Super Kings v Sixers, Group B, CLT20, Johannesburg October 13, 2012

Power against pace at the Bullring

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Match facts

October 14, 2012
Start time 1330 (1130 GMT)

Big Picture

A big crowd greeted the opening day of the main tournament in the 2012 Champions League, and the first game of the second promises enough excitement to draw a similar, if not better, response on Sunday. Chennai Super Kings have some big names in their batting, the Sydney Sixers have two of the best upcoming fast-bowling talents. Super Kings have an impressive spinner who's had plenty of success bowling in the Powerplay, Sixers have an allrounder who's made the opening slot in limited-overs cricket his own in recent times. Both teams have wicketkeeper-captains who are also attacking batsmen, and players with all-round ability and an approach ideally suited to the T20 format.

Super Kings have won the Champions League before, in South Africa, and the IPL twice, the Sixers are the current Big Bash League champions. The Sixers have fewer players who've had experience of South African conditions, but that's not to say they won't relish them. In a group comprising two big-name IPL teams, the Sixers provide an excellent counterbalance.

Watch out for...

It was in South Africa, at the same venue, that Pat Cummins made a dream Test debut, picking up seven wickets to set up his team's series-levelling victory. He bowled quick, swung the ball, got purchase from the conditions, and his partnership with Mitchell Starc will be one to watch for. Starc, who's troubled batsmen with his inswinging delivery, had a productive World T20 and a successful limited-overs series against Pakistan in the UAE, in conditions that suited the slower bowlers more. He shouldn't mind bowling in South Africa. They're 19 and 22 respectively, and Sixers and Australia should think they're blessed.

Albie Morkel is the most experienced Twenty20 cricketer, with 202 matches. Unlike South Africa, who've dropped him from the XI in the past, Super Kings retained him ahead of the auction before the fourth IPL season. He didn't have a great World T20, amid talk that he'd been underutilised with the bat, and had an off day against Pakistan with the ball in a game that South Africa lost after being in control. He's back at home now, and it'll be interesting to see how best Super Kings use him, especially with the bat.

Stats and trivia

  • Ashwin is three wickets away from taking 100 in the shortest format of the game.
  • Nathan McCullum's next Twenty20 game will be his 100th.
  • The South African-born England batsman Michael Lumb is the most experienced T20 player in the Sydney Sixers squad, with 119 games.

Quotes

"He has confidence in Ashwin to bowl in the Powerplays. Ashwin has also been bowling a few new balls with a new action. He comes up with something new every day so to have a guy like him in the team gives more options to the captain."
S Badrinath on MS Dhoni's strategy

"We're actually lucky that in Australian cricket, at the moment, we've got a crop of quicks that are pushing the speed gun up to where we like it."
Brad Haddin isn't complaining about having Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins in his side

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sathish.Velu on October 14, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    kudos to helios, rightly said mate, keep on goimg

  • Sathish.Velu on October 14, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    your so called mighty australian batsmen will get out cheaply against csk spin, get ready for the humiliation, aussie kangaroos

  • CricShanghai on October 14, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Judging from yesterday's matches, I think today's matches will be more about the pitch and quick bowling, rather than with the bat. We may see lower than average scores from the innings ..let's hope not!...

  • u.t.k.a.l on October 14, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    My CSK XI for todays match :- (1) Vijay (2) Faf Du Plesis (3) Hussey (4) Raina (5) Dhoni (6)Morkel (7) Jadeja (8) Anirudh (9) Aswin (10) Yo Mahes (11) Bollinger/Hilfenahus.

    Go CSK go...

  • Haleos on October 14, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    @wickeyroy - I get it now. U r cranky coz our not so talented players make much more money than ur super talented ones. Not to mention Winning every single world cup match against u.

  • Haleos on October 14, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    @wickyroy - y did u even bothet to comment here. Keep ur super talented batsmen with u. We all know how talentex ur boom boom doom is. As well all the other so called talented batsmen.

  • NP_NY on October 14, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover: Sour grapes, my friend? Good to see that you are watching IPL, just like a lot of other Pakistani fans although they won't admit it :). BTW, did you notice that Indian players had the best batting and bowling figures (Unmukt Chand and Irfan Pathan) in a match that included Kallis, Narine, Morkel, KP, Mahela, etc.?

