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I live for special moments like these: Lee

Source : PTI
Last Updated: Fri, Oct 23, 2009 20:34 hrs
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​Hyderabad: The architect of New South Wales' Champions League Twenty20 triumph, blond speedster Brett Lee said it was immensely satisfying to do the star turn in Friday's final against Trinidad and Tobago.

New South Wales were in tatters before Lee's 31-ball 48 powered them to a competitive 159 for nine.

The tearaway pacer then returned to claim two early wickets and derail the T and T chase.

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Lee, who bagged both the Man of the Match and Man of the Series awards, said he is a big-match player and is happy to have made his mark in the all-important summit clash.

"I think my game is shaping up well and I'm enjoying it. I live for special moments like these and want to do well in big moments. When the crowd gets behind me, it becomes special and I'm happy I did well tonight," he said.

Lee said 130-140 would have been a defendable total in the final and to get near the 160-mark was a bonus.

"I was trying to closely watch the balls. I knew if I stuck around, we'd get some runs. We aimed at 130-140 but got 160 on the board which was quite defendable," said the pacer.

The victorious New South Wales captain Simon Katich described it as a "very proud moment" but was gracious enough to praise the opponents.

"It's a very proud moment. Congratulations to T and T, who showed what they're worth. Thanks for a great final," he said.

Crediting Lee and Steven Smith, who hit a defiant 33, for propping up the side, Katich said the team raised their game when defending the total.

"Brett Lee and Steven Smith were great with the bat and then everyone chipped in. We created opportunities and the guys fielded brilliantly.

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"The opportunity to play on the world stage has been fantastic. Its been invaluable for the young guys," he said.

T and T skipper Daren Ganga conceded that New South Wales played better cricket on the night but was proud of his own team's showing.

"It was a good run for us and all credit to NSW. We cracked under pressure. A lot of people are disappointed but that is how it goes," Ganga said.

"A lot of people back home are proud of us. Thanks to the Indian fans for supporting us. We have memories of the support and the fans and this will make a huge difference to the guys, and will inspire many players back in the Caribbean," he added.

Champions League Commissioner Lalit Modi also thanked the teams and crowds but was tight-lipped when asked where the second edition of the Champions League would take place.

"The Governing Council will meet in December to decide that," he said.

NSW pocketed a whopping US $ 2.5 million cheque for winning the tournament, while T and T were richer by US $ 1.3 million.

Losing semifinalists Victoria Bushrangers and Cape Cobras earned a cool US $ 500,000 each.

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