Nokia Champions League T20, Group B: Warriors v South Australia at Hyderabad (Deccan), Sep 25, 2011
Warriors won by 50 runs
25 September 2011 - day/night match (20-over match)

3.55 pm This game is likely to be closely contested, but there aren't too many watching it live in Hyderabad. Lots of empty seats, so if you're in the vicinity of Uppal, head to the stadium. There's Kolkata Knight Riders v Somerset to follow as well ...

The teams are matching out to that out-of-place music once again. Like boxers to a bout. "This red-carpet thing is very awkward, especially in front of an empty stadium. Players must be laughing amongst themselves, lol," says Rahul.

Ashwell Price and JJ Smuts are Warriors' openers. South Australia are opening with the legspin of Adil Rashid.

Toss, 3.30 pm: Johan Botha has won the toss and Warriors will bat. The wicket is flat and dry. Michael Klinger isn't worried about chasing, though he would have batted too. South Australia are playing three specialist spinners.

Warriors won their first game of the Champions League, a thrilling finish against Royal Challengers Bangalore. This is South Australia's first game of the tournament ... and Shaun Tait will be in action first up.

3.20pm local time Hello and welcome to the Champions League game between Warriors and South Australia being played in Hyderabad.The Warriors began their tournament with a thrilling last-ball win over Royal Challengers Bangalore and are up against the Big Bash champions today.

0.1

Rashid to JT Smuts, no run, punched off the back foot towards the off side

0.2

Rashid to JT Smuts, no run, flat ball on middle and leg, played from the crease towards square leg

0.3

Rashid to JT Smuts, 1 run, Rashid's dragged it short, Smuts moves back and pulls towards deep midwicket

0.4

Rashid to Prince, 3 runs, Prince moves back to a flat ball and punches it through the gap at cover

0.5

Rashid to JT Smuts, no run, another short ball but it keeps low, Smuts moves back to pull and the ball scoots between his legs down leg side

0.6

Rashid to JT Smuts, 1 run, played back towards the bowler's right, Rashid fails to make a clean save

End of over 1 (5 runs) Warriors 5/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • JT Smuts 2 (5b)
    • AG Prince 3 (1b)
    • AU Rashid 1-0-5-0

After spin, here's the pace of Tait.

1.1

Tait to JT Smuts, FOUR, short ball outside off, Smuts waits in his crease and carves the ball over point for the first boundary

1.2

Tait to JT Smuts, 1 run, full ball outside off, Smuts drives hard and hits the ball flat in the air and it falls just short of mid-off

1.3

Tait to Prince, OUT, bowled him! Tait delivers a full ball at top speed and targets middle stump. Prince tries to play from his crease, looks to force the ball on the leg side. He misses and the ball crashes into the base of middle stump, uprooting it. The Warriors' hero from their game against Bangalore is gone ...

AG Prince b Tait 3 (5m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Colin Ingram is the new batsman ...

1.4

Tait to Ingram, 1 run, another full ball on middle and off, pushed from the crease towards mid-off, the umpire at the bowler's end falls to the ground as he moves away from the stumps in case there's a run out

1.5

Tait to JT Smuts, 1 wide, a short ball but it's too short and sails over the batsman's head

1.5

Tait to JT Smuts, no run, full ball outside off, rather wide, Smuts throws his bat at it but can't make contact, he didn't move his feet much

1.6

Tait to JT Smuts, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, steered towards third man

Conrad: "This South Aussie bowling attack should be very probing... it was very effective the last Big Bash."

