The Grand Finale- Lions vs Sixers
The group matches are over. The semifinals are over. The final is here. And the Highveld Lions will take on the Sydney Sixers in a thrilling contest. The Lions, using their home-field advantage, have played clinical cricket, and have edged past everyone, excluding their one game against the Sixers. The Sixers on the other hand, have utterly destroyed every team that they’ve faced so far, and despite Shane Watson’s departure mid-way, their team lost none of it’s potency. They were still strong with the bat, and clean with the ball. Brad Haddin must be very proud of his side. This game is currently being advertised as “Home favorites vs Tournament favorites”. For the Lions, their spearheads Dirk Nannes and Sohail Tanvir have done a good job upfront, and left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso has slowed down the ball as the game progresses. In terms of their batting I think Neil McKenzie and Gulam Bodi have been the top two. Skipper Alviro Petersen will want to find some form, as he’s not looked in great touch so far. For the Sixers, their batting has been lead by Micheal Lumb, and supported by Steve Smith. Still, it is their pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, assisted by Josh Hazelwood, that’s won them the majority of their games. Like I said in my previous post, this tournament has been a bowler’s tournament. With the 180 mark being crossed only twice, this tournament has been looked down on by the previous edition of CLT20, in which RCB alone hit 200+ three times in a row. Still, expect a cracking contest. And to conclude, let me give you a few clashes that should be interesting (all of my predictions on the WCT20 final came true 😀 )
Mitchell Starc vs Gulam Bodi- In their previous meeting Bodi played a valuable knock upfront, and the Lions will be more than happy if he can do it again. Starc on the other hand, would do a great service to the Sixers by removing him early.Micheal Lumb vs Dirk Nannes- Nannes has been pivotal in getting early breakthroughs for the Lions. Lumb, on the other hand, is someone who can either lay anchor, or go for it from ball one. So if Nannes can remove Lumb, nothing like it.
Steve ‘O Keefe vs Neil McKenzie and Sohail Tanvir- In the second semifinal, O’ Keefe bowled very economically, despite going wicketless. So if McKenzie can latch on to him, it will be a big bonus for the Lions. On the other hand if O’ Keefe can knock over McKenzie, it would make the Sixers’ day. Also, O’ Keefe openned the innings in that same game. So if he does open again, then Tanvir will want to knock him over. Also O’ Keefe won the Man of the Match yesterday despite going wicketless, which means he really hit well. So if he latches on to Tanvir, game’s on.
May the best team win!