Champions League Twenty20, Final: Lions v Sydney Sixers at Johannesburg, Oct 28, 2012
Sydney Sixers won by 10 wickets (with 45 balls remaining)
28 October 2012 - day/night match (20-over match)

Chappo: "ts 4am here in Australia, I need you to tell me whether to go to bed or stay awake." I'd say stay awake. This game's not over yet!

Tanvir to open up. One slip


Sohail Tanvir to Lumb, no run, confident drive straight away, gets forward to a full delivery and pushes it to cover


Sohail Tanvir to Lumb, no run, moves across his stumps and decides to leave it alone at the last minute, was wide outside off


Sohail Tanvir to Lumb, 1 run, streaky way to get off the mark, gets an inside edge that rolls down to fine leg


Sohail Tanvir to Haddin, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he shuffles across and clips it with the angle down to fine leg


Sohail Tanvir to Lumb, no run, full delivery down the leg side and Lumb didn't really offer a shot, clipped his pads and rolled to the keeper


Sohail Tanvir to Lumb, 2 runs, slower ball wide of the off stump and calmly dabbed down to Nannes at third man

Hiren hasn't given up on the Lions: "I can assure you Lions are not out of reach , I have never seen such passionate and hard working bunch of guys , means a galaxy huge to them , Best luck guys Do it for Bafana Bafana"

End of over 1 (4 runs) Sydney Sixers 4/0 (118 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.21)

    • MJ Lumb 3 (5b)
    • BJ Haddin 1 (1b)
    • Sohail Tanvir 1-0-4-0

Nannes to Haddin, no run, that was too full and wide outside off and he reaches out and drives and jams it on the turf


Nannes to Haddin, 1 run, on the pads and knocked down to square leg


Nannes to Lumb, no run, beats him with a jaffa outside off! Good bounce off a good length and just beat the bat


Nannes to Lumb, no run, he;s getting it to nip away and beat him! Another unplayable one, this was shorter and Lumb wasn't sure what to do


Nannes to Lumb, 1 run, short of a length and he stays beside the line and steers him down to third man


Nannes to Haddin, no run, shapes across the right-hander and he jabs it down to point

End of over 2 (2 runs) Sydney Sixers 6/0 (116 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 6.44)

    • BJ Haddin 2 (4b)
    • MJ Lumb 4 (8b)
    • DP Nannes 1-0-2-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 1-0-4-0

Sohail Tanvir to Lumb, no run, fullish delivery on the off stump and firmly driven straight to mid-off


Sohail Tanvir to Lumb, 1 run, slower ball outside the off stump and angled down to third man


Sohail Tanvir to Haddin, no run, Haddin's watchful, angles across the right hander and he decided not to offer a shot


Sohail Tanvir to Haddin, no run, swing and a miss! Haddin decides to give charge and smash it past cover and he misses it completely


Sohail Tanvir to Haddin, no run, Tanvir keeps him quiet again, stays back and defends it back to the bowler, he was looking for some width but the bowler didn't provide that


Sohail Tanvir to Haddin, 1 run, another awkward looking shot, nipped back in late and Haddin got an outside edge towards short point and set off

End of over 3 (2 runs) Sydney Sixers 8/0 (114 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 2.66, RRR: 6.70)

    • BJ Haddin 3 (8b)
    • MJ Lumb 5 (10b)
    • Sohail Tanvir 2-0-6-0
    • DP Nannes 1-0-2-0

Morris to Haddin, FOUR, breaks the shackles! Morris got that one to nip back in but Haddin had made enough room, went deep in the crease and thrashed it past the covers


Morris to Haddin, no run, backs away too far this time, he slashes and misses it completely


Morris to Haddin, FOUR, Haddin likes this length, too short and he made room and still had enough time to bash that over cover, that rocketed away


Morris to Haddin, 1 run, fuller delivery this time and he drills it hard down to mid-off, slight fumble


Morris to Lumb, FOUR, picks a length ball from the off stump and he lofts it over mid-on, didn't appear to time it as well as he would have liked


Morris to Lumb, no run, skids through and he clips it off his hips to the leg side

