Titans v Sixers, 2nd semi-final, CLT20, Centurion

Sydney Sixers in final after nailbiter

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

October 26, 2012

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Sydney Sixers 164 for 8 (O'Keefe 32, Lumb 33, van der Merwe 1-23) beat Titans 163 for 5 (Wiese 61*, Davids 59*) by two wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

David Wiese thumped 61 not out off 28, Titans v Sydney Sixers, 2nd semi-final, Champions League T20, Centurion, October 26, 2012
David Wiese scored the fastest fifty of the tournament, off 25 balls © AFP

Fortunes ebbed and flowed in true Twenty20 style in Centurion, as Sydney Sixers scripted a final-ball jailbreak to set up a title clash with Lions on Sunday. It was a heartbreak for the home fans, who showed up to cheer for Titans, and for the rest of the country, who would have hoped for an all-South Africa final.

In a tournament that hasn't seen too many of the high scores normally associated with this format, a target of 164 was always going to be a challenge. Sixers were the form team, coming into the semis unbeaten, and seemed best equipped in all departments to overhaul any challenge thrown at them.

It was still anybody's game in the final over, with Sixers needing eight with three wickets in hand. Titans captain Martin van Jaarsveld gambled by tossing the ball to CJ de Villiers, who had had an ordinary night leaking 26 off his first two overs. Ben Rohrer was adventurous enough to paddle-scoop the first ball but could fetch only a couple. He scooped the second ball straight to mid-off but crucially in those few seconds, Pat Cummins - who blitzed a six the previous over - crossed and shielded the new batsman from facing. The following ball cost Titans as de Villiers sprayed it too wide of the off stump and was penalised. Cummins heaved the next to deep midwicket, survived a run-out appeal and picked up two more. He stole a leg bye, exposed Mitchell Starc who couldn't put away a short ball but also managed to sneak a leg bye. There were memories of Johannesburg 2011, when Cummins snatched a Test win for Australia with the bat. He did it again this time when he swung and missed, but it didn't hurt Sixers as the wicketkeeper Heino Kuhn was way off the mark with his throw and, despite a collision with the bowler amid the frenzy, Cummins managed to crawl to the other end to secure a thriller.

A nailbiter seemed unlikely after the electric start provided by the openers Michael Lumb and Steve O'Keefe, who was in his makeshift role due to Shane Watson's departure to Australia. The pair added 54 in just under five overs with clean hits, each boundary met by a hush from the crowd. The first eight overs contained at least one boundary. The ninth was the start of Titans' comeback, via their spinners. Eden Links clean bowled O'Keefe for 32 and the following over by Roelof van der Merwe produced two wickets, including a run-out. It was the first of two communication breakdowns in Sixers' innings - Steve Smith and Nic Maddinson found themselves stranded on two separate occasions and Sixers had slipped from 85 for 1 after eight overs to 115 for 5 after 13.

Van der Merwe came back well after being caned in his opening over but a couple of meaty blows by Moises Henriques narrowed the equation. The match see-sawed again when Henriques and Nathan McCullum fell off consecutive balls, and it came down to Cummins to secure the highest-successful chase in this edition of the tournament.

That the match even had a competitive ring to it though was thanks to contrasting half-centuries by two Titans batsmen with similar sounding names. Henry Davids batted through the innings with 59 off 44 balls while David Wiese made the most of his relatively short stint with an unbeaten 61 off 28 balls.

Titans were at an underwhelming 91 for 5 after 16 overs, desperate for a push. Wiese began his onslaught by lofting Cummins high over midwicket and in the same over fetched back-to-back fours to take 15 off the over. It was a sign of things to come as Wiese bludgeoned consecutive sixes over the on side off Henriques in an over that leaked 23. They ransacked 72 off the last four overs and Wiese brought up the tournament's fastest fifty - off 25 balls - to give Sixers something to think about. In the end it was fitting that Sixers, the most dominant side in the competition, made the final.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay 16-20 NB/Wides
Titans 48 13 7 39/3 75/0 0/4
Sydney Sixers 45 16 5 60/1 43/3 0/5

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by JG2704 on (October 28, 2012, 16:43 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.

