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tendulkar_iplThe Sydney Sixers, without their one true superstar Shane Watson, won the toss and elected to make first use of a two paced wicket at Kingsmead, Durban. A patchy batting effort which was built around a workmanlike 41 from Steve Smith and included some run rate boosting cameos up and down the order allowed the Sixers to post an underpar 136-7 in their 20 overs. Mumbai, while perpetually behind the asking rate, had the game very much within their grasp at 88-3 heading into the last 5 overs, but lost 5 wickets for 15 runs in the next 4 overs to knock themselves out of the contest. It was a very professional performance from the Sixers, who showed that despite the absence of Watto, they are very much a force to be reckoned with heading into the semi-finals. 

The Sixers got off to a good start with Michael Lumb racing away to 28 from just 22 balls before falling to Lasith Malinga, but not before doing some damage to the Mumbai spearhead's bowling figures. At the other end, Peter Nevill had been largely deprived of the strike, but he and skipper Brad Haddin fell for 5 and 0 respectively in one Munaf Patel over. The former Indian pace bowler celebrated his return to the Mumbai side with excellent figures of 2-17.

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The clash of the titans of Group B was rather one sided as the Sydney Sixers cruised to a comfortable win beating the Highveld Lions by 5 wickets despite Gulam Bodi's valiant 61 run effort. Shane Watson, who was playing his last game of the tournament, performed yet again with both bat and ball, following up his effort of 2-25 with an excellent 47 from just 38 balls.

Being put in to bat, the Lions began in spectacular fashion, scoring 25 off the first two overs. Josh Hazlewood was called on immediately and he didn't fail to deliver, producing a wicket maiden. With skipper Alviro Petersen out to an unnecessary shot, the scoring rate reduced a bit. The Sixers struck again in the eighth over to see the back of Quinton de Kock for just 4. The Lions lost two more wickets in quick succession, all four dismissals thus far caught behind. As a result the scoring rate dropped quite a bit to reach 6.5 runs per over. Gulam Bodi seemed unaffected at the other end, playing his shots as he moved quickly to 50 off 32 balls with 4 sixes and as many fours. However, the 18th over saw him depart, leg before to Mitchell Starc. The lower order just collapsed after that with three batsmen getting out for ducks. Chris Morris managed to hit a few boundaries to see the Lions end at 137-9.

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Champions League T20 qualifiers Yorkshire were given a rude awakening to life in the big league as the Sydney Sixers thrashed the English side by 8 wickets in a match which was never really a contest. The Yorkshire batsmen struggled to come to terms with an accurate Sydney pace attack, scratching around to 96-9 in their 20 overs. The Sixers made easy work of the negligible target, chasing down the runs in less than 9 overs with Skipper Brad Haddin and Michael Lumb making rapid fire 40s.

Yorkshire won the toss and decided to bat first, sticking to the same side that featured against Trinidad & Tobago in their last game. The Sixers meanwhile made one change to their side, bringing in Dominic Thornley for Nic Maddinson.

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The Sydney Sixers registered a comfortable 14 run victory over the Chennai Super Kings to get their Champions League T20 campaign off to a flier. A near perfect batting effort from the Sydney Sixers saw them post an imposing 185-5 in their 20 overs. All of the top 6 batsmen of the Sixers made their way into double figures, and that ensured that Chennai were never really in the contest with the ball in hand. Moises Henriques (49*) and Shane Watson (46) played some exceptional knocks at different stages of the Sydney innings to put the Chennai bowlers under a lot of pressure. The Super Kings struggled to keep up with the asking rate, and despite an excellent half-century from Suresh Raina (57), managed just 171-9 in 20 overs. Moises Henriques capped off an outstanding day by chipping in with 3 crucial wickets, while Mitchell Starc also picked up a 3-fer.

Having been put in to bat, Sydney's openers got them off to a blistering start, posting an even 50 runs in the powerplay before Michael Lumb fell for 18 the ball after the field spread, leg before to Ravindra Jadeja. Shane Watson continued to go after the bowling, racing to 46 from just 30 balls before he was run out.

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