Champions League Twenty20 - Group B

Sydney Sixers v Yorkshire

Sydney Sixers won by 8 wickets (with 67 balls remaining)

All right. We are ready to go. I have pulled myself away from the thriller on in the Duleep trophy in Hyderabad where Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is pulling off an improbable win in the company of a No. XI. Steve O'Keefe to bowl now

1.15pm Interesting development yesterday then, with CA pulling Shane Watson out of the later part of the tournament. They know they can become No. 1 in Tests if they win the series against South Africa, and they are doing everything possible for best-possible preparation for that. Which is good no doubt, but I wonder if they can pull Ben Hilfenhaus out, if they feel the need to

"Huuuge call dropping Maddison. The kid was the leading BBL run scorer earlier this year. I'd imagine it's just to give Dom a run as he'd be the likely replacement when Watto heads home. Best to make sure he's had a hit whilst big Shane is at the top of the order." Gareth, it makes sense when you put it that way

"I'd have thought Cricket Australia would be likely to pull Pat Cummins out of the Sixers side, given his injury history. Or is he not in contention for a test place?" James, right now I think Siddle, Hilfenhaus and Pattinson are top three with Starc pushing for a place. And then comes Cummins

1pm Time for the toss in Lovely Cape Town. Andrew Gale has won it, and Yorkshire are going to bat first. They have retained the XI that beat T&T to qualify for the tournament proper. Sydney Sixers have made one change: Dominic Thornely in for Nic Maddinson

0.1

O'Keefe to Gale, no run, short of a length, no room defended

0.2

O'Keefe to Gale, 1 run, worked away into the on side and Gale gets off the mark

Newlands is absolutely empty except for the players

0.3

O'Keefe to Jaques, 1 run, punched away into the leg side

0.4

O'Keefe to Gale, no run, down the wicket, drives, but can't beat cover

0.5

O'Keefe to Gale, no run, short of a length, stays back and defends

Players' voices echoing in the empty Newlands

0.6

O'Keefe to Gale, FOUR, down the track again, right to its pitch, and drives it wide of cover

End of over 1 (6 runs) Yorkshire 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
AW Gale    5* (5b 1x4)      SNJ O'Keefe    1-0-6-0
PA Jaques    1* (1b)     

Surprising Sydney opened with spin. They have such good fast bowlers. Here's one of them. Mitchell Starc

1.1

Starc to Jaques, no run, lovely start from him. Short of a length, middle and leg, swinging away, hitting him in front of off. Aleem Dar thinks it is too high

1.2

Starc to Jaques, 1 wide, bowls a leg-side wide, striving for swing

1.2

Starc to Jaques, FOUR, low full toss, swinging in, flicked away past square leg

1.3

Starc to Jaques, no run, full, outside off, driven to point

1.4

Starc to Jaques, no run, short of a length, on off, defended to off

1.5

Starc to Jaques, FOUR, short of a length, slight width, and he has punched it away nicely, between cover-point and cover. There wasn't much room available

1.6

Starc to Jaques, FOUR, full, down leg, really loose delivery, and Jaques gets enough bat on it to beat fine leg

End of over 2 (13 runs) Yorkshire 19/0 (RR: 9.50)
PA Jaques    13* (7b 3x4)      MA Starc    1-0-13-0
AW Gale    5* (5b 1x4)      SNJ O'Keefe    1-0-6-0

"I think James is right. John Inverarity even called me today and asked me to rest in the lead up to the Sydney Test. If I pull a vocal cord in the lead up, who will replace me? The Futures Sledging Tournament doesn't produce the quality it has in the past..." And GK, hope you have stopped drinking already. What will become of the pubs during the Sydney Test if you develop an alcohol-related illness?

Cummins to bowl now

2.1

Cummins to Gale, no run, short, skiddy, draws a bottom edge on the pull

2.2

Cummins to Gale, no run, full, on off, defended towards mid-off

2.3

Cummins to Gale, 1 run, short of a length, outside leg, he makes room and dabs it to third man

2.4

Cummins to Jaques, FOUR, length ball, on the pads, and he nurdled it away for four. This was no more than a push, but it went past short fine leg fast enough to go all the way to the boundary

2.5

Cummins to Jaques, no run, length ball, on off, defended to cover

2.6

Cummins to Jaques, no run, digs this in, tucks him up on the pull

End of over 3 (5 runs) Yorkshire 24/0 (RR: 8.00)
PA Jaques    17* (10b 4x4)      PJ Cummins    1-0-5-0
AW Gale    6* (8b 1x4)      MA Starc    1-0-13-0

