Nokia Champions League T20, Group B: Somerset v Warriors at Bengaluru, Oct 5, 2011
Somerset won by 12 runs
Played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore (neutral venue)
5 October 2011 - day/night match (20-over match)

Back for the chase. Prince and Smuts to open, Thomas has the new ball


Thomas to JT Smuts, no run, tries to go over the bowler first ball, Thomas slows it up well outside off, and Smuts misses


Thomas to JT Smuts, no run, 107 kph slower one from short of a length, getting up even slowly, he adjusts and can only plonk it towards point


Thomas to JT Smuts, no run, 134 kph now, and dug in shortish, lots of lift, and Smuts goes nowhere with the attempted pull


Thomas to JT Smuts, 1 run, slower one again, coming in with the angle, tucked towards square leg

Grant: "Warriors to lose this match by one Doug Bollinger." That many?


Thomas to Prince, no run, comes on nicely at 136 kph outside off, he opens the face and pushes to point

round the stumps


Thomas to Prince, FOUR, Prince finds the boundary, he backs away a bit, and opens the face late to run the length ball between point and short third man

End of over 1 (5 runs) Warriors 5/0 (142 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 7.47)

    • AG Prince 4 (2b 1x4)
    • JT Smuts 1 (4b)
    • AC Thomas 1-0-5-0

Kapil: "so many close shaves and still they have not won a big one... Come on Somerset.. Win it for Trescothick.. "


Kirby to JT Smuts, no run, slower one from Kirby to start with at 110 kph, dipping in very full, squeezed out on the off side


Kirby to JT Smuts, 1 run, tries to get forward and belt a full and wide one, mistimes it and the ball rolls towards extra cover


Kirby to Prince, 1 leg bye, loopy dipping full slow delivery at 106 kph, it takes the left-hander by surprise and even though it is on the pads, he cannot flick it away


Kirby to JT Smuts, no run, well bowled, Kirby gives this one some more effort and bangs it in short of a length, right on middle and off, defended on the off side


Kirby to JT Smuts, FOUR, a touch full at 117 kph on the stumps, Smuts stays in the crease and lofts it with the bottom hand just over mid on


Kirby to JT Smuts, no run, appeal for lbw but that was going well down the leg side with the angle

End of over 2 (6 runs) Warriors 11/0 (136 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 7.55)

    • JT Smuts 6 (9b 1x4)
    • AG Prince 4 (3b 1x4)
    • SP Kirby 1-0-5-0
    • AC Thomas 1-0-5-0

Dibble to bowl


Dibble to Prince, FOUR, slanted across the left-hander on a friendly length and with lots of width, Prince pushes forward and lifts it over extra cover


Dibble to Prince, no run, back of a length and on the stumps, he goes deep in the crease to block

Ed Boyce: "Sitting in my office in Taunton, Somerset glued to Cricinfo - c'mon the cidermen!"


Dibble to Prince, 1 run, slower one at 113 kph coming in from just outside leg stump, tucked towards square leg


Dibble to JT Smuts, no run, slower one again, just outside off stump, he tries to dab it but no timing on the shot to short third man


Dibble to JT Smuts, FOUR, clatter! straight length ball, he cranks up and dismisses it over the umpire


Dibble to JT Smuts, FOUR, that will do, sitting up outside off stump from a length, he goes back, waits and smashes it in the gap past cover

End of over 3 (13 runs) Warriors 24/0 (123 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 7.23)

    • JT Smuts 14 (12b 3x4)
    • AG Prince 9 (6b 2x4)
    • AJ Dibble 1-0-13-0
    • SP Kirby 1-0-5-0

Karn: "Chris Harris and Virat Kohli must be almost-proud of Dibble, at least, his name." Half-proud maybe, there is no Dobble ...


