Champions League Twenty20, Group B: Lions v Sydney Sixers at Cape Town, Oct 18, 2012
Sydney Sixers won by 5 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
18 October 2012 (20-over match)

Bodi and Petersen to open for Lions. It is much brighter now. Cummins has the new ball, he also has two slips waiting

1 pm: Sydney Sixers have won the toss and will have a bowl

"Hopefully will swing around early with the new ball," says Haddin, hoping that his army of fast bowlers get some help from the fresh pitch. Nic Maddinson is in for Ben Rohrer. This will also be the last game in the tournament for Shane Watson before he flies back to Australia to prepare for the upcoming South Africa Tests.

"We would have bowled first as well," says Petersen. Lions are unchanged.

It is overcast at Newlands and Ravi Shastri expects the green-tinged pitch to offer some movement for the quicks.

12.55 pm local time We will likely have our first semi-finalist of this Champions League Twenty20 from one of Lions or Sydney Sixers, who will clash with each other in just over half an hour in Cape Town. Both sides have won their first two games. Here is Andrew Fernando's match preview.


Cummins to Bodi, 4 byes, first ball troubles everyone, jags across the left-hander and beats him from a good length, swerves further away from the keeper, goes between him and first slip


Cummins to Bodi, FOUR, four off the bat now, Cummins onto the pads and Bodi's glance beats short fine's dive


Cummins to Bodi, FOUR, leg side again, good length, Bodi gets across to ensure he beats short fine leg even more comfortably this time


Cummins to Bodi, no run, got it right this time, length ball hurrying into the left-hander, struck him on the thigh pad, looked high, Bodi falling too far across


Cummins to Bodi, 2 runs, way too across again is Bodi, but he still manages to somehow squeeze a low full toss past the non-striker


Cummins to Bodi, no run, he is walking across the stumps every ball, this one almost shaved leg stump as it bounced from a length

End of over 1 (14 runs) Lions 14/0 (RR: 14.00)

    • GH Bodi 10 (6b 2x4)
    • AN Petersen 0 (0b)
    • PJ Cummins 1-0-10-0

Starc, Mitch, to bowl


Starc to Petersen, no run, very full and swinging slightly in towards middle and leg, worked out to square leg


Starc to Petersen, no run, shout for lbw from the keeper mainly, but that pitched outside leg stump, swung away a tad before pitching


Starc to Petersen, 2 runs, down the track, and manages to squeeze a full delivery wide of third man, they do well to take two


Starc to Petersen, 3 runs, low full toss, eased past cover without too much power, slows down near the rope, and a big dive is needed to stop it


Starc to Bodi, SIX, wow, that is some connection from Bodi, he's gone across, fetched a full delivery from a foot outside off and flicked it for six in front of square leg


Starc to Bodi, no run, short and wide, he reaches out to awkwardly dab it to point

End of over 2 (11 runs) Lions 25/0 (RR: 12.50)

    • GH Bodi 16 (8b 2x4 1x6)
    • AN Petersen 5 (4b)
    • MA Starc 1-0-11-0
    • PJ Cummins 1-0-10-0

Hazlewood to bowl


Hazlewood to Petersen, no run, length ball punched from the crease to covers


Hazlewood to Petersen, OUT, Petersen is gone, big charge to a back of a length ball which bounced and straightened to take the edge off his slog and Haddin takes the gift

AN Petersen c †Haddin b Hazlewood 5 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33


Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, beats him outside off with a length moving away


Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, tight line on the stumps, defended to leg


Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, back of a length, played out to covers


Hazlewood to de Kock, no run, moving across and ending around off stump, pushed softly to covers

End of over 3 (wicket maiden) Lions 25/1 (RR: 8.33)

    • Q de Kock 0 (4b)
    • GH Bodi 16 (8b 2x4 1x6)
    • JR Hazlewood 1-1-0-1
    • MA Starc 1-0-11-0

