Lions v Yorkshire, CLT20, Group B, Johannesburg October 20, 2012

Symes puts Lions in semis after tense chase

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Lions 134 for 5 (De Kock 32, Symes 27*, Patterson 2-21) beat Yorkshire 131 for 7 (Jaques 31, Phangiso 2-23, Tanvir 2-25) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

You need 43 off 43 with seven wickets remaining to make the semi-finals and knock three competing teams out. What do you do? If you are a South African side, you nearly choke. The ingredients were all there. Commanding position in a crunch game, the threat of rain, Duckworth-Lewis calculations.

And Jean Symes took the Lions fans through the full range of emotions at their home ground. He allowed the asking-rate, which had started at around six-and-a-half, to touch ten after the 18th over. Even as the familiar word started doing the rounds, Symes, on 6 off 16, slammed four of his next six deliveries for boundaries to carry Lions to the knockouts of the Champions League Twenty20, and with one final blow down the ground, sent Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Yorkshire out of the tournament.

It had been Lions' game to lose after their bowlers had not allowed the Yorkshire run-rate to approach seven at any stage in keeping them to 131. Yorkshire had begun their defence well in sending back the Lions openers with 31 on the board but Quinton de Kock had steadied the chase as he hit boundaries just when Yorkshire managed to build some semblance of pressure.

De Kock's wicket, a top-edge ending in the wicketkeeper's gloves off the last ball of the 13th over, was to precipitate the drama. Symes, having taken Lions home against Chennai Super Kings in the last over as well with a counter-attacking blitz, struggled to get the ball off the square. The 14th and 15th overs produced a run each and suddenly, the asking-rate was above eight.

Azeem Rafiq, with a spell of 4-0-14-1, was largely responsible for the urgency in Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale's manner now. But his decision to give the next over to Adil Rashid was to even matters again. Rashid, having gone for 22 in two overs, was taken for 14 more in the 16th by Dwaine Pretorius, playing ahead of the veteran Zander de Bruyn.

Yorkshire refused to give up, though. Steven Patterson had Pretorius caught in the deep for 25 off 14. Iain Wardlaw, playing only because Yorkshire's two first-choice quicks - Ryan Sidebottom and Moin Ashraf - were injured, conceded just three in the 18th over. Oliver Hannon-Dalby, the second replacement playing his first T20 game, kept Thami Tsolekile to a single off the first two balls of the 19th but Symes now decided it was time.

With 19 neeed off 10, Symes made room and lofted over sweeper cover for six, and smashed the next delivery down the ground for four. He lifted the second ball of the 20th over mid-on to finish the job that Lions' bowlers had started so well.

Yorkshire's batsmen, heaving and flailing, had found the combination of a fast Wanderers pitch and a balanced Lions attack too much to handle. Left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso impressed again, Lions captain Alviro Petersen got Yorkshire's top-scorer Phil Jaques, but it was the home side's four quick bowlers who used the pace and bounce in the pitch to tie down Yorkshire all through.

Andrew Gale and Jaques did add 54 upfront, but that partnership never looked in control, with numerous swings-and-misses, especially from Gale. Nevertheless, Jaques managed to pull and cut for a few fours, and with Gale also hacking away some runs, Lions did have a base. It was the introduction of the fourth fast bowler, Pretorius, that ended Gale's scratchy effort, as the Yorkshire captain top-edged a slog to the wicketkeeper.

Joe Root came out looking to hit every ball, and Phangiso soon had him sweeping straight to deep square leg. The expected rain arrived to force a 15-minute interruption after which the part-timer Petersen, giving himself a second over of offspin, bowled Jaques after the batsman missed a slog-sweep.

Gary Ballance looked the man most likely to lift Yorkshire out of their stupor, but he thick-edged a slog off Phangiso to short third man to depart for 17. Yorkshire's lack of depth meant Rashid, with a highest T20 score of 36, was in at No. 6 and when Adam Lyth swung Chris Morris to deep square leg in the 17th over, Yorkshire's any realistic chance of a late charge was over.