Posted by   on (October 28, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

@Newlandsfaithful - T20 is "new". It is "not cricket", you should not harp on the difference between T20 and test cricket. By now every one knows that it is different. Yet it is great entertainment, which caters for every TV viewer, the young and the old alike. It is a tremendous plus for the sport. I love T20, I love ODI, I love test cricket most of all, just like I love my 3-course meals at times. I don't expect soup or fish to be the main course, yet they are all nice.

Posted by cricketcarl on (October 27, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

i feel the man of the match award should have gone to either, wiese, for a phenomenal innings, or cummins for holding his nerve in the most tense situation that cricket offers, these two both gave the game something special, the stuff of dreams, at least one should have been rewarded.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

Sydney deserves the trophy. Hope for the best for Sydney Sixers. Hope Shane Watson's gap would not hamper their journey.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (October 27, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

@ WickyRoy.paklover - That means I'm on right path. Thank You ! You are my idol.

Posted by Er-.S.R.shankar on (October 27, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

I do not understand why IPL teams are derided despite two of them winning the last two titles away and home; Even CSk did not lose two matches meekly. Watch Duplesis/Suresh RAina's innings against Sydney. But for Steve Smith's excellent catching they wpuld have chased 185 and poor handling of bowling by Dhoni cost the other against Lions -No excuses- It happens to every team. But you cannot deny that CSK is the most consistent IPL/CLT 20 team

Majoity of this site is jealous of IPL/CSK. It is bitter to swallow the fact. Because of well organised IPL[despite its limited shortcomings] CLT20 is alive and commercially popular too--Two deserving teams are in final Move on guys --STop IPL bashing [ even when they are not playing ]

Posted by Ronaldus on (October 27, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

An exciting match with a strange ending. If Pakistan had called up their most expensive bowler for the night to bowl the final crucial over when the man of the match for both batting and bowling was available (Wiese) would questions not have been asked? Or was this just one more example of Saffers rigidity with sticking to a plan regardless of circumstances? Well done to the Sixers though; they held their nerve and produced. Cummins is a remarkable young man.

Posted by Newlandsfaithful on (October 27, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

This tournament has had some intriguing matches - and this was one of them. In fact this has been a relatively interesting tournament. In comparison I think the IPL is too long, too drawn out with too many meaningless matches. Believe it or not T20 can be quite boring at times. And despite the hype, this tournament has proved that the IPL does not the best on offer. Test match cricket is still the best format anyway. The difference between T20 and test cricket is like the difference between watching cartoons and a great movie. The cartoon will be flashy and give you a giggle, but only the movie leaves you properly entertained. T20 is for kids. And if we have to watch it - at least get on with it and don't drag the tournament out for months on end.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

the ploy of skipper haddin to open with okeefe worked so nicely..

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (October 27, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

all 8 ipl teams shud be included in clt20 next time Plz...4 not enuf

Posted by real26_03 on (October 27, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

What a match!! Hats off to TITANS , they really played well.. Expecting a fantastic final.. And people stop commenting about the overrated IPL teams and applaud for this fantastic game..

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 27, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

@counterstrike 1.6,the most terrible logic ever.

Posted by deadite11 on (October 27, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

This shows how a teams from a same group progressed into final. Lions and sixers are from Group B, they came top by beating strongest IPL teams, luckily DD, KKR are found in opposite groups otherwise they would ve been like MI who were winless. Sydney sixers were tremendous form as they were unbeaten last 10 matches with CL inc. Stronger teams like CSK, TTN were struggled and lost to them, and i have no hopes as which team can stop them, warner will join sixers this BBL season to add more strength, to show that they are unstoppables.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (October 27, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

@ anton111 - Thanks for your suggestion. U r right. IPL teams are ordinary, We need at least 6 to 8 IPL teams to win the title. But we will also make sure that we don't invite "Stronger" teams like Sialkot that couldn't even qualify for the main tournament while all of its fans were beating their chests even before the tournament started that Sialkot Stallions are the best and they don't need any overseas player to WIN the tournament.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (October 27, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

@ OzWally - So CL-T20 results decide the talent of a team ? Last CL-T20 was won by MI. And in 2010 too, CSK had won on same tough-SA conditions where Vijay n Ashwin were highest run getter and Wicket-taker resp.. What you have to say about it ? That must be FLUKE according to you. Right ? Just because this year All IPL teams couldn't produce good result, so they have no talent ? WOW ! How interesting it is that last two CL-t20s were won by IPL teams, then no one said anything and this year when IPL teams could't win, all of a sudden you have reached to the conclusion that "IPL teams have No talent." lol And CA is not a poor board. After BCCI, it's CA(along with ECB) that has got Maximum money and Power. What "constructive" are they doing ?

