CLT20 2012: Sydney Sixers vs Highveld Lions - As it happened...

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Brief Summary

The Sydney Sixers became the second Australian team, after New South Wales Blues to win the Champions League. They were tested by the Nashua Titans in the second semi-final but apart from that, they have been outstanding throughout the tournament. The Sixers take away the trophy, Lumb takes away the Golden Bat and Mitchell Starc takes away the Golden Wicket. Starc is also adjudged the Man of the Series.

SYDNEY SIXERS INNINGS

Over 12.3 || Score 124/0

Pretorius is brought into the attack. The explosion from Lumb continues as he smashes the first ball over deep midwicket for a SIX! Pretorius fires a short ball and Lumb powerfully pulls that as it clears the square leg boundary for another SIX! Pretorius bowls outside the off-stump and Lumb hits the winning boundary at deep backward point, that’s it The Sydney Sixers have won the Champions League Twenty20 by 10 WICKETS! What a way to clinch a trophy! They have become the second Australian team, after New South Wales Blues to win the Champions League.

Michael Lumb 82* (42) Brad Haddin 37* (33b)

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Over 12 || Score 108/0

Nannes brought back into the attack, to bowl his final over. Four runs came off the first five balls and then Haddin thumped the last ball for a boundary through deep midwicket! Eight runs from the over.

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Over 11 || Score 100/0

Morris is brought into the attack. He gets a fuller length ball and Lumb smashes that over deep midwicket for a SIX! Lumb hits the next ball straight over mid-off for a couple. Lumb hits the next ball high in the air which falls short of Phangiso at third-man. Haddin pulls the next ball towards midwicket for a single. Lumb takes a single. Haddin takes a single off the last ball which brings the century partnership for the Sydney Sixers! Twelve runs from the over.

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Over 10 || Score 88/0

Jean Symes is brought into the attack. Symes bowls a full-toss, Lumb comes down the wicket and hits that wide of deep square leg for a SIX! That also brings Lumb’s 50 which has come of just 32 balls! Nine runs from the over.

Michael Lumb 55* (34b) Brad Haddin 29* (26b)

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Over 9 || Score 79/0

Phangiso to continue. Lumb is playing Phangiso extremely well. He hit him for a Six straight down the ground and three back-to-back boundaries in the over. 21 runs from the over. It could be Phangiso’s most expensive over of this tournament.

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Over 8 || Score 58/0

Nannes to continue. Lumb scores a couple off the first ball. Lumb gets a And now Pretorius does a blunder! Haddin played that towards deep square leg, where Pretorius got under the ball and the ball spilled out of his hands and fell behind the boundary for a SIX! And Haddin follows it with a boundary at third-man! 17 runs from the over, huge over for the Sixers!

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Over 7 || Score 41/0

Aaron Phangiso is brought into the attack. Lumb works the second ball towards midwicket for a single. Phangiso pitches one fuller and Lumb hits that straight to long-off where Bodi drops a sitter and the ball goes for a boundary! Phangiso doesn’t like that, the crowd doesn’t like that. Lumb takes a single off the next ball. Eight runs from the over.

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Over 6 || Score 33/0

Haddin works the first ball at square leg for a single. Lumb plays the next ball with soft hands towards mid-on for a single. A Wide ball. Haddin defends the next ball for no run. Haddin takes a single at fine leg. Tanvir goes fuller the next ball and Lumb flicks that towards deep midwicket for a boundary! Lumb lifts the next ball over mid-on for a couple. Ten runs from the over.

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Over 4 || Score 23/0

Chris Morris is brought into the attack. He swings one back into Haddin who moves back in the crease and works that through covers for a boundary! More width offered but Haddin fails to make a contact. Haddin connects off the next ball and scores a boundary at deep cover. Haddin punches the next ball straight to mid-off and a misfield produces a single. Lumb lifts a half-volley over mid-on for a boundary! Thirteen runs from the over.

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Over 3 || Score 8/0

Tanvir to continue. Lumb plays a good looking short first ball towards mid off for no run. Lumb gets off-strike with a single. A dot ball. Tanvir follows it with another dot ball. Tanvir bowls one on the pads and Haddin defends that back to the bowler for no run. A leg bye scored off the last ball. Two runs from the over.

