Victoria Get Back To Winning Ways

Victoria Get Back To Winning Ways
Victoria Get Back To Winning Ways
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Victoria 133-3 (Hussey 31no, Quiney 29) beat
Royal Challengers Bangalore 127-6 (McDonald 4-21) by seven wickets
Airtel Champions League Twenty20 League B, Bangalore

Victoria returned to winning ways as they opened the Champions League Super Eight stage with a convincing seven-wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Andrew McDonald picked up four for 21 as the home side were limited to 127 for six before David Hussey smashed 31 not out in 15 balls to blast his side home with more than four overs to spare.

McDonald's career-best effort saw him rip through the Bangalore top order, missing Jacques Kallis, with the all-rounder claiming the scalps of Manish Pandey (39), Rahul Dravid (33), Virat Kohli (6) and Ross Taylor (2).

Balachandra Akhil struck an unbeaten 18 in 13 balls at the death but McDonald's efforts, allied with two wickets from Clint McKay, and excellent bowling from all five Victorians asked to deliver, ensured that the Challengers were unable to post a competitive score.

In reply, Rob Quiney (29) and Brad Hodge (25) put on 48 for the first wicket and Quiney then added 47 with Aiden Blizzard, who made 21.

Dale Steyn, Roelof van der Merwe and Akhil claimed a wicket apiece before Hussey finished the game in emphatic style by hitting two fours and three sixes, captain Cameron White unbeaten at the end alongside him on six.

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