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CLT20: Warriors beat Redbacks by 50 runs

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Sep 26, 2011 at 09:46am IST

JJ Smuts hit brilliant 88 in a big 50-run win for the Warriors over South Australia Redbacks. The Warriors made 171/5 and then restricted the Redbacks to 121/6.

Redbacks innings

20th over: Easy win in the end for the Warriors, they picked up wickets at the regular intervals and restricted Redback to just 121/6. Warriors win by 50 runs.

CLT20: Warriors beat Redbacks by 50 runs

Chasing 172 to win, Redbacks only managed 121/6 in 20 overs.

17th over: Sixth down, outstanding bowling by Wayne Parnell. Parnell slipped in another nail in the coffin. Fast, straight and on the stumps, Ludeman swing across the line and missed, the ball crashed into middle and leg stump. Redbacks 109/6.

15th over: Terrific bowling by Nicky Boje, Warriors are just not allowing any room to batsmen. They are 96/5 after 15 overs. Tim Ludeman and Christian are in the middle but are finding it difficult to cut lose.

14th over: Ludeman is trying to up the ante with few slog shots as run-rate will surely be the key in this tournament. One thing Redbacks will make sure is that they don't lose badly. Redbacks are 89/5 after 14 overs.

11th over: Redbacks losing wickets in a flurry, After hitting a four and a six in previous deliveries, Borgas was caught in the deep. Smuts picks up his man.

10th over: Botha gets the big one, Klinger the man to depart playing a nothing shot. He was plum in front. Well bowled Botha. Redbacks in shambles, they are just 60/4 in ten overs.

9th over: First six for Redbacks, Klinger steps down the track and hit the ball over the long on fence and in process brought up fifty for the team. Best over for Redbacks so far in the match. Twelve came of the over.

6th over: Big wickets for Warriors as Ferguson departs, a slower delivery from Rusty Theron did trick for the Warriors. Redbacks are seriously struggling now. They are 35/3. Three runs came from the over.

5th over: Good over for the Redbacks, ten runs came from the over with Michael Klinger looking in solid form. He will be the key if Redbacks have to make a match of it.

3rd over: Lonwabo Tsotsobe strikes for another one. His picks up two in two. Fantastic stuff by Tsotsobe. Redbacks strugglint at 18/2. Harris and Cooper back to the pavilion. Team from Australia need 154 from 17 overs.

1st over: Brilliant start by Warriors as Lonwabo Tsotsobe gets the first breakthrough for the South African side, Harris the man to go with Redbacks at 6/1 after first.

Warriors Innings:

20th over: Clever batting by Warriors helped them reach 171/5 in their quota of overs. A very good batting performance by the side from South Africa.

19th over: Finally Redbacks get their man, JJ Smuts fall after fantastic knock of 88.

18th over: Poor over by Shaun Tait, after giving five wides, JJ Smuts slogged him for straight boundary and then a lucky inside edge helped him earn another boundary. Seventeen runs came off Tait's last over.

17th over: Warriors are 143/3 after 17 overs. Another decent over for Warriors, ten runs came of it with one huge six over long on boundary by Mark Boucher. Smuts is on 76 and will surely be eying a century.

16th over: Shaun Tait over proved very costly as the duo took the attack to him. Fourteen came of the over.

15th over: Mark Boucher has finally joined the party as he hit one beautiful boundary and followed it with a single. It is important for Warriors that one of these two play through the innings. Eight runs came of the over. Warriors are 118/2

12th over: Smuts brought up his fifty as Warriors scored another ten run from the over. Mark Boucher is the man to join Smuts in the middle.

11th over: Big blow for Warriors at crucial time, Ingram departs for 30 trying to give it a Full Monty. He was caught at deep mid wicket by Borgas. Daniel Harris picked up his first wicket.

10th over: Daniel Christian was brought into the attack and bowled a beautiful first over. Redbacks have pulled the things back a little in last few overs. Just three came of his first over. Warriors are 83/1.

7th over: Ingram and Smuts brought up their fifty run stand between them as Warriors continue to take the attack to the Redbacks. Both batsmen are batting very cleverly and are dictating terms to the opposition. Warriors are 66/1 after 7 overs.

5th over: Nathan Lyon was brought in by Redbacks to put breaks on the run-rate, but Colin Ingram took the attack to him as he hit two boundaries of his over. Nine came from his first over.

4th over: Another big over for Warriors, Smuts has suddenly gone berserk and is not bothered by early loss of Prince. He smashed tait for two boundaries and a cracking six to help Warriors to 41/1.

3rd over: Good comeback by Warriors batsmen, thirteen came of the over thanks to a huge six by Smuts over the long on boundary that was followed with a classy boundary.

2nd over: Superb over by Shaun Tait, good aggressive bowling by the Austrlain pacer. He knocked off the middle stump of Ashwell Prince on the third ball of his first over. Eight came of the over.

Earlier Warriors captain Johan Botha won the toss and elected to bat against South Australia Redbacks in a Group B clash of the 2011 Champions League Twenty20 competition on Sunday.

The Warriors, runners-up in the 2010 edition of the tournament, got off to a winning start this year edging past the Royal Challengers Bangalore by two wickets in their first game. It was their strength in depth that helped them chase down an imposing total of 173, even as the bowling attack proved to be expensive.

Meanwhile, the bowlers will be looking to make amends, especially Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who was costly in the match against RCB. Experienced campaigners Nicky Boje and Botha will also have to chip in to support the fast bowlers.

The Redbacks, while devoid of the star power in comparison to their opponents, are more than capable of challenging the Warriors side. The Australian side will miss the services of top-order batsman Aiden Blizzard and West Indian big-hitter Kieron Pollard, who will be playing for Mumbai Indians instead. Yet this is the side that won the KFC Big Bash T20 championship in February earlier this year, and they have plenty of players to watch out for.

Teams:

Warriors:

Jon-Jon Trevor Smuts, Ashwell Prince, Colin Ingram, Mark Boucher, Kelly Smuts, Johan Botha (capt), Craig Thyssen, Nicky Boje, Wayne Parnell, Juan Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

South Australia:

Daniel Harris, Michael Klinger (capt), Cameron Borgas, Callum Ferguson, Daniel Christian, Tom Cooper, Tim Ludeman, Aaron O'Brien, Adil Rashid, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Tait

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