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New South Wales crush Victoria to storm into Final

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It was a one-sided contest at the Feroz Shah Kotla in the 1st Semi Final of the inaugural Champions League T20. The moment, NSW won the toss and elected to bat first, the match was already half won by the Blues. NSW posted an unreachable target of 170 and Victoria came a distant second in the contest losing by 79 runs.

Yet again the opening pair of Phillip Hughes and David Warner provided the perfect platform for the NSW Blues. The pair was batting as if it was a net session, both the left handers knew exactly how to play on this Kotla pitch which did play slightly better. Victoria suffered due to the full lengths employed by its pacers. Warner scored 48 from 25 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes while Hughes stayed a good distance to score 35 from 28 balls with 4 fours and a six. When Hughes was dismissed, NSW powered to 90 for 2 in less than 10 overs but the latter half of the innings saw run making difficult. NSW still ended with 169 for 7, a very good total at this ground.

Victoria were put under enormous pressure when off spinner Nathan Hauritz sent back its openers – Quiney and Hodge in the second over. In this half of the match, batting became very tough with the ball not coming onto the bat and the batsmen dragging their shots to the fielders. Wickets kept on falling and never could Victoria come back in their hunt. They finished with a paltry 90 for 9 in the 20 overs. David Warner picked the Man of the Match award.

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