DELHI, India, CMC – Sri Lanka’s Wayamba scored a proficient 15-run victory over Victoria Bushrangers yesterday but were still eliminated from the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.
Electing to bat in the Group D match at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Wayamba scored 118 for nine off their 20 overs and then contained the Australian side to 103 for four off their allotted number of overs.
Victoria, who had beaten Delhi Daredevils in their opening match on Friday, only needed to score 84 runs in the run-chase to guarantee their second-round spot on net run-rate and played watchfully to ensure the result that eliminated Wayamba.
Brad Hodge played a measured innings for the Victoria Bushrangers and stroked 44 not out off 52 balls with two fours and one six.
Andrew McDonald was not out on 27 with Hodge at the end, while pacer Chanaka Welegedara picked up two for 18 for Wayamba on the pitch that played low and slow and made batting difficult.
Earlier, an 81-run second-wicket stand between Michael Vandort (42) and opener Jeevantha Kulatunga (41) provided the backbone of the Wayamba innings which was stifled by diligent bowling from the Australian side.
Captain Jehan Mubarek (10) was the only other batsman getting to double figures as pacer Shane Harwood delivered fine bowling figures of three for 14 off four overs.
Man of the match Harwood received solid support from other pacers Clint McKay (2-24), Andrew McDonald (2-28) and Peter Siddle, who conceded just 12 runs from his four overs while taking one wicket.
All three teams in the group had a win each to end with two points but the Daredevils topped the standings with a +0.700 net run-rate to lead Victoria (+0.136) and Wayamba (-0.875)