End of over 2 (8 runs) Warriors 13/1 (RR: 6.50)

    • JT Smuts 8 (9b 1x4)
    • CA Ingram 1 (1b)
    • SW Tait 1-0-8-1
    • AU Rashid 1-0-5-0
2.1

Rashid to JT Smuts, SIX, Smuts takes on the legspinner, moving towards leg to make room and powering the ball over deep midwicket with a fierce swing of the bat

2.2

Rashid to JT Smuts, FOUR, too short and Smuts pulls with ease to the square leg boundary

2.3

Rashid to JT Smuts, 1 run, driven towards long on for a single

2.4

Rashid to Ingram, 1 run, a flat, fast ball on middle and leg, Ingram pushes the ball off his pads towards midwicket

2.5

Rashid to JT Smuts, no run, Smuts stays in his crease and steers the ball to short third man

2.6

Rashid to JT Smuts, 1 run, nudged off the front foot towards square leg

End of over 3 (13 runs) Warriors 26/1 (RR: 8.66)

    • JT Smuts 20 (14b 2x4 1x6)
    • CA Ingram 2 (2b)
    • AU Rashid 2-0-18-0
    • SW Tait 1-0-8-1
3.1

Tait to JT Smuts, FOUR, Smuts lines up Tait, anticipating a full ball and lofting it dead straight over the bowler's head, the fielder chases from mid-off but in vain

3.2

Tait to JT Smuts, 1 wide, that's too far down leg side

3.2

Tait to JT Smuts, no run, short ball outside off stump, Smuts tries to upper cut but misses

3.3

Tait to JT Smuts, no run, short of a length at the body, played towards square leg

Jonesy on Tait's first over: "Haha well that was Shaun Tait's full bag of tricks summed up in one over, cut for 4, almost chipped to mid off, two inswinging missiles, one hitting middle stump, searing bouncer..."

3.4

Tait to JT Smuts, FOUR, short or full, Smuts is going after Tait, this one was full on middle and leg, Smuts stays in his crease and smashes the ball through midwicket

3.5

Tait to JT Smuts, SIX, this one is short and Smuts is ready and waiting, pulling the ball over the square leg boundary, didn't have to hit it too hard, Tait's pace does half the job

3.6

Tait to JT Smuts, no run, good length and straight, this time Smuts merely defends on the off side

End of over 4 (15 runs) Warriors 41/1 (RR: 10.25)

    • JT Smuts 34 (20b 4x4 2x6)
    • CA Ingram 2 (2b)
    • SW Tait 2-0-23-1
    • AU Rashid 2-0-18-0

Nathan Lyon replaces Rashid.

4.1

Lyon to Ingram, 1 wide, the first ball is a wide down leg side

4.1

Lyon to Ingram, no run, driven from the crease towards cover

4.2

Lyon to Ingram, FOUR, Ingram sweeps and makes great contact, he lunged forward and swung hard, finding the gap on the square leg boundary

4.3

Lyon to Ingram, no run, punched back towards the bowler

4.4

Lyon to Ingram, no run, Ingram steps out, takes the ball on the full and drives hard to mid-on

4.5

Lyon to Ingram, FOUR, Ingram gets down on one knee, getting inside the line of the ball, and plays a paddle sweep that runs quickly to the fine leg boundary. Warriors blaze to 50.

4.6

Lyon to Ingram, no run, defended on the off side

End of over 5 (9 runs) Warriors 50/1 (RR: 10.00)

    • CA Ingram 10 (8b 2x4)
    • JT Smuts 34 (20b 4x4 2x6)
    • NM Lyon 1-0-9-0
    • SW Tait 2-0-23-1

Aaron O'Brien replaces Tait, he's bowling left-arm spin.

5.1

O'Brien to JT Smuts, 1 run, pushed from the crease towards long-off

5.2

O'Brien to Ingram, FOUR, Ingram jumps down the track to reach the pitch of the ball and then hits it hard and flat over mid-off's head

5.3

O'Brien to Ingram, no run, played towards midwicket

5.4

O'Brien to Ingram, 1 run, flicked off the pads towards deep square leg

5.5

O'Brien to JT Smuts, 2 wides, he's fired that down leg side, the keeper can't collect cleanly

5.5

O'Brien to Ingram, 1 run, short ball just outside off, cut off the back foot towards backward point

5.6

O'Brien to JT Smuts, no run, Smuts tries to force the ball on the off side from his crease and gets an inside edge on to the pad

End of over 6 (9 runs) Warriors 59/1 (RR: 9.83)

    • JT Smuts 35 (22b 4x4 2x6)
    • CA Ingram 16 (12b 3x4)
    • AW O'Brien 1-0-9-0
    • NM Lyon 1-0-9-0
6.1