Their inexperienced attack gave Lions a real scare, but this time, there was to be no choking for a South African team.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • JG2704 on October 23, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    @Harmony111 -Unbelieveable . Re MI - your post where you said they were beaten once was typed after they were beaten twice. I'm not blowing anyone's trumpet re Yorks - I'm not a Yorks fan but I still maintain with the squad they had they did well to do what they did out there. Yes I realise T+T were without several players and YM has already pointed out where they were but even so T+T on paper still had a much better side so to beat them was a great feat. Also Hants were poor but Yorks only lost one match heavily and with the squad they had out there I'd say that was a pretty good achievement but I guess that when Yorks lose a close game it's different from when an IPL side loses a close game. MI probably would have beaten Yorks but they still would not have qualified and if you care to read my comms on the thread I said that Gale would have been the happier captain after the game was rained off

  • yorkshirematt on October 22, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    @Harmony111 Now you are getting confused. Why do you think T&T were missing their key players? Oh yes, because the IPL teams had taken them! And in their state, similar to us in terms of missing personnel, do you think they'd have done much better if they had got through? One of the commentators finally gradped the fact today that Yorkshire weren't a bad side and said something along the lines of it being similar an indian state team missing their best players.

  • Harmony111 on October 22, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    @JG2704: Now you feigning ignorance!! Did you not know that MI were ALREADY out of CLT20 BEFORE they played CSK? I thought this was obvious. And just look at the way you give excuses for Yorkshire and Hampshire's shameful performances - that they were missing players and in the same vein you blow your trumpet that Yorkshire defeated T&T. Don't you know that T&T too were missing several top class players? Then how is Yorkshire beating T&T something special? And maybe you don't know this but in 2011 CLT20 Mumbai Indians were missing 7 players 4 of them being important and yet they went on to WIN 2011 CLT20. So don't give that excuse of Eng teams missing players. As for your jibe about rained off matches MI in particular paid a heavy price for their loss and couldn't make up cos their good game was rained off and MI were indeed in a very good position in that rained off game. If the home Titans couldn't chase 188 then the poor Yorkshire were never gonna score more than 120 either.

  • Harmony111 on October 22, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    @hutchy321 / Graemo Ov Trablus: So you admit that without the foreign players your team made up of local talent is only this good !! Hmm - the cup of local talent surely is up to the brim. Regarding your point of a team missing key players and becoming handicapped as a result, Mumbai Indians were missing 7 players in 2011 CLT20, 4 of them were key players. What did MI do last year in CLT20? They WON it. And Hutchy, don't ever accuse me again of saying things without knowing the facts.

  • JG2704 on October 22, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    @baghels.a on (October 21 2012, 10:04 AM GMT) Mate , my posts on this thread never even intimated that Indian sides are bad travellers. My point was to a poster who was saying "Eng Teams like Yorkshire have a lot to worry about" and my point was that Yorks were without one of their 2 overseas qualified players throughout the whole tournament (The in form Mitchell Starc) as he was playing for his Oz side and without the services of their 2 internationals due to ECB's narrow minds and in the final game were without their other overseas player Miller plus 2 of their 3 pacemen , making 6 out in total. My point was that there was little expectation with Yorks because of their depleted squad. Had they Mallinga,Pollard,Smith and Johnson in their side then maybe they would have more to worry about. Please publish this time. Nothing of offence and you posted my PS which makes less sense without this post

  • JG2704 on October 22, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    @Harmony111 on (October 21 2012, 10:11 AM GMT) Not twisting anything here. Your original post did not specify the before CSK part did it? Unfortunately for MI they don't get points for rained off matches or for looking like they're going to win a match they end up losing. Maybe they could introduce a rule where a losing team gets bonus points if at some stage they look like they might be win the game? BTW in your post to YorkshireMatt you say about our champs not even qualifying. Not so much as Yorks but they were also depleted by the loss of Briggs (honeymoon) and Mckenzie (playing for Lions) and again they don't have the overseas talent the IPL sides are afforded. Again the shambolic Yorks beat T+T who you were saying should be there still fair and square. Please publish this time. Nothing untrue or of offence

  • on October 21, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    Yorkshire did very well for the players they had to pick from. Yorkshire knew as well as everyone else that with the squad they had they were going to be the whipping boys in the group. Andrew gale I thought should have dropped himself to number 3 and get root to open with Jaques. Then he should have moved rashid and balance up the order and drop Lyth to 6. I felt gale missed a trick during the match of using root more instead of allowing rashid to get taken for runs that Yorkshire couldn't afford. Dan Hodgson did well and will be interesting to see if he gets a run in the Yorkshire 1st team next season.

