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362dThe Bulletin by Sriram Veera

Thomas and Hildreth down Deccan in humdinger

In a rollercoaster of a match, Somerset just about managed to hold their nerves courtesy a 50-run partnership for the eighth wicket between Alfonso Thomas and James Hildreth to get past the line off the last ball of the match

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

VVS Laxman
46(35) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %68%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 18 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
4 4 3 6 7 12 7 3
AC Thomas
30(17) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %94%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 14 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
4 5 0 5 5 0 8 3

Best performances - Bowlers

RP Singh
O4
M0
R23
W3
Eco5.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
BJ Phillips
O4
M0
R31
W3
Eco7.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

END OF OVER:
20 | 8 Runs 2 Wkts | Somst: 157/9 | RR: 7.85

  • Alfonso Thomas30 (17b)
  • Charl Willoughby0 (0b)
  • Scott Styris3-0-24-2
  • RP Singh4-0-23-3

Phew! What a game, Alfonso's all-round effort has ensured Somerset sneak home by one wicket. Deccan were around 20-30 short, but they've given their best in their attempt to defend this. "I cannot believe, I've done that," says Thomas. Somerset were reeling at 99 for 7 - they had lost six for 49 - but that stand between Hildreth and Thomas brought them back. With five needed off the last over, and Hildreth on strike, it seemed they had it covered but Styris fought back with two wickets. He gave away a freebie off the fourth ball of the over, and a short one off the final ball wasn't the best ball either. Thomas, amid all this, held his nerve and saw his team to a thrilling win. So, all three IPL teams have tasted defeat in their first game of he competition, and the overseas teams have made an immediate impression.

Alfonso Thomas, unsurprisingly, is the Man of the Match

Thomas: "The jobs are done, we've got to keep our feet on the ground though. Myself and Hildreth were saying lets keep it to the last over. Fidel Edwards taken off was a big blow for them."

Gilchrist: "Can't break that duck here. Fought back really well but Somerset played really well. We were about 40 short, on this great pitch. The ball got damp later on, that was unfortunate with Edwards at the end. Styris bowled well at the end, it's a fast game, that's what you love about it. There's still life in this competition for us, the crowd have supported us throughout. "

Langer: "It was great to play a game like this, in front of this crowd and this great stadium. It just shows the character of the team, this win. We've had a couple of fantastic years in county cricket, and we've also won a lot of close games like these. We've got a big game against Trinidad coming up. There are still areas where we can improve, but to win this is a big confidence-boost for us."

An absolute entertainer, this match after three consecutive one-sided affairs - two yesterday and one today - and may we have more ones like this in the days to come. Thanks for tuning in and sending us your feedback. Join us again tomorrow. Until then, it's goodbye from all of us at Cricinfo.

19.6
4
Styris to Thomas, FOUR runs, Alfonso Thomas is the hero! Short on the off, moves away and cuts it over point for a boundary

1 needed off 1. What a thriller, this. We head to the one-over eliminator if this is a tie. In he comes. Wait, the batsmen have a chat. The field is up.

19.5
0
Styris to Thomas, no run, dot ball! Good length on middle, big swing, mistimes it to mid-on, he prevents the single

The scores are level now. 1 needed off 2, and just one wicket to get. This could still end in a tie. Here we go. The field comes in.

19.4
4
Styris to Thomas, FOUR runs, Boundary! Full toss, a rubbish delivery outside off, makes room, and smacks it hard through point for a boundary

Alfonso, the right man to face for Somerset. 5 needed off 3. A gem of an over so far from Styris. Ok, here we go

But they've crossed and Thomas is on strike. Just one wicket needed for Deccan to win this. 5 to get for Somerset. Willoughby comes in

19.3
W
Styris to Waller, OUT, gone! Somerset are capitulating, short outside off, makes room to slap it over the bowler's head, miscues it and it takes ages to come down, doesn't travel far though, Styris gets underneath it and takes it comfortably

MTC Waller c & b Styris 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

5 needed off 4. A crucial dot ball, that

19.2
0
Styris to Waller, no run, short on the off, goes for the pull, is struck on the elbow and it lands on the pitch

Hildreth departs after a potentially match-winning cameo. In comes Waller. A run-a-ball needed now. 5 off 5.

19.1
W
Styris to Hildreth, OUT, bowled'im! Eight down! Bowled full on leg stump, made a bit of room to smash that over midwicket, missed and it deflected off the pads onto the stumps

JC Hildreth b Styris 25 (24b 1x4 1x6) SR: 104.16

Styris to bowl the last over. A long-on in place, and a short third

Somerset 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st16JL LangerME Trescothick
2nd34JL LangerZ de Bruyn
3rd1JL LangerC Kieswetter
4th8AV SuppiahC Kieswetter
5th25PD TregoAV Suppiah
6th9AV SuppiahJC Hildreth
7th6BJ PhillipsJC Hildreth
8th50AC ThomasJC Hildreth
9th0AC ThomasMTC Waller
10th8CM WilloughbyAC Thomas