Lyon to Ingram, 1 run, tossed up, drifting into the left-hander's middle stump, driven from the crease towards long-off

6.2

Lyon to JT Smuts, FOUR, Smuts waits in his crease and opens the face late to dab the ball deftly past the fielder at backward point

6.3

Lyon to JT Smuts, no run, Smuts reaches forward and mis-times the shot towards midwicket

6.4

Lyon to JT Smuts, 1 run, played off the pads towards midwicket

6.5

Lyon to Ingram, 1 run, punched off the front foot towards long-off

6.6

Lyon to JT Smuts, no run, short ball just outside off, Smuts goes back and hits it towards cover

End of over 7 (7 runs) Warriors 66/1 (RR: 9.42)

    • JT Smuts 40 (26b 5x4 2x6)
    • CA Ingram 18 (14b 3x4)
    • NM Lyon 2-0-16-0
    • AW O'Brien 1-0-9-0
7.1

O'Brien to Ingram, 1 run, nudged off the pads behind square leg

7.2

O'Brien to JT Smuts, 1 run, Smuts moves back and across to play an awkward-looking chip shot behind square leg

7.3

O'Brien to Ingram, 1 run, Ingram gets down on one knee and sweeps towards deep square

7.4

O'Brien to JT Smuts, no run, hit from the crease back towards the bowler

7.5

O'Brien to JT Smuts, 1 run, driven firmly off the front foot towards long-off

"Warriors are racing towards something special," says Samiullah.

7.6

O'Brien to Ingram, SIX, they certainly are! Ingram moves into position for the slog sweep, gets under the ball, and hoists it high and far over the deep midwicket boundary

End of over 8 (10 runs) Warriors 76/1 (RR: 9.50)

    • CA Ingram 26 (17b 3x4 1x6)
    • JT Smuts 42 (29b 5x4 2x6)
    • AW O'Brien 2-0-19-0
    • NM Lyon 2-0-16-0

Daniel Harris comes on to bowl medium-pace. Fine leg and third man are in the circle.

8.1

Harris to JT Smuts, no run, good length and line on middle stump, defended on the front foot

8.2

Harris to JT Smuts, no run, Smuts tries to run it past short third man but is beaten outside off

8.3

Harris to JT Smuts, 1 run, nudged off the front foot through midwicket

8.4

Harris to Ingram, 1 run, driven firmly towards long-off

Hugh: "SA just need to take hundreds of wickets. No way they can win if Warriors bat out 20 overs."

8.5

Harris to JT Smuts, 1 run, worked off the pads through midwicket, tight over so far

8.6

Harris to Ingram, 1 run, full and straight, Ingram moves forward to punch towards long-off

End of over 9 (4 runs) Warriors 80/1 (RR: 8.88)

    • CA Ingram 28 (19b 3x4 1x6)
    • JT Smuts 44 (33b 5x4 2x6)
    • DJ Harris 1-0-4-0
    • AW O'Brien 2-0-19-0

Daniel Christian into the attack ... from round the wicket.

9.1

Christian to Ingram, no run, cut off the back foot towards point

The keeper is standing up ...

9.2

Christian to Ingram, no run, Ingram tries to play the ball fine past short third man but gets beaten

9.3

Christian to Ingram, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards Rashid at point

Christian goes over the wicket for the right-hander, the keeper is standing back now.

9.4

Christian to JT Smuts, no run, full ball angling into middle stump, driven from the crease through midwicket

9.5

Christian to JT Smuts, 1 run, hit hard into the ground towards cover

9.6

Christian to Ingram, 1 run, that might have been wide had Ingram let it go, he reached for it outside off and carved a full ball in the air towards deep point where it fell short of the fielder

End of over 10 (3 runs) Warriors 83/1 (RR: 8.30)

    • CA Ingram 30 (23b 3x4 1x6)
    • JT Smuts 45 (35b 5x4 2x6)
    • DT Christian 1-0-3-0
    • DJ Harris 1-0-4-0

Warriors have slowed down after the fielding restrictions were lifted.

