Lions v Yorkshire, CLT20, Group B, Johannesburg October 19, 2012

Lions one step away from semi-finals


Match facts

October 20, 2012
Start time 1330 (1130 GMT)

Big Picture

With two wins and a game to play, Lions are just one victory away from joining Sydney Sixers as the other team from Group B in the semi-finals. Lions play the opening game of the Wanderers double-header on Saturday and their match against Yorkshire will be closely followed by Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, who face each other later in the evening. A Lions win will reduce the IPL derby to a dead rubber. It's been that kind of a tournament for the IPL teams, having to rely on other results to progress. If Yorkshire can sneak in a win, though, it opens up the group.

Nothing much has gone right for Yorkshire since qualifying for the main draw. After being demolished by Sixers in the most one-sided game of the tournament, their match against Mumbai Indians was washed out. They managed to get some game time though, conceding 156 in just under 18 overs. They opened their account with two points from the washout, but their anxieties grew when Ryan Sidebottom and Moin Ashraf pulled up with injuries. Though Sidebottom returned to bowl, Ashraf limped off after pulling his hamstring. Their fitness will be a concern ahead of the Lions clash.

Yorkshire will have to get their act together against one of the form teams of the tournament. Having calmly brushed aside the two IPL teams, Lions tripped up against the most dangerous of the lot, Sixers, on Thursday at Newlands. Gulam Bodi continued his good form from the Super Kings game with a half-century, but his colleagues, Neil McKenzie and Quinton de Kock, failed to show up. They will be back in home surroundings at the Wanderers, but both teams will be up against the weather, with rain forecast on match day.

Watch out for...

With six wickets in three games at an economy rate of 4, priceless by Twenty20 standards, Lions' Aaron Phangiso has been the find of the tournament so far. Bowling Sachin Tendulkar was his most cherished scalp, and to prove that it wasn't a fluke, he silenced Sixers through his spell, giving away only 14 and taking out the top three.

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale is in need of runs. After his 61 against Sialkot Stallions in the qualifiers, his next three scores have been an underwhelming 13, 2 and 8. He struggled to get bat on ball against Sixers, before losing his leg stump while trying to manufacture a scoop to fine leg. The struggling side needs their captain to lead from the front.


"We want to lead. We want teams to take us seriously."
Lions' middle-order batsman Jean Symes on his team's philosophy

"I'll have to speak to Scott McAllister, our physio, but at this stage we're just going to monitor the progress of both of them."
Jason Gillespie, the Yorkshire coach, on the two injuries in the team

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Tauqeer on October 20, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @SamAsh07 I think this time u didn't notice what i said :) ofcourse there was no qualifier match & I havent deny this, I just inform them about warm up match.

  • cool on October 20, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    @unknownazimuth: I do agree with you. But this is not at all an ICC event. It is an event organized by BCCI(50% share) and AUS and SA boards (25% each) and hence their teams are qualified to main draw automatically and others teams which are 'invited' to play have to go through the qualification rounds. Also if I am not wrong, both WI and England boards were invited to be a part of CL and have their own share in the tournament, but both refused.

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    all world jelous of IPL !! here i read some comments , peoples want lions to win , not bcz they r fav , jus bcz they want IPL teams Out , wt a shame, same thing happend in T20 WC, a yorkshire fan also want lions win, wt a shame , i m not a fan of KKR , CSK, but i like both MI nd DD , with peiterson,sehwag bhaji, nd more big names, they r going to win !! u all ll see!! i dont care bout KKR nd CSk !!

  • Srisha on October 20, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Wish the Lions all the very best from the rains! The team of little knowns with big hearts deserves their place under the Sun. This time, go ahead and bat first, rake up a huge score and then york them out! and also the MIs and CSKs

  • Iqbal on October 20, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    It was unfair to have 4 IPL teams in the first place. Why did Trinidad have to qualify to play in CLT20, when they were the champions of the Caribbean. This was done way after Trinidad qualified for tournament. That was why Pollard, Narine and Bravo opted to play for their respective teams. I hope all the IPL teams take that slkow treak back to India.This is not an Champions League at all.

  • Sharky on October 20, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    This DOESN"T look good. Rain are predicted for the South African coast till Wednesday or Thursday. We will be lucky if a few games could be completed. This year it is WET El Nino year. Next year will be the Dry El Nino year, but then the tournament will be played in the wet sub-continent. It's time that South Africa gets themselves a stadium with a roof.

  • mohamed on October 20, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Ipl teams are local heroes.They cant do any thing in abroad.csk players not in form.mi sometimes playing well.kkr totaly waste,only 40% chance for dd.rajasthan and banglore are strongest teams but bad luck they didnt able for clt20.

  • Sami on October 20, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    @Tauqeer @raveera, you probably didn't notice what SalilN said, well let me spoon feed you, he said "There was no QUALIFIER game for Yorkshire against Sialkot Stallions" read this from the article "After his 61 against Sialkot Stallions in the QUALIFIERS, his next three scores have been an underwhelming 13, 2 and 8" So yes, he was talking to the article writer that there was no QUALIFIER between these 2 sides, there was a WARM-UP BUT NOT QUALIFIER.

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Even though I'm in (sunny) Yorkshire today I'm rooting for a Lions win. My ideal would be no IPL teams in the semis #toobigfortheirboots

  • Bob on October 20, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Sorry but I'm on the side of a Lions win.. that'll see the exit of two more of the IPL superstar teams and maybe demonstrate to the those who worship at the IPL shrine that it isn't the holy grail of cricket that they imagine it to be.

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