About the Match
The month long premier one day Ryobi cup Australian domestic tournament, which witnessed many ups and downs and reverses, changing fortunes of some of the teams, is coming to an end with a grand finale at Sydney on 27th October. For individuals, it was a platform to perform and prove their mettle for seeking entry to the national squad. As teams, New South Wales and Queensland have emerged as the two best teams to fight for the coveted cup and prove their supremacy in the limited over cricket. During the league stage the two teams faced each other on 17 Oct, with a convincing victory for New South Wales.
New South Wales:
NSW entered the tournament with the first fixture of the tournament against Tasmania, which they won hands down. In their encounter with Queensland, total of 253 compiled by a century by Captain Warner and a good opening stand of 79 with Nevill and just over 50 runs 3rd and 4th wicket partnerships, could not be defended against a collective team effort of the opponent. They were all out in just 43.2 overs, and the opponent overwhelmed them in just 44 overs losing only 5 wickets. Six players could not cross single digit scores and the tail folded up without any resistance, with the last seven wickets producing a meager 39 runs. They changed the opening partner to Warner with Nevill after their humiliating loss to Victoria, which paid dividends and then they consistently switched to a winning mode. With 17 points after the league stage, they faced Victoria with 15.5 points, in the elimination finals on 24th. A match winning 197 by Warner with twenty 4s and 10 sixes, the highest individual score for any Australian in the limited over 1-day format, and his 149 opening stand with Nevill overshadowed the double century opening partnership of Victorians and a swash-buckling 117 by Christian with ten 4s and seven 6s. NSW surpassed the 321 target by 4 wickets with 3 balls to spare. Abbott and Hazlewood were effective in bowling with able support by Bollinger and Sandhu.
They entered the tournament late almost in midway, with the match against Western Australia, where they defended a small target of 202, bowling out the opponent in 42.5 overs and winning by 84 runs. They lost only one match in the league stage against Tasmania, with a narrow margin. After initial hiccups with opening pair Khawaja and Hartley, they brought in Pierson in place of Hartley, which produced a consistent opening stand for the team. Their loss has been narrow but their wins have been by huge margins by which they topped the table with 22 points and entered the Final. The bowlers have been quite supportive to the team effort of the batsmen and hence they have been able to play aggressive cricket.
Both teams have performed brilliantly to reach the finals and it will be a contest that will see a lot of fireworks from both sides. If Queensland can contain the openers of NSW and the bowlers succeed to deliver, they can put them under pressure. However with the form NSW’s batsmen are in, especially David Warner, it would be difficult to stop them. I’d place my bet on New South Wales.
New South Wales, 1.80 @ Bet365