Hazelwood to bowl now

3.1

Hazlewood to Gale, 1 run, dug in short, gets big at him, he drops the wrist and dabs it wide of point for one

3.2

Hazlewood to Jaques, no run, extra bounce from short of a length, and beats his cut

3.3

Hazlewood to Jaques, 1 run, safe. Tries to pull, the shortish ball skids on, gets a top edge, but it falls over midwicket

3.4

Hazlewood to Gale, no run, makes room to drive, can't beat cover-point

3.5

Hazlewood to Gale, no run, length ball outside off, beats him on the drive. Hazelwood has been extracting extra bounce

3.6

Hazlewood to Gale, no run, short of a length, on off, dabs it square, but finds point

End of over 4 (2 runs) Yorkshire 26/0 (RR: 6.50)
AW Gale    7* (12b 1x4)      JR Hazlewood    1-0-2-0
PA Jaques    18* (12b 4x4)      PJ Cummins    1-0-5-0

Cummins to continue

4.1

Cummins to Jaques, 1 run, short of a length, pulled away to deep square

4.2

Cummins to Gale, no run, makes room, but Cummins follows him up with a yorker

4.3

Cummins to Gale, no run, works this to leg from outside off, but finds midwicket

4.4

Cummins to Gale, 1 run, charges at him, makes room, gets a bottom edge, and takes a single to cover

4.5

Cummins to Jaques, 1 run, full, just outside off, steered to third man

4.6

Cummins to Gale, no run, full, outside off, driven to cover

End of over 5 (3 runs) Yorkshire 29/0 (RR: 5.80)
AW Gale    8* (16b 1x4)      PJ Cummins    2-0-8-0
PA Jaques    20* (14b 4x4)      JR Hazlewood    1-0-2-0

5.1

Hazlewood to Jaques, no run, he makes room, but Hazelwood follows him, and hits him on the pad

5.2

Hazlewood to Jaques, no run, and again he tries to make room, and again he is hit on the pad

5.3

Hazlewood to Jaques, 1 run, short-arm pull to long leg

5.4

Hazlewood to Gale, no run, Yorkshire getting a bit desperate here. Backs away and tries to slash, but is beaten by extra bounce

5.5

Hazlewood to Gale, OUT, the leg stump has gone for a walk. Too much desperation and moving around in the crease from Yorkshire. Gale moves too far across, Hazelwood bowls a straight length ball, and he is gone

AW Gale b Hazlewood 8 (22m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

Joe Root is the new man in

5.6

Hazlewood to Root, no run, lovely bowling. Short of a length, just outside off, seams away and beats him

End of over 6 (1 run) Yorkshire 30/1 (RR: 5.00)
JE Root    0* (1b)      JR Hazlewood    2-0-3-1
PA Jaques    21* (17b 4x4)      PJ Cummins    2-0-8-0

Starc is back

6.1

Starc to Jaques, no run, length ball, on off, pushed to mid-on

6.2

Starc to Jaques, OUT, and Starc makes a good comeback after that ordinary first over. Short of a length, straight, Jaques tries to pull, gets a meaty top edge, and deep square leg gets a simple catch

PA Jaques c Thornely b Starc 21 (26m 19b 4x4 0x6) SR: 110.52

Adam Lyth is the new man in, but Root is on strike

6.3

Starc to Root, no run, full, on off, swinging, draws an inside edge

6.4

Starc to Root, no run, short of a length, straight, no room, defended

"Gale vs Gayle... what a difference a 'y' makes!!" Gareth, on the other hand, add Y to Brian Lara's first name, and it comes Bryan Strang's first

6.5

Starc to Root, no run, full, straight, defended

6.6

Starc to Root, no run, lovely way to finish a wicket-maiden. What a comeback from Starc. Just short of a length, just outside off, swinging back in, beats the bat, and misses off by inches

End of over 7 (wicket maiden) Yorkshire 30/2 (RR: 4.28)
JE Root    0* (5b)      MA Starc    2-1-13-1
A Lyth    0* (0b)      JR Hazlewood    2-0-3-1

7.1

Hazlewood to Lyth, no run, short of a length, angling away, more extra bounce. Beaten again

7.2

Hazlewood to Lyth, 1 run, short of a length, middle and leg, draws a leading edge as he looks to work it to leg. Past point it goes

7.3

Hazlewood to Root, no run, short of a length, on off, pushed to cover

7.4

Hazlewood to Root, 1 run, fuller, swinging in, whipped away for a single

7.5

Hazlewood to Lyth, no run, full, no room, he looks to work it to leg, gets an inside edge onto the pad

