Sixers v Yorkshire, Group B, CLT20, Cape Town October 16, 2012

Starc's change of fortunes

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from Sydney Sixers v Yorkshire

The case of the missing 'Y'
Left-hand openers named Gale are usually associated with whirlwind starts in Twenty20 cricket, but in this case a missing 'y' made all the difference, for this was Andrew, from Dewsbury, not Christopher, from Kingston, at the crease. Gale scratched his way to 8 from 17 deliveries before he attempted a desperate shuffle and had his leg stump spinning by Josh Hazlewood.

A change of Ends
Mitchell Starc leaked 13 runs in his first over, from the Kelvin Grove End, but a change to the Wynberg End for his second spell in the seventh over brought immediate rewards. His second delivery found the top edge of Phil Jaques' pull shot, Dominic Thornely pouching a simple catch at deep square leg. Starc, who had begun to find significant movement back into the right-hander since the change of ends, completed a wicket maiden by snaking one in through the air and past Joe Root's driving bat.

Yorkshire dig In
Gale wasn't the only Yorkshire batsman who found the going tough against Sydney's quicks, and the first six of the innings arrived as late as the final delivery of the 12th over, bowled by Shane Watson. The shot came off Root's bat, but instead of prompting a rise in the run-rate, it precipitated a calamitous charge from Yorkshire. The boundary was found just two more times, and Yorkshire struggled to a paltry 96 for 9.

The Watson trap
There was a sense of inevitability to the proceedings when Watson rocked onto the back foot to launch the third ball he faced onto the grass bank beyond wide long-on in characteristically brutal style. Watson has been so utterly dominant with the bat in Twenty20 cricket in recent times that there was a possibility he could chase down Yorkshire's total all on his own. It was not to be, however, and the one thing that went right for Yorkshire all afternoon was Ryan Sidebottom's short-ball trap which had the opener well caught at deep square leg.

Haddin's riposte
Yorkshire's rally after Watson's dismissal lasted all of one delivery, which was left alone by Brad Haddin outside off, before the wicketkeeping captain launched his side's riposte with a flood of boundaries. Haddin singled Sidebottom out for particular punishment, and after his sixth boundary off the left-arm quick in the fourth over, Sydney were halfway to their target. A demolition beckoned, and so it proved to be.

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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  • Roo on October 19, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    @Colenel... I'm not a big fan of the CL or nor why it is being played in the lead up to an Oz v SA & Ind v Eng Test series - seriously poor planning... As for the lack of media interest in players/teams - its almost like it doesn't matter to these writers, while obviously fans would like to see better copy... Many stories being left ignored for this series...

  • Andrew on October 18, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    @OzzyHammond on (October 17 2012, 10:30 AM GMT) - it's nice to hear a non-Australian opinion support the impression that these three young quicks have tremendous potential!

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2012, 19:39 GMT


    This minnow team could hammer any Indian team without its four foreigners, even without the 6 players they are currently missing.

  • neil on October 17, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    @zenboomerang. My point was that nobody in the press is mentioning these people who cant play or who arent available for various reasons. Surely it would have been a talking point that two players were playing against their old clubs? Forgot about Pyrah, and didn't even know who was missing for the sixers - My point exactly. Not a Champions League if players cant play or are available for more than one team.

  • atlas on October 17, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Papu_bhai m not some one like u.i see u a lot here bashing others which i cant.i said just watch the game.which is not over yet.maybe they beat ipl team.if they did not then ok.but if they did.then what will u say for those ipl teams. Just wanna know.

  • Deepak on October 17, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Davidatlas999.Ofcoarse.But only in your dreams.

  • Geoffrey on October 17, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    @Moppa- I was born here and grew up in the same part of Sydney that Starc grew up in. I guess that doesn't make me English? Starc is very good, Pattinson was always good, and Cummins potentially great. But they are all injury prone, and don't bowl enough. Compare how many balls they bowl per year as opposed to a Bresnan or an Onions. There in lies the Aussie problem.

  • atlas on October 17, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @Papu_bhai dont say this game on here this minnow team can beat your strong ipl team.

  • Deepak on October 17, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    One win against a minnow who dont even know to hold the bat and ball and started telling best in the world?Sydney sixers fans are funny.

  • Dummy4 on October 17, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Congrats to Sydney though, they couldn't have done much better than that. Very well-played.

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