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Over 2 || Score 6/0

Nannes to bowl from the other end. He begins with a dot ball as Haddin nudges one on the off-side. Haddin takes a single off the next ball. Nannes beats Lumb with a delivery that bounces, he almost nicked that to the keeper. Nannes bowls another beauty that bounces and moves away from the right-hander. Lumb takes a single. Haddin works the last ball towards covers for no run. Good start from Nannes, two runs from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 4/0

Michael Lumb and Brad Haddin to open for the Sydney Sixers, Sohail Tanvir will bowl the first over for the Lions. He begins with a dot ball. The second delivery is left alone by Lumb. Lumb gets off the mark with a single. Haddin gets off the mark with a single at fine leg. A Wide ball. Tanvir attempted a Yorker which drifted on the leg side. Lumb works a slower one towards wide of third man for a couple. Four runs from the over.

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Over 20 || Score 121 ALL OUT

Starc to bowl the last over. Phangiso takes a single off the first ball. A single scored off the first ball. Morris works the next ball to deep midwicket for a single. Phangiso nudges the next ball to deep square leg for a couple. Phangiso made some room and wanted to go over extra cover, didn’t connect on this occasion, a dot ball. Phangiso moved outside the off stump the next ball, he wanted to hit that towards fine leg, but ended hitting it high in the air as Michael Lumb at deep square leg took an easy catch! Dirk Nannes comes to the crease. A single taken off the last ball and Morris is run-out as they tried to take the second run.

CH Morris run out 5 (5b)

AM Phangiso c Hazlewood b Starc 3 (5b)

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Over 19 || Score 116/8

Hazlewood to bowl his final over. And an excellent innings from Hazlewood comes to an end as he hits one high in the air and is caught by Haddin. In case if the Lions win the match, Symes innings will be praised for a long time. Chris Morris is the new batsman. Four runs from the over.

J Symes c Haddin b Hazlewood 51 (46b)

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Over 18 || Score 112/7

Starc to bowl his third over. Pretorius gets some room outside the off-stump and he whacks that over extra-cover for a SIX! Symes reaches his half-century It has been a superb effort under pressure. The Lions were wobbling when he came to the crease and he has made sure that the bowlers have something substantial to defend. Rohrer’s direct hit produces a run-out! Nine runs from the over.

D Pretorius run out 21 (13b)

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Over 17 || Score 103/6

Hazlewood to bowl his third over. Pretorius gets a half-volley and he smashes that over long off for a SIX! Top shot that and only if he can play some more like that, Lions can for sure reach a respectable total. Two singles taken off the next two balls. Pretorius works the next ball towards deep cover for a single. Symes gets some room on the leg-side and guides that towards vacant fine leg area for a boundary! Symes is playing a gem of an innings for the Lions, he reaches 49. And he has been dropped at covers the next ball!

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Over 16 || Score 90/6

Cummins to bowl his final over. Symes scored two boundary boundaries in that over. Eight runs from the over.

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Over 15 || Score 82/6

O'Keefe to bowl his final over. Three runs from the over. O’Keefe ends his excellent spell. 4-0-11-1

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Over 14 || Score 79/6

McCullum to bowl his final over. A dot ball. Symes works the next ball towards short fine leg for a single. Tsolekile sweeps one and is caught at midwicket! Dwaine Pretorius is the new batsman. Seven runs from the over. So Nathan McCullum ends his superb spell! He has turned around things for the Sixers from the first over itself when he dismissed Bodi in the first over. Here’s his excellent spell-4-0-24-3

TL Tsolekile c O'Keefe b McCullum 20 (19b)

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Over 13 || Score 72/5

O’Keefe brought back into the attack. Five runs from the over.

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Over 12 || Score 67/5

Starc to bowl his second over. Symes takes a single off the first ball. A dot ball. Tsolekile plays a sweep shot, and this time connects well, goes over wide of fine leg for a SIX!Two dot balls. Tsolekile is trying hell lot of things. He tried to play the last ball towards third man, got an edge that went left of Haddin for a boundary! Eleven runs from the over.

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Over 11 || Score 56/5

Hazlewood brought into the attack. Tsolekile defends the first two balls for no run. Tsolekile tries a paddle scoop, connects well and that goes over the keeper’s head for a SIX! A dot ball. Tsolekile shimmies down the track off the next ball, doesn’t connect though. Tsolekile wanted to guide the last ball towards third-man, once again didn’t connect. Six runs from the over.

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Over 10 || Score 50/5

Cummins to continue. Symes gets some width and he opens the face of the bat, uses the pace and scores a boundary at deep backward point. Cummins follows it with a shorter delivery and now Symes smashes that towards midwicket for another boundary! That also brings the 50 for the Lions. Eight runs from the over.