Cummins has changed ends


Cummins to Bodi, 1 run, short of a length, just outside off, he pounces on it to pull hard, but there is a man at deep square


Cummins to de Kock, 1 run, worked in front of square leg


Cummins to Bodi, no run, moves across and outside off, gets behind the line of a pitched up ball and blocks


Cummins to Bodi, 1 run, shuffling all the time, eyeing the leg side all the time, works one off middle and leg through square


Cummins to de Kock, 1 no ball, yikes, Cummins has lost control of this one and it arrives as a chest-high full toss at de Kock, fortunately he'd managed to duck by that time, even Haddin looks worried


Cummins to de Kock, 1 run, pushed wide of extra cover


Cummins to Bodi, 1 run, he is getting away with it, some feet outside off stump, and he swivels to swing it, on one leg, behind deep square

End of over 4 (6 runs) Lions 31/1 (RR: 7.75)

    • GH Bodi 19 (12b 2x4 1x6)
    • Q de Kock 2 (7b)
    • PJ Cummins 2-0-16-0
    • JR Hazlewood 1-1-0-1

Hazlewood to Bodi, 2 runs, skips out and heaves a length ball off a thick inside edge past square leg


Hazlewood to Bodi, no run, pitched up around off, pushed to the bowler off the front foot


Hazlewood to Bodi, no run, looking to nudge it from off to leg, fails to connect this time


Hazlewood to Bodi, 2 runs, whipped eagerly from off stump behind square leg, man in the deep cuts it off with a slide


Hazlewood to Bodi, SIX, outstanding timing, sees it pitched up on middle and off, nowhere close to being a half volley, but he is not bothered as he drills it high over the deep midwicket boundary


Hazlewood to Bodi, no run, and then he misses the tuck to leg off a slightly shorter one around off

End of over 5 (10 runs) Lions 41/1 (RR: 8.20)

    • GH Bodi 29 (18b 2x4 2x6)
    • Q de Kock 2 (7b)
    • JR Hazlewood 2-1-10-1
    • PJ Cummins 2-0-16-0

Watson on


Watson to de Kock, no run, overpitched and widish outside off, mishit hard to wide mid off


Watson to de Kock, 2 runs, hasn't got hold of it, but enough bat on it to send the full delivery over mid on for two


Watson to de Kock, no run, backs away to leg a tad and swings at a length ball, mishits it to mid on


Watson to de Kock, no run, now he makes even more room outside leg, and crashes one off leg stump straight to point


Watson to de Kock, no run, pushed to mid off

Clear skies now, was overcast when the toss happened


Watson to de Kock, no run, Watson gets a very tight over in, he tries to shuffle and work it to leg but cannot time it

End of over 6 (2 runs) Lions 43/1 (RR: 7.16)

    • Q de Kock 4 (13b)
    • GH Bodi 29 (18b 2x4 2x6)
    • SR Watson 1-0-2-0
    • JR Hazlewood 2-1-10-1

Thornely to bowl some offspin, round the stumps


Thornely to Bodi, no run, length ball pushed out to point


Thornely to Bodi, SIX, overpitched this time, and Bodi reaches out to cart it high over extra cover


Thornely to Bodi, FOUR, another one, takes a tossed up ball on the full from outside off and sweeps it powerfully through square leg


Thornely to Bodi, no run, quicker outside off, runs it to point


Thornely to Bodi, no run, defended down the pitch off the front foot


Thornely to Bodi, FOUR, ends the over with one more boundary, could have been gone lbw had he missed, but he manages to paddle an angled delivery to fine leg

End of over 7 (14 runs) Lions 57/1 (RR: 8.14)

    • GH Bodi 43 (24b 4x4 3x6)
    • Q de Kock 4 (13b)
    • DJ Thornely 1-0-14-0
    • SR Watson 1-0-2-0

