Stuart Clark did the spadework and David Warner then set the tone of the chase as New South Wales crushed Somerset by six wickets with 8.1 overs in the Champions League Twenty20 in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Clark (3/15) and his bowling colleagues first restricted Somerset to an unflattering 111 for seven and Warner (40 off 16 balls) then came down hard on the English side as NSW cruised to 112 in 11.5 overs, losing four wickets and recording a thumping victory that earned them a semifinal berth.
Chasing the modest target, the Australian team was off to a flying start with Warner cracking six boundaries and two huge sixers during his brief stay as the first five overs yielded 57 runs.
NSW suffered the first loss when Warner, who started on an attacking note by hitting two fours off Charl Willoughby in the opening over, fell to Omari Banks in the fifth over.
Warner took 14 runs from the first three deliveries off Banks with the help of one six and two consecutive fours but the bowler retaliated soon when Warner's ambitious shot found Jos Buttler at long-off.
Medium pacer Zander de Bruyn then removed Philip Hughes (18) and Daniel Smith (20) with successive deliveries in the ninth over to complicate matters as NSW reached 86 for three.
However, skipper Simon Katich (18 off 11), who cracked four boundaries, stood there to complete the formalities.Earlier, paceman Stuart Clark mowed down the Somerset top order with three early wickets as New South Wales' disciplined bowling unit restricted the English side to an unflattering 111 for seven in the Champions League Twenty20 match in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Clark, who extracted sharp bounce from the track at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, inflicted the early blows on Somerset by removing both the openers Craig Kieswetter (13) and Justine Langer (5) in the fifth over of the League B tie.
Before the English county side could recover from the twin loss, Clark again rocked them by sending James Hildreth (6) back to the pavilion in the seventh over, leaving Somerset struggling at 39 for three.
Earlier, NSW captain Simon Katich won toss and elected to field. Somerset's run-rate never really soared with Clark, brilliantly supported by Brett Lee (1/15), made life difficult for the English club.
Somerset, after suffering those early jolts, kept losing wickets at regular intervals as spinner Nathan Hauritz (1/14) and Lee also soon joined the party.
Hauritz got rid of Peter Trego (3), while Lee removed Omari Banks (15) after the batsman dragged a rising delivery onto his stumps.
Zander de Bruyn (23) waged a solitary battle against the rampaging NSW bowlers, but just when he was looking dangerous, young paceman Moises Henriques's (1/20) incoming delivery pegged back his stumps.
It was surprising to see Wes Durston (20 not out), who slammed a sterling fifty against Diamond Eagles, come down at number eight. The right-hander played an unbeaten 13-ball cameo to help Somerset cross the 100-mark.