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Sunrisers Hyderabad storm into Champions League T20 Group Stage

The Sunrisers Hyderabad powered their way into the Group Stages of the Champions League T20 and will be joined there by the Otago Volts as both sides registered convincing wins on day 2 of the qualifiers to book their spots in the tournament proper. Following the Volts' 6 wicket win over the Maroons earlier in the day, the Sunrisers knew that a win against the Pakistan T20 Champions, the Faisalabad Wolves would guarantee them a place in the last 8, and did so with consummate ease, crushing the Wolves by 7 wickets with 15 balls to spare.

Batting first, the Wolves battled their way to 127-5, a well under par score in Mohali, and only really managed to get that many thanks to the brilliance of their skipper Misbah ul Haq, who posted an unbeaten half century, making 56 from 40 balls. The Sunrisers' bowlers shared the wickets amongst them with Amit Mishra the most economical of the lot, taking 1-13 from his 4 overs, and probably should have got a couple more had it not been for some ordinary umpiring.


CLT20: Dhawan's Sunrisers cruise past Sangakkara's Maroons to post easy win

The Sunrisers Hyderabad took a giant step towards qualification for the Champions League T20 Group Stages with a crushing 8 wicket victory over the Sri Lankan T20 Champions, Kandurata Maroons at Mohali today. In a game which featured 4 half-centurions, Kumar Sangakkara's 61 and Lahiru Thirimanne's 54, both scored at solid strike rates in excess of 130 went in vain as Shikhar Dhawan (71) and Parthiv Patel (52) put their team well on the course to victory with a 121 run stand for the opening wicket, chasing down the Maroons' target of 169 to win with 9 balls to spare.

The Sunrisers weren't at their best with the ball, and certainly could have fielded better, but did start well, keeping down the flow of runs in the early overs as the Maroons stuttered to 33-2 at the end of 5 overs. Sangakkara and Thirimanne were required to do a rebuilding job initially before cutting lose towards the second half of their innings to post 168-3. Ishant Sharma was the pick of the bowlers for the Sunrisers taking 2-20 from his 4 overs, while Darren Sammy picked up the only other wicket to fall.


Mumbai Indians to play Rajasthan Royals in CLT20 Tournament opener

Mumbai Indians, the IPL 2013 winners, will play Rajasthan Royals, who finished third in the same competition, in the inaugural Group Stage match of the CLT20 2013, on Saturday, 21 September 2013. The game will be played at Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh Stadium, the home venue of the Rajasthan Royals.

The CLT20 2013 final will be played on Sunday, 6 October 2013, at the Ferozeshah Kotla Ground, Delhi, which hosted Qualifier 1 and the Eliminator in the IPL 2013. The Kotla will also host the second semi-final of the tournament, on Saturday, 5 October 2013. The first semi-final will be played at Jaipur on Friday, 4 October 2013.


India to host 2013 Champions League T20 in September - October; England withdraws

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The Champions League Twenty20 will return to India for the third time in five years in 2013 after the dates and format for this year's tournament were confirmed by the CLT20 Governing Council.

The world's premier domestic T20 competition will be played from 17 September to 6 October. The tournament will follow a similar format to the two previous editions with a Group Stage preceded by a Qualifier. A total of 29 matches will be played in the tournament by the best domestic T20 teams from around the world.


Sydney Sixers rout poor Lions by 10 wickets to win Champions League T20

The Sydney Sixers thrashed the Highveld Lions by 10 wickets in a one-sided Final of the Champions League Twenty 20 to be crowned the new, Champions. The Australian outfit dominated the contest with both bat and ball, knocking over the Lions for 121 and then chasing down the target in just 12.3 overs without losing any wickets. A battling half-century from Jean Symes gave the Lions' bowlers something to compete with after the South African side's top order had collapsed to a poor 9-4 in 3.3 overs. Josh Hazzlwood and Nathan McCullum shared 6 wickets evenly between them, while Michael Lumb stared with the bat for the Sixers, smashing an unbeaten 82 from just 42 balls, hitting 5 sixes and 8 boundaries to seal what was an easy win.