Kirby to Prince, 1 run, slower one, so many of them, Prince cannot work it away from off stump

over the stumps to Smuts


Kirby to JT Smuts, 2 runs, goes hard with the slog to a slower one well outside off stump, it dribbles away wide of deep midwicket who gets to it with a slide


Kirby to JT Smuts, 2 runs, not exactly intentional, probably surprised that this wasn't the slower one, it was full too, pushed hard at it and managed to get it just over extra cover


Kirby to JT Smuts, 1 run, nothing mistimes about this one, gets the pull away off the shortish one, there is a man at deep midwicket


Kirby to Prince, OUT, Prince falls to the lack of pace, 119 kph outside off as he backs away, then reaches out to carve it over the off side infield, but only manages to get it wide of mid off where Thomas runs to his right to take a neat catch

AG Prince c Thomas b Kirby 10 (8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 125.00


Kirby to JT Smuts, no run, normal-paced length ball slammed off the back foot, but it flew straight to cover

End of over 4 (6 runs) Warriors 30/1 (117 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 7.31)

    • JT Smuts 19 (16b 3x4)
    • CA Ingram 0 (0b)
    • SP Kirby 2-0-11-1
    • AJ Dibble 1-0-13-0

James: "It would be something if a team with absolutely no star players got to the semi's, can Somerset pull this off?"

RVDM on for his slow left-armers


van der Merwe to Ingram, 1 run, tucked with the turn through square leg


van der Merwe to JT Smuts, 1 run, turn from off stump, he was initially looking to pull but adjusted to slap it through extra cover


van der Merwe to Ingram, SIX, Ingram leaves the crease, arrives close to the pitch, and lofts with the turn high over long on


van der Merwe to Ingram, FOUR, the sweep now, gets down on the knee, and connects very well to put it through square leg


van der Merwe to Ingram, no run, flat and outside off, he cuts it to point


van der Merwe to Ingram, no run, RVDM with the one that turns the other way a mile, away from the left-hander who was backing away, and managed a thick edge to short third man as he flailed at it

End of over 5 (12 runs) Warriors 42/1 (105 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 8.40, RRR: 7.00)

    • CA Ingram 11 (5b 1x4 1x6)
    • JT Smuts 20 (17b 3x4)
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-12-0
    • SP Kirby 2-0-11-1

Thomas to JT Smuts, 1 run, 102 kph from a seamer, back of a length and climbing slowly off the pitch, pushed away off the back foot

round the stumps to Ingram


Thomas to Ingram, 1 run, walks across and outside off, works this length ball away through square leg


Thomas to JT Smuts, 1 run, takes on the short ball, swivels and pulls well through square leg, there is a man in the deep


Thomas to Ingram, no run, coming in from round the wicket, turned on the leg side

Joe Bannister: "Somerset have no star players? Apart from the world cup T20 winning man of the match Kieswetter? New England player Jos Buttler? One of the best finishing bowlers going in AlfieThomas? to name just 3."


Thomas to Ingram, no run, pushes this length ball towards point


Thomas to Ingram, no run, 136 kph fullish one, he goes too hard at it and hits on the bounce to extra cover

End of over 6 (3 runs) Warriors 45/1 (102 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 7.28)

    • CA Ingram 12 (9b 1x4 1x6)
    • JT Smuts 22 (19b 3x4)
    • AC Thomas 2-0-8-0
    • RE van der Merwe 1-0-12-0

Kundan: "@James: If any team without star players deserved to be in the semis, it was T&T, but alas!"

Murali Kartik comes on


Kartik to JT Smuts, no run, short of a length outside off, he chops the cut in to the ground


Kartik to JT Smuts, 1 run, bowled fuller, turning away a tad, he hits through the line and gets it down to long off


Kartik to Ingram, 1 run, swept in front of square leg, didn't time it well


Kartik to JT Smuts, no run, short ball but turning away past the attempted pull


Kartik to JT Smuts, 1 run, worked towards midwicket for a single


Kartik to Ingram, no run, whoa, Kartik fires it in at 105 kph on a length, it bounces and goes over the attempted dab towards third man

End of over 7 (3 runs) Warriors 48/1 (99 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.85, RRR: 7.61)

    • CA Ingram 13 (11b 1x4 1x6)
    • JT Smuts 24 (23b 3x4)
    • M Kartik 1-0-3-0
    • AC Thomas 2-0-8-0

miles: "And Somerset have the belief of a county and the whole of the South West!!..A mighty support of cricket love!"


