Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Confident Dimitri Provides Impetus

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Confident Dimitri Provides Impetus

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Byline: MYLES HODGSON

DIMITRI Mascarenhas bounced back from his disappointing first half of the winter to guide England to a convincing victory in the opening Twenty20 International against New Zealand, writes MYLES HODGSON.

The Australia-born Hampshire allrounder had suffered a frustrating time with England's one-day squad before Christmas, enduring a disappointing ICC World Twenty20 campaign in South Africa and then having to watch on from the pavilion as the tourists secured an historic one-day series win in Sri Lanka.

But given another opportunity in the opening Twenty20 at Eden Park, Mascarenhas sparkled with bat and ball as England romped to a 32-run victory and gained revenge for New Zealand's victories over them in the World Cup and ICC World Twenty20 last year.

Mascarenhas injected some badlyneeded impetus into England's innings with a fluent 31 off 14 balls to guide them to a competitive 184 for eight - an innings which included hitting off-spinner Jeetan Patel for four successive sixes.

Then he showed his intelligence with the ball by using changes of pace to claim a miserly two for 19 from his four overs as New Zealand were dismissed for 152 with four balls remaining.

It was a stark turnaround in fortunes for a player who announced himself to the England side by hitting India's Yuvraj Singh for five successive sixes during a one-day international at The Oval last summer, before slipping out of favour in Sri Lanka.

"Out here I thought there might be a good chance I would start, so starting in the Twenty20 was brilliant," said man-ofthe- match Mascarenhas. "I've been working hard and it's always good to perform.

Hopefully I'll play in the next game and I'll just have to wait and see for the one- day internationals because it's a totally different game.

"It's always good to hit a few sixes, it's good fun, but more importantly it's good to get out there and get some runs because I haven't had a bat yet on this tour. …

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