Vics go down to Redbacks
While Cameron White flew the flag, the Bushrangers couldn't match the Redbacks in the KFC Big Bash at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night.
WHAT HAPPENED: Points: Vic 0, SA 2,
The Redbacks were just too good with both bat and ball while Victoria crumbled with the bat.
A stunning knock from SA skipper Michael Klinger spearheaded the Redbacks' victory with the opener posting an unbeaten 76. He partnered with Callum Ferguson for a 77-run third wicket stand while Kieron Pollard piled on 34 from 19 balls to help SA rack up 3-171. Dan Christian ripped through the Bushrangers line up finishing with 4-31.
THE HERO: Cameron White
The Bushrangers skipper flew the flag for the visitors with his 43 runs and looked the only candidate likely to salvage a result for Victoria when he entered on 3-51. White smashed two boundaries and two sixes from his 31 deliveries before he was removed by Christian with the ninth wicket.
THE VILLAIN: The Spin
Despite Christian's brilliant four-wicket haul, SA's spinner did the most damage for the Bushrangers with Adil Rashid almost taking a hat-trick. He removed Dwayne Bravo for seven before taking Rob Quiney with the very next ball and finished with three wickets for the night when he dismissed John Hastings for three. Aaron O'Brien also took a wicket, removing opener Aaron Finch, courtesy of a stumping from keeper Graham Manou, while Nathan Lyon backed up his three-wicket haul against NSW with solid figures.
DEFINING MOMENT: Double run-out missed
The Bushrangers had the chance to dismiss Klinger when he was on 13 and Dan Christian in one foul swoop, but they only managed to remove Christian after a mix up from the two batters. Cameron White stopped Klinger's drive and threw quickly to David Hussey at the non-strike end, getting rid of Christian who had sent his captain back after Klinger went looking for a single. Hussey's quick thinking saw him throw to keeper Matt Wade at the striker's end with Klinger still halfway down the pitch but Wade fumbled and Klinger made it home safely. The SA skipper went on to make an unbeaten 76 with a 77-run third wicket stand with Callum Ferguson.
Like every other side in the competition bar WA, Victoria has two points after recording a win in one of their opening two fixtures. Top versus bottom on Sunday when NSW and WA face off with the Blues a chance to make it two wins from two and condemn the Warriors to two losses. Victoria's tournament is well and truly still alive with little separating the six sides.
WHERE TO NOW: Tasmania v Victoria, Bellerive Oval, January 11, 2011
The Bushrangers will be looking to respond on Tuesday with a win in Tasmania, as will the Tigers after their eight-wicket thrashing by Queensland.
WHO SAID WHAT: Captain, Cameron White:
"It's disappointing in the end that we didn't lose a bit closer, if that makes any sense," he said.
"That sort of thing can happen in Twenty20 cricket, every time you go for a big shot it doesn't happen and you get bowled out."
"No excuses, it's disappointing and not good enough but that sort of thing can happen in this game."
'There were obviously a few specific things that we could have done a lot better, that stays in the dressing room, but it's clearly a disappointing result."