Trego to JT Smuts, 1 run, coming in from back of a length slowly, he shuffles and works for a single through square leg


Trego to Ingram, 2 runs, bit of width on a fuller length outside off stump, he chips it wide of sweeper cover


Trego to Ingram, 2 runs, driven in the air just past a diving extra cover, but long off gets to it with a good slide to pull it back


Trego to Ingram, 1 run, another boundary saved, short third man goes flying to his right to parry away a fine late dab


Trego to JT Smuts, 1 run, they take on short third man with a sharp dabbed single


Trego to Ingram, 1 run, they are running for everything, this time they take off after a push to extra cover, a direct hit would have been close

End of over 8 (8 runs) Warriors 56/1 (91 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 7.58)

    • CA Ingram 19 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • JT Smuts 26 (25b 3x4)
    • PD Trego 1-0-8-0
    • M Kartik 1-0-3-0

Ani: "How is the weather in Bangalore?? or have KKR lost all hopes.. " Can we get over KKR already?


Kartik to Ingram, no run, widish outside off stump, he misses out on the glide behind point


Kartik to Ingram, SIX, drags it too short, he clears front leg, rocks back and murders it over deep midwicket


Kartik to Ingram, 1 run, flat delivery, steered behind point


Kartik to JT Smuts, 2 runs, low full toss on middle and leg, hit through midwicket


Kartik to JT Smuts, 1 run, backs away to one rushing in for middle stump, slaps it wide of extra cover


Kartik to Ingram, 1 run, fired in full at the stumps, he shuffles and tickles it towards short fine leg

End of over 9 (11 runs) Warriors 67/1 (80 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.44, RRR: 7.27)

    • CA Ingram 27 (19b 1x4 2x6)
    • JT Smuts 29 (27b 3x4)
    • M Kartik 2-0-14-0
    • PD Trego 1-0-8-0

Dave: "Hang on...Warriors also have the belief and support from most of South Africa, including Joburg'"

Dibble is back now


Dibble to Ingram, 1 run, stands well outside off stump, gets too close to this length ball and steers it towards short third man


Dibble to JT Smuts, no run, well bowled, 114 kph slower one coming in, he tries to run it fine towards third man, but is beaten


Dibble to JT Smuts, 1 run, short ball dug in at 120 kph, rises slowly, he gets the pull away in front of square for a single


Dibble to Ingram, 1 run, Ingram walks outside off stump again, cramps himself up and scoops a length ball over square leg somehow


Dibble to JT Smuts, no run, tries to get the single to short third man but chops it straight to that man


Dibble to JT Smuts, 1 run, back of a length around off stump, he walks down the track and drops it for a single on the off side

End of over 10 (4 runs) Warriors 71/1 (76 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.10, RRR: 7.60)

    • JT Smuts 31 (31b 3x4)
    • CA Ingram 29 (21b 1x4 2x6)
    • AJ Dibble 2-0-17-0
    • M Kartik 2-0-14-0

van der Merwe to JT Smuts, no run, lots of turn for RVDM outside off stump, he tries to follow it and dab it past the keeper, beaten


van der Merwe to JT Smuts, no run, this one turns away sharply as well, and even though it is short he slaps it straight to short extra cover


van der Merwe to JT Smuts, no run, this is good work from the keeper, RVDM gives it some air, deceives the batsman in flight, Smuts stretches forward and pushes inside the line as it turns away, was the foot in the air? Kieswetter has the bails off quickly, very tight replay, third umpire rules in the batsman's favour


van der Merwe to JT Smuts, 1 run, opens up and slaps a short of a length ball to long off


van der Merwe to Ingram, 1 leg bye, appeal for lbw as RVDM lets a full and fast one rip at leg stump, hit just outside leg probably


van der Merwe to JT Smuts, FOUR, RVDM is disgusted, he has bowled well this over but ends up conceding a boundary as there is a misfield at extra cover, it was struck very hard though

End of over 11 (6 runs) Warriors 77/1 (70 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 7.77)

    • JT Smuts 36 (36b 4x4)
    • CA Ingram 29 (22b 1x4 2x6)
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-17-0
    • AJ Dibble 2-0-17-0