  • JG2704 on October 21, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    @baghels.a on (October 21 2012, 10:04 AM GMT) PS , It's not a pro English team post but imagine if MI were without their best overseas players (Mallinga and Pollard) and were only allowed to field either Johnson or Smith. Then take away 2 of their Indian internationals - say Harbijan and Sharma and you'd get a similar situation to what Yorks find themselves in. The fact is that IPL sides have more overseas players than the other CLT20 sides and generally better quality overseas players so technically they should have that advantage before they start. You just have to look at the squads and see that none of the other CLT20 sides have even 2 overseas players with the quality of guys like Mallinga,Pollard,KP,Jaya,Morkel, Warner,Hussey etc

  • bobmartin on October 21, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    I'm sure that with all the wonderful and inventive ideas that have been forthcoming on this thread as a result of the IPL teams' results in this years CLT20 competition, the BCCI can adapt some of them to ensure that one of its teams wins next year.

  • Harmony111 on October 21, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    @JG2704: There you go again, deliberately twisting things to suit your arguments. MI were already out before they played CSK, you need to read more before commenting. And what was MI's record before that? Played 2, lost 1, NR 1. The NR game was the one where they were in a strong position in the 18th over. Their loss to CSK notwithstanding, MI were out of the contest due to their loss to Lions. And you may look at the final score and say it was a cakewalk but at one stage Lions needed 94 of 60, wasn't that a point when MI were on top? No where have I said Lions did not play well to win but from the PoV of MI they would look at that point and think they should have won it from there. MI lost 1 and their good match was rained off and they find themselves out. And don't even talk about the overseas players. That argument is completely misplaced. Ppl who use it have no idea what a team is and how a system is composed of elements.

  • JG2704 on October 23, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    @Harmony111 -Unbelieveable . Re MI - your post where you said they were beaten once was typed after they were beaten twice. I'm not blowing anyone's trumpet re Yorks - I'm not a Yorks fan but I still maintain with the squad they had they did well to do what they did out there. Yes I realise T+T were without several players and YM has already pointed out where they were but even so T+T on paper still had a much better side so to beat them was a great feat. Also Hants were poor but Yorks only lost one match heavily and with the squad they had out there I'd say that was a pretty good achievement but I guess that when Yorks lose a close game it's different from when an IPL side loses a close game. MI probably would have beaten Yorks but they still would not have qualified and if you care to read my comms on the thread I said that Gale would have been the happier captain after the game was rained off

  • yorkshirematt on October 22, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    @Harmony111 Now you are getting confused. Why do you think T&T were missing their key players? Oh yes, because the IPL teams had taken them! And in their state, similar to us in terms of missing personnel, do you think they'd have done much better if they had got through? One of the commentators finally gradped the fact today that Yorkshire weren't a bad side and said something along the lines of it being similar an indian state team missing their best players.

  • Harmony111 on October 22, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    @JG2704: Now you feigning ignorance!! Did you not know that MI were ALREADY out of CLT20 BEFORE they played CSK? I thought this was obvious. And just look at the way you give excuses for Yorkshire and Hampshire's shameful performances - that they were missing players and in the same vein you blow your trumpet that Yorkshire defeated T&T. Don't you know that T&T too were missing several top class players? Then how is Yorkshire beating T&T something special? And maybe you don't know this but in 2011 CLT20 Mumbai Indians were missing 7 players 4 of them being important and yet they went on to WIN 2011 CLT20. So don't give that excuse of Eng teams missing players. As for your jibe about rained off matches MI in particular paid a heavy price for their loss and couldn't make up cos their good game was rained off and MI were indeed in a very good position in that rained off game. If the home Titans couldn't chase 188 then the poor Yorkshire were never gonna score more than 120 either.

  • Harmony111 on October 22, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    @hutchy321 / Graemo Ov Trablus: So you admit that without the foreign players your team made up of local talent is only this good !! Hmm - the cup of local talent surely is up to the brim. Regarding your point of a team missing key players and becoming handicapped as a result, Mumbai Indians were missing 7 players in 2011 CLT20, 4 of them were key players. What did MI do last year in CLT20? They WON it. And Hutchy, don't ever accuse me again of saying things without knowing the facts.