The Sydney Sixers won the toss and opted to bowl first, and surprised their opponents by opening with spin at both ends. Nathan McCullum was hit for a six by Gulam Bodi on the third ball of the first over, but got his man on the very next ball to put the Lions in early strife. McCullum was immediately replaced by Josh Hazzlewood, and it proved to be a masterstroke from Sydney skipper Brad Haddin with the fast bowler striking twice in his opening over to remove Quinton de Kock and Neil McKenzie for 1 and 0 respectively.


Sydney Sixers advance to Champions League Final with thrilling last ball victory over heart-broken Titans

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The Sydney Sixers beat the Titans in a last ball thriller to get across the line and win the 2nd semi final of the CLT20 2012 at Centurion. Needing 164 to win, the Sixers began in superb fashion, lost their way in the middle and somehow managed to scramble past the finish line with just 2 wickets in hand. Nothing can be taken away from the Titans though, they batted brilliantly and came back strongly in the 2nd innings to give the Sixers a tough battle.

Opting to bat first, the Titans lost a wicket in the first over as opener Jacques Rudolph departed for just 1, caught at thirdman. Due to the early wicket, Heino Kuhn was promoted up the order. The wicket-keeper batsman struck three boundaries before he was dismissed for 13, trying to flick a slightly low one from Mitchell Starc to the leg side. Starc struck again in his next over with a slower delivery that Skipper Van Jaarsveld popped into cover's hands. The Titans were in a spot of bother at 36-3 inside the powerplay.


The Indomitable Lion that is Geoffrey Toyana

The Highveld Lions have had many heroes in becoming the second Cricket South Africa (CSA) franchise to reach the final of the Karbonn Smart CLT20 after the Warriors in 2010. Names such as Gulam Bodi, Neil McKenzie, Chris Morris and Aaron Phangiso have dominated the headlines but there has been one unsung hero among them: coach Geoffrey Toyana.

The 38-year-old Toyana, who incidentally shares a birthday with South African batting legend Graeme Pollock, only took charge of the Lions this season and to reach the final of an international franchise event in his first assignment in charge represents an outstanding achievement.


CLT20 Semi final 1: Lions down Delhi by 22 runs to roar into final

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The Highveld Lions produced a inspired bowling display to defend 139 against the power packed Delhi Daredevils and with it advance to the grand finale of the CLT20. The Lions' undying spirit, much like the raging winds at Durban, refuse to cease. Chris Morris(2-7) and Aaron Phangiso(2-18), who is almost predestined to have an IPL contract in his hands next year wreaked havoc on Delhi's listless reply,knocking the only remaining IPL team out of the lucrative tournament. While Delhi's semi-final jinx continued, the conspicious absence of Mahela Jaywardene loomed large as a taking point. Earlier in the day, the Lions recovered admirably from a sluggish start to make a middling total that eventually turned out to be more than sufficient thanks to their crack bowling attack. The batting edifice was built on Ghulam Bodi's fifty and Neil McKenzie's priceless death overs nitro-boost that earned him the Man of the Match award. Though wickets kept tumbling around him, Kevin Petersen scored a fifty of his own to add some semblance of respectabilty to Delhi's batting-sheet.


Daredevils top Group A after match against Titans gets washed out

rain1With the Delhi Daredevils and the Titans already through to the semi-finals of the Champions League T20 before they took to the pitch today at Centurion as a result of the Auckland Aces losing their match to the Perth Scorchers earlier in the day, the relevance of their contest was reduced to one that would determine which side would top Group A.

Sadly for the fans that had turned up at Centurion today the match was called off without a ball being bowled, thus granting the Delhi Daredevils top spot in Group A, and earning them a semi-final encounter with the Lions at Durban, while the Titans continue to stay on in Centurion where they await the undefeated Sydney Sixers.


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