  • sweetspot on October 14, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Seriously, for all the talk, when was the last time Raina got out to a short ball? Even in England, he got out to Swann most often! After he came back, he hit Bresnan for at least one six off a short ball in every single ODI. Not even once did he get out to one from anyone. So this whole short ball weakness is a bit of a myth already. At this level, it is a technical issue, and would have been sorted out by now.

  • baranasai on October 14, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    In Superkings we have some very good players who have done well locally as well in abroad-Like Raina Badri Ashwin Dhoni Albie Hilfy Nathan etc In Sixers we have Our friend watson followed by Haddin Lumb Maddinson , Cummins,Pat and Starc. It will be real battle on hand whoever get some early break through in bowling will be the winnners.I hope it will be CSK but the odds are in favour of Sixers55/45

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 14, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    The kkr vs dd match provd my predictn absolutely bulls eye spot on regardng 'ABILITY',N,'TALNT' OF INDIAN BATSMEN(BOTH YOUNG N OLD),THESE BATSMEN R NO BETR THAN PAK BATRS ON GREEN TOP,HARD,PACY,BOUNCY PITCHES N IPL TEAMS R NO WAY AHEAD OF PAK DOMESTIC TEAMS IF THEIR INTRNATNL PLAYRS R BARRED.UNMUKT Z A FLAT TRACK SLOGER LIKE JADEJA,DHONI,RAIN... ......N LIST GOES ON.

  • Sathish.Velu on October 14, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    kudos to helios, rightly said mate, keep on goimg

  • Sathish.Velu on October 14, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    your so called mighty australian batsmen will get out cheaply against csk spin, get ready for the humiliation, aussie kangaroos

  • CricShanghai on October 14, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Judging from yesterday's matches, I think today's matches will be more about the pitch and quick bowling, rather than with the bat. We may see lower than average scores from the innings ..let's hope not!...

  • u.t.k.a.l on October 14, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    My CSK XI for todays match :- (1) Vijay (2) Faf Du Plesis (3) Hussey (4) Raina (5) Dhoni (6)Morkel (7) Jadeja (8) Anirudh (9) Aswin (10) Yo Mahes (11) Bollinger/Hilfenahus.

    Go CSK go...

  • Haleos on October 14, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    @wickeyroy - I get it now. U r cranky coz our not so talented players make much more money than ur super talented ones. Not to mention Winning every single world cup match against u.

  • Haleos on October 14, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    @wickyroy - y did u even bothet to comment here. Keep ur super talented batsmen with u. We all know how talentex ur boom boom doom is. As well all the other so called talented batsmen.

  • NP_NY on October 14, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover: Sour grapes, my friend? Good to see that you are watching IPL, just like a lot of other Pakistani fans although they won't admit it :). BTW, did you notice that Indian players had the best batting and bowling figures (Unmukt Chand and Irfan Pathan) in a match that included Kallis, Narine, Morkel, KP, Mahela, etc.?

  • sweetspot on October 14, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Seriously, for all the talk, when was the last time Raina got out to a short ball? Even in England, he got out to Swann most often! After he came back, he hit Bresnan for at least one six off a short ball in every single ODI. Not even once did he get out to one from anyone. So this whole short ball weakness is a bit of a myth already. At this level, it is a technical issue, and would have been sorted out by now.

  • baranasai on October 14, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    In Superkings we have some very good players who have done well locally as well in abroad-Like Raina Badri Ashwin Dhoni Albie Hilfy Nathan etc In Sixers we have Our friend watson followed by Haddin Lumb Maddinson , Cummins,Pat and Starc. It will be real battle on hand whoever get some early break through in bowling will be the winnners.I hope it will be CSK but the odds are in favour of Sixers55/45

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 14, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    The kkr vs dd match provd my predictn absolutely bulls eye spot on regardng 'ABILITY',N,'TALNT' OF INDIAN BATSMEN(BOTH YOUNG N OLD),THESE BATSMEN R NO BETR THAN PAK BATRS ON GREEN TOP,HARD,PACY,BOUNCY PITCHES N IPL TEAMS R NO WAY AHEAD OF PAK DOMESTIC TEAMS IF THEIR INTRNATNL PLAYRS R BARRED.UNMUKT Z A FLAT TRACK SLOGER LIKE JADEJA,DHONI,RAIN... ......N LIST GOES ON.