7.6

Hazlewood to Lyth, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

Run rate has come down from 8 after three overs to 4 after eight over

End of over 8 (2 runs) Yorkshire 32/2 (RR: 4.00)
A Lyth    1* (4b)      JR Hazlewood    3-0-5-1
JE Root    1* (7b)      MA Starc    2-1-13-1

8.1

Starc to Root, no run, Starc pushes this one wide and through with the angle to beat the charging Root

8.2

Starc to Root, FOUR, Root breaks free. At least for this delivery. Clears the front leg and swipes a length ball wide of midwicket

8.3

Starc to Root, no run, short of a length, on off, pushed to cover

8.4

Starc to Root, 1 run, tucks him up, played with the bottom hand off, gets a single to long leg

"So brilliant that Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood, Mitch Marsh and Pattinson are all on the field at the same time, albiet different fields at different times. Right now Hazlewood is saying "talk about cummins and starc all you want but don't forget about me"." Jonesy, Australia indeed have lot of fast-bowling promise at the moment

8.5

Starc to Lyth, no run, yorker, on the crease, on off, dug out back to him

8.6

Starc to Lyth, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended

End of over 9 (5 runs) Yorkshire 37/2 (RR: 4.11)
A Lyth    1* (6b)      MA Starc    3-1-18-1
JE Root    6* (11b 1x4)      JR Hazlewood    3-0-5-1

Shane Watson to bowl now

9.1

Watson to Root, no run, short of a length, skidding on, pushed back

9.2

Watson to Root, no run, bouncer, slips one in unannounced, head high, beats the hook

9.3

Watson to Root, FOUR, Root is making sure he doesn't stay rooted to the crease. Gives him the charge, gets a length ball, lofts it over extra cover

9.4

Watson to Root, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, worked away for one

9.5

Watson to Lyth, no run, out of the crease, and swings and misses as the ball angles away

9.6

Watson to Lyth, 1 run, short of a length, on off, punched away

End of over 10 (6 runs) Yorkshire 43/2 (RR: 4.30)
A Lyth    2* (8b)      SR Watson    1-0-6-0
JE Root    11* (15b 2x4)      MA Starc    3-1-18-1

"Inverarity has called Steve Smith back now. He doesn't want him to wear out his fielding hand." Ozblake, Smith is a twelfth man any team would love, but Billy Birmingham is the best twelfth man of all time. Of all time

Moises Henriques, on his way to becoming Ned Flanders, is on now

10.1

Henriques to Lyth, no run, short of a length, Lyth pulls off the front foot, finds mid-on

10.2

Henriques to Lyth, no run, another attempted pull, and the shortish delivery skids under his swing

Round the wicket goes Henriques

10.3

Henriques to Lyth, 1 run, dug in short again, he turns it away to leg for one

10.4

Henriques to Root, FOUR, best shot in the book. Length ball, outside off, he slogs at it, and gets the safest thick edge possible, fine of third man

10.5

Henriques to Root, no run, short this time, beats his pull. Yorkshire missing many too balls by too long a distance

10.6

Henriques to Root, no run, gives him the charge, makes room too, and all Henriques has to do is bowl a length ball wide outside off

End of over 11 (5 runs) Yorkshire 48/2 (RR: 4.36)
JE Root    15* (18b 3x4)      MC Henriques    1-0-5-0
A Lyth    3* (11b)      SR Watson    1-0-6-0

11.1

Watson to Lyth, 1 run, slogged away, wide of deep midwicket, but Lyth drops his bat when turning for the second. So they get just one

11.2

Watson to Root, 2 runs, another thick edge, wide of third man, comes back for the second

11.3

Watson to Root, no run, yorker, just outside off, dug out

11.4

Watson to Root, 1 run, slower short ball, pulled away, mis-hit to midwicket, steals a single

11.5

Watson to Lyth, 1 run, pulled away, but just for a single to long leg

11.6

Watson to Root, SIX, finally gets the pull going. This was a high bouncer, definitely higher than the shoulder, but he was ready and smacked it over midwicket

End of over 12 (11 runs) Yorkshire 59/2 (RR: 4.91)
JE Root    24* (22b 3x4 1x6)      SR Watson    2-0-17-0
A Lyth    5* (13b)      MC Henriques    1-0-5-0

"You can just imagine what Billy would have done with a name like Joe Root." Tim, especially when he is playing a scratchy innings

12.1

Henriques to Lyth, 1 run, clears front leg and swipes one length ball for a single

12.2

Henriques to Root, 1 run, short of a length, slower, pushed to straight midwicket, risks a single, but Lumb misses with the direct-hit