10.1

Harris to Ingram, OUT, caught at cow corner! A short of a length ball and Ingram tried to heave it from outside off over the leg-side boundary. Klinger's placed a man in that gap between deep midwicket and long-on and the ball goes straight to him

CA Ingram c Borgas b Harris 30 (33m 24b 3x4 1x6) SR: 125.00

Mark Boucher is the new batsman ...

10.2

Harris to JT Smuts, 1 run, played towards deep backward square leg for a single

10.3

Harris to Boucher, 1 run, cut off the back foot towards point where a fumble allows one

10.4

Harris to JT Smuts, 2 runs, played through midwicket

10.5

Harris to JT Smuts, no run, hit hard but towards the bowler

10.6

Harris to JT Smuts, 1 run, good length and straight, not giving Smuts space to swing hard, he hits it along the ground towards deep midwicket

End of over 11 (5 runs) Warriors 88/2 (RR: 8.00)

    • JT Smuts 49 (39b 5x4 2x6)
    • MV Boucher 1 (1b)
    • DJ Harris 2-0-9-1
    • DT Christian 1-0-3-0
11.1

Christian to JT Smuts, 1 run, short of a length and straight, nudged off the back foot towards midwicket to bring up his half-century

Anant: "All these CL matches are going the same way. Explosive start and then the run rate gradually lowers until the end of the match. The team that masters the ability to maintain (or increase) a run rate will be the winner in this tournament."

11.2

Christian to Boucher, 1 leg bye, loud appeal for lbw after Boucher misses the whip on the leg side, it was a full toss that crashed into the pad, that was missing leg stump

11.3

Christian to JT Smuts, 1 run, hit along the ground towards deep midwicket

11.4

Christian to Boucher, 1 run, short of a length and straight, nudged off the hips towards long leg

11.5

Christian to JT Smuts, FOUR, terrific placement, Smuts waited in his crease for a full ball on middle stump and drove it hard into the gap between long-on and deep midwicket

11.6

Christian to JT Smuts, 2 runs, cut off the back foot through point

End of over 12 (10 runs) Warriors 98/2 (RR: 8.16)

    • JT Smuts 57 (43b 6x4 2x6)
    • MV Boucher 2 (3b)
    • DT Christian 2-0-12-0
    • DJ Harris 2-0-9-1

Jonesy: "@Hugh, what makes you say that? 8 an over is fairly par I would've thought. Plus a team with Callum Ferguson and Dan Christian in the middle order can chase down just about anything.."

12.1

O'Brien to Boucher, no run, Boucher strides forward to drive but gets beaten by the turn away from him, the keeper breaks the stumps and appeals but Boucher's safe

12.2

O'Brien to Boucher, no run, Boucher tries to close the face to play on the leg side but gets an outside edge towards backward point

12.3

O'Brien to Boucher, 1 run, played through miwicket

12.4

O'Brien to JT Smuts, FOUR, short ball outside off, Smuts moves back and hits it hard through extra cover, the fielder on the boundary dives but can't prevent the four

12.5

O'Brien to JT Smuts, 2 runs, lofted in the air over cover and the fielder Borgas charging in from the boundary was beaten by the turn after the ball pitched, he managed to prevent four though

12.6

O'Brien to JT Smuts, 1 run, driven to long-on for a single

End of over 13 (8 runs) Warriors 106/2 (RR: 8.15)

    • JT Smuts 64 (46b 7x4 2x6)
    • MV Boucher 3 (6b)
    • AW O'Brien 3-0-27-0
    • DT Christian 2-0-12-0
13.1

Christian to JT Smuts, 1 run, full ball swinging into the right-hander, driven off the front foot towards long-on

13.2

Christian to Boucher, no run, Boucher backs away to hit on the off side but mis-times it towards leg

13.3

Christian to Boucher, 2 runs, Boucher cuts the ball in the air towards third man

13.4

Christian to Boucher, 1 run, pulled along the ground off the back foot towards deep midwicket

13.5

Christian to JT Smuts, no run, short of a length ball angling into the batsman, played with an open face towards short third man, slower ball

