Champions League Results
October 18th, 2012 : Today was a match between Highveld Lions vs Sydney Sixers in the Champions League T20 – CLT20 2012. This was the 10 match of the series. The match was played at Newlands, Cape Town. Sydney Sixers won he toss and elected to field.
Toss – Sydney Sixers (Elected to Field)
Innings Break – 137 / 9 in 20.0 overs
Results – Sydney Sixers won by 5 wickets
Shane Watson’s dream run in shortest format continued as the all-rounder smashed a quickfire 47 after claiming two wickets as Sydney Sixers beat Highveld Lions by five wickets to enter the semifinals of the Champions League Twenty20 on Thursday.
Chasing 138 to win, Sydney Sixers overcame the challenge of spinner Aaron Phangiso (3/14) to reach 141 for five in 19 overs at Newlands.
Electing to bowl, Sydney did well to stop Highveld Lions to a modest 137 for nine in the Group B match as Mitchell Starc took three wickets for just 19 runs.
Opener Gulam Bodi top scored for Lions with a 44-ball-61 while Jean Symes contributed 23 off 16 balls.
Except for Dominic Thornely (0) all top-order batsmen contributed in Sydney’s win with skipper Brad Haddin scoring 32 after Watson laid the platform for the win.
Watson’s 47 came off 38 balls with seven boundaries including three sixes. He strapping all-rounder will not be play for the side for the remainder of the tournament as he has been withdrawn by Cricket Australia, fearing burn-out.
Both the sides had two wins each before coming into this contest and with three wins in as many matches has ensured Sydney a place in the last-four stage of the tournament.
Lions, the local outfit, still have a match against qualifiers Yorkshire at their disposal on Saturday to claim the other semifinal berth from Group B.
Watson and Michael Lumb (22) gave Sydney a good start by putting on 60 for the first wicket after a slow start.
Sydney had scored just 26 runs from five overs but Watson and Lumb hammered Chris Chris Morris for 19 runs to push the accelerator button on. Watson reeled off two fours and a six in that over while Lumb struck one four.
But Phangiso brought his side back in the match by removing Lumb and Dominic Thornely in successive balls in the ninth over.
The left-arm spinner bowled Lumb, who missed the line when charged to the bowler, and had Thornely stumped.
Phangiso could have got Haddin too had he not dropped the rival skipper in his follow through but he got the prized wicket of Watson, whose top edge was taken safely by wicket-keeper Thami Tsolekile.
Haddin and Steve Smith (25 not out) carried forward the side with a 42-run partnership for the fourth wicket after Watson’ fall.
Earlier, Lions had made a solid start but lost wickets at regular intervals and failed to put up enough runs on the board.
Playing Eleven for CLT20 Match
Sydney Sixers (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Michael Lumb, Brad Haddin(w/c), Dominic Thornely, Steven Smith, Moises Henriques, Nic Maddinson, Steve O’Keefe, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood
Lions (Playing XI): Alviro Petersen(c), Gulam Bodi, Quinton de Kock, Neil McKenzie, Zander de Bruyn, Jean Symes, Chris Morris, Thami Tsolekile(w), Aaron Phangiso, Dirk Nannes, Sohail Tanvir
October 17, 2012 : Today was a match between Kolkata Knight Riders vs Perth Scorchers in the Champions League T20 – CLT20 2012. This was the 9 match of the series. The match was played at Kingsmead, Durban. KKR won he toss and elected to field.
Toss – KKR elected to field
Results – No Results (Match Abandoned Due To Rain)
October 17th, 2012 : Today was a match between Auckland Aces vs Titans in the Champions League T20 – CLT20 2012. This was the 8th match of the series. The match was played at Kingsmead, Durban. Auckland won the toss and elected to field.
Toss – Auckland won the toss and elected to field
Innings Break – Total: 172 / 4 in 20.0 overs
Results – Titans won by 59 runs
Titans produced a clinical all-round display to post a crushing 59-run victory over Auckland Aces in their Group A Champions League Twenty20 match on Wednesday.
Opener Jacques Rudolph led the Titans innings, blasting a brisk 56-ball 63 to help them post a challenging 172 for four after Auckland won the toss and decided to field at Kingsmead.
The Titans then returned to bowl out Auckland for 113 in 18.1 overs to inch towards a semifinal berth. They will next take on IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders at Cape Town on Sunday.
Auckland were 58 for six in 8.3 overs but a 45-run partnership for the last wicket between Andre Adams (30) and Michael Bates (14) delayed the inevitable.
