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Sydney Sixers win by 5 wickets

Highveld Lions vs Sydney Sixers

Sydney Sixers reach Champions League T20 semi-finals after beating Highveld Lions

Mitchell Starc: Took three wickets to restrict Lions

Shane Watson: Struck 47 and claimed two wickets in last match of campaign

Sydney Sixers recorded their third consecutive Champions League T20 victory to race into the semi-finals, defeating the previously unbeaten Highveld Lions by five wickets.

After impressive wins over Chennai Super Kings and Yorkshire in their previous Group B matches, Sydney made it three wins out of three in Cape Town after overcoming a wobble to chase down 137-9.

Sydney pace bowler Mitchell Starc claimed 3-19 to limit the Lions and fellow Australia internationals Shane Watson (47) and Brad Haddin (32) helped chase down the total with six balls to spare.

Opening batsman Gulem Bodi comfortably top-scored for the Lions with 61 and was the only batsman to enjoy any success against Australia's next generation of pace bowlers.

Left-armer Starc continued his rich vein of form, while Josh Hazlewood (2-18) and Watson (2-25) also chipped in with wickets to peg the Lions back after they had raced to 57-1 in seven overs.

Watson, playing in his last match before returning home to link-up with the Australia Test side, looked determined to send his side off with a win, sharing a brisk 60-run opening stand with Michael Lumb in reply.

The powerful right-hander made 47 before departing in the 11th over - one of three Sydney wickets to fall for the cost of 14 runs.

But Haddin put the run-chase back on track, blasting three successive sixes off slow left-armer Jean Symes before Steve Smith (25no) steered the Sixers over the line.

Match Details

Date
18th Oct 2012
Toss
Sydney Sixers won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
Newlands
Umpires
H D P K Dharmasena and R J Tucker

sydney sixers BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Lumb b A.M. Phangiso 22
Watson c Tsolekile b A.M. Phangiso 47
Haddin c de Kock b Nannes 32
Smith not out 25
Henriques b C.H. Morris 9
N.J. Maddinson not out 0
Extras 5w, 1lb 6
Total 19.0 Overs 141 - 5
Full Batting Card

highveld lions BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Tanvir 4 0 29 0
Nannes 4 0 16 1
C.H. Morris 3 0 35 1
A.M. Phangiso 4 0 14 3
de Bruyn 1 0 10 0
J. Symes 3 0 36 0
Full Bowling Card