Sydney Sixers v Mumbai Indians, CLT20, Durban

Sydney Sixers win four out of four

The Report by George Binoy

October 22, 2012

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Sydney Sixers 136 for 7 (Smith 41, Munaf 2-17) beat Mumbai Indians 124 for 8 (Cummins 2-16) by 12 runs
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Michael Lumb prepares to play a cut, Mumbai Indians v Sydney Sixers, Champions League T20, Durban, October 22, 2012
Michael Lumb's 28 wasn't fluent but it gave Sydney Sixers a satisfactory start © Getty Images
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Sydney Sixers, with Shane Watson, were the most impressive side of the Champions League Twenty20, winning three out of three matches. Today they were without Watson for the first time, and though they weren't as powerful with the bat, their bowling and fielding skills were sharp enough to win their fourth consecutive game comprehensively, and send the defending champions Mumbai Indians home without a victory.

Sydney's batsmen weren't able to impose themselves on a pitch with bounce that was steep and spongy. Only three of the top seven batsmen made it out of single digits for Sydney: Michael Lumb's 28 was full of mis-timed pulls but gave the innings a satisfactory start, Nic Maddinson's 27 was at breakneck speed and attempted to blaze his team out of trouble, and Steve Smith's run-a-ball 41 was a repair job that did not grow into more.

A target of 137 might have been easier to achieve against most other teams but Sydney's pace attack and their exceptional fielding never let Mumbai stage a breakaway. The margin of victory was only 12 in the end, but the game was lost long before that. Mumbai scored 20 futile runs off the final over.

Mumbai opened with Dwayne Smith and Sachin Tendulkar and they struggled to get going against Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. The ball seamed and bounced under lights and Mumbai cobbled together 30 for 0 after six overs. Just when they had begun to gain momentum, with Smith and Tendulkar clearing the boundary, Moises Henriques removed both within four balls in the ninth over, leaving Mumbai 53 for 2.

Rohit Sharma began to repair the chase but he was run out by a direct hit from Cummins. Rohit vented anger at being sent back by Dinesh Karthik, who had dropped the ball at his feet and taken a few steps down the pitch. Karthik was also run out later, as he was forced to run around a back-pedaling Henriques and was caught short by McCullum's direct hit. Thereafter, Mumbai simply went through the motions.

Sydney's innings had a start that was worse than Mumbai's after Brad Haddin chose to bat. They had been 33 for 0 but slumped to 40 for 3.

Maddinson began an audacious counterattack by upper cutting his first ball, off Lasith Malinga no less, over the keeper for six. He swept the left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha twice to the leg-side boundary and then smashed the ball into the second tier beyond long-on. While Smith was steadying the innings, Maddinson went about giving it momentum, until he was caught short by a direct hit from Malinga at point. Henriques was done in by a Harbhajan Singh arm-ball, and Sydney had lost two wickets for one run.

Their hopes for a Smith-propelled finish ended in the 18th over, when Malinga beat a cheeky paddle and hit the stumps. McCullum, playing for Watson, was the fourth person to make a double-digit score and he led them to 136. It was below-par for this surface, but enough for Sydney's crack bowling attack.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP Overs 16-20 NB/Wides
Sydney 42 10 2 40-3 38-1 0/3
Mumbai 70 13 4 30-0 35-4 0/4

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Posted by Harmony111 on (October 26, 2012, 0:45 GMT)

@Smith Robertson: Wow, great logic there. SRT has 18 100s vs weaker sides out of 100 and so you want to discount the entire set? Even if we discard these 18 ones SRT still has 82 100s against the stronger sides. Now pls tell me what is the no of 100s scored by the 2nd person in this list under the same set of constraints? I am sure you can see the chasm there. Besides, what do you have to say for the 380 Hayden scored vs Zim and the 185* Watson scored vs BD? Should that be discarded as well? I think some SA batsmen scored 275 vs BD in a test, should that not be counted? Should we not count the 188 Kirsten scored in 1996 vs UAE? How about not counting the 181 Viv scored vs Sri Lanka in 1987? And why stop here, do you think all the 5 wick and 10 wick hauls bowlers have taken vs weaker sides be discarded as well? Even among stronger teams don't you think runs scored vs weaker bowlers should not be counted? You agree Mr.?

