The Sixers have been in great form in South Africa. Image courtesy of au.eurosport.com
The Sydney Sixers can book their place in the Champions League T20 semi-finals with a win over the Lions in Cape Town on Thursday night. Brad Haddin’s side has sailed through it’s opening two matches and comfortably sits atop Group B with an excellent Net Run Rate. The match will also be Shane Watson’s last in the pink strip, after Cricket Australia ordered that he return home to rest in preparation for the upcoming summer ruling him out of the remainder of the tournament. English World Twenty20 winner Michael Lumb proved that he was in good touch with an unbeaten 43 runs from just 24 deliveries against Yorkshire, while skipper Brad Haddin also impressed with the bat in that match. Much of his sides success in South Africa has been built on the potency of the fast bowlers, with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood all excelling on the pacey wickets.
The Lions have their own fast bowlers that are couple of troubling opposition batsman. Short format specialists Sohail Tanvir and Dirk Nannes both have a great record in Twenty20 cricket and were instrumental in their sides win over Mumbai on the weekend. Teenager Quinton de Kock looks like a real star of the future and was the Lions leading runscorer in the MiWay T20 Challenge last season, while Neil McKenzie provides stability and experience in the middle order. Both players have proven they are in good form with half centuries against Mumbai.
South African and Australian teams have met six times in the Champions League T20, with South African based franchises holding a 5-1 advantage. The Titans, who won the South African domestic competition in April, beat the Perth Scorchers by 39 runs earlier in the tournament.
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