Daredevils v Lions, 1st semi-final, CLT20, Durban October 25, 2012

Lions reach final with rousing win

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Lions 139 for 5 (Bodi 50, McKenzie 46*, Yadav 2-20) beat Delhi Daredevils 117 for 9 (Pietersen 50, Morris 2-7, Phangiso 2-18) by 22 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Gulam Bodi said at the half-way stage that his team, Lions, may have fallen around 15 short of their desired total but a spirited performance with the ball in favourable conditions was too much, even for a power-packed Delhi Daredevils batting line-up. Following up on Bodi's half-century and Neil McKenzie's death-over surge, Lions' Chris Morris bowled an outstanding spell and, backed ably by his spinners, helped knock out the only remaining IPL team from the Champions League. In doing so, Lions also kept alive the possibility of an all-South African finale in this diverse franchise tournament.

Lions managed a fighting 139 but Daredevils would have felt justified in their decision to bowl first in overcast conditions amid plenty of breeze. Their bowlers found swing, movement and good bounce, and the assistance lasted through the game. But Daredevils had the batsmen to counter that and they'd infused their line-up with more power up the order, with regular captain Mahela Jayawardene, surprisingly, sitting out again to make way for David Warner in the opening slot. Warner did attack, but briefly, and the early departure of Daredevils' openers was key in Lions being able to keep the pressure on.

They were helped by Virender Sehwag, who fell first ball trying to loft Sohail Tanvir over mid-on only to be caught, though Warner and Kevin Pietersen staged a counterattack. Both targeted Dirk Nannes, who was squeezed through extra cover for two boundaries from Warner and thrashed down the ground by Pietersen. But Morris, brought on first change, with his high-arm action, accuracy, minimal but unsettling movement and encouraging bounce tightened one end up. The bounce accounted for Warner, who top-edged a catch back to the bowler while attempting to jab one on the leg side, and that began a phase of stagnation.

It coincided with the introduction of spin, and Unmukt Chand found it difficult to get a move-on. While Morris was probing away at one end, Aaron Phangiso and Jean Symes, both left-arm spinners, gave little away, slowing it up often as the batsman found it hard to connect desirably when often swinging across the line. Overs six to ten yielded just 17 runs, Chand tied down at one end before he went down holing out to long-on, desperately seeking a lift. Instead of Ross Taylor, out came Irfan Pathan and his promotion failed. Nannes returned in the 14th over, attacking Taylor at No. 6 with a slip and the captain followed that over, as Nannes reacted swiftly to his right to pluck a one-handed catch.

Miscalculation was the feature of Daredevils' game, as Pathan's promotion followed the decision to send in Pawan Negi ahead of Ajit Agarkar. This, despite Agarkar's spunky batting that helped his team beat Perth Scorchers in their previous completed game. Pietersen, stranded at one end, lost five of his partners in one over after another before there was too much for him alone to achieve. With 48 needed off 24, he perished in the sixth over after the collapse began, dismissed fittingly by Morris who had begun the choke with his miserly spell. With Pietersen's fall, Daredevils' fate was sealed.

Bodi and McKenzie played influential roles after their team was put in. Bodi, the in-form batsman, was scratchy to begin with. His initial movement across gave him a hard time against the bounce from Morne Morkel and swing from Pathan.

The innings was set back by a wicket-maiden from birthday boy Umesh Yadav and Daredevils had edged ahead with Lions 63 for 3 at the end of the 11th over. In the interim, Bodi had started to get going, playing to his strengths against Pietersen's slow ones by lofting them past extra cover. He swung against Negi with the turn to launch him over deep square leg and built a solid association with the experienced McKenzie, who stayed on till the end. The pair ran well, McKenzie scored boundaries on both sides of the wicket, even pulled Morkel for six, in a stand worth 59 in 44 balls.

