Miller powers Yorkshire T20 win

2012-10-09 17:12

Champions League T20 Qualifying Tournament Pool 2
Uva Next 150/7 (Thilina Kandamby 29*, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 27, Bhanuka Rajapaksa 24, Moin Ashraf 2/29, Steven Patterson 2/30) lost to Yorkshire 151/5 (David Miller 39*, Adil Rashid 36*, Phil Jaques 32, Dilshan Munaweera 3/32, Sachithra Senanayake 1/19) by five wickets

Yorkshire made the most of an excellent platform laid by Andrew Gale and Phil Jaques to win their Champions League T20 opener against Uva Next comfortably.

The Wanderers is one of the best chasing grounds in world cricket and a total of 150 on an early season track was never going to be enough.

Gale may be a breeze as compared to Chris Gayle, but his blitz, which contained a cut and drive off Jacob Oram, set the tone for the chase. Gale was gone, stumped by Sameera de Zoysa off the expensive Sachithra Senanayake, but former Australian Test opener Jaques picked up the cudgels, with anything loose outside offstump getting the treatment. Joe Root made a quick fire 11 off six balls, but greed got the better of him, picking out Andrew McDonald at mid-on off Charith Jayampathi after clubbing a six over deep long the previous delivery.

The runs dried up after Yorkshire was 51/2 in the first five overs.

Dilshan Munaweera made a telling impact when he got rid of Jaques and Gary Ballance in successive balls. The fast start allowed David Miller and Adil Rashid to rebuild. Only one four was hit between the ninth and 13th over, as an Umar Gul short ball snuck past Miller’s visor.

Dan Hodgson and man-of-the-match Rashid did not panic and even the loss of Hodgson did not precipitate a collapse. A wounded Miller came back with a vengeance and took 14 in three balls off Munaweera’s bowling in the penultimate over when 18 runs were needed, which settled the game.

Having been put in by Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale, Munaweera and Bhanuka Rajapaksa took a fancy to Ryan Sidebottom’s and Steven Patterson’s fast medium offerings.

Munaweera took Sidebottom to task, creaming for two consecutive boundaries in two balls. Patterson was also not spared as he was carved for the game’s first six by Munaweera over cover. Their 41-run alliance was ended by a brilliant catch by Miller off Moin Ashraf to see off Munaweera. It was a timely wicket as the pair was threatening to lay a platform for the middle order.
Munaweera was still going to have a say later in the game.

Rajapaksa followed his opening partner eight runs later when he had his furniture re-arranged by leg-spinner Rashid. A partnership was needed to keep up the work and McDonald and Shivnarine Chanderpaul duly obliged. Chanderpaul may not be the prettiest batsman, but he gets the job done and with the big-hitting McDonald, singles came easily.

The boundaries weren’t that easy and after a 40-run partnership, McDonald picked out Ballance at deep long-on for 17. Chanderpaul lasted another 11 runs before he tickled one to Hodgson.

Thilina Kandamby ensured the wheels would not come off completely with a composed 22-ball unbeaten 29, which included a life off Rashid, who paid the price with smite to deep midwicket for four the next ball.

At the other end, his partners did not read from his manual, as Oram and Chintaka Jayasinghe fell within nine runs of each other. Patterson, who saw off Chanderpaul and Oram, cleaned up his figures nicely after the early pummelling at the hands of the openers.
Despite Kandamby’s final flourish, the little middle order stutter when acceleration was needed proved costly.

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