CENTURION, South Africa (AFP) — Australian outfit Sydney Sixers snatched a dramatic two-wicket victory over Titans yesterday to set up a Champions League Twenty20 final against another South African side, Highveld Lions.
Titans made 163-5 at their SuperSport Park home ground thanks to an unbeaten sixth-wicket partnership between middle-order David Wiese (61 not out) and opener Henry Davids (59 not out).
Sixers reached 164-8 in reply with the winning run coming off the last ball and they face Lions at the Wanderers Sunday to see who succeeds Mumbai Indians as winners of the annual competition.
While Sixers kept in touch with the required run rate, they started to lose wickets with worrying frequency and needed 19 off the last two overs with three wickets standing.
Sydney had a lucky escape off the final ball of the penultimate over as Farhaan Behardien spilled an attempt to catch Pat Cummins, who had skied a stroke intended to clear long-off.
The Australian outfit needed eight runs from the last over, but after a cheeky Ben Rohrer scoop earned two, he was out next ball, sending a mistimed shot straight to Roelef van der Merwe at mid-off.
Tight bowling by CJ de Villiers kept Titans in a match that grew more tense with every ball and it came down to the final one with the visitors needing a run to win.
And that is what the Sixers got as they scrambled a bye in a match that atoned for a far less dramatic first semi-final Thursday with the Lions defeating the Delhi Daredevils by 22 runs at Kingsmead in Durban.