Posted by   on (October 27, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

funny how there are 4 IPL teams and none of them made it hahaha ! Sixers should win the final, form team of the comp and even though i go for the sydney thunder, sydney sixers are our brothers. Cmon guys bring it home ! IF we were still the nsw blues, we would the most succesful team in CLt20 history and would boast guys like warner, clarke, watson, lee, etc

Posted by Meety on (October 27, 2012, 1:26 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster on (October 26 2012, 21:41 PM GMT) "...Without INDIA, there would be NO CLT20 !! Period" & the problem with that is??????????

Posted by NALINWIJ on (October 27, 2012, 1:17 GMT)

Although this was a great contest between SA and AUS sides I congragulate AUSTralia for sacrificing ODIs for a 3 test series against SA. CLt20 can be the pinnacle legitamising t20 leagues. I propose a 12 team CLt20 consisting 2 groups of 6 with one group in INDIA and the other shared in SL and Bangaladesh.3 IPL teams 2 Australian teams and champions from SA,ENG,SL,WI,PAK,BANG and NZ. Indian group is 3IPL teams,SA,ENG,AUS[runner up] and other group of SL,PAK,BANG,AUS,NZ,WI. 15 preliminary games per group [30games] in 15 days wednesday to wednesday with SEMIS on FRIDAY and FINAL on SUNDAY.[19 days total] 2 tv slots per day,good for tourism, legitamises t20 leagues.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 26, 2012, 23:44 GMT)

@OzWally: While your comments may sound sensible, I have to still strongly disagree with you. The IPL is a genuine world class league with good talent on show. Sadly, as you pointed out, the money on offer is what's probably making people bash it. Sadly, that's the way it is. The BCCI is the world's most powerful board and this is how they flex their muscles. But as pure cricket teams, the IPL sides are equally good in talent. They simply haven't fired in this competition. Also, the CLT20 organizers need to ensure the tournament is legit with no more than 2 IPL teams gaining entry into the event. The best teams made it to the finals so no comments there.

Posted by cyborg on (October 26, 2012, 23:21 GMT)

one champions league with no champs , titans look the part , i think Wiese should have been man of the match , i wonder who selects theses choices, shoukld be a great final game , sixers are gonna lose thankyou

Posted by sachinisawesome on (October 26, 2012, 23:19 GMT)

It's amazing I mean IPL Team didn't even play last night still people are commenting on them. If IPL teams were not playing in this tournament this wouldn't have been broadcasted in most of the countries. People wid brans will understand this. Best bowling attack doesn't go for 72 runs in 4 overs against club batsmen.

Posted by OzWally on (October 26, 2012, 22:12 GMT)

Great match today, looking forward to the final. And for those who wish others to stop bashing the IPL teams - they have brought that upon themselves. The BCCI has set up the IPL as the "be all and end all" of T20 cricket, purely because of the money involved (certainly not the talent as this CLT20 has shown). Let's just hope they are doing something constructive with the money.

Posted by anton1234 on (October 26, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

I had been highly skeptical of the champions league, but after watching the semi finals on Eurosport (the first matches I watched in the tournament), I think the tournament is good idea. I think the huge prize money on offer for winners really makes a big difference because for some of the players their share might be life-changing. However, since some players play in many different countries in the T20, it effectively gives them 4 or 5 chances of qualifying for the tournament. For example, Dirk Nannes is playing for a South African team this year but might play in the champions league next year for an Australian side, an Indian side or any other number of sides depending on which one of his teams may qualify. This makes a mockery. However, its still good too see lot of big names in the tournament even they get through any means.

