Johannesburg: Highveld Lions on Saturday defeated Yorkshire comfortably by five wickets in a Group B encounter of the ongoing Champions League Twenty20, which effectively dashed the hopes of two IPL teams, defending champions Mumbai Indian and Chennai Super Kings.
The Lions victory means both MI and CSK are out of the tournament, and the match between the two sides later in the day has now been reduced to a dead rubber.
The Lions, with three wins from four games, have now joined Sydney Sixers as the other team from Group B in the semi-finals. Both the teams have 12 points in their kitty. A victory for Yorkshire against Lions could have opened up the group, but now Mumbai and Chennai have become the third IPL team, after reigning IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders, to crash out of the event.
South Africa's Highveld Lions and Australia's Sydney Sixers make it to the semi-finals from Group B.
Against Yorkshire, everything went according to the script for the home team. Opting to ball, the Lions first restricted Yorkshire to a modest 131 for 7 and then chased down the target, reaching 134 for five, with four balls to spare. Young Quinton de Cock top-scored for the Lions, with 32 that came off 35 balls.
Even though Lions panicked a little towards the end, Jean Symes (27 not out off 22) and Dwaine Pretorious (25 off 14) played useful cameos to take the side home.
Needing 20 runs off 12 balls, Symes hit Oliver Hannon-Dalby for a six and a four to pick 14 runs off the penultimate over. Symes then finished off the match in style, clobbering Steven Patterson for back-to-back boundaries.
Earlier sent into bat, Yorkshire could only manage 131 in their 20 overs. Skipper Andrew Gale (21) and Phil Jacques (31) shared 54 runs for the opening stand before Yorkshire's innings fell apart. Adam Lyth (21) and Gary Ballance (17) also made useful contributions, but it was not good enough to take the English outfit to a challenging score.
Pakistani pacer Sohail Tanvir (2 for 25) and left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso scalped two wickets apiece for the Lions.