Champions League Twenty20 - 18th match, League A

New South Wales v Somerset

New South Wales won by 6 wickets (with 49 balls remaining)

4.00 Brett Lee has the ball in his hands. Langer and Craig Kieswetter walk out. One slip awaits.

3.55 The umpires walk out, followed by the teams for the formalities.

3.45 Allan Donald reckons this track is what he sees back in South Africa. There's a wee bit of grass but the track looks hard. He thinks this would be a good track to bowl short on. Jeremy Coney doesn't think it will break up to support spin.

And Nagraj informs that the cheerleaders have arrived. There's hope yet...

3.30 Time for the toss. The captains are in the middle with Ravi Shastri, whose booming voice resounds across a virtually empty stadium. Its a heads and Simon Katich elects to field in a "must-win game". NSW are unchanged. "We have nothing to lose," says Justin Langer, who says he would have had a bat too had he won the toss. Two changes for Somerset - Jos Buttler and Omari Banks come in for Ben Phillips and Max Waller.

Breaking news: Nagraj Gollapudi, our man at the ground, says there are no cheerleaders.

3.15 Good afternoon to all. Game 18 coming up shortly, between New South Wales and Somerset. Crunch game this NSW, who stormed into the second round after two convincing victories in the first and were on the verge of another success against T&T until Kieron Pollard blitzed them.

At the moment Somerset only have an outside, and mathematical, chance of making the semi-finals and that will again hinge on T&T beating Eagles in the final match of League A.

Today in Page 2: a fan's account of the Bangalore-Delhi game, starring Rossco, Roelof, some sloppy fielding and a monster. Andrew Hughes, watching the game, is put in mind of two elephants on a rope bridge. And in Doppelgangers: which footballer does Mohammad Asif resemble?

0.1

Lee to Kieswetter, no run, pitches full and gets plenty of swing right away, moving the ball away from Kieswetter who flashes without footwork and misses

0.2

Lee to Kieswetter, no run, full again on off stump and Kieswetter defends to the off side

0.3

Lee to Kieswetter, 1 wide, plenty of swing again but too wide

0.3

Lee to Kieswetter, no run, gets bat on ball, driving to cover

0.4

Lee to Kieswetter, no run

0.5

Lee to Kieswetter, no run

0.6

Lee to Kieswetter, 2 runs

End of over 1 (3 runs) Somerset 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
C Kieswetter    2* (6b)      B Lee    1-0-3-0
JL Langer    0* (0b)     

1.1

Bollinger to Langer, no run

1.2

Bollinger to Langer, no run

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1.3

Bollinger to Langer, no run

1.4

Bollinger to Langer, 1 no ball, its a no ball so we have a free hit

1.4

Bollinger to Langer, FOUR, banged in and he pulls superbly through midwicket

1.5

Bollinger to Langer, 1 wide, full and wide and he swings and misses, wide called

1.5

Bollinger to Langer, no run, pitched up again and Langer drives to mid-off

1.6

Bollinger to Langer, no run, drives again but cannot beat the covers

End of over 2 (6 runs) Somerset 9/0 (RR: 4.50)
JL Langer    4* (7b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    1-0-6-0
C Kieswetter    2* (6b)      B Lee    1-0-3-0

2.1

Lee to Kieswetter, no run, cracker of a ball, banged in short of a length and seams away at a lovely height to beat the bat past Kieswetter's shoulder as he hops and fends

2.2

Lee to Kieswetter, no run, good ball, pitches this one up and gets him defending

Lee has been very tidy, getting swing.

2.3

Lee to Kieswetter, no run, again full, again a hint of swing away, and again he defends

2.4

Lee to Kieswetter, no run, short of a length to get Kieswetter hopping back to defend

2.5

Lee to Kieswetter, no run, drives a length ball on the rise sweetly but can't beat cover

2.6

Lee to Kieswetter, 1 run, short on the body and Kieswetter gets a single, fending the ball just wide of square leg and responding to Langer's call

That was a top over from Lee.