12.3

Henriques to Lyth, 1 run, pushed to long-on

12.4

Henriques to Root, OUT, another stump takes a walk. Root tries to pull, the ball pitches on off and stays a little low to knock the off stump back

JE Root b Henriques 25 (29m 24b 3x4 1x6) SR: 104.16

Ballance is the new man in

12.5

Henriques to Ballance, 1 run, length ball, on leg, flicked away

"It's in the bag for Yorkshire already, what were Windies on in the WT20 final at this stage ? No need to panic Yorks!" Craig Holmes, that match has ruined all one-sided thrashings

12.6

Henriques to Lyth, 1 run, punched away past point

End of over 13 (5 runs) Yorkshire 64/3 (RR: 4.92)
A Lyth    8* (16b)      MC Henriques    2-0-10-1
GS Ballance    1* (1b)      SR Watson    2-0-17-0

O'Keefe is back

13.1

O'Keefe to Lyth, 1 run, full and wide, driven to sweeper-cover

13.2

O'Keefe to Ballance, 1 run, length ball, outside off, pushed into the leg side

13.3

O'Keefe to Lyth, FOUR, full, on the pads, swept away square, gets the urgently needed boundary

13.4

O'Keefe to Lyth, 1 run, pushed to deep midwicket for one

13.5

O'Keefe to Ballance, no run, full, outside off, pushed back to him

13.6

O'Keefe to Ballance, 1 run, flicked away from leg-stump line, gets a single

End of over 14 (8 runs) Yorkshire 72/3 (RR: 5.14)
GS Ballance    3* (4b)      SNJ O'Keefe    2-0-14-0
A Lyth    14* (19b 1x4)      MC Henriques    2-0-10-1

"Did Moses just up-Root the stumps? The man could split the Red Sea such is his form.." As usual, Jonesy, we here massively appreciate bad puns

Hazelwood to bowl now

14.1

Hazlewood to Ballance, no run, short of a length, outside off, beats him with extra bounce

14.2

Hazlewood to Ballance, no run, length ball, on leg, pushed to midwicket

14.3

Hazlewood to Ballance, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, flicked away for a single

14.4

Hazlewood to Lyth, no run, full, middle and leg, pushed back to him

14.5

Hazlewood to Lyth, 2 runs, makes room to slice a full delivery over point

14.6

Hazlewood to Lyth, 1 run, full toss, outside off, gets a thick edge for a single. Good work at third man

End of over 15 (4 runs) Yorkshire 76/3 (RR: 5.06)
A Lyth    17* (22b 1x4)      JR Hazlewood    4-0-9-1
GS Ballance    4* (7b)      SNJ O'Keefe    2-0-14-0

15.1

Watson to Lyth, no run, wild slog to a delivery outside off, beaten

15.2

Watson to Lyth, 1 run, another wild swing, but the thick edge falls short of third man

15.3

Watson to Ballance, no run, short of a length, just outside off, tries to run it fine, but is beaten

"Joe wasn't the root of yorkshire's problems!" Jamie Slaneley, yes the roots were multi-directional

15.4

Watson to Ballance, 1 run, full, on off, played with an open face

15.5

Watson to Lyth, OUT, low full toss, and he has sliced it to point. Strange way to get out. It seemed to come off the cue end, but is not a bump ball

A Lyth c Rohrer b Watson 18 (38m 25b 1x4 0x6) SR: 72.00

"Yes, that wicket really upset the Ballance of the game. Highlights quite a Starc difference between the two sides, if you ask me." Will Will Griffith ever better this sentence?

15.6

Watson to Rashid, 1 run, third umpire called for. He has made it by a frame. Turned to square leg and runs, O'Keefe's throw is good, but he has made it

End of over 16 (3 runs) Yorkshire 79/4 (RR: 4.93)
AU Rashid    1* (1b)      SR Watson    3-0-20-1
GS Ballance    5* (9b)      JR Hazlewood    4-0-9-1

16.1

Cummins to Rashid, OUT, no need for a third umpire here. Rashid doesn't have much choice but to go after the bowling. The heave-ho to this length ball produces a soft edge through to Haddin

AU Rashid c †Haddin b Cummins 1 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Apart from bad puns, we also use Twenty20 to blood in newcomers. Andrew Fernando will now take you through the rest of the innings

Dan Hodgson is the new man to the cease

16.2

Cummins to Hodgson, 1 run, Hodgson cuts a length ball outside off stump to the cover sweeper

16.3

Cummins to Ballance, 1 run, full and on off stump, but Ballance makes room to carve it over the off side, but doesn't quite get hold of it. It drops just short of the sweeper there.