Watson to de Kock, OUT, Watson is bowling on another pitch, he's given two in his first over, and now struck off the first ball of his second, length ball, angled across, just outside off, very slight away movement, de Kock goes for a big drive, and Haddin accepts the healthy edge

Q de Kock c †Haddin b Watson 4 (20m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

Smith at widish slip


Watson to McKenzie, 1 run, drops a length ball on off softly behind point, and takes one


Watson to Bodi, 1 run, gets bat around front pad and flicks a pitched up ball to deep square


Watson to McKenzie, no run, he's decided to walk down to this short of a length ball, and work it to leg, it's straightened and beat him completely


Watson to McKenzie, FOUR, slower one, pitched up, and is put away efficiently past extra cover, not much power, enough timing to beat the chasing fielder


Watson to McKenzie, 1 leg bye, every now and then, they show the delivery from the top of the pitch, with whatever one of those fancy cameras that hover over the ground are called, and expect viewers to appreciate the lightning speed at which everything happens from that angle, because deciphering what happened is just not possible, you can only appreciate modern technology, hit high on the pad trying to swat it to leg

End of over 8 (7 runs) Lions 64/2 (RR: 8.00)

    • ND McKenzie 5 (4b 1x4)
    • GH Bodi 44 (25b 4x4 3x6)
    • SR Watson 2-0-8-1
    • DJ Thornely 1-0-14-0

Hazlewood to McKenzie, no run, opens the face and runs it towards point


Hazlewood to McKenzie, no run, again he takes a step out and walks past the line of a full delivery, there was a noise, of bat hitting pitch


Hazlewood to McKenzie, 1 run, runs it to third man for one


Hazlewood to Bodi, 1 run, Bodi, meanwhile, continues to work them through square leg off his pads


Hazlewood to McKenzie, 1 run, coming into the pads, nudged through square leg from the crease


Hazlewood to Bodi, 1 run, outside off, and he pushes uppishly, but out of point's reach, third man fields

End of over 9 (4 runs) Lions 68/2 (RR: 7.55)

    • GH Bodi 46 (27b 4x4 3x6)
    • ND McKenzie 7 (8b 1x4)
    • JR Hazlewood 3-1-14-1
    • SR Watson 2-0-8-1

James: "So Watson doesn't play against Mumbai (recalled by Australia). A paranoid conspiracy theorist would suspect the malign hand of the BCCI here." We live in paranoid times, James


Henriques to McKenzie, no run, coming in to off stump, and he almost gets into trouble, trying to drop it softly, it bounces past the stumps


Henriques to McKenzie, 1 run, quite a strange stroke, he gets down on his knee to a medium-pacer and swats him through mid on


Henriques to Bodi, 2 runs, slashed through point, man in the deep, Lumb it is, misfields, and they take one more


Henriques to Bodi, 1 run, shuffles across and whips to midwicket from outside off stump


Henriques to McKenzie, FOUR, short and climbing into the right-hander, he manages to help it along past the keeper, with an underedge

I am informed that there was one run short off ball 8.6


Henriques to McKenzie, 1 run

End of over 10 (9 runs) Lions 77/2 (RR: 7.70)

    • ND McKenzie 13 (12b 2x4)
    • GH Bodi 49 (29b 4x4 3x6)
    • MC Henriques 1-0-9-0
    • JR Hazlewood 3-1-14-1

Hazlewood to McKenzie, no run, hit on the pad as he pushes forward but too far outside the line of off


Hazlewood to McKenzie, 2 runs, stroked crisply off the front foot wide of sweeper cover


Hazlewood to McKenzie, 2 runs, gets bat around front pad to tuck a length ball square to leg

Vaibhav: "If Clarke called Watson then why people are blaming BCCI here ? We dont mind Watson playing." James, you conspirator, er, conspiracy theorist


Hazlewood to McKenzie, OUT, one more goes, Lions losing their way slightly, McKenzie hasn't looked comfortable, stays in the crease and prods a back of a length ball through to the keeper, it held its line a tad, and that was enough