  • RogerC on October 14, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    @Ron Rahman - it also shows how successful Aussies are in this format of cricket

  • on October 14, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    It's not "Super Kings have ..."; it's "the Super Kings have ...", etc. Just because it is T20, which abbreviates everything, that doesn't mean we have to lose our grammar as well!

  • S-A-M-1994 on October 14, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Sydney Sixers ill win easily ..becuz of local talent

  • Joby_George on October 14, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    South Africa never used the potential of Albie Morkel, he can be the most dangerous T20 Player.

  • jonesy2 on October 14, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    star-studded game. all the aussies are the key men, hilfenhaus, bollinger, hussey, in these conditions especially hold the key for chennai although i would mind seeing hussey rested like warner was

  • Baundele on October 14, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Mike Hussey will open for CSK facing Starc and Cummins. On the other side Shane Watson will open for Sixers facing Doug Bollinger. It is all Australian affair.

  • on October 14, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    20 indian comments vs 0 aussie comments. Shows how much interest aussies have for this format.

  • Sathish.Velu on October 14, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    The pace will be powered to sixes and fours

  • on October 14, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    CSK will find it hot for sure. Dhoni and co. needs to work hard to deal with a team which is almost an A side of the Aussies.

  • 30-30-150 on October 14, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    SUPER KINGS - Vijay, Hussey, Raina, Badrinath, Dhoni, Saha, Morkel, Jadeja, Ashwin, Hilfenhaus, Bollinger ..................... SIXERS - Lumb, Watson, Haddin, Maddinson, Smith, Rohrer, Henriques, O'Keefe, Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood ..................

  • athreyaa on October 14, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    @hnlns - True that MAC pitch isnt one of the best, but CSK won the CLT20 in SA in similair conditions, and bowled out their opponents every single time except in the finals. CSK will rock.

  • Bruisers on October 14, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - Last time CLT20 was held in SA, the top three performers for the victorious CSK were Vijay, Raina and Ashwin. So can't get what you mean by 'over-dependent' on overseas players.

  • Bruisers on October 14, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    El Clasico of the tournament? Perhaps the CSK-MI game is.

  • sweetspot on October 14, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Never write CSK off in any tournament, played anywhere in the world. Even if they need other teams to win or lose to qualify, they will get in and cause major damage. Ask DD and MI! Win or lose, CSK is by far the most happy, fun team to watch from the IPL.

  • hemanth.reddy on October 14, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    raina have to face bouncers in south african pithes so it should be tough for raina to come against bouncers. with short boundaries it is advantage for hitters even if the ball takes edges it will go for sixes so good luck sixers and chennai and hopes for good entertainment

  • on October 14, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Hope this doesnt turn one sided game like yesterday, Both teams have good squads but Sidney has more advantage as watson, smith, henriques were powerful allrounders, and young bowling attack from pat and starc will provide quick wickets for them. As of now the only solution is Aussies can be blocked only by aussies. i mean Aussies presence in CSK side can counter them effectively.

  • on October 14, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    CSK haters dream on...We are out to add another cup in our cabinet....CSK all the way...

  • hemanth.reddy on October 14, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    ashwin to watson is just gifting runs . if watson stays for 20 overs then there is no score enough for him

  • Percy_Fender on October 14, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    I think CSK will win this game Cummins -Staarc- Watson notwithstanding. If the wicket helps pace Hilfy and co will be right there too. And they have Ashwin and the Jakati option also. That will be the difference. The point is that it is a 20 over game and not a Test match.

  • hnlns on October 14, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    These contests involving IPL bignames in Wanderers will be the real test of their standing. Looking at how the Wanderers pitch was for the qualifiers, these IPL teams would need a lot of spine to stand quality fast bowlers from Aussie land and other known sources of famous fast bowlers worldwide. CSK especially will feel the heat, given that they are mostly playing on the rank dead MAC pitch and enjoying lots of success. If they come through this fiery test, hats off to them.

