Sydney Sixers wins last ball Semi Final
It was a thrilling encounter In Centurion on 27th October when Sydney Sixers and Titans clashed in the Semi-Final of the Champions League Twenty20 2012. The match kept changing favors with both teams creating a panic for the others at different intervals. Batting first, Titans did not get to a good start with their skipper Rudolph getting out with the score on 2. Wickets kept tumbling and the local side was soon 82 for five in the 14th over. Despite wickets falling around him, opener Davids kept his calm and steadied the ship remaining unbeaten till the end. He was greatly supported by D Wiese who scored 61 in just 28 balls, including six fours and four sixes. Davids scored 59 important runs facing 44 balls, including three fours and three sixes.
In the bowling department, Starc was the pick of the bowlers picking up 2 crucial wickets for 33 runs in his 4 over. Hazlewood was the most economical with figures of 1 for 19 in his quota of 4 overs. In reply to Titans' score of 163, Sydney Sixers were off to a flying start. Openers put on 50 runs on the board in just the 5th over. But the match again turned in the home side's favor after Sixers slipped from 85 for 1 in the 8th over to 115 for 5 after the 13th. This included two match-turning run-outs of Maddinson and Steve Smith. With 8 runs required off the last over and just 3 wickets in hand and one run required off the last ball, the match could have gone to a super over. But Sydney Sixers held their nerves and sneaked in a bye to secure their place in the finals.
It was disappointing for the home fans to see their local side losing on the last ball. It would have been the perfect final for the home fans if the win would have been of the Titans with both South African local Twenty20 sides clashing in the finals. But as luck had it, that was not the case. Sydney Sixers now face the Highveld Lions on Sunday for the final battle to get their hands on the winning trophy of the tournament.