ND McKenzie c †Haddin b Hazlewood 17 (15m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 106.25


Hazlewood to de Bruyn, no run, walks across and plays out a length ball to midwicket


Hazlewood to de Bruyn, no run, whoa, de Bruyn decides to charge out second ball, and wants to go over extra cover, misses a bouncing length delivery

End of over 11 (4 runs) Lions 81/3 (RR: 7.36)

    • Z de Bruyn 0 (2b)
    • GH Bodi 49 (29b 4x4 3x6)
    • JR Hazlewood 4-1-18-2
    • MC Henriques 1-0-9-0

Henriques to Bodi, no run, full, worked neatly off the pads but straight to midwicket on the edge of the circle


Henriques to Bodi, no run, can;t time it, stands in the crease and whack a length ball to extra cover


Henriques to Bodi, 1 run, slower and fuller, he is already forward and adjusts to push it to mid off, that's another fifty for Bodi, he's been effective, and he's done it his way


Henriques to de Bruyn, 1 wide, walks outside off but misses the nudge fine down the leg side, that is called a wide, wonder why, it passed almost over leg stump


Henriques to de Bruyn, no run, holds its line outside off, pushed to point with an open face


Henriques to de Bruyn, 2 runs, full, cracked through cover, but the sweeper gets to it near the ropes


Henriques to de Bruyn, 1 run, worked through midwicket

End of over 12 (5 runs) Lions 86/3 (RR: 7.16)

    • Z de Bruyn 3 (5b)
    • GH Bodi 50 (32b 4x4 3x6)
    • MC Henriques 2-0-14-0
    • JR Hazlewood 4-1-18-2

Taofiq: "If we're doing conspiracy theories, recalling Watson out of the Sixers is clearly a ploy by Clarke and Inverarity to lull the Indians into a sense of security, so that they become complacent for our tour next year." Considering he wasn't even needed during the 4-0 thrashing, I don;t think that will lull the Indians one bit

Mitch is back


Starc to de Bruyn, no run, skips out but misses what has now become a low full toss, it carries on not far from off


Starc to de Bruyn, 1 run, just outside off again, very full, runs it to third man with an open face


Starc to Bodi, no run, swinging in a bit to the left-hander, driven well but finds midwicket


Starc to Bodi, 1 run, swung in more this one, full and late, he was already outside off, and managed to nudge it down to fine leg, was crashing into middle otherwise


Starc to de Bruyn, no run, misses the work to leg off a back of a length ball, which rolls onto the pitch


Starc to de Bruyn, no run, length ball, thick inside edge onto pad, ball goes towards point

End of over 13 (2 runs) Lions 88/3 (RR: 6.76)

    • Z de Bruyn 4 (9b)
    • GH Bodi 51 (34b 4x4 3x6)
    • MA Starc 2-0-13-0
    • MC Henriques 2-0-14-0

MK: "@Vaibhav..chill, bro..James was saying that "A paranoid conspiracy theorist" would believe that, James is not A paranoid conspiracy theorist :)" How do you know? He could be a paranoid conspiracy theorist pretending to point towards the possibility of there being paranoid conspiracy theorists. James will have to clear the air I presume


Henriques to Bodi, 2 runs, driven hard, extra cover runs to his left and takes some pace off it, long off slides across near the ropes and saves the four


Henriques to Bodi, 1 run, charges out, bowler digs it short, he adjusts to pull it to deep midwicket


Henriques to de Bruyn, OUT, Haddin in business again, Lions are leaving all the work to Bodi, de Bruyn takes a step out, tries to steer one to third man and finds the gloves of the keeper

Z de Bruyn c †Haddin b Henriques 4 (12m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Matt is clearly stretching it now: "Clearly, its the other way round. The BCCI paid CA to pull out Watson so that Steve Smith will get a hundred, and will be put in the Australia team, this will cause a huge riot in Australia and fans will be so outraged so they watch IPL."