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Over 9 || Score 41/5

McCullum to continue. He began with two dot balls.Symes drove the third ball beautifully through covers for a boundary! Symes takes a single. Tsolekile follows it with another single. Symes ends the over with another single. Seven from the over.

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Over 8 || Score 35/5

Thami Tsolekile is the new batsman. Cummins to continue. Symes worked a single off the second ball. Tsolekile is uncomfortable at the crease in front of Cummins pace, plays three dot balls and manages a couple off the last.

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Over 7 || Score 32/4

McCullum to bowl his second over. Three runs came off the first five ball and then McCullum bowled a straighter one, Tanvir didn’t pick that and hes caught pumb in front of the wicket! Second wicket for McCullum. Good second over from the Kiwi off-spinner, three runs and a wicket for him.

Sohail Tanvir lbw b McCullum 11 (12b)

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Over 6 || Score 29/4

Cummins is brought into the attack. Tanvir nudges one on the leg side for a couple. Cummins followed it with one on the pads and Tanvir flicked that towards vacant deep square leg for a boundary! Two dot balls. Cummins once again bowls on the pads and Tanvir times that well wide of the fielder at mid on for a couple. Every run is being cheered by the crowd! Tanvir works the last ball to mid on for no run. Eight from the over.

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Over 5 || Score 21/4

Mitchell Starc is introduced into the attack. He gets an edge first ball that goes through second slips for a single. Symes played a cut shot that went wide of the fielder at point for a boundary! Starc bowls a perfect Yorker which was defended by Symes for no run. Starc offers some width off the last ball and Symes smacks that over covers for a cracking boundary! The home crowd loved that! Eleven from the over.

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Over 4 || Score 10/4

O’Keefe to continue. And now the Lions have decided to surprise us. Sohail Tanvir gets a promotion in the batting order. Tanvir gets off the mark with a single. A dot ball. And now the Lions skipper is OUT! Petersen nicked that one and McCullum took an easy catch at first slip. Jean Symes is the new batsman. Two runs from the over.

AN Petersen c McCullum b O'Keefe 1 (6b)

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Over 3 || Score 8/3

Hazlewood is brought into the attack. He begins with a dot ball. Hazlewood offered some width next ball and Kock slashed hard at it, the ball took a leading edge and flew towards third-man where O’Keefe took an excellent catch diving away to his right. Kock is OUT! The Lions are wobbling! Neil McKenzie is the new batsman. McKenzie defends the first ball and refuses to take a single. The next ball takes an edge and falls just short of first slip. McKenzie the next ball onto the off-side. McKenzie wanted to work the next ball on the leg-side, couldn’t connect well and he hit that very high in the air and guess what Neil McKenzie is OUT! Hazlewood is rewarded for some excellent bowling. The Lions are in big trouble. A two wicket maiden for Hazlewood. Top stuff this!

ND McKenzie c Rohrer b Hazlewood 0 (4b)

Q de Kock c O'Keefe b Hazlewood 1 (7b)

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Over 2 || Score 8/1

O'Keefe brought into the attack. He bowled four dot balls and then Kock took a single. Petersen nudged the last ball towards leg-side for no run. Just one from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 7/1

Surprise surprise! Nathan McCullum will bowl the first over. Petersen and Bodi to open for the Lions. Petersen gets off the mark with a single first ball. Bodi defends the first ball for no run. Bodi can’t wait for long, smashes the next ball over long on for a SIX! Bodi attempts a sweep off the next ball, connects but doesn’t connect that well and is caught at deep midwicket! Bodi is OUT! The experiment has worked for the Sixers. Quinton de Kock is the new batsman. Petersen defends the next two balls for no run.

GH Bodi c Rohrer b McCullum 6 (3b)

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TOSS: Sydney Sixers have won the toss and they have decided to bowl first.

The Sydney Sixers take on the Highveld Lions in the final match of the Champions League Twenty20.

Also Read: Players to watch out for!

After playing a thriller against Nashua Titans in the second semi-final, the Sixers have shown that even their tail-enders have the determination and the hunger to fight till the last ball. David Wiese was the man who single-handedly demolished their star-studder bowling attack and it is yet to be seen if someone from the Lions side would want to display such brutal counter-attack.

The Titans on the other hand have the home advantage. They have been the underdogs of the tournament as they didn’t have big names to boast about. But they have found new heroes in form of Gulam Bodi, Aaron Phangiso, Chris Morris who have fought for the side in each and every match.



First Published: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 00:50

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