Dibble to Ingram, 2 runs, full delivery coming in from round the stumps, he swings it straight down the ground, long on cuts it off with a slide


Dibble to Ingram, no run, not that short for the cut, but there was width, and he went hard at the cut, but could not connect


Dibble to Ingram, OUT, Dibble has struck with the slower short ball, came off slowly, Ingram was committed to the big pull, got the top edge and deep square leg took it easily

CA Ingram c Compton b Dibble 31 (25b 1x4 2x6) SR: 124.00


Dibble to JT Smuts, 1 run, nothing wrong with this pull now, it is off a 131 kph shortish one, but there is deep midwicket in place


Dibble to KR Smuts, 1 run, direct hit would have been tight, as he pushed in front of extra cover and scampered across


Dibble to JT Smuts, 1 run, pulled away to deep midwicket for a single

End of over 12 (5 runs) Warriors 82/2 (65 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.83, RRR: 8.12)

    • JT Smuts 38 (38b 4x4)
    • KR Smuts 1 (1b)
    • AJ Dibble 3-0-22-1
    • RE van der Merwe 2-0-17-0

Kartik to JT Smuts, OUT, is it going to happen all over again? it happened yesterday to Cobras, and now Smuts has tried to play a wild pull at one that turned and looped up for point to come in and take a sharp sliding catch

JT Smuts c Suppiah b Kartik 38 (39b 4x4 0x6) SR: 97.43


Kartik to Botha, 1 run, flighted full around middle, he drives in the air to long on


Kartik to KR Smuts, 2 runs, turns in sharply from outside off stump, he adjusts to chip it wide of long on, and comes back for the second


Kartik to KR Smuts, 1 run, too short from Kartik, pulled away off the bottom half of the bat in front of square leg


Kartik to Botha, 1 run, well bowled, tossed up slowly outside off, he gets forward and quietly pushes to sweeper cover for a single


Kartik to KR Smuts, no run, another good delivery, bowled full in the blockhole with a bit more pace, he can only squeeze it towards point

End of over 13 (5 runs) Warriors 87/3 (60 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.69, RRR: 8.57)

    • KR Smuts 4 (4b)
    • J Botha 2 (2b)
    • M Kartik 3-0-19-1
    • AJ Dibble 3-0-22-1

James: "With South African teams it's never over till the fat lady starts choking. Surely not ANOTHER one?"


Dibble to Botha, 2 leg byes, confusion as he is hit on the body with one that nips back in from back of a length, they scamper across in the end, point's lob is off target and they come back for a nother


Dibble to Botha, no run, does not connect with the pull off a short ball that rises a lot, keeper thinks there is something on that, bowler doesn't appeal


Dibble to Botha, 1 run, neatly done, goes deep in the crease, and drops this one very close to the stumps for a single

round the stumps


Dibble to KR Smuts, no run, this is a mighty fine delivery, it has held its line after coming in on a length, drawn his forward and left him groping inside the line


Dibble to KR Smuts, 1 run, uses the angle to work in front of square leg off middle


Dibble to Botha, no run, just how well has Dibble come back after that poor first over, he ends with a tight slower length ball on off stump, can only be defended

End of over 14 (4 runs) Warriors 91/3 (56 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.50, RRR: 9.33)

    • J Botha 3 (6b)
    • KR Smuts 5 (6b)
    • AJ Dibble 4-0-24-1
    • M Kartik 3-0-19-1

the asking rate has gone past nine


Kirby to KR Smuts, 1 run, guides the length delivery wide of point for a single


Kirby to Botha, 2 runs, dropped by Suppiah on the straight boundary, Kirby had Botha going after a wide slow delivery, he sliced it high in the air, Suppiah had time to settle under it, but clanged it


Kirby to Botha, 2 runs, how much will this hurt Somerset, Botha cracks a pull next delivery but there is a man in the deep at midwicket


Kirby to Botha, 2 runs, slower one, and pushed softly in the air in front of long on, they find enough time to hurry back for the second, Smuts makes it safely


Kirby to Botha, OUT, well surely Suppiah is not dropping it again, Kirby lures Botha into a false shot again with a full slow delivery, it goes high towards Suppiah at long off, not as steepling as the previous one, he runs in and holds on this time

J Botha c Suppiah b Kirby 9 (10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 90.00

Hema: "Give 'em a break - they are not choking - they are genuinely losing this."