For Titans, Ethy Mbhalati and Alfonso Thomas took three wickets each giving away 26 and 18 runs respectively, while Cornelius de Villiers, Eden Link and RE van der Merwe grabbed one apiece.
Earlier, Rudolph blasted seven fours in his 56-ball innings and forged a 74-run opening partnership with Henry Davids (36), to set the foundation for the Titans.
He anchored the innings, adding 26 and 33 runs for the second and third wickets with M Van Jaarsveld (13) and Farhaan Behardien (48), respectively.
Farhaan provided the late charge to take the Titans across the 150-mark. His 23-ball innings was studded with one four and three sixes.
For Auckland Kyle Mills, Michael Bates and Azhar Mahmood took one wicket each.
Rudolph and Davids gave Titans a blistering start as they picked up boundaries at will from the start.
Rudolph started the proceedings, sending Mills across the cover region in the second ball itself. He repeated the treatment to Bates in the next over, while David also joined in with a drive past extra cover.
The duo picked up two more fours off Mills in his second over and then blasted Azhar for another at the extra cover area.
Andre Adams was then introduced into the attack and Rudolph soon dismissed him over mid-off. In his next over, David sent him over square-leg to pick up the first six for the Titans before picking up a four at the third man area.
In the ninth over, Azhar broke the partnership, dismissing Davids, who, in his pursuit to work a yorker to third man ended up being bowled.
Rudolph tried to keep the scoreboard ticking along with new batsmen Jaarsveld, who brought up the hundred for Titans. But in the next ball, he failed to do away with a slower delivery from Mills and holed out at deep midwicket.
Farhaan joined hands with Rudolph and picked up ones and twos besides the occasional boundary. The opener was dismissed by Bates in the 18th over when Andre pulled off a good catch at extra cover.
In the 19th over, Farhaan stepped on the gas, blasting Mills for consecutive sixes and a four to take Titans past the 150. He finished the innings in style, picking up another six off the last ball.
Playing Eleven for CLT20 Match
Titans (Playing XI): Jacques Rudolph, Henry Davids, Martin van Jaarsveld(c), Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese, Roelof van der Merwe, Heino Kuhn(w), Cornelius de Villiers, Alfonso Thomas, Eden Links, Ethy Mbhalati
Auckland (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Lou Vincent, Azhar Mahmood, Anaru Kitchen, Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro, Gareth Hopkins(w/c), Ronnie Hira, Kyle Mills, Andre Adams, Michael Bates
October 15, 2012 : Today was a match between Auckland v Kolkata Knight Riders in the Champions League T20 – CLT20 2012. This was the 5th match of the series. The match was played at Newlands, Cape Town. Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bat.
Toss – Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bat.
Innings Break – 137 / 6 in 20.0 overs
Results – Auckland beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets
Kolkata Knight Riders’ chances of making the semifinals of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament suffered a major blow as they slumped to their second successive defeat after losing to Auckland Aces by seven wickets in a Group A match on Monday.
Auckland rode high on veteran Azhar Mahmood’s all-round show as they knocked off a modest target of 138 runs with 14 balls to spare.
Mahmood, who was instrumental in restricting KKR to 137 for six with figures of 3 for 16, also produced an unbeaten knock of 51 runs, which turned out to be crucial in the final outcome of the match at the New Wanderers stadium.
KKR captain Gautam Gambhir’s decision to induct Shakib Al Hasan at the expense of seasoned Brett Lee backfired badly as the reigning IPL champions missed out a genuine paceman on a pitch that was assisting the faster bowlers.
Apart from Mahmood, Lou Vincent (30), Martin Guptill (25) and Anaru Kitchen (24) also came up with useful contributions.
Brendon McCullum top-scored for the Knight Riders with a 35-ball 40, which was laced with two sixes and three fours. But the Knight Riders could not build partnerships and lost wickets in regular intervals.
Mahmood made inroads into the KKR’s middle-order with his twin strike in the 10th over as he dismissed Jacques Kallis (0) and Manoj Tiwary (0) in successive deliveries to dent the Knight Riders innings, who after the early loss of Gautam Gambhir had tried to recover well.
Mahmood, in his second spell, removed dangerman McCullum to add to the misery of KKR, who came into this match after being crushed by Delhi Daredevils by 52 runs in their opening tournament fixture on Saturday.
Mahmood was ably supported by Kyle Mills, Michael Bates and Ronnie Hira, who picked up a wicket apiece.
KKR were off to a bad start after electing to bat first as Gambhir’s poor run in the tournament continued for the second straight match when Martin Guptill, diving to his left, took a one-handed catch to dismiss the southpaw.