Posted by   on (October 25, 2012, 21:49 GMT)

Such 100 100 don't count because 18 of them were against teams like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya etc so some of you guys criticising these weaker opposition and still feel its okay for Sachin to achieve a 100 against those team double standards catch 22. Sachin is way too overrated :D

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 25, 2012, 20:21 GMT)

@Meety: I thought this article was closed for comments, checked it again and saw they are still accepting comments, anyways..... I frankly don't recall anyone mentioning the maiden over, yours was the first comment I 'v read that raises that point. Like I said earlier, it wasn't the best 100 SRT scored but to attribute the lack of flow to him being selfish is a bit evil. SRT has also been out a few times in the 90s trying to play a big shot - what do these ppl say for that haan? Moreover, sometimes a player recognizes that he is struggling (for whatever reason) but decides to survive somehow cos if he decides to play big shots he may get out and hurt his team even more. SRT had a similar day in the WC SF when he scored 85 in the midst of a terrible flow where he was lucky a no. of times but he chose to survive. Most of us have no idea what Intl Cricket really is like and we just expect Gayle to hit 6s with a swing of bat and Warne to spin ball like a top but do we know what it takes?

Posted by vxttemp on (October 25, 2012, 1:22 GMT)

I don't see any answer to this question from Indians - Has India's National team reached Semi's in the last ICC T20? Was Sachin playing in that or Has he robbed some youngster's place? Trying Raina's, Rohit's forever in tests and ODIs, you guys r talking about India's bench strength and bashing Sachin not letting youngsters. What a serious Joke? Luckily wickets are flat arround the world with the exception of one or 2, otherwise I would be wondering about other regular players in the Indian side. Are you guys happy with Raina and Rohit's reference or do you need a list of players selected for India( Can start with Kirthi Azad, malhotra, VB chandrashekar, arun lal, debang gandhi, vikram rathore, Amre, Ajay Sharma etc etc)

Posted by Meety on (October 25, 2012, 1:09 GMT)

@ Harmony111 on (October 24 2012, 09:27 AM GMT) - at the time, heaps of people were talking about the maiden over. I fully respect Sachin's achievements. 100 International tons is a great record, I will try to rememeber the preceeding 99, rather than the 100th though - IT was not good.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 24, 2012, 21:38 GMT)

@Harmony111 - You're absolutely right. I think I must have misjudged you thinking you were a tad paranoid and oversensitive to criticisms. Now I realise that your comments are the blueprint for impartiality,grace,understanding and humilty and that I'm obviously somehow mistaking you for another person who has been trying to belittle teams without the wealth of IPL's franchises and booing about how unlucky the IPL teams have been in this years tournament. You have my sincerest apologies.

Posted by vxttemp on (October 24, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

I don't see any answer to this question from Indians - Has India's National team reached Semi's in the last ICC T20? Was Sachin playing in that or Has he robbed some youngster's place? Trying Raina's, Rohit's forever in tests and ODIs, you guys r talking about India's bench strength and bashing Sachin not letting youngsters. What a serious Joke? Luckily wickets are flat arround the world with the exception of one or 2, otherwise I would be wondering about other regular players in the Indian side. Are you guys happy with Raina and Rohit's reference or do you need a list of players selected for India( Can start with Kirthi Azad, malhotra, VB chandrashekar, arun lal, debang gandhi, vikram rathore, Amre, Ajay Sharma etc etc)

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 24, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

Oops, the link I referred to in a comment I made some time back is www.espncricinfo.com/champions-league-twenty20-2012/content/current/story/587401.html actually. The link I mentioned there was wrong.

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 24, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

@JG2704: … This comment's context is a diff article which was closed, Ref: www.espncricinfo.com/champions-league-twenty20-2012/content/current/story/587674.html … You refuse to accept your mistake even after I've pointed it out to you. Not so humble after all ha! Anyways, let me explain this. Read my original comment again. What's my 3rd sentence there? Is it something like "CSK lost 2 in 2 ..."? Had I been talking about the LATEST situation at that time (when MI had lost 2) then I would have said "CSK lost 2 of 3" isn't it? At any point of time I can talk about any point of the past and not necessarily of the immediately preceding point - I did just that. Here's some crude mathematics for you. At time T9, I was talking about the status of the tournament not at time T7 but at time T5. You can think what you want for what Yorks did in SA but what MI did last time after missing 7 players must definitely rank higher than that, agree?

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 24, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

@JG2704: I don't give credit? Pls check my comment on ... http://www.espncricinfo.com/champions-league-twenty20-2012/content/current/story/587699.html ... to find the truth. As an additional point, you think you guys will make fun of IPL teams or Team India or BCCI on just about everything and then expect the Indian fans to be altruistic? You guys have made so much fun of IPL/India/BCCI that even Jesus would have said enough. Sample this, when I told you about MI's title win of the prev CLT20 in spite of missing 7 players did you say ANYTHING good there? You ignored that point. Did YOU say anything praising KKR when they obliterated Titans? What was the attitude of the bashers when India won the WC? That India were lucky and won it at home. What was your attitude when India were #1 in Tests? What did you guys say when SRT got his 100th 100? You folks even refused to admit such a record. And now you asking me to give CREDIT?

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