Sydney Sixers v Yorkshire, Group B, CLT20, Cape Town October 15, 2012

Stiff test ahead for Yorkshire


Match facts

October 16, 2012
Start time 1330 local (1130 GMT)

Big Picture

Sydney Sixers underlined why they are among the bookies favourites to win the Champions League T20 during their opening victory over the most consistent IPL side, Chennai Super Kings. Their fast bowling is the best in the tournament, and can rival most international teams - it was their fifth-best quick bowler Moises Henriques who carved out the heart of Chennai's middle order to turn the game decisively in Sixers' favour.

The batting is their weaker arm. They need early wins to ensure they aren't sweating at the end of the league phase, when their most destructive batsman Shane Watson won't be available, having been ordered back home to prepare for the upcoming home summer.

The batting is the problem for their opponents, Yorkshire, as well. Against the fearsome Sixers line-up, Yorkshire will need plenty from the experienced pair of Phil Jaques and Andrew Gale, especially in the absence of Jonny Bairstow. The county side's batsmen kept their cool in the chase in both qualifying games to earn a place in the main tournament, but the quality of the opposition they faced in the qualifiers aren't in the same class as the Sixers.

Watch out for...

Gary Ballance has already shown what he is capable of in this tournament, demolishing Trinidad & Tobago's chances by targetting their weaker bowlers. Can he pull off similar big hits against the pace of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins?

Steve Smith may not be the most popular cricketer in Australia, but he has been solid in T20 league performances this year. He led the Sixers to the BBL title at the start of 2012, then become one of the few bright lights of a dismal Pune Warriors IPL campaign. His bowling isn't used very often, but even in the match against Chennai he showed two aspects through which he contributes: the composed catch of Suresh Raina in the deep was a game-changing moment, and he also provided some late fireworks with the bat to push Sixers to a big score.


"Before this some of these guys hadn't seen the Newlands in their lives; they just saw it on TV. Now they're practising there and sitting in the change room there. All these little things are so exciting for them."
Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie is thrilled at the opportunity the CLT20 provides his players

"I'm hoping that I've learnt enough over the last few years for this to be happening more often."
Moises Henriques wants to turn in plenty more match-winning performances

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Andrew on October 17, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    Certainly was stiff in the end!

  • sam on October 16, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    The CL t20 version of the 'Ashes'.Hope the Pommie team does give a fight in this form atleast......

  • Masood on October 16, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    I am sorry to those who are in favour of Yorkshire because Sidney Sixers will win this match. Reason no other team have the Best combination as they have.

  • India on October 16, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    CSK will loose todays match.. sorry indians

  • Fred on October 16, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Come on the Yorkshire Diggers. You can do this... #digin

  • Shridharan on October 16, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Sydney Sixers vs. Yorshire Carnegie will be a evan contest because pitches in their countries are similar to those of South Africa.Still Sixers have 60% chances compared to Yorkshire because they have players of international experience.Yorshire have no players of internationa experience.It will be a good match as Mitchell Starc who plays for the Sixers , had played for Yorkshire in the Friends Life T20 2012 and will be knowing the Yorkshire players quite well.

    My line-up for Sydney Sixers would be: 1.Michael Lumb 2.Shane Watson 3.Nic Maddinson 4.Brad Haddin (c)(wk) 5.Steven Smith 6.Moises Henriques 7.Ben Rohrer 8.Steve O' Keefe 9.Mitchell Starc 10.Patrick Cummins 11.Josh Hazlewood

    My line-up for Yorkshire Carnegie would be: 1.Andrew Gale (c) 2.Phil Jacques 3.Joe Root 4.Gary Ballance 5.Adam Lyth 6.Dan Hodgson 7.Adil Rashid 8.Ryan Sidebottom 9.Steven Patterson 10.Moin Ashraf 11.Azeem Rafiq

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Why every1 is soooo much jealous of IPL... My team DD is gonna win the tournament.. I wish Yorkshire to win coz its no use of sixers to win n qualify when they r goin to loose Watson n haddin at the main stage

  • Bryn on October 16, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    will be good to see yorkshire trying to survive against their marquee player from last season.

  • Dummy4 on October 16, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    best of luck delhi, sehwag , mornie rocks

  • anand on October 16, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Its just a trial game for yorks..........

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