McKay shines as Victoria sink Delhi
The Victoria Bushrangers seamers set up a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in the Champions League Twenty20.
Clint McKay returned stunning figures of 3-17 off four overs, while Shane Harwood and Andrew McDonald claimed two wickets apiece to restrict Delhi to a meagre 98 for eight at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Rob Quiney then hit a rapid 40, dominating an opening stand of 55 with Brad Hodge as the Bushrangers cantered to victory with 20 balls overs to spare.
It capped a successful day for the Australian sides following New South Wales' triumph over the Diamond Eagles at the same ground.
Virender Sehwag, recently recovered from the shoulder injury which kept him out of India’s World Twenty20 and the Champions Trophy campaigns, began the Delhi innings with consecutive boundaries in Harwood’s first over.
However, he fell for 21 to McKay, who took a sensational return catch low to his right in his follow-through.
Sehwag’s opener partner Gautam Gambhir had already departed, and when McKay removed England batsman Owais Shah for a five-ball duck, Victoria were well on top.
Tillakaratne Dilshan adopted the unusual role of anchoring the innings after Dinesh Karthik was run out, although his 18 spanned 26 balls and contained just two fours.
He was bowled giving McKay the charge, and in the next over Mithun Manhas, who required a runner, perished attempting to pull Harwood.
McDonald claimed two wickets off the final four balls of the innings, although he owed Quiney a debt of gratitude after he leapt back over the rope at long-on to prevent what appeared a certain six - and limit Amit Mishra to one off the second ball of the over. Rajat Bhatia was bowled next ball, and Pradeep Sangwan by the final delivery.
Victoria began their innings cautiously before Quiney clubbed Dirk Nannes for boundaries in consecutive overs and smashed Ashish Nehra for six. The left-hander dominated to such an extend that Hodge contributed just nine to their opening stand.
Although Quiney was bowled playing across the line to leg-spinner Mishra - the bowler was later reprimanded for pointing Quiney towards the pavilion - Hodge was cleaned up by Dilshan next over and David Hussey played on to Bhatia, Cameron White eased Victoria home with an unbeaten 22.