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Sizzling debut has Sandhu buzzing

UPDATED 07 March, 2013 10:00PM AEST | by Robert Somers, Omnisport 9

It's the oldest gripe in Australian cricket - that when a young New South Wales player is handed his state's blue cap, his baggy green arrives in the same kit.

Teenager Gurinder Sandhu could rightfully become yet another example after snaring 5-31 in his first class debut as the Blues skittled old rivals Victoria for 128 on day one of their top-versus-bottom Bupa Sheffield Shield encounter at the MCG.

The Blues have already secured first-innings points by reaching 6-201 at stumps.

Sandhu, raised in an Indian family in western Sydney, has taken 19 wickets for New South Wales in Shield and Ryobi Cup at a remarkable strike rate of 17.5.

And his prolific return was still sinking in when he spoke to reporters on Thursday night.

"We just had a chat then and myself, everyone bowled well," Sandhu said.

"We tried to get it full, in that area. If you hit the right area, back it up in the field, that's the result you're going to get.

"I expect the hard day to come.

"It could be tomorrow, it could be the next day, it could be next year. It will get tough and hopefully I'm ready for it when it gets tough."

A gallant Clint McKay led Victoria with bat and ball.

The number eight clubbed 41 from 42 balls including two towering sixes over midwicket to at least push the Victorian total into triple figures.

He then snared 3-51 with the ball and was the only Bushrangers quick to bowl a consistently difficult line and length.

"I don't think it (the batting collapse) has quite sunk in. I'm not really sure what happened," McKay said.

"They got the ball swinging around and enough balls in the right areas ... and we weren't quite up to it.

"We have to work our bums off over the next three days to make sure we get back into the contest."

Already into the NSW lower order, McKay said the Vics would target early breakthroughs when play resumed on Friday.

"We have to come out tomorrow and bowl well and hopefully get these last four wickets quite cheaply," he said.

"I'm sure our batters, when they get a chance in the second innings, will show how good the wicket is.

"This is a sign of a good team - the way you respond when the chips are down and at the moment the chips are definitely down," McKay said.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 07 March, 2013 9:58PM AEST

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