Highveld Lions v Sydney Sixers, Group B, CLT20, Cape Town

Sixers all but through to semis after convincing win

The Report by Sidharth Monga

October 18, 2012

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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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Shane Watson plays the cut shot, Chennai Super Kings v Sydney Sixers, Group B, Champions League Twenty20, Johannesburg, October 14, 2012
In his last match of the tournament, Shane Watson put an in all-round effort to make sure Sixers made it to the semi-final © Associated Press
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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.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay (0-6) 16-20 overs NB/Wides
Lions 61 11 4 43-1 32-5 1/2
Sydney Sixers 61 13 6 45-0 25-2 (19) 0/5

*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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Posted by cricketcarl 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.

Posted by aby_prasad 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

Posted by 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

Posted by Ayush_Chauhan 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?

Posted by Liquefierrrr 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.

Posted by CSpiers 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!

Posted by RJHB 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!

Posted by SomeCents 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.

Posted by BG4cricket 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

Posted by Meety 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.

Posted by Chris_P on (October 18, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster. Sales to media networks is the overwhelming factor here, not where they play or crowd turnout. As long as there are games broadcasted, the format will go wherever they want it. The only positive for India to host is to give their teams a chance to compete, where in SA they struggle big time & for locals to watch this hit & giggle some more. Personally I don't care where they play as long as it is NOT in Australia or before our domestic fc season, preferably the last one, but that is not the case.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

@ bharatputra83: Your statement made me laugh so hard I nearly broke air. I mean come on man, be serious.You gota be in the same class league to be compared. Phangiso is no where near the league that of Watson. Also I am not denying Phangiso's talent. But comparing him to Watson is pure arrogance, let alone saying that he is better than Watson.

Posted by aby_prasad on (October 18, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

what do ya xpect from highveld lions, flat pitch bullies. dont know how to play in s.a. pitches , cos they lost to sydney sixers. same with yorkshire

Posted by kevnssuresh on (October 18, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

So Mumbai Indians have still a chance. Lions losing to Yorkshire and MI winning next two matches with good run rate will put them ahead of Lions. Hope this happens and MI play day matches rather evening so it seems like some trend is going on on wiping evening matches by rain :(. What I would recommend IPL teams is don't even get into this scenario/situation on relying on some other team's fate it always hurts supporters, do the best you have been doing since IPL debut and that will pay off....

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 18, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

The CLT20 is a marvellous tournament but ONLY when it's held in India !!! SA is NOT a good place to host these kind of games. Their public lacks the appetite to watch non-SA teams play. Well the IPL sides did manage to bring some Indo-South Africans to watch a few of the games but with FLOP shows from the IPL teams, this tournament's interest levels has already started to nose dive.

Posted by ifrakurshid on (October 18, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

yes good alround performance by sydeny sixers lived up to the expetation conragulations to sixers.

Posted by   on (October 18, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

Must say this Phangiso guy is good.

Posted by dexionbt on (October 18, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

This champions T20 tournament seems to be a big flop. The grounds are virtually empty !! In fact Cricinfo and all media must now give the daily ground attendance report Vs capacity of the ground . All fans have been exposed to too much cricket !! This greed for money will kill the sport.

Posted by bharatputra83 on (October 18, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

Might I say Aaron Phangiso seems a bigger star than Watson. Incredible stats throughout the series. Mindblowing.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (October 18, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

PHANGISO has been incredible like I said before there is no doubt he should be in the SA T20 squad in future. I'm sure the IPL sides will be bidding for him he has a great action very controlled as good as anyone fielding of his own bowling and in general great stats in SA domestic and CLT20 he could be a real handful on Indian tracks with the right guidance

Posted by CricShanghai on (October 18, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

Don't know if anyone watching these T20 on espnstar.com, but the transmission is constantly interrupted with ads whent he transmission is reloading (or soemthing), any advise from anyone ..?

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