CL T20 second semi-final: Sydney Sixers defeat Titans in last-ball thriller, reach final

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Sydney Sixers innings

Over 20 || Score 164/8

Eight needed off the last 6 balls, de Villiers has been asked to bowl the final over. Rohrer tried to play a paddle sweep, got a leading edge that went over the keeper’s head for two runs! 6 needed from 5. De Villiers bowls a fuller length ball and Rohrer took a chance and tried to clear mid-off, couldn’t do that and he’s caught by van der Merwe! 6 needed from 4, Starc comes to the crease, Cummins on strike. And amid all this drama, de Villiers bowls a Wide. 5 needed from 4. Cummins plays the next ball towards midwicket and the batsmen have turned a single into two runs, excellent running! The throw went wayward. 3 needed from 3. Cummins runs a leg bye. 2 needed from 2, Starc is on strike. The Titans are setting their field, it can take some time. 2 needed from 2. De Villiers bowls a bouncer and Starc ducks under it as they run a bye. 1 needed from 1. So the result of this thrilling semi-final clash will be decided by that last delivery. The field has been brought in, all the fielders will want to save that single. Cummins can clear the field and it is yet to be seen what his tactics would be. Last ball, 1 needed, a tie will lead to a Super Over. And guess what, de Villiers bowls a dot ball, Cummins couldn’t make any contact, and they ran for a bye, the keeper’s throw went wayward and the Sydney Sixers are through to the finals of the Champions League Twenty20.

BJ Rohrer c van der Merwe b de Villiers 21 (24b)

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Over 19 || Score 156/7

19 needed from 12, Thomas to bowl the penultimate over. And he begins with a slower one which is a dot ball. It would have been Wide but Rohrer was moving to his left. Rohrer takes a quick single at point. Cummins works a Yorker for a couple at midwicket. Thomas bowls a length ball Cummings smashes that over long on FOR A SIX! Top shot under pressure! 10 needed from 8. A dot ball. Cummins plays the next ball extremely high in the air, Behardien gets under the ball and drops it! Two runs scored and how costly could that prove to be for the Titans. Eleven runs from the over.

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Over 18 || Score 145/7

Wiese to bowl his second over. Rohrer works the first ball for a single at long-on. Cummins works a full-toss for a single at long on. Rohrer works the ball at long-off and then runs back for a risky second run, somehow makes it! A dot ball as Wiese saves a single off his own bowling. Wiese bowls a length ball and Rohrer smashes that wide of the fielder at long-on for a boundary! Rohrer ends the over with a single. Ten from the over.

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Over 17 || Score 136/5

Alfonso Thomas has been brought back for some more damage. And he does, McCullum is OUT! It was a soft dismissal as McCullum was looking to nudge that on the leg-side and he was caught plumb! Pat Cummins comes to the crease. He gets off the mark with a single. Two dot balls. Ben Rohrer takes a single off the next ball towards midwicket. Thomas deceives Cummins with another slower one, a leg bye scored. Rohrer drives a fuller length ball towards mid off where a diving Behardien saves three runs for his side! Four runs from the over.

NL McCullum lbw b Thomas 0 (1b)

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Over 16 || Score 132/6

Mbhalati to bowl his final over. Henriques pulls one over midwicket for a SIX! Henriques tried to repeat the shot off the last ball and Henrique is OUT! Eleven runs from the over.

MC Henriques c Links b Mbhalati 27 (18b)

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Over 15 || Score 121/5

Allright so after playing a stunner, David Wiese is brought into the attack. Just three runs from the over. Wiese continues to impress!

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Over 14 || Score 118/5

Van der Merwe to bowl his final over. Three from the over. So Van der Merwe went for 13 in his first over and just 10 in the next three!

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Over 13 || Score 115/5

Links to bowl his third over. Henriques welcomes him with a SIX over deep midwicket. Henriques takes a single. And now guess what, Steven Smith is run-out! Smith worked that on the leg-side and didn’t want a single, Henriques was desperate for one and he runs past Smith who was left stranded. Poor cricket from the Sixers, they look in a hurry here. Nine runs from the over.

SPD Smith run out 3 (6b)

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Over 11 || Score 101/4

Mbhalati to bowl his third over. Henriques is the new batsman. He gets off the mark with a boundary at midwicket. Henrique survives as de Villiers dropped him off a catchable chance.

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Over 10 || Score 92/4

Van der Merwe to continue. A huge lbw appeal turned down by the umpire. And now Haddin is OUT! He attempted a slog sweep and didn’t connect, the ball went high in the air and Links took an easy catch at midwicket! The Titans have struck! Steven Smith is the new batsman. And make that two from two! Maddinson is run-out He played that with soft hands and Smith wanted a quick single and he ran, but Maddinson was reluctant and he couldn’t make it to the non-striker’s end. The Titans are back in the game and the crowd has once again gone berserk! So just two runs from the over and two big wickets!