Henriques to Symes, no run, gets across and defends from the crease


Henriques to Symes, 1 run, short of a length, he hammers the pull but there is a man at deep midwicket

Now Kartick has started to imagine unlikely things: "Watson has been recalled to save him from the onslaught of Rohit Sharma!"


Henriques to Bodi, no run, forced back to the bowler

End of over 14 (4 runs) Lions 92/4 (RR: 6.57)

    • GH Bodi 54 (37b 4x4 3x6)
    • J Symes 1 (2b)
    • MC Henriques 3-0-18-1
    • MA Starc 2-0-13-0

Cummins to Symes, no run, wants to drive through extra cover, but cannot connect as this one angles sharply across him


Cummins to Symes, FOUR, mid off is up and he;s crunched a widish length ball almost casually past him

umpire Dharmasena has the ball, he's called for a replacement

Nani: "Looks like its Bodi who's playing on another planet."

GK: "So they're not giving o'Keefe a bowl again? Rather pointless leaving Roher out then, unless o'Keefe is playing the Steve Smithesque role."


Cummins to Symes, no run, beaten outside off as he goes reaching out to one leaving him with the angle


Cummins to Symes, no run, right on middle stump, good length, from wide of the crease, defended


Cummins to Symes, 1 run, thick edge as he pushes at a back of a length ball around leg, it pops up towards point

PDTM settles the debate folks: "I strongly believe that Watson's departure was engineered to be at the same time as Kallis', in an agreement to remind the world that bits-and-pieces allrounders just don't cut it."


Cummins to Bodi, 2 runs, thick edge flies down in the air towards third man

End of over 15 (7 runs) Lions 99/4 (RR: 6.60)

    • GH Bodi 56 (38b 4x4 3x6)
    • J Symes 6 (7b 1x4)
    • PJ Cummins 3-0-23-0
    • MC Henriques 3-0-18-1

Watson to Symes, 1 run, stays back and pushes at a rising shortish one, it runs down to short third man


Watson to Bodi, 2 runs, backed away a bit outside leg, Watson hurls it for the blockhole, Bodi jams it through square leg, between his legs


Watson to Bodi, 1 run, goes for the pull to a short ball, but he's hit it to the man in the deep around square

Simon: "I'v spotted a flaw in Matt's plan. Steve Smith score a hundred?"


Watson to Symes, 1 run, pushes solidly down to wide long off

Kishore has found me out for who I really am: "May be you are a paranoid conspiracy theorist and enjoyed when James mentioned that and Vaibhav was upset with the conspiracy theory." Wait, what's your agenda? Who set you up?


Watson to Bodi, 1 run, swings it away to deep square for one


Watson to Symes, no run, missed out, low full toss eased straight to extra cover

End of over 16 (6 runs) Lions 105/4 (RR: 6.56)

    • J Symes 8 (10b 1x4)
    • GH Bodi 60 (41b 4x4 3x6)
    • SR Watson 3-0-14-1
    • PJ Cummins 3-0-23-0

Cummins to Bodi, no run, tries to crash a wide and full one through covers but is beaten


Cummins to Bodi, 1 run, he's picked up this length ball from way outside off and slammed it down to long on


Cummins to Symes, FOUR, crack! length ball, in hitting zone, just outside off, and carted high over midwicket


Cummins to Symes, FOUR, shot of the day, Symes has gone down on his knee and carved a full delivery in a flash past point


Cummins to Symes, no run, cramped for room with a length ball on middle and leg, pushes it down the track


Cummins to Symes, SIX, whoa, taking on Cummins again is Symes, lines up a length ball and flat-bats it over long off

End of over 17 (15 runs) Lions 120/4 (RR: 7.05)

    • J Symes 22 (14b 3x4 1x6)
    • GH Bodi 61 (43b 4x4 3x6)
    • PJ Cummins 4-0-38-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-14-1

Suresh: "About Bodi's legside game, even the yorker he digs out is going to the onside!!!"