  • JG2704 on October 22, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    @baghels.a on (October 21 2012, 10:04 AM GMT) Mate , my posts on this thread never even intimated that Indian sides are bad travellers. My point was to a poster who was saying "Eng Teams like Yorkshire have a lot to worry about" and my point was that Yorks were without one of their 2 overseas qualified players throughout the whole tournament (The in form Mitchell Starc) as he was playing for his Oz side and without the services of their 2 internationals due to ECB's narrow minds and in the final game were without their other overseas player Miller plus 2 of their 3 pacemen , making 6 out in total. My point was that there was little expectation with Yorks because of their depleted squad. Had they Mallinga,Pollard,Smith and Johnson in their side then maybe they would have more to worry about. Please publish this time. Nothing of offence and you posted my PS which makes less sense without this post

  • JG2704 on October 22, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    @Harmony111 on (October 21 2012, 10:11 AM GMT) Not twisting anything here. Your original post did not specify the before CSK part did it? Unfortunately for MI they don't get points for rained off matches or for looking like they're going to win a match they end up losing. Maybe they could introduce a rule where a losing team gets bonus points if at some stage they look like they might be win the game? BTW in your post to YorkshireMatt you say about our champs not even qualifying. Not so much as Yorks but they were also depleted by the loss of Briggs (honeymoon) and Mckenzie (playing for Lions) and again they don't have the overseas talent the IPL sides are afforded. Again the shambolic Yorks beat T+T who you were saying should be there still fair and square. Please publish this time. Nothing untrue or of offence

  • on October 21, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    Yorkshire did very well for the players they had to pick from. Yorkshire knew as well as everyone else that with the squad they had they were going to be the whipping boys in the group. Andrew gale I thought should have dropped himself to number 3 and get root to open with Jaques. Then he should have moved rashid and balance up the order and drop Lyth to 6. I felt gale missed a trick during the match of using root more instead of allowing rashid to get taken for runs that Yorkshire couldn't afford. Dan Hodgson did well and will be interesting to see if he gets a run in the Yorkshire 1st team next season.

  • JG2704 on October 21, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    @baghels.a on (October 21 2012, 10:04 AM GMT) PS , It's not a pro English team post but imagine if MI were without their best overseas players (Mallinga and Pollard) and were only allowed to field either Johnson or Smith. Then take away 2 of their Indian internationals - say Harbijan and Sharma and you'd get a similar situation to what Yorks find themselves in. The fact is that IPL sides have more overseas players than the other CLT20 sides and generally better quality overseas players so technically they should have that advantage before they start. You just have to look at the squads and see that none of the other CLT20 sides have even 2 overseas players with the quality of guys like Mallinga,Pollard,KP,Jaya,Morkel, Warner,Hussey etc

  • bobmartin on October 21, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    I'm sure that with all the wonderful and inventive ideas that have been forthcoming on this thread as a result of the IPL teams' results in this years CLT20 competition, the BCCI can adapt some of them to ensure that one of its teams wins next year.

  • Harmony111 on October 21, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    @JG2704: There you go again, deliberately twisting things to suit your arguments. MI were already out before they played CSK, you need to read more before commenting. And what was MI's record before that? Played 2, lost 1, NR 1. The NR game was the one where they were in a strong position in the 18th over. Their loss to CSK notwithstanding, MI were out of the contest due to their loss to Lions. And you may look at the final score and say it was a cakewalk but at one stage Lions needed 94 of 60, wasn't that a point when MI were on top? No where have I said Lions did not play well to win but from the PoV of MI they would look at that point and think they should have won it from there. MI lost 1 and their good match was rained off and they find themselves out. And don't even talk about the overseas players. That argument is completely misplaced. Ppl who use it have no idea what a team is and how a system is composed of elements.

  • baghels.a on October 21, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    JG2704,You are one of the sensible bloke from England who dosen't indulge in India bashing but your comment of IPL sides asking for more foreign player is not well merited,India won t-20 WC back in 2007 in SA and CSK won CL in SA in 2009 plus the fact Indian team before 8-0 thrashings were doing well in overseas conditions winning series or drawing them,Indian batters are known for there batting prowess,if you look at this CL all our batters have done well enough except Sachin and KKR , it is just that Indian bowling has been below par which has cost them,foreign batters for IPL teams have been a let down and i often say India is filled with batters and spinners so majority of 4 foreign player has to be a fast bowler or an allrounder(seam bowling).