The KKR skipper tried to work the ball towards the on side but only managed to get a leading edge off Michael Bates.
After the early loss of Gambhir (5), Bisla (38) and McCullum recovered well for KKR and put up a 62-run partnership to hold the innings steady.
Bisla was caught by Kitchen off Ronnie Hira over long off in the ninth over. He struck six fours and a six in his 24-ball stay at the crease.
As things looked settling down in favour of the Kolkata team, Mahmood came up with a dream spell to break the backbone of KKR’s middle-order.
KKR never recovered from the jolt and slumped to 98 for five in the 15th over.
Yusuf Pathan and Rajat Bhatia then added 29 runs for the unbeaten seventh-wicket partnership to provide some respectability to the score.
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Manvinder Bisla (wk), Gautam Gambhir (c), Brendon McCullum, Jacques Kallis, Shakib Al Hasan, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Rajat Bhatia, Pradeep Sangwan, Sunil Narine, Lakshmipathy Balaji.
Auckland Aces (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Lou Vincent, Azhar Mahmood, Anaru Kitchen, Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro, Gareth Hopkins (c & wk), Ronnie Hira, Kyle Mills, Andre Adams, Michael Bates.
October 14, 2012 : Today was a match between Highveld Lions vs Mumbai Indians in the Champions League T20 – CLT20 2012. This was the 4th match of the series. The match was played at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. Highveld Lions won he toss and elected to field.
Toss – Highveld Lions (Elected to Field)
Innings Break – Mumbai Indians 157 / 6 in 20.0 overs
Results – Highveld Lions won by 8 wickets
Defending champions Mumbai Indians started their campaign on a disappointing note, losing to Lions by eight wickets, in their opening match of the Champions League Twenty20.
The catalysts for Lions’ victory were Neil McKenzie (68 not out off 41 balls) and 19-year-old Quinton de Kock (51 not out off 33) as the duo helped the side chase the target of 158 with seven balls to spare at the New Wanderers Stadium.
Mumbai posted 157 for six after being invited to bat and then failed to find an answer for McKenzie and de Kock’s joint assault that left them bruised and battered.
For the record, Mumbai had lost to Lions in the second edition of the event two years ago.
It could have been anybody’s game till Dhawal Kulkarni and Mumbai skipper Harbhajan Singh were taken to the cleaners in the 16th and 17th over.
While Kulkarni conceded 17 runs, Harbhajan was smashed for 16 as Lions inched towords the target.
Kulkarni’s three overs went for 37 while Harbhajan gave away 36 in his four. Pragyan Ojha was knocked for 19 in his two.
Lions lost their first wicket when Ambati Rayudu pulled off a blinder at cover, holding on to Alviro Petersen’s full-blooded shot off Lasith Malinga.
Bringing himself on in the seventh over, Harbhajan was on the money straightaway as he got Ghulam Bodi to edge one to first slip where Rohit Sharma completed a good catch.
At 37 for two in the seventh over, the prospect looked gloomy for Lions. However, an unbeaten 121-run partnership for the third wicket between de Kock and McKenzie sealed the match in Lions’ favour.
While de Kock was the more dominant of the two initially, the experienced Mckenzie, who got off the mark with a reverse- paddle four off Harbhajan, too played his part before launching into a flurry of boundaries.
The 50-partnership between the two was up in six overs and they continued to torment the Mumbai bowlers till the task was achieved.
Earlier, Mumbai relied on useful contributions from their batsmen to reach a total, which did not prove to be enough.
Mitchell Johnson scored 30 while Rohit Sharma and Dwayne Smith fell in the 20s after getting starts. Dinesh Karthik scored a breezy nine-ball 19 towards the end.
Helping the visiting side to a great extent was the 24 extras conceded by Lions.
Mumbai were off to a brisk start as Smith smashed half a dozen fours to put the South Africans under pressure first up.
Chris Morris erred in line and the easy pickings were treated with disdain by Smith. The bowler, however, had the last laugh when he had the West Indian trapped in front of wicket.
After missing out on the strike initially, Tendulkar steered Sohail Tanvir in front of backward point for his first boundary.
Tendulkar found the fence one more time before left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso disturbed his stumps after the batsman tried to make room and launch into a heave.
This was the fourth time in recent months that Tendulkar has been bowled. He got out in similar fashions thrice in the Test series against New Zealand in August-September. The bowlers, though, were pacers on those occasions.
