Brad Haddin has been in great form in South Africa. Picture: Mark Evans/perthnow.com.au
The unbeaten Sydney Sixers will be bidding to extend their winning streak to ten matches across all competitions when they face the Titans for a place in the Champions League T20 final on Saturday morning (AEST). After ending the Big Bash competition with five straight wins, the Sixers have continued to impress by stringing together four successive victories in South Africa.
Despite being without Shane Watson, arguably the best Twenty20 player in the world, for their last match against Mumbai, the Sixers were still able to post a 12 run win thanks to the efforts of Steve Smith . Smith top scored with 41 in that match after coming to the crease with his side precariously placed at 3/40 but was able to guide them to a match winning total. Michael Lumb again got a start scoring 28 at the top of the order, but he needs to go on with the job and set up the innings for his teammates now that he is the senior opener in the absence of Watson.
While the Sixers possess a powerful batting lineup, their bowling is undoubtedly their strength with the likes of Mitchell Starc , Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood in the ranks. Starc has been particularly dangerous, collecting 11 wickets in four matches to be the leading wicket taker in the tournament.
The Titans advanced to the last four with two wins from their four group games after beating the Perth Scorchers and Auckland Aces. South African Test batsman Jacques Rudolph scored 83* and 63 in those matches to guide his side to victory and is the key man for the South Africa franchise. Slow left-arm orthodox bowler Roelof van der Merwe has been a key member of the Titans attack, collecting four wickets at an average of 12.25 while conceding just 4.45 runs an over in the tournament.
Although the first two matches played at Centurion were won by the chasing side, the past three have been won by the team batting first.
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