Starc to Bodi, OUT, appeal for leg before, and Starc strikes first ball on return, Bodi going across and looking to work to leg, Starc angling it in from over the stumps, it swung in too, was that impact within the line of off? replays show it indeed was

GH Bodi lbw b Starc 61 (75m 44b 4x4 3x6) SR: 138.63

round the stumps


Starc to Morris, 1 run, nudged with the incoming angle square on leg


Starc to Symes, 1 run, backs away to leg and underedges a slog square on leg


Starc to Morris, no run, goes to the leg side, Starc aims full at the stumps, dug out to the off side just in time


Starc to Morris, 1 run, too much angle into the pads, nudged fine, but fine leg is sufficiently fine to cut that off


Starc to Symes, OUT, late inswing works for Starc again, full delivery, Symes wants to slog it square to leg from outside off, the ball moves in sharply, sneaks between bat and pad, and takes out off stump

J Symes b Starc 23 (21m 16b 3x4 1x6) SR: 143.75

End of over 18 (3 runs) Lions 123/6 (RR: 6.83)

    • CH Morris 2 (3b)
    • MA Starc 3-0-16-2
    • PJ Cummins 4-0-38-0

Watson to Morris, 1 run, pushes a near-yorker towards point

James reveals the truth finally: "I'm not paranoid. The BCCI really are out to get me. Because I know things! On a more serious note, the performance of the much hyped IPL teams in this tournament has been pretty poor so far, possibly due to the different nature of South African pitches. Delhi look to be the best equipped."


Watson to Sohail Tanvir, OUT, short ball, into the body, hooked, catch straight to fine leg

Sohail Tanvir c Starc b Watson 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Watson to Morris, 1 wide, slower ball angled down the leg side


Watson to Morris, FOUR, leg side full toss, fine leg is up, and Morris is not missing out


Watson to Morris, FOUR, leg side once more, not as much as the previous one, not a full toss as well, but Morris deftly swings the length ball behind square leg


Watson to Morris, 1 run, on off stump now, very full, scythed to long on


Watson to Tsolekile, no run, slower delivery, very close to off stump, he misses as he looks to run it to third man

End of over 19 (11 runs) Lions 134/7 (RR: 7.05)

    • TL Tsolekile 0 (1b)
    • CH Morris 12 (7b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 4-0-25-2
    • MA Starc 3-0-16-2

Matt: "@Simon now you've hyped it up, steve smith almost has to score one. And when he does, you have to admit that you were wrong."


Starc to Morris, 1 run, full delivery lofted over covers, but falls short of the sweeper


Starc to Tsolekile, OUT, midwicket fields the ball and beats Tsolekile in a race to the non-striker's end

TL Tsolekile run out 0 (5m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Priyashrav: "Best word to describe this match: Schizophrenic!"


Starc to Morris, 1 run, full toss swings away a shade outside off, from round the stumps, thick edge to third man


Starc to Phangiso, OUT, makes room outside leg, Starc goes full on the stumps, Phangiso swings hard, and short extra cover takes the catch

AM Phangiso c Thornely b Starc 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Top stuff from Mitch


Starc to Nannes, no run, very close to off stump, straigthens after being angled in around off, he is beaten as he pushes inside the line


Starc to Nannes, 1 run, yorker to end an outstanding four overs from Starc, slogged weakly to the leg side

Lions looked headed for at least 160 after the start Bodi gave them, but this Sixers attack is just too good to be hit consistently for 20 overs.

James: "Starc surely bowling his way to a big IPL contract. Death bowling of the highest order."

End of over 20 (3 runs) Lions 137/9

    • DP Nannes 1 (2b)
    • CH Morris 14 (9b 2x4)
    • MA Starc 4-0-19-3
    • SR Watson 4-0-25-2





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