End of over 4 (13 runs) Sydney Sixers 21/0 (101 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 6.31)

    • MJ Lumb 9 (12b 1x4)
    • BJ Haddin 12 (12b 2x4)
    • CH Morris 1-0-13-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 2-0-6-0

Nannes to Haddin, no run, Nannes keeps it tight, Haddin shuffles across his stumps and defends to the on side


Nannes to Haddin, 1 leg bye, Haddin shuffles so far across he risks losing his leg stump, tucks it to the leg side


Nannes to Lumb, no run, bowls it on the middle stump and Lumb wants to work it to the on side but gets a leading edge towards cover


Nannes to Lumb, no run, tries to clip it away but he's far too early on the shot and he gets hit on the pads, going down the leg side


Nannes to Lumb, 1 wide, shorter delivery sliding down leg and Lumb moved across and tried to whip it past short fine leg but misses, called wide though


Nannes to Lumb, no run, keeps it tight again, he gets across and defends to the off side


Nannes to Lumb, no run, he moves far across the stumps to work it away to the leg side and it clips his pads and rolls away, for a second it appeared like it hit the stumps

End of over 5 (2 runs) Sydney Sixers 23/0 (99 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 6.60)

    • MJ Lumb 9 (16b 1x4)
    • BJ Haddin 12 (14b 2x4)
    • DP Nannes 2-0-3-0
    • CH Morris 1-0-13-0

Sohail Tanvir to Haddin, 1 run


Sohail Tanvir to Lumb, 1 run, Lumb not quite himself this evening, he comes down the track to Tanvir and tries to smash it down the ground but mistimes the drive to mid-on


Sohail Tanvir to Haddin, 1 wide, looked like a harsh call, he bowled the slower ball too short and Haddin withdrew the shot, let it pass him outside off, the crowd boos as Tanvir is penalised


Sohail Tanvir to Haddin, no run, this was shorter in length and defended to the off side


Sohail Tanvir to Haddin, 1 run, on middle and leg and clipped down to fine leg


Sohail Tanvir to Lumb, FOUR, finally Lumb manages to connect it well, moved across his stumps to a half volley and clips it easily wide of mid-on and midwicket


Sohail Tanvir to Lumb, 2 runs, chipped in the air but just over mid-on's reach, it looked like he checked his shot

Deepesh: "Nannes, an australian who's playing for a south african team, Lions, is bowling to Lumb, an Englishman, playing for an aussie side, also plays for the English Lions."

End of over 6 (10 runs) Sydney Sixers 33/0 (89 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 6.35)

    • MJ Lumb 16 (19b 2x4)
    • BJ Haddin 14 (17b 2x4)
    • Sohail Tanvir 3-0-16-0
    • DP Nannes 2-0-3-0

Here's Phangiso


Phangiso to Haddin, 1 run, flat delivery and clipped down to long-on


Phangiso to Lumb, 1 run, that was a bit too short and Lumb stays at the crease and pulls down to deep square leg


Phangiso to Haddin, no run, stays at the crease and chops it down to point, couldn't find the gap


Phangiso to Haddin, 1 run, down the track and driven down to long-on


Phangiso to Lumb, FOUR, Dropped! And it's Bodi! Lumb chipped down the track and lofts flat and quick down to long-off, Bodi ran forward from the rope, cupped his hands in front of his face and yet the ball sneaked through, hit his shoulder and dribbled to the rope


Phangiso to Lumb, 1 run, full on middle and leg and clipped to the on side

End of over 7 (8 runs) Sydney Sixers 41/0 (81 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.85, RRR: 6.23)

    • MJ Lumb 22 (22b 3x4)
    • BJ Haddin 16 (20b 2x4)
    • AM Phangiso 1-0-8-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 3-0-16-0

Nannes to Lumb, no run, good length outside off and punched down to point


Nannes to Lumb, 2 runs, forced to the on side and they pick up a couple to deep midwicket


Nannes to Lumb, FOUR, nothing going Lions way here! Pitched up outside off and he goes for the big drive and gets an outside edge down to third man