Kirby to KR Smuts, 1 run, fine busy pull from outside off stump but Suppiah at wide long on has it covered

End of over 15 (8 runs) Warriors 99/4 (48 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.60, RRR: 9.60)

    • KR Smuts 7 (8b)
    • CA Thyssen 0 (0b)
    • SP Kirby 3-0-19-2
    • AJ Dibble 4-0-24-1

Kartik to bowl out


Kartik to KR Smuts, 1 run, drops it short on the pads, but gets away as the pull finds deep square leg


Kartik to Thyssen, 1 run, goes back and guides with the turn past point


Kartik to KR Smuts, OUT, Kartik strikes, he lets rip with the quick and full one on the stumps, a surprised Smuts cannot get the bat down in time, and the ball crashes in to the pads, replays show that pitched just outside leg, tight call

KR Smuts lbw b Kartik 8 (10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 80.00


Kartik to Boje, 1 run, worked off the hip in front of square leg


Kartik to Thyssen, no run, leading edge towards cover as he tries to close the face of the bat to turn it on the leg side


Kartik to Thyssen, 1 run, worked away off the back-foot to square leg for a single

End of over 16 (4 runs) Warriors 103/5 (44 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.43, RRR: 11.00)

    • CA Thyssen 2 (3b)
    • N Boje 1 (1b)
    • M Kartik 4-0-23-2
    • SP Kirby 3-0-19-2

Thomas to Thyssen, 1 run, slower short ball, he was already across and shaping up for the pull, adjusts to help it behind square leg


Thomas to Boje, FOUR, Boje is still around and he gets this one away to the deep square leg boundary, short and into the body, he uses the angle to put it away past the man in the circle


Thomas to Boje, no run, almost chopped on, he makes room, Thomas bowls it around off, and Boje under edges towards the keeper


Thomas to Boje, 1 run, almost another one, 123 kph shortish one, Boje is early in to the half-hearted pull and top-edges it on the bounce to deep square leg


Thomas to Thyssen, no run, the slowest of 'em all, 92 kph short ball, he knew there was no pace in it as he tried to delay the pull, but there was absolutely nothing on it, it just went past the bamboozled blade and batsman


Thomas to Thyssen, 1 run, hit towards sweeper cover for a single, it is getting tougher and tougher for Warriors

End of over 17 (7 runs) Warriors 110/5 (37 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.47, RRR: 12.33)

    • CA Thyssen 4 (6b)
    • N Boje 6 (4b 1x4)
    • AC Thomas 3-0-15-0
    • M Kartik 4-0-23-2

Kirby to Thyssen, 1 run, Kirby keeps it full on the stumps, he cannot get much bat under it and the lofted shot falls well short of long on


Kirby to Boje, FOUR, whack! that will help, width given, Boje latches on to it, just gets front leg out of the way and creams it over extra cover


Kirby to Boje, 1 run, there is no one at extra cover, Boje backs away to a slower and fuller one on the stumps, and pushes in the air in that region

ajay: "For the warriors to win they need a 'steyn over' now."


Kirby to Thyssen, SIX, long on had set himself for the catch, but that ball has cleared him comfortably, Thyssen gets under the full delivery and drags it high over long on


Kirby to Thyssen, 1 run, shortish delivery at normal pace, pulled to long leg, single taken


Kirby to Boje, 1 wide, over-followed him, he had gone miles outside leg stump, Kirby tried to cramp him for room, but ended up firing it even further down leg


Kirby to Boje, no run, he ends with the slower one, Boje tries to get low and swing it through square leg, misses and is hit on the body, Thyssen comes charging for the run, Kirby had already got to the ball but did not have a go at the non-striker's stumps

End of over 18 (14 runs) Warriors 124/5 (23 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.88, RRR: 11.50)

