Worcestershire overcome Yorkshire comfortably: Friends Life Twenty20 - Part 2
Yorkshire had to chase down 184 runs in their allotted 20 overs against Worcestershire, at the County Ground, New Road, Worcester in England on Sunday, June 26, 2011.
The visitors did have some quality batsmen in their line-up, but they were up against a strong bowling unit of Worcestershire.
None of the Yorkshire batsman was able to bat longer and wickets kept on falling at regular intervals in the innings. The team was finally bundled-up for 142 runs in 18.5 overs.
Worcestershire’s spinner, Shakib-Al-Hasan, caused a lot of problems for the opposition and took four wickets in the match, guiding his side to a good victory in the end.
The pitch didn’t change by much, as it was still good for the batsmen. However, it was a touch slower compared to the first half of the match and the batsmen had to face some deliveries in order to get used to the pace of it.
Yorkshire’s innings was started by their captain, Andrew Gale, who came out to bat with positive intent. He was partnered by wicketkeeper batsman, Jonny Bairstow, who failed to get going in the match.
The keeper batsman was dismissed in the very first over of the innings after adding just one run to the total.
Gale looked threatening, as he was hitting the ball quite hard and reached 20 in quick time. He failed to carry onto the start he got to his innings though and had to take the long walk back to the pavilion.
Anthony McGrath struck a boundary as soon as he walked out in the middle and looked quite positive. However, it was his only scoring shot, as he was sent back to the pavilion after scoring four runs.
Ajmal Shahzad, who bowled well in the match earlier, was promoted at number six in order to play some big shots. The ploy didn’t work out for the team, as Shahzad was dismissed after collecting nine runs off the same number of deliveries.
The Yorkshire team was struggling at 49/5 and didn’t look favourites to win the match from that position. However, Joe Root and Gary Ballance offered some resistance, scoring 37 runs for the sixth wicket partnership.
Both players failed to capitalise on the start they got to their respective innings and were dismissed for 26 runs each.
England’s all-rounder, Tim Bresnan, batted well in the lower-order and scored a quick fire 25 runs from 17 balls. He struck two fours and a six and remained unbeaten until the end. There was no support for him at the other end though, as the entire team
was dismissed for 142.
Shakib used all his experience to trouble the batsmen and took four wickets in the match.