Nannes to Lumb, 1 run, on the body and clipped away down to deep square leg


Nannes to Haddin, SIX, and we have yet another jinx at the boundary! Pretorius the culprit this time, Haddin flicked this one in the air and it was traveling quickly down to deep square leg, Pretorius was in front of the rope and cupped his hands above his head and the fluffed, bounced off his fingers and carried over the rope


Nannes to Haddin, FOUR, 17 off the over! You have to feel for Nannes, this was a yorker outside off and Haddin brought his bat down and squirted it wide of third man

End of over 8 (17 runs) Sydney Sixers 58/0 (64 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.25, RRR: 5.33)

    • BJ Haddin 26 (22b 3x4 1x6)
    • MJ Lumb 29 (26b 4x4)
    • DP Nannes 3-0-20-0
    • AM Phangiso 1-0-8-0

Phangiso to Lumb, 1 wide, slides it down the leg side


Phangiso to Lumb, SIX, a clean hit! Tossed up and Lumb was down the track to the pitch of the ball and it's a straight hit, flat and down to the sightscreen


Phangiso to Lumb, 1 run, stays back and punches it down the ground wide of the bowler


Phangiso to Haddin, 1 run, flatter delivery and he stays back and punches it down to long-off


Phangiso to Lumb, FOUR, tossed up down the leg side and Lumb was on his knees and swept that fine and well past short fine leg, Phangiso not bowling to his field


Phangiso to Lumb, FOUR, continues round the wicket, this was flatter and towards the pads and he sweeps him firmly and he places it so well that deep square leg has no chance


Phangiso to Lumb, FOUR, fuller one and he clips it off his pads and it still beats short fine leg, nothing going Lions way at all

End of over 9 (21 runs) Sydney Sixers 79/0 (43 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.77, RRR: 3.90)

    • MJ Lumb 48 (31b 7x4 1x6)
    • BJ Haddin 27 (23b 3x4 1x6)
    • AM Phangiso 2-0-29-0
    • DP Nannes 3-0-20-0

Symes to Haddin, no run, flighted outside off and pushed towards point


Symes to Haddin, 1 run, gets forward and pushes a full ball down to long-off


Symes to Lumb, 1 wide, fires that really wide down the leg side, could so easily have beaten the keeper and gone for four!


Symes to Lumb, no run, flat and short and Lumb goes deep at the crease and tries to pull but misses


Symes to Lumb, SIX, gets to his fifty with a six! Chips down the track and lofts that crisply over deep midwicket


Symes to Lumb, 1 run, clips it down to long-on


Symes to Haddin, no run, this is a loopy low full toss and Haddin's happy to knock it back to the bowler

John: "The Sixers aren't even breaking into a sweat. No judgement, but magenta really suits these guys!"

End of over 10 (9 runs) Sydney Sixers 88/0 (34 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 8.80, RRR: 3.40)

    • BJ Haddin 28 (26b 3x4 1x6)
    • MJ Lumb 55 (34b 7x4 2x6)
    • J Symes 1-0-9-0
    • AM Phangiso 2-0-29-0

Morris to Lumb, SIX, full on the pads and Lumb shuffles and elegantly clips that high and over deep square leg


Morris to Lumb, 2 runs, full outside off and Lumb moves across and lofts this one over mid-off, miscued but the fielder was up


Morris to Lumb, 1 run, this is Lumb's night! Top edge on the pull and yet it lands safely in front of fine leg


Morris to Haddin, 1 run, tucks him down to midwicket and there's a direct hit by Bodi at the bowler's end and they pick up a run off the deflection


Morris to Lumb, 1 run, flicks it down to deep midwicket and Lumb goes past Bodi as the leading run-scorer


Morris to Haddin, 1 run, full on the pads and clipped to the on side

End of over 11 (12 runs) Sydney Sixers 100/0 (22 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 9.09, RRR: 2.44)

    • BJ Haddin 30 (28b 3x4 1x6)
    • MJ Lumb 65 (38b 7x4 3x6)
    • CH Morris 2-0-25-0
    • J Symes 1-0-9-0