13.6

Christian to JT Smuts, 1 run, another slower ball dabbed towards short third man, this time they run a quick single

End of over 14 (5 runs) Warriors 111/2 (RR: 7.92)

    • JT Smuts 66 (49b 7x4 2x6)
    • MV Boucher 6 (9b)
    • DT Christian 3-0-17-0
    • AW O'Brien 3-0-27-0
14.1

O'Brien to JT Smuts, no run, played from deep in the crease towards short third man

14.2

O'Brien to JT Smuts, no run, defended from the crease towards the off side

14.3

O'Brien to JT Smuts, 2 runs, the batsman moves towards leg, the bowler follows him and Smuts plays the ball through square

14.4

O'Brien to JT Smuts, 1 run, driven off the front foot towards long-off, this is Smuts' best T20 score

14.5

O'Brien to Boucher, FOUR, Boucher steps out of his crease, lines up a full ball and hits through the line, lofting the ball over the bowler's head

14.6

O'Brien to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher steps out once again but this time the ball is wide outside off, he reaches for it and drives hard to the fielder on the cover boundary

End of over 15 (8 runs) Warriors 119/2 (RR: 7.93)

    • MV Boucher 11 (11b 1x4)
    • JT Smuts 69 (53b 7x4 2x6)
    • AW O'Brien 4-0-35-0
    • DT Christian 3-0-17-0

Alex: "@ Anant: Didn't CSK do the opposite last night? Cautious start then explosive finish, but they didn't win!" Tait's back ...

15.1

Tait to Boucher, 1 run, he begins with a yorker, accurately delivered and swinging in, Boucher digs it out on the leg side

15.2

Tait to JT Smuts, FOUR, smashed! Smuts clears his front foot out of the way and swings hard, smacking a length ball in the air and towards deep midwicket, one-bounce four

15.3

Tait to JT Smuts, 1 run, Smuts heaves once again but this time he gets an inside edge between his legs towards the fine leg boundary

15.4

Tait to Boucher, 1 run, short ball and Boucher swivels to pull it towards deep square leg

15.5

Tait to JT Smuts, (no ball) 1 run, Tait over-steps while bowling the yorker, the batsman plays it behind square, there's a free-hit coming up

15.5

Tait to Boucher, FOUR, Boucher tries to tee off, aiming for the midwicket boundary, he gets an inside edge past the fielder at short fine leg

15.6

Tait to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher backs away to hit through the off side, Tait bowls a yorker, Boucher swings hard and inside-edges it on to his pad

End of over 16 (14 runs) Warriors 133/2 (RR: 8.31)

    • MV Boucher 18 (15b 2x4)
    • JT Smuts 75 (56b 8x4 2x6)
    • SW Tait 3-0-37-1
    • AW O'Brien 4-0-35-0
16.1

Harris to Boucher, 2 runs, played towards deep midwicket

16.2

Harris to Boucher, SIX, Boucher tees off and with success, he lines up a length ball and heaves it over the deep midwicket boundary

16.3

Harris to Boucher, 1 run, blasted towards the off side where the fielder at cover dives to cut off the shot

16.4

Harris to JT Smuts, 1 run, played towards cover for another single

16.5

Harris to Boucher, no run, in the block hole outside off stump, played on the off side

16.6

Harris to Boucher, no run, Boucher's back foot appears to be on the line as Ludeman whips of the bails. It's a tight call, perhaps Boucher had some part of his boot behind the line. He gets the benefit of the doubt. Boucher had swung hard at one outside off and missed.

End of over 17 (10 runs) Warriors 143/2 (RR: 8.41)

    • MV Boucher 27 (20b 2x4 1x6)
    • JT Smuts 76 (57b 8x4 2x6)
    • DJ Harris 3-0-19-1
    • SW Tait 3-0-37-1

Aroha: "Boucher is making strong statement. He will sure make a comeback in the one day side."

17.1

Tait to JT Smuts, 1 run, Smuts backs away to a full and straight ball and swings hard, aiming for deep midwicket, he gets an inside edge on to the pad

17.2

Tait to Boucher, 5 wides, that's wild and wide, Tait sprays a full ball several feet down leg side, Ludeman had no chance.

