New Delhi. By the way, T20 is considered a batsman’s game. But, sometimes bowlers become so heavy that they turn the course of the match. Something similar happened in England’s T20 Blast tournament. Where the bowler proved to be the hero of the match in the low scoring match between Gloucestershire and Sussex. Batting first, Gloucestershire scored 145 runs in 20 overs for the loss of 6 wickets. On most occasions in T20, any team would have achieved this target. Seeing the manner in which Sussex was also playing, it seemed that she would achieve this goal easily. But, it didn’t happen.
Chasing the target of 146 runs for Sussex, the start was not good. Tim Seifert returned to the pavilion on the fifth ball without opening the account. After this, captain Ravi Bopara (10) was also out. Sussex’s second wicket fell on the score of 49 runs. After this Tom Alsop and Finn Hudson batted well and added 70 runs for the third wicket. But, on the score of 118 runs, Sussex got the third blow in the form of Hudson.
After this, Sussex needed only 28 more runs to win and their 7 batsmen were left. But, from here the story changed completely and the bowlers of Gloucestershire turned the dice of the match and within just 23 runs, the rest of the Sussex batsmen were dismissed and the whole team could score only 141 runs and lost the match by 4 runs. At one time the match which seemed to be coming in fist, slipped out of hand.
Turnaround = Complete
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Sussex’s 8 wickets fell within 23 runs
David Payne and Jack Chappell took three wickets each for Gloucester. Toss Smith was also successful in dismissing two batsmen. Glenn Phillips also got a breakthrough.
Philips hits fifty for Gloucestershire
Earlier, Gloucestershire had not had a good start either. On the very first ball of the match, Miles Hammond returned to the pavilion without opening an account. James Bracey could also add only 5 runs. After this, Glenn Phillips took the lead and scored 66 runs in 53 balls. Apart from him, Jack Taylor scored 46 runs. Gloucestershire’s team could only score 145 runs in 20 overs. However, the failure of the batsmen did not affect the team and the bowlers gave Gloucestershire a memorable victory.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 11, 2022, 09:42 IST