Monday, December 17, 2007

Symonds' Blitzering

A beaming Australian team pose with the trophy, Australia v New Zealand, Twenty20 International, Perth, December 11, 2007

After the debacle in the inaugural world T20 cup-where Australia lost to Zimbabwe,Pakistan & India,there was some relief for the world champs who dominate in the other two forms of the game.Alas!a twenty-20 win.This came against Tasmian rivals-New Zealand by a whooping 54 runs.Thanks to some deadly pace bowling from Brett Lee & co,along with fireworks from Symonds.The match turned out to be a dream debut for players like Shuan Tait,Luke Pomersbach,Noffke and AC Voges.

Andrew Symonds cuts on the way to an unbeaten 85

Earlier in the day,Michael Clarke-who was playing his first match as captain,won the toss and elected to bat.After the initial loss of Adam Gilchrist-who was out for a stunner by Patel for a score of 1,captain Clarke and Hussey belte the New Zealand bowlers putting up a 46 run 2nd wicket partnership.This was followed by blistering fireworks from Andrew Symonds-who cracked a 26 ball 50 ending up with 85 off just 46 balls.Thanks to the drop catch by Taylor when he was on 76.Symonds’ innings consisted off 7 hits to the fence and 3 huge sixes.A total of 186/6 saw Aussies in a commandable position.

Mitchell Johnson & Shaun Tait put Aussies in command with their superb pace bowling

Now it was the turn of the bowlers to make things difficult for the New Zealanders,which they did with full hands.Openers Shuan Tait struck with his very first delivery removing Jamie How not before Brett Lee with his sheer pace got the wicket of Vincent and McCullum to see New Zealand struggling at 29/3.To add to the misery,after Lee and Tait,debutant Noffke and Mitchel Jhonson continued the good work to see the New Zealand innings end at 132-falling 54 runs short of the Aussie total.The only highlightes of New Zealand’s innings was a tough fightback from Jacob Oram who plundered a 31 ball 66 (5 fours and 6 sixes) but found no support at the other end.

Jacob Oram(right) made a valiant 31-ball 66, as New Zealand crashed to a 54-run defeat

Pomersbach, who was suspended by his state last month for a night on the town, had another reason to celebrate-for he belted a 7 ball 15 in his debut match which added to Australia’s run feast.This win was a maiden venture for captain Clarke,which also boosted Australia’s confidence before they go to the first of the three ODI matches against the same on 14th December 2007.

Brief Scores:
Australia:186/6-Symonds 85*;Clarke 33;Voges 26;M Gillespie 2/39
New Zealand 132 all out:Jacob Oram 66*;AA Noffke 3/18;Lee 2/17

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