Sydney Sixers made a mockery of the final of the Champions League T20 as they delivered a huge defeat to Highveld Lions at Johannesburg. Chasing a mere 121 for victory the Sixers cruised home with 10 wickets and almost 8 overs to spare. (AP & AFP Photos)
Brad Haddin's gamble to open the bowling with a spinner paid dividends as Nathan McCullum removed the dangerous Gulam Bodi just four balls into the match.
Josh Hazlewood struck a vital blow for the Sixers removing Neil McKenzie for a golden duck to leave the lions reeling at 8/3 in 3 overs.
Sohail Tanvir's promotion in the batting order had no effect on the scheme of things as the Lions lost half their side for just 32 runs on the board.
Jean Symes provided the resistance scoring 51 from 46 balls and was involved in a 41 run partnership with Thami Tsolekile for the sixth wicket.
Dwaine Pretorius scored a crucial 21 and that helped the Lions put up a barely respectable 121 from their 20 overs. It was an improvement from 32/5 but would scarcely be enough to challenge the powerful Sydney batting line-up.
Michael Lumb launched a calculated assault on the Lions smashing 82 from 42 with 8 fours and 5 sixes as he looked to make light work of the target of 122.
Lumb was given good support by skipper Brad Haddin who hit an unbeaten 37 from 33 balls and that sealed the match for Sydney as they became the second Australian team to win the tournament. New South Wales Blues won the inaugural edition back in 2009.
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