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Dimi Mascarenhas in action. Picture: Neil Marshall
Dimi Mascarenhas in action. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Dimi Mascarenhas paid tribute to Hampshire’s fine bowling performance after their seven-wicket Friends Life t20 success over Surrey at the Ageas Bowl.

The victory propelled the Royals into second in the south group table – with three group matches remaining.

It’s an impressive return to form after Hampshire suffered two defeats and a washout in their first three fixtures.

And with the Royals meeting the Lions again tonight, the skipper is keen to make it five from five.

‘It was a huge win, said Mascarenhas.

‘We know how dangerous Surrey are – they are a very good side in any form of cricket – so we knew it was a massive game.

‘And it was our first win at home this year.

‘In any t20 game, when you lose early wickets it’s real tough to come back.

‘We just kept the pressure on and bowled really well.

‘The bowling and fielding was exceptional.

‘It probably wasn’t a 94 wicket but to keep it to that was a great effort in the field.’

Looking ahead to tonight, though, Mascarenhas knows it’s going to be completely different game.

And Surrey will be boosted by the inclusion of former Hampshire batsman Kevin Pietersen.

‘It will be totally different – simple as that,’ he said.

‘It will be a totally different atmosphere, totally different wicket and they are very, very tough to beat at home.

‘So it’s going to be a tough one.

‘You put Kevin Pietersen into their team as well – one of the best t20 players in the world – and it’s going to be a huge fight under the lights at The Oval.

‘A real tough game.’