Super Sixers claim CL crown

Overwhelm Lions By 10 Wickets In Final


Johannesburg: Favourites Sydney Sixers trounced local hopes Highveld Lions by 10 wickets to clinch the Champions League T20 title here on Sunday night. Needing a modest 122 for victory, Sixers’ openers Brad Haddin and Michael Lumb ensured a stylish win.
While Lumb bludgeoned a 42-ball 82, hitting eight fours and five sixes, Haddin was unbeaten on 37 off 33 balls.
Earlier,Nathan McCullum andJoshHazlewood snared three wickets each to help Sixers bowl out Lions for a modest 121.
Sydney Sixers broke the back of the Lions’ batting as they reduced them to 9/4 inside the first four overs after skipper Brad Haddin elected to field. Things could have been more embarrasing for the home team had not Jean Symesknocked a 46-ball51tohelp Lions putup a total to play with.
Symes added 23 runs with Sohail Tanvir for thefifthwicketto resurrecttheinningsbut the Pakistani lost his wicket in the seventh over as the Lions lost half their side with just 32 on the board. Symes then forged a 41-run partnership with wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile for the sixth wicket and another 38 with Dwaine Pretorius for the next wicket. Symes had eight fours in his 46-ball innings.
For Sydney Sixers, Steve O'Keefe and Mitchell Starc were the other wicket-takers with one wicket each.
Put into bat, opener Gulam Bodi started off with a six of McCullum but he was send packing in the next delivery by the spinner to deal the first blow in the opening over.
Quinton de Kock was then sent back to the pavilions by pacer Hazlewood, courtesy a stunning catch by O'Keefe. Three balls later, Hazlewood reduced Lions to 8-3 after picking new man McKenzie in the last ball of the over. Stranded all this while, Petersen was the next to go when he outside edged a O'Keefe delivery to Neil McCullum at the first slip. PTI


Sydney Sixers’s Josh Hazlewood celebrates with teammates after dismissing Neil McKenzie