NJ Maddinson run out 20 (15b)

BJ Haddin c Links b van der Merwe 3 (5b)

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Over 9 || Score 90/2

Links brought back into the attack. And he gets a much-needed breakthrough, O'Keefe is bowled! Just five runs from the over.

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Over 8 || Score 85/1

Van der merwe brought into the attack. Maddinson welcomes him with a SIX over deep square leg. Maddinson played a late-cut that produced another boundary! Well O’Keefe is playing an excellent innings here. Thirteen runs from the over.

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Over 7 || Score 72/1

de Villiers to bowl his second over. O'Keefe continues to make the best of the opportunity as he scored two boundaries and two singles in that over. Twelve runs from the over.

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Over 6 || Score 60/1

Mbhalati back into the attack. Nic Maddison is the new batsman. He gets some room and he lifts that over the off-side field for a boundary! A dot ball. Maddinson plays the next ball back to Mbhalati for no run. Maddison takes a quick single. O’Keefe works the next ball for a single towards third-man. Maddison almost played the last ball onto the stumps. Good over for Titans, six runs from it.

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Over 5 || Score 54/1

Thomas to continue. Lumb shimmied down the track off the first ball and hit a magnificent six over midwicket! And Thomas follows it with a fuller delivery and Lumb lifts that towards long-on for another boundary! That also brings the fifty for the Sixers within no time. A Wide ball. A dot ball. Another wide ball. Lumb works the next ball on the leg-side for no run. Thomas bowls a slower one that completely deceives Lumb who hits that straight to Martin Jaarsveld! Excellent cameo from Lumb comes to an end! O’Keefe defends the last ball back to the bowler for no run.

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Over 4 || Score 42/0

Cornelius de Villiers is brought into the attack. Lumb works that to fine leg for a boundary! A dot ball. Luimb once again gets some width and he lifts that over the cover fielder for a boundary! Lumb takes a quick single. A big wide from de Villiers. A dot ball. O’Keefe nicks the last ball that rushed past wide of slips for a boundary! Fourteen runs from the over.

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Over 3 || Score 28/0

Alfonso Thomas is brought into the attack. He offers some width first ball and O’Keefe works that past the point fielder for a boundary! Two dot balls. O’Keefe charges down the track and manages a single at deep square leg. Lumb gets some width and he guides that through covers for a boundary! All timing on that occasion by Lumb. Lumb keeps the strike with a single.

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Over 2 || Score 18/0

Mbhalati to bowl the second over. Lumb defends the first three balls for no run. Mbhalati follows it with a short ball and Lumb works that through vacant fine leg for a boundary! Mbhalati offers some width and Lumb drives that for another boundary through covers. Eight runs from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 10/0

Eden Links to bowl the first over for the Titans, Michael Lumb and O’Keefe to open for the Sixers. O’Keefe pulls the first ball for a boundary at midwicket. O'Keefe works another delivery through covers for a boundary!

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Brief Summary

What an innings from David Wiese! What a time to bring the fastest fifty of the tournament! The Titans were 88/5 after 15 overs. And they added 75 runs in the last five overs, 58 off which were scored by David Wiese. He played a fearless innings and a formidable Sydney Sixers bowling attack was left stunned with the counter-attack! One cannot forget another gem of an innings played by Henry Davids who made sure that he batted through the innings. These two have given their bowlers a real chance to defence a very competitive total in a crucial match!

NASHUA TITANS INNINGS

Over 20 || Score 163/5

Starc to bowl the final over. Wiese works the first ball to deep square leg for a single that brings his 50 off just 25 balls! It is the fastest in the tournament! A wide ball. Davids plays an inside out shot for a single. Wiese smashes the next ball straight over the bowler’s head and a valiant effort from Smith cannot stop a boundary! Starc bowls another half-volley and guess what, Wiese smokes that over long-off for a MASSIVE SIXXX! Wiese works the next ball towards long on for a single. Davids works the last ball to mid off for a single. Fifteen runs from the last over.

Henry Davids 58* (43b) Davids Wiese 61* (28b)

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Over 19 || Score 148/5

Cummins to bowl his final over. Cummins begins with a wide. And Wiese follows that with two consecutive boundaries! Wiese takes a single. McCullum drops a low catch at covers! A dot ball as the ball hits Wiese’s pads. Cummins bowls another wide on the leg-side as Haddin fails to connect that cleanly, a single taken. Davids on strike. And he shows the full face of the bat once again as the ball sails highhhh over long-on for a SIXXXXXX! 19 runs from the over, incredible hitting from these two batsmen!

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Over 18 || Score 129/5

Henriques to bowl his final over! And Wiese once again hits a SIX at deep midwicket! And Wiese has changed the gears as he hits another SIX! Shiimies down the track and hits that higggghh in the air that goes all the way!! It was a fat six over wide of long on. Wiese follows that with a couple. Henriques goes a bit on the leg side and Wiese guides that towards fine leg for a boundary! Wiese takes a single at long-off, Wiese wanted two on that occasion as well! Davids gets a short ball and he pulls that to deep square leg where a misfield produces a boundary! It also brings Davids’50! WHAT AN OVER, 23 RUNS FROM IT!