Nannes to Haddin, 2 runs, and by default it lands safe! It was short and he miscued the pull in front of square and it landed safe down to deep midwicket


Nannes to Haddin, no run, short and wide outside off and Haddin tries to dab it away to third man and he's beaten by the bounce


Nannes to Haddin, no run, shuffles across and ends up defending back to the bowler


Nannes to Haddin, 1 run, drifts on the pads and he clips it away down to deep square leg


Nannes to Lumb, 1 run, slower ball and he clips it away late down to square leg


Nannes to Haddin, FOUR, brutal! Nannes bowls it short and Haddin gives the charge and thumps it wide of midwicket, it was flat and raced away to the boundary

Priyadarshi: "It will be exciting to see this Sydney Sixers outfit with all it's national team players including Watson, Starc, Cummins, Haddin playing for them up against the best of the rest of Australia in a T-20 game. Sixers might still get the better of their opponents."

End of over 12 (8 runs) Sydney Sixers 108/0 (14 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 9.00, RRR: 1.75)

    • BJ Haddin 37 (33b 4x4 1x6)
    • MJ Lumb 66 (39b 7x4 3x6)
    • DP Nannes 4-0-28-0
    • CH Morris 2-0-25-0

Pretorius to Lumb, SIX, as clean as it gets! Lumb was down the track to a length ball and pulls and it lands on the grass areas at deep midwicket


Pretorius to Lumb, SIX, getting closer! Good length and he pulls this one down to fine leg


Pretorius to Lumb, FOUR, gets there with a boundary and Sydney Sixers are the 2012 Champions League winners! Pretorius bowls it full and wide outside off and he scoops it down to square third man, Lumb seals one of the most one-sided of finals and they are the second Australian team, after New South Wales Blues to win the Champions League


The Man of the Match is Michael Lumb. He also gets the Golden Bat for being the highest run-scorer: "Dirk and Sohail bowled well early on. Ball came on quite nicely on to the bat. Got to take my hat off to the rest of the guys."

Mitchell Starc is the Man of the Series. Also gets the Golden Wicket: "The extra bounce and pace was good. Our spinners showed class today. Josh deserved a lot more wickets than he got. My first experience in SA has been a great one."

Alviro Petersen: "We started poorly. I don't think a lot of people gave us a chance to reach the final. You can't put your finger on why we lost today. Disappointing we couldn't put on a show. Really happy with the way the guys have performed as a unit."

Brad Haddin: "The prep for this game was outstanding. T20 is about going for the gut feeling. Everyone expected us to start with the fast bowlers but we decided to take the pace off the ball. The positive we can take is the whole team contributed at various stages."

So Haddin lofts the massive trophy and he's joined by his team-mates. To say massive is an understatement.

So we end up finishing much earlier than expected. Pretty much summed up the Sixers through this tournament. They were ruthless and hence deserved winners. Lots of reading material coming up on this match over the next few hours and the tournament over the next couple of days. That's a LOT of T20 cricket over the last few weeks.

Thanks for your mails and your company. Cheers guys!

End of match: It also happens to be the first ten-wicket win in the Champions League. Steve O'Keefe says it's a surreal feeling winning this final. He said he had no idea he'd be asked to bowl the second over. That was the story of this final. Sixers throwing a different challenge to the Lions by opening with spinners; at 9 for 4, it was always going to be Sydney. A score of 121 is never safe enough in this format. The Lions bowlers had some control during the Powerplay but once Lumb got past his scratchy start he was unstoppable.

You have to feel for Lions and the thousands at the Wanderers today to see their home team. A case of stage fright perhaps. Tough luck. They've played some entertaining cricket in this tournament, knocking out star-studded IPL sides.

Naz Mohammed: "What an embarrasment to T20 cricket. Had non-cricketing friends convinced that they should watch the finals today. Now I will have to explain what went wrong. If ICC wants to gain momentum in a land where cricket is now getting popular they got to allow champions to play and not schoolboys looking to make a name for themselves. The bowling of Lion is attrocious except for Nannes and Tanvir. The fielding is worse - my club Hamilton Cricket Club from Ontario Canada could have done a better job."






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