  • on October 14, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    CSK supporters; be prepared. CSK may get hit out of the park, by the Sixers. But, if CSK is the one which hit sixers, of the Sixers' attack, that will be good boding for the supporters of CSK. And India, especially if it is done by Raina & Dhoni. But, if wishes were horses.....

  • on October 14, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Sixers' opening attack will be the same as the Australian opening attack for a few more years to come. Batting against them will be challenging, but good / useful experience for batsmen facing them, especially openers.

  • Meety on October 14, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    Wish Starc & Cummins were back in Oz playing Shield - knowing that currently NSW don't have any Shield games lined up!

  • TheCupid on October 13, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    @ Mohsin Ali Ballack - You do realise that the 2010 edition took place in South Africa which was won by CSK and guess what Ashwin a spinner was the highest wicket taker of the tournament.

  • on October 13, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    I Dont Think IPL Teams Have Chance To Even Qualify FOR Semi,s This Time Because Of That Great Seaming Supporting Fast Pitches

  • TRAM on October 13, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Only Dhoni in the world will consider Albie as a regular bowler. Albie is guaranteed to bowl at least 2 nothing-balls per over. As batting hitter, yes Dhoni is not using him. Some one who considers RSharma as a good Ind T20 batsman can not be thinking right.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 13, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    The CSK will find it difficult because they are over dependent on their overseas stars and to some extent Dhoni and Raina. The rest of their squad is average. The Sydney 6ers look a good unit. Certainly, the conditions in SA will assist their style of cricket coming from Australia. Hopefully it's a close game without the toss deciding the outcome.

  • Shaikhzaid on October 13, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Go Super King go win the game beat Sixers

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  • Shaikhzaid on October 13, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Go Super King go win the game beat Sixers

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 13, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    The CSK will find it difficult because they are over dependent on their overseas stars and to some extent Dhoni and Raina. The rest of their squad is average. The Sydney 6ers look a good unit. Certainly, the conditions in SA will assist their style of cricket coming from Australia. Hopefully it's a close game without the toss deciding the outcome.

  • TRAM on October 13, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Only Dhoni in the world will consider Albie as a regular bowler. Albie is guaranteed to bowl at least 2 nothing-balls per over. As batting hitter, yes Dhoni is not using him. Some one who considers RSharma as a good Ind T20 batsman can not be thinking right.

  • on October 13, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    I Dont Think IPL Teams Have Chance To Even Qualify FOR Semi,s This Time Because Of That Great Seaming Supporting Fast Pitches

  • TheCupid on October 13, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    @ Mohsin Ali Ballack - You do realise that the 2010 edition took place in South Africa which was won by CSK and guess what Ashwin a spinner was the highest wicket taker of the tournament.

  • Meety on October 14, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    Wish Starc & Cummins were back in Oz playing Shield - knowing that currently NSW don't have any Shield games lined up!

  • on October 14, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Sixers' opening attack will be the same as the Australian opening attack for a few more years to come. Batting against them will be challenging, but good / useful experience for batsmen facing them, especially openers.

  • on October 14, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    CSK supporters; be prepared. CSK may get hit out of the park, by the Sixers. But, if CSK is the one which hit sixers, of the Sixers' attack, that will be good boding for the supporters of CSK. And India, especially if it is done by Raina & Dhoni. But, if wishes were horses.....

  • hnlns on October 14, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    These contests involving IPL bignames in Wanderers will be the real test of their standing. Looking at how the Wanderers pitch was for the qualifiers, these IPL teams would need a lot of spine to stand quality fast bowlers from Aussie land and other known sources of famous fast bowlers worldwide. CSK especially will feel the heat, given that they are mostly playing on the rank dead MAC pitch and enjoying lots of success. If they come through this fiery test, hats off to them.

  • Percy_Fender on October 14, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    I think CSK will win this game Cummins -Staarc- Watson notwithstanding. If the wicket helps pace Hilfy and co will be right there too. And they have Ashwin and the Jakati option also. That will be the difference. The point is that it is a 20 over game and not a Test match.