 3-0-24-2 MW DeSilva 3* (3b)
Sreesanth said, "Next ball he was beaten and I said, 'is this the King Charles Lara? Who is this impostor, moving around nervously? I should have kept my mouth shut for the next ball - mind you, it was a length ball - Lara just pulled it over the church beyond the boundary! He is a true legend."
Morris still to come, Bennett at 8... should be a cruise.
Hahaha reverse sweeping Shane Warne, love that.
Code:10.1 Klusener to DeSilva, 2 runs, He played that soft hands into the legside and set off hard for the first, the turned and ran for a second. The fielder looks bewildered. He's not sure how they managed to turn 2 there. 10.2 Klusener to DeSilva, 0 runs, Played away from the body and fielded at backward point. 10.3 Klusener to DeSilva, 1 run, Driven to long-on for a run. 10.4 Klusener to Rai, noball, FOUR, Far too wide and slashed over cover for a boundary. A noball too, so it's a free hit... 10.5 Klusener to Rai, 3 runs, Full and Rai clipped that ball fine and the fielder did an excellent job to cut it off on the boundary. Some quick running resulted in 3 runs. 10.5 Klusener to DeSilva, OUT, Ooooh, do we have a contest here? DeSilva returns for 6. He drove uppishly and Lara took a good catch at short extra cover. MW DeSilva c Lara b Klusener 6 (7) Partnership 15 (DK Rai 7, MW DeSilva 6) Rabid Wolves 101/4 (10.5 overs) And here's the man of the moment, Sam Morris... 10.6 Klusener to Morris, 3 runs, Great start for the young man! Lara had just pulled midwicket into the circle and he flicked the ball past him. They ran hard and managed to get a third. End of over 11 (14 runs) - Rabid Wolves 104/4 (42 needed from 54 balls) DK Rai 33* (27b) L Klusener 3-0-30-2 SC Morris 3* (1b)
2 minutes left at work...
SHOULD be fairly easy but the fact that the commentary is getting smaller is making me nervous. It's our game to lose from here though.
Code:And now Warney... 11.1 Warne to Morris, 0 runs, Some flight and turn and Morris planted his front pad and watched it turn outside offstump. 11.2 Warne to Morris, 0 runs, The topspinner and he shuffled across and left it through to the 'keeper. 11.3 Warne to Morris, 1 run, A confident drive to long-off. 11.4 Warne to Rai, WIDE, Warne slipped it down the legside and Rai let it go for a wide. 11.4 Warne to Rai, 2 runs, On the legs again and whipped away for an easy 2 runs. 11.5 Warne to Rai, 1 run, A third on the legs and Rai merely pushed it to the left of short fine leg to take a single. 11.6 Warne to Morris, WIDE, Floated outside offstump and it turned enormously. It's a wide, but Warne doesn't like the call. 11.6 Warne to Morris, 1 run, Driven to long-off for another run. Easy as you like right now. End of over 12 (7 runs) - Rabid Wolves 111/4 (35 needed from 48 balls) DK Rai 36* (29b) SK Warne 2-0-19-0 SC Morris 5* (5b) Saqlain is back with the new man in. 12.1 Saqlain to Morris, 2 runs, The doosra and cut past backward point. The fielder ran around and kept it to 2 runs. 12.2 Saqlain to Morris, 0 runs, Saqlain back to the offbreak and defended into the offside. He threatened a quick run, but Saqlain fielded well. 12.3 Saqlain to Morris, 2 runs, Paddled around the corner and they scrambled a quick 2 runs. 12.4 Saqlain to Morris, 1 run, Chipped back past the bowler. The fielder charged to the ball and ensured that they only got 1 run for it. 12.5 Saqlain to Rai, 2 runs, Short and cracked past Lara in the covers. The sweeper tidied up, but they got an easy 2. 12.6 Saqlain to Rai, 2 legbyes runs, Off the pads and they ran two for it. End of over 13 (9 runs) - Rabid Wolves 120/4 (26 needed from 42 balls) DK Rai 37* (31b) Saqlain Mushtaq 2-0-23-0 SC Morris 13* (9b) 13.1 Warne to Morris, 1 run, Cut to the sweeper at cover. A single. 13.2 Warne to Rai, 0 runs, Carefully blocked. Rai really looking solid and in control out there. 13.3 Warne to Rai, 0 runs, Flatter and blocked back. Rai knows that there's no rush here. 13.4 Warne to Rai, 1 run, Paddled away for a single. 13.5 Warne to Morris, 2 runs, Paddled fine to beat short fine leg, but it doesn't reach the rope. 2 runs. 13.6 Warne to Morris, 1 run, Swept squarer for a single. End of over 14 (5 runs) - Rabid Wolves 125/4 (21 needed from 36 balls) DK Rai 38* (34b) SK Warne 3-0-24-0 SC Morris 17* (12b)
And we've lost the satellite feed.
Must surely be our game now, barring a miracle for the Masters.
And we've missed Henderson getting clobbered and Warne hit for six by Rai. Thrilling stuff in a one-sided affair. Who says T20 produces tight contests?
Well deserved win for us in the end, really happy and proud with the game, and the whole tournament. Been a gun team from day one. Stoked to stand up in the final and get the MotM as well. Cheers for doing the "live sim" as well Liam.
Looking forward to the playoff now, should be a cracking match
What a disappointing final. Shows how much of a farce it was that the Masters got there in the first place.
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