A superb bowling and fielding performance from Sydney Sixers has seen Mumbai Indians crash out by 12 runs in the final league match of Group B played at Durban. Sydney Sixers have finished the league stage by winning all their four matches and are surely the favourites to win the tournament. Well here are the quotes from the Presentation Ceremony:
Steve Smith is the Man of the Match and he says: "It was nice to score a few runs. We got a decent start and lost a few wickets then. We had to rebuild and glad I could do it. It was the first game under lights so it skidded on. It's always a good challenge to play against teams like Mumbai and perform. I try to play till the end, played a lazy shot today but hope to play till the end whenever I can. I try and be in the action always, I always want the ball to come to me when I am fielding."
Brad Haddin, the victorios Sydney Sixers Skipper says: "137 was enough, I thought. We had to get the ball in the right areas. We've asked our guys to get better and better in the field as the tournament progresses. We have a semi final now and it's different cricket there. We've got some smart cricketers, they know their roles. We bat pretty deep."
Harbhajan Singh, the losing Mumbai Indians Captain says: "This was the kind of the game which hurt more than the last game. 137 was gettable - not in 20 overs but in 18 overs. We were too slow at the top. We didn't take the responsibility and didn't look to score runs. That's all I can say. When you're not scoring too many runs, you have to try and take singles. When that's not happening, you try and take risky singles which caused run outs. Australians are top fielders. We didn't get the start in the first six overs in this tournament. We were 26/2 in 6 overs in the last match. We wanted to save wickets but we also have to score runs at the top. The same thing happened in the IPL as well. We need to improve as a team there. We bowled well though, we tried our best but we didn't play as well as the other teams."
Sydney Sixers defeat Mumbai Indians by 12 runs.
Over 19.6 Mitchell Starc to Harbhajan Singh, Boundary! Drags his flick off a low full toss towards square fine leg for a boundary.
Over 19.5 Mitchell Starc to Harbhajan Singh, Boundary! Makes room and inside edges his big swing to a yorker and the ball beats the diving Keeper for a boundary.
Over 19.4 Mitchell Starc to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs Makes room and heaves it towards wide long on for a couple.
Over 19.3 Mitchell Starc to Harbhajan Singh, Six!! Clears his frontleg and launches the length ball straight down the ground for a massive six!
Over 19.2 Mitchell Starc to Harbhajan Singh, Boundary! Makes room and whips the full ball to deep mid wicket for a boundary.
Over 19.1 Mitchell Starc to Harbhajan Singh, beaten, no runs Makes room for a slog and is beaten by the bounce outside off.
End of Over 19 (2 runs) Mumbai XI 104/8
SL Malinga 1/4 Patrick Cummins 4-0-16-2
Harbhajan Singh 2/3
Over 18.6 Patrick Cummins to SL Malinga, Caught! Makes room and blindly top edges a hook shot to a speedy bouncer and gets caught down the legside by the agile Haddin.
That was an acrobatic diving catch to his left by Haddin!
Over 18.5 Patrick Cummins to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run Drags his pull down to wide mid wicket for one.
Over 18.4 Patrick Cummins to Harbhajan Singh, beaten, no runs Moves back for a slog pull and gets beaten by a rising delivery outside off.
Over 18.3 Patrick Cummins to SL Malinga, 1 run Makes room and steers the short ball behind point for one.
Over 18.2 Patrick Cummins to SL Malinga, beaten, no runs Makes room for a flashy shot over covers and gets beaten by the bounce.
Over 18.1 Patrick Cummins to SL Malinga, no runs Makes room and is forced to defend the short ball to the bowler.
End of Over 18 (7 runs) Mumbai XI 102/7
AT Rayudu 6/6 Mitchell Starc 3-0-12-2
Harbhajan Singh 1/1
Over 17.6 Mitchell Starc to AT Rayudu, Caught! Super catch from Steven Smith running backwards around mid off, he keeps his eyes on the ball and holds onto it! That catch looked so easy thanks to Smith but it really wasn't. Anywayz it was a full toss and Rayudu couldn't get hold of his heave.
Over 17.5 Mitchell Starc to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run Flicks the full ball to deep mid wicket for one.
Over 17.4 Mitchell Starc to NLTC Perera, Caught! Perera looks to smack it across but ends up slicing it flat towards the man at mid off who takes a sitter.
Over 17.3 Mitchell Starc to AT Rayudu, 1 run Makes room and flicks it to long on for one.