End of over 3 (1 run) Somerset 10/0 (RR: 3.33)
C Kieswetter    3* (12b)      B Lee    2-0-4-0
JL Langer    4* (7b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    1-0-6-0

3.1

Bollinger to Kieswetter, 1 run, full outside off, Kieswetter flashes and edges to third man

3.2

Bollinger to Langer, no run, swings across the line to one seaming in from outside off stump and misses, the ball beats him for pace and slips this left thigh en route to Smith

3.3

Bollinger to Langer, (no ball) 1 run, another heave to one sliding down leg stump, misses again, the ball dribbles off his pads for a leg bye, Bollinger has overstepped so another free hit

3.3

Bollinger to Kieswetter, FOUR, backs away and scoops a full ball outside off over backward point, hit it in the air but went up and over the fielder off the outside edge

3.4

Bollinger to Kieswetter, 1 wide, short ball down the leg side, Kieswetter ducks, wide called

3.4

Bollinger to Kieswetter, no run, comes down and swings at a full ball and misses

3.5

Bollinger to Kieswetter, 1 wide, another waste of a ball from Bollinger, sliding a short one down the leg side again, this change of angle is not working for him at all

3.5

Bollinger to Kieswetter, FOUR, good shot from Kieswetter, sashays down and slams the ball over mid-off

3.6

Bollinger to Kieswetter, 1 run, comes onto the front foot and runs the last ball to third man

Shoddy over from Bollinger, totally letting down his team after two top overs from Lee.

End of over 4 (14 runs) Somerset 24/0 (RR: 6.00)
C Kieswetter    13* (17b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    2-0-20-0
JL Langer    5* (9b 1x4)      B Lee    2-0-4-0

Stuart Clark into the attack. Confident little start from Somerset.

4.1

Clark to Kieswetter, no run, down he comes first ball, swinging and missing totally as the wide ball swings away from the bat

4.2

Clark to Kieswetter, OUT, and he goes attempting a big shot! Again Kieswetter hurries out of his crease and takes on a shortish ball not there for the heave, top-edging high up to Katich at mid-on

C Kieswetter c Katich b Clark 13 (19b 2x4 0x6) SR: 68.42

Arul Suppiah enters but he won't face yet

4.3

Clark to Langer, no run, full outside off and Langer hits it across the line to mid-on

4.4

Clark to Langer, OUT, and the other opener goes! Now its Langer's turn to step out and chip a ball off his stumps over the infield and straight to Hauritz on the ropes at deep midwicket

JL Langer c Hauritz b Clark 5 (11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 45.45

Clark comes on and takes out the openers in no time. Massive over this.

4.5

Clark to Suppiah, 1 run, change of pace, strays down leg and Suppiah tucks away a single

4.6

Clark to Hildreth, no run, a bit short outside off and Hildreth taps it to backward point

Pretty good over that from Clark, though both batsmen came out at their own peril.

End of over 5 (1 run) Somerset 25/2 (RR: 5.00)
JC Hildreth    0* (1b)      SR Clark    1-0-1-2
AV Suppiah    1* (1b)      DE Bollinger    2-0-20-0

Moises Henriques, who took a clobbering last game, gets the ball.

5.1

Henriques to Suppiah, FOUR, strays down the pads and Suppiah flicks very, very fine for four

5.2

Henriques to Suppiah, 1 leg bye, again down the pads and Suppiah turns it off his hips for one

5.3

Henriques to Hildreth, FOUR, too straight again and Hildreth gets the wrists into play, clipping the ball between two men on the leg side, really an impressive shot and Henriques struggles on

5.4

Henriques to Hildreth, no run, better ball on a length outside off to seam away and beat the bat

5.5

Henriques to Hildreth, 1 run, full on the pads, another easy ball to clip out to deep midwicket

5.6

Henriques to Suppiah, 1 run, back of a length outside off, punched nicely down to mid-off

Very average over from Henriques.

End of over 6 (11 runs) Somerset 36/2 (RR: 6.00)
AV Suppiah    6* (4b 1x4)      MC Henriques    1-0-10-0
JC Hildreth    5* (4b 1x4)      SR Clark    1-0-1-2

6.1

Clark to Suppiah, 1 run, gets onto the front foot and drives a wide ball to cover-point

6.2

Clark to Hildreth, 1 run, gets room and pushes the ball wide of cover

6.3

Clark to Suppiah, no run, hits a length on about off and Suppiah gets across to try and drive it straight but the ball is not full enough so he adjusts and defends back to Clark

6.4

Clark to Suppiah, 1 run, comes onto the front foot and pushes the ball straight past Clark

6.5

Clark to Hildreth, OUT, and another one goes down to a loose shot! This time it is Hildreth who swivels to try and pull a short of length ball but picks out deep fine leg instead for an easy catch

JC Hildreth c Bollinger b Clark 6 (6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Some effect Clark is having on Somerset. Three wickets with the ball and trying to get off the strike, Suppiah becomes the fourth. This could be over quicker than expected.