Also, why isn't Moises Henriques in the Australian T20 side? Looks a classy bat but needs to add at least 5MPH to his bowling.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 26, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

I think some people need to simply shut up about the IPL teams. It's getting out of hand. Without INDIA, there would be NO CLT20 !! Period. While the IPL teams played poorly, it's shouldn't be a precursor for some people to bash them all the time.

Posted by kunderanengineer on (October 26, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

AUS-SA matches rarely disappoint at any level. I think back to the 1999 World Cup with the Klusener-Donald mix-up and the test series last fall in SA where after retiring the Saffers for 96 in their 1st innings, the Aussies collapsed for 47 in their 2nd innings and ended up losing the match, Now this drama today. What a rivalry this is turning out to be. Can't wait for the final and especially can't wait for the upcoming teat series between these two teams!

Posted by Penny_Panther on (October 26, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

Well done boys great Win ! CricketFann ...um,glad to hear that news, but this was a CLT20 article ?

Posted by Neuen on (October 26, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

Who cares about another team from Pretoria losing? Not me. Half of SA couldn't care less.

Posted by BravoBravo on (October 26, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

Congrats to SIXERS and thanks to both teams providing a real thriller of a game. @bobmartin: It was really a nailbiter. No body "Choked". CHOKING is only reserve for IPL teams now. They are 4 time CHOKERSin one shot now.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 26, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

Full congratulations to Sydney for winning and well done both teams for such an amazing match. Obviously Wiese changed the momentum of the match and seemed impossible to bowl to for the last few overs. At that point I felt Titans had the momentum and would win it. Then Titans got off to a flyer going at over 10 an over and they looked like they would breeze it. Then Van Der Merwe and Wiese pulled it back and it looked like Titans game , only for Sydney to have the last laugh. Wiese , I feel was unlucky not to get man of the match. If ever there was a case to share an award - today would have been a fitting time to do it.

Posted by Dirk_L on (October 26, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

Man-of-the-match awards seem to be getting totally predictable: pick the highest or fastest score among the batsmen of the winning team. This Wiese guy got 61 off 28 against bowlers that were pre-match hyped as Australia's future fast bowling attack -- but his team lost, so he's not MoM. Last night, Morris conceded 7 runs in 4 overs, bowling mainly at Warner and Pietersen and getting out both of them -- but the MoM went to a batsman. 4-0-7-2 must, if not the best T20 bowling ever, be right there among the top few.

Posted by bobmartin on (October 26, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

Titans threw it away with dropped catches and a crap last over... Was it another case of Sth Africans choking when the pressure really came on.

Posted by anton111 on (October 26, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

4 IPL teams in CL and none make the finals, Case to be made for 6 IPL teams to be included in next CL.

Posted by CricketFann on (October 26, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

Check this out! There is a guy called EDWIN DAVIS in karnataka cricket. He's going to be the future sensation of pace bowling for India. He's a raw talent. He's gonna rock for India!!!

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

here's my advice to Sydney sixers. If, as cricinfo says, you are batting down to No 8, then better drop N Mcullum and get a proper batsman in. He didn't even bowl today, failed with the bat ( no surprise), and whatever anybody says, he is just a slogger, works once in 10 or 15 outings..unlikely to wotk in the final.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

Thats a real UefaCL semi here.... hopefully final will be actually better...

Posted by shyamsunder1045 on (October 26, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

superb by sydney they are best..........................all those haters of aus back off...................................they r superb..................... punter is the greatest

Posted by rkrdxb on (October 26, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

What an amazing fightback by the Titans...glad I stayed up to watch! Lets hope we have a cracking match. On a different note, as an Indian cricket fan I feel that this championship has just shown how the gap is growing between the Indian Twenty-20 sides and the rest of the world..shorr boundaries and dead wickets do not make for quality cricket (read in between the lines as IPL). We quickly need a new Twenty20 captain and coach for the national team. Staying with IPL, I wonder if the Talent Scouts have shortlisted David Wiese, Phangiso, Bodi and some others already..IPL is great entertainment, but has it helped budding cricketers from the home country? Should part of the funds generated from the IPL go into a corpus to identify and coach quality bowlers and all rounders for the longer version of the game (two areas where India seem to be lacking of late)..

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