17.2

Tait to Boucher, 1 run, he follows up a rubbish delivery with a pinpoint yorker that Boucher digs out on the off side

17.3

Tait to JT Smuts, FOUR, Smuts backs away and drills a full ball straight past Tait with a flat-batted swipe

17.4

Tait to JT Smuts, 1 run, Smuts makes room by moving towards leg and then has to lunge to reach a short ball outside off, he slices it in the air over point but short of the fielder in the deep

17.5

Tait to Boucher, 1 leg bye, Boucher misses the swing towards midwicket and gets hit on the thigh

17.6

Tait to JT Smuts, FOUR, Smuts backs away to make room, Tait follows him with a full toss, Smuts has a swing and gets a bottom edge that beats the keeper and races to the fine-leg boundary

End of over 18 (17 runs) Warriors 160/2 (RR: 8.88)

    • JT Smuts 86 (61b 10x4 2x6)
    • MV Boucher 28 (22b 2x4 1x6)
    • SW Tait 4-0-53-1
    • DJ Harris 3-0-19-1
18.1

Harris to Boucher, 1 run, driven from the crease behind point

18.2

Harris to JT Smuts, no run, Smuts moves towards leg to make room and then is too far away to hit a ball outside off

Can Smuts get to 100?

18.3

Harris to JT Smuts, 2 runs, he backs away again and slugs a full ball towards long-on, Boucher races back for the second

18.4

Harris to JT Smuts, no run, in the blockhole outside off, hit back towards the bowler

18.5

Harris to JT Smuts, OUT, caught at short fine leg! Smuts moved towards the off side this time, trying to scoop the full ball over Tait who is in the circle, Smuts fails and ends up giving a simple catch

JT Smuts c Tait b Harris 88 (75m 65b 10x4 2x6) SR: 135.38

Craig Thyssen is the new batsman ...

18.6

Harris to Thyssen, 1 run, his first ball is a full toss that he drives along the ground towards deep cover

End of over 19 (4 runs) Warriors 164/3 (RR: 8.63)

    • CA Thyssen 1 (1b)
    • MV Boucher 29 (23b 2x4 1x6)
    • DJ Harris 4-0-23-2
    • SW Tait 4-0-53-1

Christian will bowl the final over.

19.1

Christian to Thyssen, 1 run, full ball outside off, the batsman stays in his crease and lofts the ball down the ground, didn't time it well

Alex: "Interesting spell from Tait, got the early wicket of Prince which was obviously a massive moment, but was it worth 53 runs from 4 overs???"

19.2

Christian to Boucher, 1 run, Boucher cuts off the back foot but can't beat short third man

19.3

Christian to Thyssen, 1 run, Thyssen charges and slogs at a length ball, he gets an inside edge behind square

19.4

Christian to Boucher, FOUR, clever shot, Boucher moved quickly towards the off side, Christian saw him and bowled a slow ball, Boucher waited ages and then paddled the ball between the keeper and short fine leg

19.5

Christian to Boucher, OUT, this time the slower ball dismisses Boucher. He backed away towards leg and threw his bat a length ball outside off, slicing it in the air towards the fielder in the circle. Klinger takes the catch

MV Boucher c Klinger b Christian 34 (40m 26b 3x4 1x6) SR: 130.76

19.6

Christian to Thyssen, OUT, a wicket to end the innings! Christian bowled another slower ball and Thyssen slogged at it, aiming to clear the straight boundary, he got plenty of height on the shot but the edge took it only as far as short third man

CA Thyssen c O'Brien b Christian 3 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

5.25 pm: Warriors have finished with 171, they looked like getting close to 200 at one stage. This is still a good total on this wicket, taking the pace off the ball will be key. Daniel Christian isn't fussed at all about South Australia's chase. "We should be alright," he says.

End of over 20 (7 runs) Warriors 171/5

    • KR Smuts 0 (0b)
    • DT Christian 4-0-24-2
    • DJ Harris 4-0-23-2
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