    • N Boje 11 (7b 2x4)
    • CA Thyssen 12 (9b 1x6)
    • SP Kirby 4-0-33-2
    • AC Thomas 3-0-15-0

Thomas to Thyssen, no run, down the track looking for the big swing down the ground, Thomas bangs it in and it goes above the bat


Thomas to Thyssen, OUT, Kartik holds on at deep midwicket, about an inch from the ground, it was another short ball from thomas, a touch slower, and Thyssen top=-edged the eager pull in the air, Kartik was right under it, but it almost popped out in the end, but he managed to hold on as he went low

CA Thyssen c Kartik b Thomas 12 (11b 0x4 1x6) SR: 109.09


Thomas to Boje, 1 run, tries to drive with the angle from round the stumps, inside edge towards the keeper


Thomas to Parnell, no run, 116 kph slower ball, the entire range on display from thomas, Parnell has a swing, and a miss


Thomas to Parnell, OUT, Suppiah takes another one, Somerset converge on him, Parnell had to go for it, he had to, but ended up scooping it towards deep midwicket where Suppiah took a fine running catch

WD Parnell c Suppiah b Thomas 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Thomas to Boje, 1 leg bye, can't do anything with it, Thomas has been superb, fires it in on the pads as Boje backs away, scoots away behind point, only the leg-bye

End of over 19 (2 runs) Warriors 126/7 (21 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.63, RRR: 21.00)

    • N Boje 12 (9b 2x4)
    • AZM Dyili 0 (0b)
    • AC Thomas 4-0-16-2
    • SP Kirby 4-0-33-2

Craig: "Why don't South African teams appoint a coach that knows the heimlich maneuver?"

21 needed, RVDM has the ball


van der Merwe to Boje, 1 run, fires it full across Boje, inside edge fine on the leg side as he mistimes the slog


van der Merwe to Dyili, OUT, RVDM hits timber, RVDM roars, full on the stumps, batsman misses with the slog, leg stump is rattled, Warriors have already been

AZM Dyili b van der Merwe 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


van der Merwe to Theron, no run, another one full and on the stumps, dug out to the bowler, that's about it then


van der Merwe to Theron, no run, nothing happening for Warriors, he backs away and has a go, cannot connect


van der Merwe to Theron, SIX, Rusty gets one off the middle of the bat, it flies over long on but Warriors' chances flew away some time back


van der Merwe to Theron, 1 run, Somerset are through, Rusty squeezes one more full delivery behind point

The last semi-final spot remains to be decided. Hop over to the other match where the toss happens in ten minutes. This is Abhishek Purohit signing off along with Sajan Nair. Cheers

Alfonso Thomas is the Man of the Match. Thomas: "Speechless really. Fantastic effort, after I saw Trego get out the way he did. We thought 155 was par for the ground and would have been good enough. We knew we would have to go well upfront which we did. When I had two overs left and Kirby had one left, I thought if we kept it good, we could make it. Hopefully we have picked up a few more fans along the way."

Johan Botha: "Kieswetter played well in the first six overs. We pulled them back after that but Kieswetter batted through and showed his international experience to set up a big score for them. We knew it was going to be tough to chase, it was playing slow. The rate got a bit out of hand in the end."

No one gave Somerset a chance, they worked their way through qualifying, and they have now made the semi-finals, They have handled spin, they have given it back with spin, with slower ones, with Peter Trego and RVDM.

What's more the Warrior's NRR has gone below RCB's so even the back door has shut, rather firmly

Stephen: "How come its choking when South African teams do it, but if its teams from England or India its bad luck or something." They needed 68 off 52 with nine wickets in hand, it happens a bit too regularly with them, that's why

RVDM: "We came in as underdogs and now we are in the last four. Captain asked me to bowl the last over, I am always happy to do it, I knew the Warriors would come at me in the middle overs, but I backed myself."

End of over 20 (8 runs) Warriors 134/8 (13 runs required)

    • J Theron 7 (4b 1x6)
    • N Boje 13 (10b 2x4)
    • RE van der Merwe 3-0-25-1
    • AC Thomas 4-0-16-2





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