Sydney Sixers fly high atop Group B

2012-10-23 00:00

DURBAN — The Sydney Sixers secured first place in Group B as they saw off the Mumbai Indians by 12-runs in their Champions League Twenty20 match at Kingsmead in Durban yesterday.

Sydney posted 136 for seven on a pitch which was providing tennis ball bounce, but Mumbai, who ended the tournament without a win, could only cobble together 124 for eight with Sydney’s seam attack holding the upper hand in the contest.

Speedster Pat Cummins finished with 2-16, while left-arm quick Mitchell Starc pitched in with two, and medium-pacer Moises Henriques claimed 2-32.

The victory moved Sydney to 16 points, four ahead of the second placed Lions, while Mumbai end the tournament with three losses and a no-result from their four matches.

The match had looked in the balance as Sydney battled to score quickly on a pitch which did little to aid strokeplay, although Steve Smith’s play proved to be a match-winning knock as he scored a run-a-ball 41.

Only four of Sydney’s batsmen reached double figures with paceman Munaf Patel serving up outstanding figures of 4-1-17-2, while quick Lasith Malinga pitched in with 2-36 and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh returned the economical figures of 1-22 off four overs.

For Sydney, Nic Maddinson and Smith put on 36 runs for the fourth wicket with the left-handed Maddinson looking in sparkling form as he bashed his way to 27 off just 13 balls before he was run out at the wicketkeeper’s end by a direct hit from Malinga at short third man.

Mumbai were faced with an ever-mounting run-rate and their chances of victory nose-dived when the big-hitting Kieron Pollard (four) and the in-form Dinesh Karthik (18) were dismissed in quick succession.

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