6.6

Clark to Suppiah, OUT, oh this is sloppy! Suppiah pushes the ball down toward mid-on and sets off for a suicidal single as Warner collects and throws down the stumps with the bat short

AV Suppiah run out 8 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Helge: "Cany anybody tell me how on earth expereienced batsmen get the idea to attack Clark first over?! 99% of the cases you are out ... mere stupidity"

End of over 7 (3 runs) Somerset 39/4 (RR: 5.57)
     SR Clark    2-0-4-3
PD Trego    0* (0b)      MC Henriques    1-0-10-0

7.1

Henriques to de Bruyn, 1 run, short of a length outside off and he taps it down to third man

7.2

Henriques to Trego, no run, fuller this time and Trego pushes the ball to backward point

7.3

Henriques to Trego, no run, drives a full ball again but Katich does the fielding on the off

7.4

Henriques to Trego, no run, takes on a shorter ball but misses on the big heave

7.5

Henriques to Trego, 1 run, fuller ball comes into Trego who pushes a nice drive to extra cover

7.6

Henriques to de Bruyn, no run, drives another full back straight back to Henriques

Better over from Henriques this time.

End of over 8 (2 runs) Somerset 41/4 (RR: 5.12)
Z de Bruyn    1* (2b)      MC Henriques    2-0-12-0
PD Trego    1* (4b)      SR Clark    2-0-4-3

8.1

Clark to Trego, 1 run, opens his arms and runs a wide ball backward of point

8.2

Clark to de Bruyn, 1 run, short delivery on the leg side, gets good bounce, de Bruyn turns it with one hand in front of square leg

8.3

Clark to Trego, 1 run, mistimes a pull but beats a diving midwicket for a single

8.4

Clark to de Bruyn, no run, slow bouncer, he gets back and tries an uppercut but misses

8.5

Clark to de Bruyn, no run, hops back and defends a short ball from outside leg stump

8.6

Clark to de Bruyn, no run, good ball from Clark, who sees de Bruyn stepping out and drags back the length, the ball sits up and de Bruyn hops up and watches it go on

Super bowling from Clark. He's really knocked Somerset over.

End of over 9 (3 runs) Somerset 44/4 (RR: 4.88)
Z de Bruyn    2* (6b)      SR Clark    3-0-7-3
PD Trego    3* (6b)      MC Henriques    2-0-12-0

Into the attack comes Hauritz from around the stumps.

9.1

Hauritz to Trego, OUT, and he gets one first ball! Trego doesn't even wait to see what Hauritz is going to bowl, trying to dominate first ball with a pull to one dropped in somewhat short but instead finding Hughes just in front of the deep midwicket ropes

PD Trego c Hughes b Hauritz 3 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

Really ridiculous application from Somerset. Not one wicket has been earned, and five have gone down.

9.2

Hauritz to Banks, no run, turns one off his pads to midwicket

9.3

Hauritz to Banks, no run, takes a step out to clip but the ball isn't full enough

9.4

Hauritz to Banks, 1 run, this time he turns one off his pads just wide of square leg

9.5

Hauritz to de Bruyn, 1 run, shorter outside off and he punches off the back foot to deep cover

9.6

Hauritz to Banks, no run, speared into the pads and he flicks it to square leg

Tidy over from Hauritz. Not much turn but he's bowled it full after the first ball.

End of over 10 (2 runs) Somerset 46/5 (RR: 4.60)
OAC Banks    1* (4b)      NM Hauritz    1-0-2-1
Z de Bruyn    3* (7b)      SR Clark    3-0-7-3

Steven Smith into the attack ...

10.1

SPD Smith to de Bruyn, 1 run, tossed up outside off and de Bruyn square-drives a single

10.2

SPD Smith to Banks, 1 run, slowly lobs this one up full and Banks drives it down the ground

10.3

SPD Smith to de Bruyn, no run, slows the pace and de Bruyn is beaten for flight

10.4

SPD Smith to de Bruyn, no run, faster ball outside off, stays low and beats a cramped cut

10.5

SPD Smith to de Bruyn, no run, flighted up on a length and he stabs at the ball loosely

10.6

SPD Smith to de Bruyn, no run, another cut and miss outside off stump from de Bruyn

NSW are all over this one.

