New Delhi: It turned out to be a tale of two openers as the Bushrangers beat Central Stags on Wednesday in their second Champions League T20 match. New Zealand's Jamie How played an impressive innings of 77 from just 55 balls and helped Stags to post a fighting total of 165 in 20 overs.
He hit some glorious shots in his innings of 77 by hitting ten boundaries and three massive sixes to set the stage alive. But Busrangers's batsman Aaron Finch stole the limelight with a breezy, unbeaten 93 as he single-handedly powered Victoria to a sensational seven-wicket victory.
Finch was at his destructive best as he clobbered the bowlers for eleven fours and three sixes in his match-winning innings. Victoria started their chase steadily, Rob Quiney and Finch adding 40 runs in 4.3 overs. But as Quiney departed soon, Finch got the company of wicket keeper batsman, Matthew Wade but he also was soon run out to be dismissed following a mix-up with Finch.
Finch, however, was steady at the other hand and dealt mostly in singles and twos, with occasional boundaries in between. He and skipper David Hussey added fifty plus stand to give them in the reckoning.
The Stags then gave a lifeline to Finch by dropping him at 43 and he made most of the dropped catch by some lusty hits all over the park after that.
Victoria need 48 to win in last 4 overs and Finch played make the most of some poor bowling and brought down the equation to 25 off the last two overs.
Finch was at his attacking best as he welcomed Mason with a lofty hit over extra cover in the penultimate over to bring down the asking rate.
With 12 runs needed off the last over, Finch got lucky as he edged the ball to the third man and picking up a handy boundary and then, after two singles, the right-hander completed the run-chase with a lofty hit over long-on.
Jamie How was good on the day but Aaron Finch was the best man on the pitch.