Till the time he was there in the middle, Sharma gave Mumbai solidity, playing some opportunistic shots before Dirk Nannes cleaned him up.
Sharma was severe on Zander de Bruyn who was smashed for a six and two fours, the maximum sailing over point region.
The promotion of Johnson, who is returning from a toe injury, ahead of specialists Ambati Rayudu and Karthik, and the powerful Kieron Pollard, seemed to have boomeranged on Mumbai as they lost momentum halfway into the innings.
Though he top-scored for the visitors, Johnson gobbled up a lot of balls, and it was largely due to Karthik’s enterprise towards the end that Mumbai reached a respectable total. (PTI)
October 4th, 2012 : Today was a match between Chennai Super Kings vs Sydney Sixers in the Champions League T20 – CLT20 2012. This was the 4th match of the series. The match was played at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. Chennai Super Kings won he toss and elected to field.
Toss – Chennai elected to field
Innings Break – Total: 185 / 5 in 20.0 overs
Results – Sydney Sixers won by 14 runs
Sydney Sixers relied on a superb all-round show from Moises Henriques and a couple of stunning catches as they thumped Chennai Super Kings by 14 runs in their opening Champions League Twenty20 match.
Henriques smashed five fours and three sixes towards the close of Sydney Sixers’ innings for his 23-ball unbeaten 49 to take his side to 185 for five after being sent into bat in the Group B match. He later took three wickets for 23 in his three overs to play the leading role in his side’s victory.
Chasing the big target, Chennai were on course till the 16th over as they needed 50 runs from the last four overs before the Sydney side affected two stunning catches to end their innings at 171 for nine at the New Wanderers Stadium.
Suresh Raina, who top-scored with an impressive 33-ball 57 which included eight fours and two sixes, fell in the 17th over to a stunning catch by Steven Smith who held onto a high ball just inches before the boundary ropes.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was out two balls later as his pull shot was held by Josh Hazlewood who dived forward to take a superb catch.
Chennai had two substantial partnership in their run chase — 61 for the second wicket between Faf du Plessis (43) and Michael Hussey (16) and then the 55-run stand for the fourth wicket between Raina and Subramaniam Badrinath (6).
They began slowly in their run chase and they were dealt with a blow as Murali Vijay was out for just one in the second over as his stump flew cartwheeling while trying to hit a swinging full delivery without moving his feet.
At three for one, Chennai had to settle down for a while but they did not take much time to launch their attack with du Plessis and Hussey finding the boundaries to keep the asking rate under control.
Du Plessis punished Mitchel Starc with a six in the fourth over while Hussey also found a boundary as Chennai took 12 runs from that over.
Du Plessis then smashed three fours off Pat Cummins in the next over which yielded 13 runs before launching Hazlewood for a six and a then a four in the seventh over.
It was an even contest till then, but Chennai lost two quick wickets in successive overs with du Plessis and Hussey departing in quick succession in the eighth and ninth overs respectively.
Du Plessis walked down the wicket to hit a Cummins delivery out of the park only to miscue and land at Mitchell Starc’s hands at long-on, thereby ending the second wicket stand of 61 runs from 6.3 overs. Du Plessis hit five fours and two sixes from 25 balls in his 43.
Hussey was out in the last ball of the ninth over as his slog-sweep off Steve O’Keefe landed straight at Michael Lumb’s hands.
Chennai were 73 for three at the halfway mark with the asking rate climbing to 11 and a half per over and new man in Raina had to press the accelerator straightaway.
Raina hit a six and four from an over off O’Keefe and Henriques while also smashing two boundaries off Shane Watson.
Raina was so dominant that his partner Badrinath could just contribute six runs in the four-wicket stand of 55 from 5.2 overs before the latter was out.
Chennai needed 61 runs from the last five overs and 50 from the last four but the dismissals of Raina and Dhoni, who scored just eight from as many balls ended their hopes.
Ravindra Jadeja (2) could not do much as he was out in the penultimate over while Ravichandran Ashwin (18) and Yo Mahesh were out in the final over.
Besides Henriques (3/23), Mitchell Starc grabbed three wickets for 31 runs while Watson, Pat Cummins and Steve O’Keefe took a wicket each. (PTI)
Playing Eleven for CLT20 4th Match
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Murali Vijay, Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Faf du Plessis, S Badrinath, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Vijaykumar Yo Mahesh, Doug Bollinger, Ben Hilfenhaus
Sydney Sixers (Playing XI): Michael Lumb, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin(w/c), Nic Maddinson, Steven Smith, Moises Henriques, Ben Rohrer, Steve O’Keefe, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood