It was a no frills game for the Sydney Sixers in the Champions League yesterday in South Africa, the reigning KFC T20 BBL champions slaughtering Yorkshire by 8 wickets in Durban with an awesome display of line and length bowling, followed up by some brutal batting. The Sixers won with 11 overs to spare, chasing a paltry total of just 97 for victory.
Yorkshire went belly up from the onset, their run rate a long way off par for a T20 game. Captain Andrew Gale was first to go, losing his leg stump to Josh Hazelwood after attempting to flick it to the onside, gone for just 8. Aussie Phil Jacques fell soon after for 21, caught deep behind square by Dominic Thornely.
It went pear shaped from there, the run rate not pushing past 5 runs per over for most of the match. Youngster Joseph Root was the top scorer with 25, while Adam Lyth chipped in with 18.
It was the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazelwood and Shane Watson that destroyed the Yorkshire line-up, three batsmen losing a stump. Starc finished with match-best figures of 3-22, and peppered the batsmen with a brutally straight line and length.
When the Sixers turn came, there was no holding back. Michael Lumb and Brad Haddin scored 84 of the Sixers 98 runs, and Shane Watson was the lone six hitter. Lumb’s deft timing and hitting sent the figures of Ryan Sidebottom (1-28 off 2 overs) and Azeem Rafiq (1-21 off 1.5 overs) sky high. Haddin was named man of the match in a performance where the Sixers rolled Yorkshire, who went for many lusty blows and simply didn’t connect.
The Sixers have a perfect CLT20 record (2-0) going into their next game against the Highveld Lions Thursday night AEDT. Yorkshire will play the Mumbai Indians straight after.
(image source: CLT20.com)