Delhi v Lions

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Virender Sehwag scored 52 against the Scorchers. Picture: AFP/
The Delhi Daredevils  and Highveld Lions  meet in the first semi-final at the Champions League T20 on Friday morning (AEST), with a berth in the tournament decider at stake. With the match scheduled to take place at Kingsmead in Durban, where two of the ground’s three ‘late’ matches have been abandoned due to rain, all eyes will be on the heavens leading up to the start of play.

Delhi advanced to the final four courtesy of topping Group A with two wins from as many completed matches after their games against the Titans and Auckland were abandoned without a ball being bowled. Despite their limited match time, the Daredevils have had difficulty finding the right combination throughout the tournament. With Kevin Pietersen , Morne Morkel and Ross Taylor  holding down places as three of the four international players in the side, Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene and explosive Australian opener David Warner  have been fighting it out for the final place in the side. After starting the tournament as a first choice player, Jayawardene may have now dropped behind Warner in the pecking order after scoring just 25 from his two visits to the crease in the tournament.

Although they don’t have the unbeaten record that the Daredevils have in the tournament, the Lions have been equally impressive in winning three of their four matches. The only team to have beaten them is the unbeaten Sydney Sixers, who won by five wickets when the sides met at Newlands last week. Experienced top order players Gulam Bodi  and Neil McKenzie  are both in the top six runscorers in tournament, while left arm pacemen Sohail Tanvir and Dirk Nannes spearhead a bowling attack with plenty of variety.

There have been ten completed matches between teams from India and South Africa in the history of the Champions League T20, with each country having celebrated five wins.

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