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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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South African powerhouse the Titans opened their Champions League T20 campaign with a very impressive 39 run demolition of the Perth Scorchers at SuperSport Park, Centurion on Saturday afternoon. Being put into bat on losing the toss, the Titan openers got their side off to a rollicking start, adding 109 runs for the opening wicket. Jacques Rudolph remained unbeaten on 83 from just 59 balls, while Henry Davids made a more than handy 54 from 38 deliveries to set the Titans on their way.

The home side failed to make the most of their start, faltering towards the ends of their innings to finish with a par score of 163-4 in their 20 overs, having looked good for 180-190 for the better part of their innings. The Perth bowlers with the exception of Nathan Rimmington (2-20) and Brad Hogg (0-26) had largely ordinary outings.

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Veteran Pakistani allrounder Azhar Mahmood showed the true value of experience in the Twenty20 format, producing the goods with both ba and ball to power Auckland into the main draw of the 2012 edition of the Champions League T20.

Following up on their comfortable win against the Sialkot Stallions on Tuesday, Auckland became the first qualifier to book their spot in the main event with an 8-wicket annihilation of the Hampshire Royals. Batting first, the Royals posted an under par 121-8 in their 20 overs, their innings largely curtailed by Mahmood, who took 5-24. If that wasn't enough of a match winning contribution, the veteran superstar came out at Centurion and blazed his way to an unbeaten 55 from just 31 balls to lead his side to a thumping win in just 14.3 overs.

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West Indies' success in the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 has been reflected in the Reliance ICC T20I Player Rankings which were released today (Monday) with the man of the match in the final, Marlon Samuels and impressive young spinner Sunil Narine, both recording rises of 20 places in the batting and bowling rankings respectively.

Samuels, who hammered 78 and took one for 15 in the 36-runs victory over the host Sri Lanka, leapt 20 places to 18th in the batting rankings and was up seven places to equal ninth in the all-rounders' table. Both represented career-best ratings as did his improving bowling ranking of 60th – up 19 places.

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Darren Sammy led the West Indies to an amazing capture of the ICC World T20 championship on Sunday as they outplayed Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium. The captain turned in a good all-round performance with 26 not out and two wickets for six runs as West Indies won by 36 runs. The star of the show was Marlon Samuels, who playing some breathtaking strokes in a face-saving 78 off 56 balls to haul the Windies out of deep trouble.

Off-spinner Sunil Narine was the best bowler with 3-9 – his third brilliant bowling performance in as many matches to follow-up the 3-20 against New Zealand in the Super Eights and 2-17 against Australia in Friday's epic semi-final.

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gayle_stormWest Indies routed Australia by 74 runs to advance to the Final of the ICC World T20 against Sri Lanka. Batting first on winning the toss at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, the Caribbean Kings were on fire, powering their way to an exceptional 205-4 in their 20 overs. Chris Gayle batted through the innings, facing just 41-balls on his way to an excellent unbeaten 75, and was given more than useful company by the rest of the Windies top order, all of whom made their way to double digits. Kieron Pollard provided the fireworks at the end of the innings smashing 38 from just 15 balls. In response, Australia lost their big three with just 29 runs on the board, and that pretty much ended their competitiveness in this contest. George Bailey provided the only resistance to the West Indies onslaught, scoring an excellent 63 in Australia's brief 131 run effort, which was wrapped up with 20 balls to spare.

Both teams made just the one change to their sides with Dwayne Bravo returning for the West Indies having recovered from his groin strain to take the place of brother Darren, while David Hussey was given his first outing of the tournament in place of the unfortunate Glenn Maxwell who had done nothing to deserve being dropped.

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Outstanding performances from Australia's bowlers sealed a decisive 28-run victory over the West Indies in the second semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 on another low and slow pitch at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Australia survived a few scares to post 115 for 7, and then picked up key wickets at crucial moments to ensure that the West Indies' chase never gathered real momentum. Julie Hunter starred with 22 for 5 in the 28-run victory, but it was Ellyse Perry, the double international who has also represented Australia in football, who struck the decisive blows, snaring the key wickets of Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin.

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