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

Roelof's roar and Lumb's comic fielding

Plays of the Day for the Champions League semi-final between Titans and Sydney Sixers in Centurion

Firdose Moonda in Centurion

October 26, 2012

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Titans are pumped up after a wicket, Titans v Sydney Sixers, 2nd semi-final, Champions League T20, Centurion, October 26, 2012
Roelof van der Merwe doesn't hold back when celebrating © AFP
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Sigh of the day

A match that refused to pick a side finally seemed to choose one when Pat Cummins sliced a ball high in the air, in the direction of mid-off. Farhaan Behardien readied himself to take the catch and had time to get under it but found himself needing to dive forward to grab it low down. He ended up grassing it, to the collective groan of the crowd and, presumably, a sigh of relief in the Sydney Sixers dugout.

Fightback of the day

At 91 for 5 after 16 overs, it did not look as though the Titans were going to post a competitive total, but David Wiese thought otherwise. He started the four-over blitz with a six over square-leg but it will be the way he ended that will be remembered. An inside-out shot over long-off gave Wiese the opportunity to display his power and with it gave the Titans more than a fighting chance.

Throw of the day

The Titans didn't have much going for them early on but Michael Lumb gave them something to smile about nonetheless. When Henry Davids pushed the ball to him at point, all Lumb had to do was the simple pick-up-and-throw. He got the first part right but when he tried to throw, the ball rolled out of the back of his fingers and fell over his shoulder. Lumb spent a millisecond trying to figure out what had happened before returning the ball, blushingly.

Fielding of the day

Steven Smith has established himself as one of the best boundary fielders in the competition but there was something he could not get right. When Wiese sent a low full toss back over Mitchell Starc's head, Smith ran around from long-on to cut it off. He initially managed to scoop it back infield but his second move, to keep it there, saw him tumble into the advertising boards while the ball just about breached the boundary.

Almost splash of the day

After the ball landed in the spectators' splash pool on the opening day of the tournament, the organisers put up a net to prevent it heading back there. A net too has its limits, and the Sixers' opener Lumb exposed them. His only six of the night was a fierce shot over the on side, and the pool. The ball bounced onto the deck before bobbling down, inches away from the paddle pool below and then made its way onto the field. With the latest antics, one wonders whether the authorities will demand closing the pool during play as they had done before.

Roar of the day

Roelof van der Merwe is nicknamed Bulldog for his tenacity but he also has a powerful bark. When Brad Haddin was caught at deep midwicket and the Titans sensed a small opening, van der Merwe let his voicebox loose. He stretched out both arms and howled at the night sky, like only someone called Bulldog can.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by Marcio on (October 27, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

Why is it that spectators in some countries cannot applaud good play by opposition teams. I have seen this is India and NZ, now in SA. Australian and English crowds are the most generous in the world. There may be a few louts in there, but they have no trouble applauding visiting teams.

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