  • JG2704 on October 21, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    @Harmony111 on (October 20 2012, 16:46 PM GMT) PS re "MI are out of the tournament even though they lost just one close game" 1- your maths needs touching up on as they lost a closish game yesterday but were soundly beaten by the Lions so that makes 2 games. 2 - You make out they were unlucky - How so when they have lost 2 of 3 games with the other game rained off? Maybe the CLT20 ought to give the Indian sides a few more advantages like giving the teams more top overseas stars to pick and maybe continue the group stages until we have 4 Indian sides into the semis.

  • JG2704 on October 21, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    @Naveed Hashmi on (October 20 2012, 16:37 PM GMT) I presume you are joking here otherwise you may as well have a 2nd IPL in a season

  • JG2704 on October 21, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    @Harmony111 on (October 20 2012, 16:46 PM GMT) I presume that you didn't notice that little Yorkshire actually beat the T+T side you sorely miss in the qualifiers. It's a shame that weather has affected so many games but T+T were out whether they won or lost the rained off game because Yorks won both their games. As for Yorks having much to worry about , most Yorks fans will say they overachieved by getting through the qualifiers with their weakened squad. Throughout they were without 3 of their strongest side and yesterday were without 6 (over half the side) and still got closer to defeating Lions than the star studded MIs with their 4 cherry picked overseas players.

  • yorkshire-86 on October 21, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Yorkshire have a lot to worry about LOL. Imagine if they had their full strength team, with Mitchell Starc, Johnny Bairstow, David Miller, Tim Bresnan? Ditto T&T.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 21, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    WELL DIS WAS QUITE OBVIOUS SINCE ipl teams R nt gd enuff to play outside india even in the presence of OVR.SEAS PLYRS,I WONDER WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPEND,HAD THESE "4 PLAYRS" NT BEEN PLAYNG 4 THESE IPL TEAMS.ONE MUST REMEMBR THAT SIDES 4RM SA HAV VRY FEW INTRNATIONAL STARS IN THEM.He seems more talentd than all bangla team.

  • Harry_Kool on October 21, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Let's cut to the chase, scrap the name IPL6 & let's just call it CLT20, that way an IPL team is guaranteed to win.

  • Chris_P on October 21, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    I like these ideas. What about 3 IPL teams qualify for 3 semi spots, the other 5 go directly in the pool,, while the rest of the other teams play off the remaining spots. Now if they qualify for the semi, they have to play each of the teams they beat to confirm they are good enough to get to semi final. And if they do, they have to beat the other 3 IPL teams by a margin of either 7 wickets or 50 runs to qualify for the final. That seems fair.

  • AshLee99 on October 21, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    What about conducting IPL twice a year so that at least one IPL team will win rather than CLt20? Maybe invite all the other teams for qualifier and have 1 team to make it 10 teams(9 IPL+1 other). Maybe other countries should start their own League without IPL.

  • Htc-Android on October 21, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    probably in the next edition of the CL, BCCI should do like this. directl qualify top 3 ipl teams to semi finals. let the other teams to compete for the 4th semi final spot along with 3 more IPL teams. so they can generate more revenues.

  • ifrakurshid on October 21, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    congratulations to south african lions to out class THREE in one stroke which also included two star studded indian teams from the t-20 champioship a match very wel faught out while batting,bowling and fielding the lady luck also supported them a bit to reach the last four masterly managed by ICC management the other match was of no intrest many tv watchers even the punters were not ready to bet in or play thus saving thier coins for the last stages of the tournament.

  • anton111 on October 21, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    There should be 8 IPL teams in CL. 2 for the qualifiers, 4 for the main draw and 2 with direct entry into semis

  • Chris_P on October 20, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    @yorkshirematt. Perhaps our friend harmony111 needs a tour of the Yorkshire cricket club to see if there should be any worries? I think he is a little peeved that the IPL sides didn't get automatic entry into the semi-finals.... maybe next time round.

  • yorkshirematt on October 20, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    @Harmony111 "Eng teams like Yorkshire have a lot to worry about". I don't think we'll lose any sleep over it. It was nice to be involved but domestic cricket is our priority.