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Over 17 || Score 106/5

Cummins to bowl his third over. Cummin bowls a half-volley and Wiese smacks that over deep midwicket for a SIX! Powerful hit that from Wiese. Cummins follows it with a slower one that beats Wiese. Cummins goes short again and Wiese once again pulls that to wide of long on for another boundary! Cummins goes outside the off-stump with some width on offer and Wiese edges that as the ball runs past third-man for another boundary! Wiese takes a single off the next ball. Davids works the last ball to covers for no run. Excellent over for the Titans, 15 runs from it.

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Over 16 || Score 91/5

Henriques into his third over. Three runs from the over.

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Over 15 || Score 88/5

O’Keefe brought back to bowl his third over. Just three runs from the over. The Titans are finding it extremely difficult to score at least a boundary every over.

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Over 14 || Score 85/5

Henriques into his second over. Van der Merwe charges down the track and nicks an easy catch to Haddin! David Wiese comes to the crease. Four runs from the over.

RE van der Merwe c Haddin b Henriques 1 (3b)

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Over 13 || Score 81/4

Cummins into his second over. He begins with a half-volley and David drives that through covers for a couple. Cummings fires a short ball and Davids pulls that for a boundary! Davids follows it with a single. The ploy has worked as Behardien is caught at short cover! Van der Merwe comes to the crease. And he gets off the mark with a cracking drive that produces a single. Davids ends the over with a single. Nine from the over.

F Behardien c McCullum b Cummins 14 (21b)

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Over 12 || Score 72/3

Hazlewood into his final over. Davids works the second ball towards wide of long off for a couple. Sixers miss a run-out chance! Just 5 runs from the over. Hazlewood ends another superb spell. 4-0-19-1

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Over 11 || Score 67/3

O’Keefe to continue. Davids charges down the track, connects extremely well and the ball sails over long-on for a SIX! It was a top shot and the Titans need some more of those hits. Nine runs from the over.

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Over 10 || Score 58/3

Hazlewood brought back into the attack. Behardien charged down the track off the last ball and played the ball over covers for a couple. Five runs from the over.

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Over 9 || Score 53/3

O’keefe to continue. Behardien found some width and he worked that to wide of deep backward point for two runs. Just three from the over.

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Over 8 || Score 50/3

Moises Henriques introduced into the attack. Seven runs from the over. 50 up for the Titans.

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Over 7 || Score 43/3

Spin introduced, O’Keefe to bowl his first over. Good start from him, just 4 from the over.

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Over 6 || Score 39/3

Starch to continue. Starc begins with a fuller length ball, huge appeal for lbw turned down by the umpire. Starc pitches one full again and Jaarsveld gives an easy catch at short cover. The skipper IS GONE! Behardien is the new batsman. Davids survives a run-out chance! Seven runs from the over.

M van Jaarsveld c Cummins b Starc 5 (4b)

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Over 5 || Score 32/2

Pat Cummins is brought into the attack. The Titans skipper Martin van Jaarsveld comes to the crease. Cummins bowls short to Davids who smashes that over extra cover fence for a boundary! Ten runs from the over. The Titans need a partnership between these two.

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Over 4 || Score 22/2

Starc to continue. He pitches a half-volley and Davids shows the full face of the bat and the bails sails over long on for a magnificent SIX! Davids follows it with a risky single. Starc follows it with three dot ball and then bowls Kuhn off the last ball! Seven runs from the over.

HG Kuhn b Starc 13 (15b)

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Over 3 || Score 15/1

Hazlewood to continue. And he continues to bowl with an excellent line and length. David nicked one that rushed past third-man for a boundary! Kuhn gets a short ball and he pulls that to deep mid wicket for a boundary! Eight runs from the over.

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Over 2 || Score 7/1

Starc to bowl from the other end. Heino Kuhn is the new batsman. Kuhn drives one through the covers for a boundary! Six from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 2/1

Hazlewood to bowl the first over for the Sixers, Davids and Rudolph open for the Titans. And Hazlewood struck in his first over! He offered some width to Rudolph, he played a cut shot and was caught at deep backward point! The Titans have lost their leading run scorer of the tournament.

JA Rudolph c Lumb b Hazlewood 1 (5b)

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TOSS: The Titans have won the toss and they have decided to bat first.

Sydney Sixers are the only unbeaten side in the tournament and they would want to continue their winning streak to seal a berth for the final match to be played against Highveld Lions. They have registered comprehensive win in most of the matches and they only time they looked in some sort of trouble was in their last league game against the Mumbai Indians.

The titans on the other hand would want to put a good show in front of the home crowd. They have a good bowling attack led from the front by Alfonso Thomas. The Titans looked the favourities to win the trophy before they were wrapped up for just 89 runs while chasing a formidable score of 189 runs against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

While the Sydney Sixers rely heavily on their pacers, the Titans rely on the strength of the entire team and every now and then they have had someone who has taken them out of the trouble.




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