Sydney Sixers crushed Mumbai Indians
Sydney Sixers has been, undoubtedly, the most impressive side in the Champions League T20 2012, largely due to dominating all-round performances by Shane Watson. After win all three of their league matches and being the first team to qualify for the knock out stage, Sydney Sixers came out for their fourth match without Shane Watson. They had a point to make that they are not just a one-man show and they made it pretty clearly.
Batting first, Sydney Sixers posted an average total of 136 runs. Clearly, the absence of Shane Watson at the top order was visible. Only three out the seven batsmen in the team could reach the double-figure mark, with Steve Smith top scoring with run-a-ball 41. Munaf patel, who was playing his first match of the tournament replacing Dhawal Kulkarni, was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2 for 17 in four overs. A target of 137 for a star-studded team like Mumbai Indians was never a big ask. But Sydney's dedicated bowling and flawless fielding took the match away from last year's trophy holders.
Criticized for slow starts in the tournament, Mumbai Indians again could not break the shackles and could manage to score only 53 runs in the first 10 overs after a slow start by the openers. Luck also did not favor them with two unfortunate run-outs of Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik. The last ray of hope was polard, but he too got out cheaply for just 4 runs. Needing to score 32 off the last 6 balls, MI scored 20 futile runs but just to reduce the margin of loss to 12 runs. They lost 8 wickets in the process.