End of over 11 (2 runs) Somerset 48/5 (RR: 4.36)
Z de Bruyn    4* (12b)      SPD Smith    1-0-2-0
OAC Banks    2* (5b)      NM Hauritz    1-0-2-1

11.1

Hauritz to Banks, 2 runs, tossed up wide to get Banks chasing with a wild drive even as he loses balance, manages to slices the ball in the air wide of gully

11.2

Hauritz to Banks, 1 run, another ugly slash outside off to one tossed up wide to draw such shots, but somehow Banks manages to scoop it over the fielders

11.3

Hauritz to de Bruyn, no run, quicker ball on the pads, gets a leading edge to the off side

11.4

Hauritz to de Bruyn, 2 runs, gets room and cuts out on the off side for two

11.5

Hauritz to de Bruyn, no run, dances down and swings to one outside leg and misses

11.6

Hauritz to de Bruyn, no run, slower ball outside leg, turned wide of midwicket for one

End of over 12 (5 runs) Somerset 53/5 (RR: 4.41)
Z de Bruyn    6* (16b)      NM Hauritz    2-0-7-1
OAC Banks    5* (7b)      SPD Smith    1-0-2-0

12.1

SPD Smith to Banks, 1 run, reaches out and drives a tossed up ball wide of cover

12.2

SPD Smith to de Bruyn, FOUR, good placement on this one, slog-sweeping through midwicket

12.3

SPD Smith to de Bruyn, no run, googly on middle and leg, defended back

12.4

SPD Smith to de Bruyn, 2 runs, slower, flighted ball outside off and he goes over extra cover

12.5

SPD Smith to de Bruyn, 1 run, knocks this off the stumps for one more

12.6

SPD Smith to Banks, no run, goes back and opens the face but cannot beat gully

End of over 13 (8 runs) Somerset 61/5 (RR: 4.69)
OAC Banks    6* (9b)      SPD Smith    2-0-10-0
Z de Bruyn    13* (20b 1x4)      NM Hauritz    2-0-7-1

13.1

Hauritz to de Bruyn, 1 run, tucks the ball off his pads for a single

13.2

Hauritz to Banks, 1 run, pushed through a lot fuller and flatter to Banks, who comes out and drives hard to extra cover

13.3

Hauritz to de Bruyn, FOUR, nice shot from de Bruyn, who takes out a reverse sweep and hits it hard and with superb placement between point and gully for four

13.4

Hauritz to de Bruyn, 1 leg bye, flatter outside leg and he shuffles to knock the ball to square leg

13.5

Hauritz to Banks, 1 run, hits hard and picks the gap at mid-off for a single

13.6

Hauritz to de Bruyn, no run, much slower and with more flight, pitches outside leg and de Bruyn misses out on the flick this time

This pair is playing some shots now.

End of over 14 (8 runs) Somerset 69/5 (RR: 4.92)
Z de Bruyn    18* (24b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    3-0-14-1
OAC Banks    8* (11b)      SPD Smith    2-0-10-0

Katich calls Clark back for his last over ...

14.1

Clark to Banks, no run, full and nipping back in, Banks pushes down the wrong line and gets an edge but the ball doesn't carry to Smith behind the stumps

14.2

Clark to Banks, 1 run, too straight and he turns it in the air just wide of square leg

14.3

Clark to de Bruyn, 1 run, change of pace, back of a length, de Bruyn makes room and steers the ball to backward point

14.4

Clark to Banks, 1 run, turns a straighter ball off middle and leg just wide of midwicket

14.5

Clark to de Bruyn, 1 run, ah, a return catch goes down from Clark! de Bruyn goes back to leg stump and pushes the ball back to Clark who fluffs it to his left side, just in and out

14.6

Clark to Banks, FOUR, strays down the pads and Banks flicks it very fine

Very wristy player, Banks. Not very pretty to watch but he's doing the job here.

End of over 15 (8 runs) Somerset 77/5 (RR: 5.13)
OAC Banks    14* (15b 1x4)      SR Clark    4-0-15-3
Z de Bruyn    20* (26b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    3-0-14-1

Bollinger comes back ...

15.1

Bollinger to de Bruyn, 1 run, again he makes room to leg and square-drives off middle and off

15.2

Bollinger to Banks, 1 run, full on middle and off and now its Banks turn to make room and heave, he gets a thick outside edge down to third man

15.3

Bollinger to de Bruyn, no run, this time de Bruyn hops to outside off and steers the ball fine

15.4

Bollinger to de Bruyn, no run, full toss outside off which he flashes at and misses

15.5

Bollinger to de Bruyn, 1 run, goes back and hits a shorter ball between cover and point

15.6

Bollinger to Banks, no run, slashes at the ball while clearing the front leg and hits it back to Bollinger, who fields and feigns a shy back at the stumps to get Banks scrambling back for cover

End of over 16 (3 runs) Somerset 80/5 (RR: 5.00)
OAC Banks    15* (17b 1x4)      DE Bollinger    3-0-23-0
Z de Bruyn    22* (30b 2x4)      SR Clark    4-0-15-3

Lee returns ...

16.1

Lee to de Bruyn, 1 run, starts off short and de Bruyn makes room to cut away a single

16.2

Lee to Banks, OUT, chopped on! Banks goes for an ambitious and cramped pull to one not short enough outside off and cutting in, and drags it back onto the top of his stumps

OAC Banks b Lee 15 (18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Wes Durston, who impressed in the last match, comes in a bit too late.