16.4

Cummins to Hodgson, no run, full and on off stump, the batsman pushes it to mid off

16.5

Cummins to Hodgson, no run, full again, Hodgson drives powerfully but finds cover

16.6

Cummins to Hodgson, 1 run, length ball on off stump, Hodgson hits that aerially down the ground, but it falls well short of the long off fielder

End of over 17 (3 runs) Yorkshire 82/5 (RR: 4.82)
DM Hodgson    2* (4b)      PJ Cummins    3-0-11-1
GS Ballance    6* (10b)      SR Watson    3-0-20-1

17.1

Watson to Hodgson, 1 run, fullish, outside off stump, carved over the infield to the cover sweeper

17.2

Watson to Ballance, no run, full and wide. Ballance has a swat at it but makes no contact

17.3

Watson to Ballance, 1 run, length ball angled across to off stump. The batsman pulls that straight and it's fielded at straight-ish mid wicket

17.4

Watson to Hodgson, FOUR, overpitched from Watson and Hodgson finds the boundary. Carves it again, but this time it's timed well ahd he gets it square of the boundary rider

17.5

Watson to Hodgson, OUT, almost an identical ball, but ever so slightly slower and that does Hodgson in. Tries to carve it over the off side field again, but ends up scooping it into the air and Steve Smith jogs in from long off to swallow a simple chance

DM Hodgson c Smith b Watson 7 (7m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

17.6

Watson to Ballance, 1 run, full and on the sumps, clipped to deep midwicket

End of over 18 (7 runs) Yorkshire 89/6 (RR: 4.94)
GS Ballance    8* (13b)      SR Watson    4-0-27-2
Azeem Rafiq    0* (0b)      PJ Cummins    3-0-11-1

18.1

Cummins to Ballance, no run, vary full, angled across the left hander and almost a wide - but not quite. Ballance can't make contact

18.2

Cummins to Ballance, 1 wide, again angled across the batsman, and Ballance fails to get close to it again. The batsman is clearing his front leg, which isn't helping. Called a wide this time.

18.2

Cummins to Ballance, no run, fuller and closer into the sumps this time, Ballance drives it to mid on. The batsman think of taking an overthrow but its quickly cleaned up

18.3

Cummins to Ballance, no run, in at the body this time, and still Ballance can't score. Backs away and tries to hit the length ball to the leg side but misses

18.4

Cummins to Ballance, OUT, similar ball to the previous one, and Cummins puts Ballance out of his misery. A wild swipe to a back of a length delivery over the stumps offers up a simple top edge for Brad Haddin

GS Ballance c †Haddin b Cummins 8 (25m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 47.05

Sidebottom is the new man

18.5

Cummins to Sidebottom, no run, Cummins lets a bouncer fly. Sidebottom half swats at it, but gets underneath it in the end.

18.6

Cummins to Sidebottom, 1 run, full ball, and it's hit down the ground

End of over 19 (2 runs) Yorkshire 91/7 (RR: 4.78)
RJ Sidebottom    1* (2b)      PJ Cummins    4-0-13-2
Azeem Rafiq    0* (0b)      SR Watson    4-0-27-2

19.1

Starc to Sidebottom, 1 run, Fullish and on the stumps, swung away to deep fine leg

19.2

Starc to Azeem Rafiq, OUT, short and over off stump, and Rafiq plays a slightly puzzling shot to get himself out. Backs away and tries to uppercut it, but doesn't commit full, stopping his shot mid-swing. The result is a catch to third man.

Azeem Rafiq c Hazlewood b Starc 0 (7m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

19.3

Starc to Patterson, 2 runs, length ball outside off stump, punched to point who fails to field it

19.4

Starc to Patterson, 1 leg bye, short and at the body, Patterson shapes to pull but is done in for bounce and pace. The ball thuds into his shoulder and they scamper through

19.5

Starc to Sidebottom, 1 run, full and outside off stump, the batsman gets that wide of third man

19.6

Starc to Patterson, OUT, full, fast, angled in from wide of the crease. Patterson is way late on the shot and the offstump is uprooted. Finishes a great day with the ball for Starc.

SA Patterson b Starc 2 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Yorkshire will have to bowl out of their skins to defend that, and even then they need Sydney to have a poor day with the bat. No major demons in this pitch, they just failed to handle Sydney's pace. Stay with us for coverage of Sydney's reply.

End of over 20 (5 runs) Yorkshire 96/9
     MA Starc    4-1-22-3
RJ Sidebottom    3* (4b)      PJ Cummins    4-0-13-2
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Joe Root is bowled, Sydney Sixers v Yorkshire, Group B, Champions League Twenty20, Cape Town, October 16, 2012

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