  • on October 20, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    @ Naveed Hashmi: i totally agree with you , actually i would demand more, i think there should be 5 direct entries, with the winner of IPL, playing the "SUPER FINAL" with whoever wins the CLT20 Final , this way you can be guaranteed a team in the last game and at minimum a 50% chance to win , just like the Indian share :D

  • BravoBravo on October 20, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Three IPL (Indian Pride Limited) teams are kicked out, and one more is to be kicked out. And after that the GAME will begin. Long live the cricket.

  • on October 20, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    next time 6 IPL teams in CLT20 Outside India haha

  • on October 20, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990 with four teams none of those make into final might give us 6 IPL teams in next year CLT20 opsss

  • on October 20, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Yup we need more IPL teams so that at least one makes it to the finals.

  • Zan46 on October 20, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    As a Canadian cricket fan - Congratulation Lions! Thanks for kncking out 2 IPL teams. One more to go and there will be no IPL team in the CLT20. I am still not happy with the format of the CLT20. Why do Champions have to qualify?.

  • TripleCenturian on October 20, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Naveedq. We have a tournament like that already. It's called the IPL

  • on October 20, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    3 ipl teams out ... 1 more to go

  • on October 20, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Great to know that CSK are out :D

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 20, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Dont worry anti-IPL fans...Delhi is going to lift the trophy..

  • Harmony111 on October 20, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Well, nothing much to worry about. MI are out of the tournament even though they lost just one close game. CSK lost 2 in 2 but both of them were close ones and they will kick themselves for not winning at least one of them. KKR looked ill prepared for the contest but even they were unlucky when a match where they were in a good position was rained off. Bashers will say a lot to pull down these teams but there is nothing to worry about. The home teams are doing well in home conditions and also have been lucky in not having their good games rained off. Eng Teams like Yorkshire have a lot to worry about, they just don't look like they belong to this place. The other one couldn't even qualify lol. T&T too were unlucky in having a game rained off. They are being missed now.

  • on October 20, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    I have said it earlier and will say it again that it is highly unfair to Indian teams. BCCI holda highest share of the CLT20 company but only 1 idian team 'may' reach 1/2 finals. That is unfair..... I would recommend that next time around, there should be 4 direct entries for IPL teams and 2 more can play qualifying and if Australia and SA have no objection, then we may have 6 direct entries for IPL Teams!

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  • on October 20, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    I have said it earlier and will say it again that it is highly unfair to Indian teams. BCCI holda highest share of the CLT20 company but only 1 idian team 'may' reach 1/2 finals. That is unfair..... I would recommend that next time around, there should be 4 direct entries for IPL teams and 2 more can play qualifying and if Australia and SA have no objection, then we may have 6 direct entries for IPL Teams!

  • Harmony111 on October 20, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Well, nothing much to worry about. MI are out of the tournament even though they lost just one close game. CSK lost 2 in 2 but both of them were close ones and they will kick themselves for not winning at least one of them. KKR looked ill prepared for the contest but even they were unlucky when a match where they were in a good position was rained off. Bashers will say a lot to pull down these teams but there is nothing to worry about. The home teams are doing well in home conditions and also have been lucky in not having their good games rained off. Eng Teams like Yorkshire have a lot to worry about, they just don't look like they belong to this place. The other one couldn't even qualify lol. T&T too were unlucky in having a game rained off. They are being missed now.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 20, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Dont worry anti-IPL fans...Delhi is going to lift the trophy..

  • on October 20, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Great to know that CSK are out :D

  • on October 20, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    3 ipl teams out ... 1 more to go

  • TripleCenturian on October 20, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Naveedq. We have a tournament like that already. It's called the IPL

  • Zan46 on October 20, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    As a Canadian cricket fan - Congratulation Lions! Thanks for kncking out 2 IPL teams. One more to go and there will be no IPL team in the CLT20. I am still not happy with the format of the CLT20. Why do Champions have to qualify?.

  • on October 20, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Yup we need more IPL teams so that at least one makes it to the finals.

  • on October 20, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990 with four teams none of those make into final might give us 6 IPL teams in next year CLT20 opsss

  • on October 20, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    next time 6 IPL teams in CLT20 Outside India haha