Though the attempted surge in the final overs was curtailed by Yadav's discipline, some indiscipline in the field earned Lions crucial runs. Yadav himself dropped a straightforward catch, so did Pietersen, and McKenzie squeezed as much as he could out of those two reprieves, eking out 46 off the last five. It proved more than sufficient.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • JG2704 on October 28, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    @Blythesville on (October 28 2012, 01:16 AM GMT) Have you actually watched the tournament at all or are you just booing because T+T are no longer in it? T+T were knocked out fair and square - even if the qualifying system was a bit harsh. But many of the matches have gone down to the wire and the second semi final couldn't have been more entertaining. Even in this semi final Lions won by defending a sub 140 score. Surely - while we all like to see big scores posted - it's good that when a side posts around 130-140 it hasn't necessarily meant game over in the side batting second's favour.

  • Blythesville on October 28, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Talk about a tournament that missed the presence of Trinidad & Tobago and the excitement they are capable of bringing.

  • JG2704 on October 27, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    @anshu.s on (October 26 2012, 21:30 PM GMT) My comm (JG2704 on (October 27 2012, 07:57 AM GMT) was to you. Wasn't posting to myself there.

  • dummy4fb on October 27, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    To all those moaning about IPL being a joke and all that, just because no IPL team qualified for the finals....let me tell you this.

    As an Indian, I would rather be in India's position that most other countries. It is imperative to have a strong economy (Cricketing economy and demand) which gives continuous return. It will always encourage a stream of good players.

    If you don't have the strong cricketing economy your results will always be up and down. Great players come and go, Great teams come and go, but the a strong economy will help maintain a decent team.

    The only countries that come close are OZ, Eng and SA (players+Cricket economy) and SL (their love for the game in general).

    Champions League is not perfect, but its not as bad as people complain. IMHO, the no. of direct entry teams should be as follows - SA-2, Aus - 2, India - 3, Eng - 1, SLPL - 1, Pak -1, WI-1, NZ -1, Bang - 1.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 27, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    @teo. Yes Thats why australia and southafrica never won a t20wc whereas india and england won t20wc one time...

  • JG2704 on October 27, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @JG2704 on (October 26 2012, 18:50 PM GMT) Indeed 2 of 4 is a better ratio than 3 of 8 and while I'm not sticking up for our football teams which I couldn't really give a flying one about , you might also notice that the other 2 country's sides who have won it in the last 5 years are Italy and Spain whoes clubs have similar financial clout. Which country's domestic sides have anything like the financial clout the IPL sides have? Don't get me wrong , they still have to perform but in Football there are 3 or 4 country's with similar wealth - in cricket India (IPL sides) stands way above the rest in the wealth stakes

  • aby_prasad on October 27, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    lol ppl jus cant bear that ipl is flourishing and in the news everywhere much like many are jealous of epl and its growth!

  • dravinashbs on October 27, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    @Bravobravo : So SL lost all the series against losers both at home and away. what should they be called?

  • teo. on October 26, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    All I can say is, 23 out of the 44 players starting in both semi's were South African :D 24 if KP is counted.. (lets not go there..) Thats the highest number. further evidence that, at this point in time.. SA is truly the games powerhouse. Btw, Aus were 2nd most represented... a re-emerging force it seems. Happy days... Eng and India need to get their act together.

  • anshu.s on October 26, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    @JG2704, you are a sensible bloke hence i will explain myself, football CL is almost 50 years old competition while cricket version is hardly 4 years old so IPL team winning two out of four is a better winning ratio than 3 out of 8 in the last decade by EPL teams.Chelsea won it last year but they were rather lucky and boring and they beat my beloved Barcelona lol.No i am not indicting EPL or excusing the flaws and excesses of IPL but my post was for our loving neighbours trying to point the basic fact that in footy there are 4 leagues of equal stature financially and popularity wise but in Cricket it is the BCCI which has monies .ECB gets decent amount due to its TV deal with sky (200 mil Euros) is good but still pales in comparison.Coming to cricketing reasons most of our foreign batters let us down and our Indian batters with the exeption of Sachin did decent.It really hurts when people are just waiting for Indian teams to fail and this creates a feeling of us v/s them which is sad.

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