Sydney Sixers, with Shane Watson, were the most impressive side of the Champions League Twenty20, winning three out of three matches. Today they were without Watson for the first time, and though they weren’t as powerful with the bat, their bowling and fielding skills were sharp enough to win their fourth consecutive game comprehensively, and send the defending champions Mumbai Indians home without a victory.
Sydney’s batsmen weren’t able to impose themselves on a pitch with bounce that was steep and spongy. Only three of the top seven batsmen made it out of single digits for Sydney: Michael Lumb’s 28 was full of mis-timed pulls but gave the innings a satisfactory start, Nic Maddinson’s 27 was at breakneck speed and attempted to blaze his team out of trouble, and Steve Smith’s run-a-ball 41 was a repair job that did not grow into more. Read more
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