16.3

Lee to Durston, no run, welcomed with a short ball over the stumps and he has to duck down

16.4

Lee to Durston, no run, slower ball, much slower and still short outside off this time, Durston goes back to have a go but then sees the slow bounce and doesn't play a shot

16.5

Lee to Durston, FOUR, backs away and flays the bat at another short one, going over extra cover, Hauritz gives chase and slides over the ropes with his feet as he tries to push the ball in

16.6

Lee to Durston, no run, short ball, good carry that time to beat the bat

End of over 17 (5 runs) Somerset 85/6 (RR: 5.00)
WJ Durston    4* (4b 1x4)      B Lee    3-0-9-1
Z de Bruyn    23* (31b 2x4)      DE Bollinger    3-0-23-0

Three overs remain. Somerset need to really force the pace. This won't challenge NSW.

17.1

Henriques to de Bruyn, OUT, straight through! No room on that one, full and straight, beats the bat as de Bruyn makes room to biff it away and middle and off stumps are pegged back

Z de Bruyn b Henriques 23 (32b 2x4 0x6) SR: 71.87

Jos Buttler is in ...

17.2

Henriques to Buttler, no run, full on off stump and he defends off the front foot

17.3

Henriques to Buttler, 1 leg bye, shorter in length and sliding down, Buttler goes for a cross-batted shot and loses balance, the ball runs off his pads for a leg bye

17.4

Henriques to Durston, 1 run, full outside off and that one is driven between cover and point

17.5

Henriques to Buttler, 1 run, full and straight, Buttler drives back past Durston and the stumps

17.6

Henriques to Durston, SIX, gets six, taking on the short ball and swinging it over mid-on

No need for the short ball after a tidy first five balls ...

End of over 18 (9 runs) Somerset 94/7 (RR: 5.22)
WJ Durston    11* (6b 1x4 1x6)      MC Henriques    3-0-20-1
JC Buttler    1* (3b)      B Lee    3-0-9-1

18.1

Lee to Buttler, 1 run, short down leg stump and Buttler swings it down past square leg

18.2

Lee to Durston, 1 run, slow bouncer on the stumps, he goes back and pulls it down into the gap at midwicket

18.3

Lee to Buttler, 2 runs, good shot from Buttler who makes some room for himself and square-drives a full ball between cover and point for a couple

18.4

Lee to Buttler, 1 leg bye, slower ball on the pads, turned toward midwicket

18.5

Lee to Durston, no run, goes back to the fifth stump and flashes but misses a full ball

18.6

Lee to Durston, 1 wide, wafts at another slow bouncer down the stumps, misses, Smith dives forward to collect and a wide is called so that is Somerset's 100

18.6

Lee to Durston, 1 run, backs way down the leg side, Lee follows him with a short ball and the ball is miscued just down in front of mid-on

End of a good day for Lee. Top stuff.

End of over 19 (7 runs) Somerset 101/7 (RR: 5.31)
WJ Durston    13* (9b 1x4 1x6)      B Lee    4-0-15-1
JC Buttler    4* (6b)      MC Henriques    3-0-20-1

19.1

Bollinger to Durston, 1 run, aims for the yorker just outside off, Durston takes it off the toe of the bat and beats backward point for a single

19.2

Bollinger to Buttler, 1 run, great effort down at long-off from Warner! Buttler chips the ball high up in the air, it's looking like being caught as Warner runs back but then he sees it going for six so leaps up and catches the ball and then throws it back while airborn and over the ropes

19.3

Bollinger to Durston, FOUR, good shot! Makes room and drills the ball flat over extra cover

19.4

Bollinger to Durston, 1 run, slaps a wide full toss off the edge down to third man for one

19.5

Bollinger to Buttler, 1 run, full and angling into Buttler who drives over mid-on down to Warner

19.6

Bollinger to Durston, 1 wide, slow ball outside off, no shot offered and that is called wide

19.6

Bollinger to Durston, 1 run, full toss and driven off the edge down to third man for one

Not a great score from Somerset. NSW will back themselves here. They need just 112.

"Miserable performance by Somerset," says David Hoveman. "I've just logged on to find they must be batting on corriagted iron. Are they?" No, their first five wickets went down to poor shots and bad running. It was a miserable batting effort.

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End of over 20 (10 runs) Somerset 111/7
WJ Durston    20* (13b 2x4 1x6)      DE Bollinger    4-0-33-0
JC Buttler    6* (8b)      B Lee    4-0-15-1
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