Highveld Lions v Sydney Sixers, Group B, CLT20, Cape Town October 18, 2012

Sixers all but through to semis after convincing win


Sydney Sixers 141 for 5 (Watson 47, Haddin 32) beat Lions 137 for 9 (Bodi 61, Symes 23, Starc 3-19, Hazlewood 2-18) by five wickets
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Lions scored 56 runs off their last 57 deliveries, losing seven wickets, to completely undo a quick start provided by Gulam Bodi, who scored 61 off 44. Although Jean Symes provided quick 23 in the end, Lions ended with an underwhelming 137, which Sydney Sixers chased with ease despite a middle-overs stumble of three wickets for 14 runs. With their third win out of three and superior net run rate, Sixers are now all but through to the semi-finals*.

Bodi and Symes continued in the same form that had helped Lions win their previous match, against Chennai Super Kings, but Sixers wove a comeback around the two. They scored 84 in 10 overs between them, the rest managed just 53. Not only were the others guilty of going slow, they also got out after eating up those deliveries.

It was not the two leading Sixers pace bowlers that slowed down Lions, but the medium-pace of Shane Watson and Josh Hazlewood that took the wickets to keep pegging Lions back. Bodi, on the other hand, kept hitting the ball over midwicket and extra cover. Pat Cummins' first over went for 14, and Mitchell Starc went for a huge six in his first.

Hazlewood, though, got Alviro Petersen in his first, and Watson did that to Quinton de Kock in his second. De Kock, who scored a fifty against Mumbai Indians, managed just four off 14. Neil Mckenzie started calmly again, but couldn't kick on, and went back for 17 off 16 when Hazlewood when he opened the face to Hazlewood in the 11th over, managing only an edge. Zander de Bruyn made it worse with four off 10, and Lions were now just 91 for 4 in the 14th over.

Symes and Bodi pushed Lions back on track a 29-run partnership in 3.4 overs, but Starc came back with both their wickets in the 18th over. Lions were pulled back again, and Sixers were left with a middling total to chase.

The start Sixers got off to wasn't the flashiest, but Watson and Michael Lumb stayed together for 8.3 overs. While Lumb went only at a run a ball, Watson opened up to take 19 runs off the sixth over, bowled by the quick but erratic Chris Morris. Aaaron Phangiso once again provided Lions with a comeback in the middle overs, getting rid of Lumb and Dominic Thornely in successive deliveries. When Phangiso got Watson on the slog sweep in the11th over, SIxers had gone from 60 for no loss to 74 for 3.

The next two overs went for just eight, taking the asking rate up to 7.71 for the last seven overs. Brad Haddin then went on a sweeping spree, sending Symes for three consecutive sixes. Two more wickets fell later, but under six an over was not going to trouble Sixers.

*03:17pm, October 18: The report had previously incorrectly stated that Sydney Sixers are through to the semi-finals. This has been changed.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • carl on October 19, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    cricket fan from Australia, ok, i dont know who Phangiso is, but i think he may have been due for a man of the match award here, not his fault that the opposition chased the target down, with all of one over to spare. 3 for 14 of 4 overs, dismissed the top 3 batsmen including a rampaging Mr Watson, who chose the award for this game? donald duck!! AND, he wasnt event mentioned in the score summary, hope to see many more great performances from you Mr Phangiso, good luck.

  • aby on October 19, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    @neuen, was being sarcastic bro, to some ppl who just sees it one angle whenever an asian team loses! ofcourse i know teams like lions and csk are a class act, they arent flat or oval pitch pro at any time! @ ayush, i really wonder bro, just dont know what more should we do!!!! like i said, u can just gently show them their mistakes thru jokes or tender sarcasm :P

  • Neuen on October 19, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Lions had a bad game. Sydney were better on the day don't make them any less or flat track bullies. It is sport some you win some you lose

  • Ayush on October 19, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    I am not sure why a lot of people after IPL teams and their inability to play on SA pitches. CSK lost their 2 matches very closely, (and if I had to say it was because of their foreign players), same with MI(they haven't struggled but have played badly) . DD have just had the one match. KKR have genuinely struggled (but even Kallis has managed 4 runs). So I am not sure where this concept of flat pitch bullying is coming from. As far as I remember CSK won the last CLT20 that happened here. India were World Cup finalist here, and then won the World T20 in SA. What was that all about?

  • Dayne on October 19, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    @bharatputra83 - you can say that but you'd be wrong. He (Phangiso) played fantastically though and his career t20 record is extremely good. Watson is simply one of the most dangerous t20 cricketers (with bat and ball) in the world so it is not a slight on Phangiso to say he's not as big a star, however it feels like someone must say that. What has been interesting to me is the IPL teams not doing so well in this tournament. Some of the comments here have suggested they are all flat-track bullies, which I am not necessarily, however it feels like they've not adjusted as well as some of the other teams (even ones who on paper are weaker than the IPL sides). Sydney looks great, I've watched all their games and they have most of their 11 contributing. Thornely needs to go, replace him with Rohrer and Watson with another batsman. O'Keefe and Smith can bowl a combined 3-4 overs no sweat.

  • Curtis on October 18, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    @Cpt. Meanster, actually, im far more interested now that the flat track bully teams (indian teams) have been exposed for the lack of talent for the ball bouncing above knee height and we can look forward to some better quality cricket in the finals!

  • Rohanj on October 18, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Earth to Cpt.Meanster, the CLT20 is absolute rubbish, no matter where its played!! Watto undisputed best T20 player in world, not that it matters!

  • Dan on October 18, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    Somebody explain why Watson wasn't MOM? 2 wickets, 1 run out and top score with a high run rate. Starc's bowlling figures were 1 wicket better and he got his wickets in the death over. Something smells here.

  • Brett on October 18, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Chris P - couldn't agree with you more mate re comments again Cpt Meanster. It is the Champions League NOT the IPL and as such should move around various countries. In reality it is about TV rights not crowds anyway

  • Andrew on October 18, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster on (October 18 2012, 18:05 PM GMT) - reality check, you maybe right on crowds, but the pitches are light years ahead of the batsmen friendly Indian strips.

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