Klinger-canon dishes out sixes

2010-09-13 00:00

MICHAEL Klinger’s six-fuelled 78 was enough to see the South Australia Redbacks home by 11 runs in their Group B Champions League clash against the Highveld Lions at Centurion yesterday.

The Lions, after their exploits against the Mumbai Indians in Friday’s opener, were rather disappointing. Where they had bowled cleverly against Mumbai, they served up some rather friendly fare against the Australian franchise.

Seventy five runs were blitzed off the last five overs alone, as long-hops and half-volleys replaced the yorkers and slower balls of Friday’s impressive start.

“We were a bit flat in the field today, but credit must go to the way Klinger played,” a downbeat Alviro Pietersen said after the match.

Klinger’s 78 came off just 48 balls, as he carted five sixes and a half dozen fours all over a packed Centurion.

The skipper received handy support from Callum Ferguson, the classy young international who spends almost as much time on the treatment table as he does in the middle.

For much of their innings, the Redbacks looked like they would only make 150 or so, as the left-arm slow bowling of Aaron Phangiso (1/22 in 4 overs) throttled proceedings.

Phangiso had come in for some fearful punishment against Mumbai, with Sachin Tendulkar particularly brutal.

Against mortals, though, Phangiso varied his length and pace, as South Australia strolled to 65 in ther first ten overs.

That 113 was rattled up in the second half of the piece was down to Klinger and Ferguson, who combined in a 97 run stand that got better and more brutal with time.

Klinger’s demise took something special, as Pietersen showed ninja-like stealth to pouch one out of the air on the long-on fence, and then maintained his poise to not fall over the fence.

Ferguson fell for 47 off 27 balls, with several effortless boundaries unerlying his class.

Chasing 179 to win, the Lions started in too much of a hurry. Jonathan Vandiar, hero on Friday, was just about zero as Shaun Tait rushed through his defences like an Aussie Gautrain.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld fell limply, pulling Daniel Christian straight to mid-wicket.

On the other end, Pietersen was doing his best to emulate Klinger’s captain’s knock. He even started inventing shots.

Forget the ‘Dilshan scoop’, Pietersen pulled out the ‘tumbling turnover’, as he conjured up a flick over the keeper, added a graceful tumble — and four runs — when a cover-drive would have done just as well.

But it was a lone hand, as the wickets fell regularly at the other end.

Pietersen fell for 56 off 35 balls, but the next best contribution was Thami Tsolekile’s undefeated 23.

“We just kept on losing wickets, and we needed someone to bat through the innings,” Pietersen lamented.

Klinger’s men now face the Mumbai Indians at Kinsgmead tomorrow, in what should be an intriguing affair.

“We have got off to a flyer, and we are pretty chuffed with the way the day has gone,” Klinger concluded.

SCOREBOARD

South Australia

DJ Harris lbw b Frylinck...13

M Klinger c Petersen b de Bruyn...78

GA Manou c Cameron b Phangiso...12

CJ Ferguson run out...47

DT Christian not out...12

CJ Borgas run out...2

TLW Cooper run out...6

AW O’Brien not out...0

Extras (lb 5, w 3)...8

Total (for 6; 20 overs)...178

Did not bat: CB Bailey, GD Putland, SW Tait

Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-52, 3-149, 4-159, 5-169, 6-177

Bowling: WL Coetsee 3-0-18-0; Frylinck 4-0-38-1 (2w); O’Reilly 4-0-32-0; De Bruyn 3-0-41-1 (1w); Phangiso 4-0-22-1; Cameron 2-0-22-0

Lions

JD Vandiar b Tait...4

AN Petersen lbw b Christian...56

VB van Jaarsveld c Klinger b Christian...8

R Cameron st Manou b O’Brien...17

ND McKenzie run out...15

Z De Bruyn run out...11

TL Tsolekile not out...23

WL Coetsee c Harris b Tait...4

R Frylinck b Tait...17

AM Phangiso not out...2

Extras (lb 3, w 6, nb 1)...10

Total (for 8; 20 overs)...167

Did not bat: E O’Reilly

Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-39, 3-56, 4-94, 5-109, 6-122, 7-134, 8-160

Bowling: Tait 4-0-36-3 (1nb, 3w); Putland 4-0-33-0 (1w); O’Brien 4-0-32-1; Christian 4-0-30-2 (2w); Bailey 2-0-23-0; Harris 2-0-10-0

Result: South Australia won by 11 runs

Playing today: Warriors v Victorian Bushrangers (St George’s Park, 5.30 pm)

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