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No stopping Warriors after Smuts blasts 88

Tsotsobe snapped a wicket each in his first two overs — that of opener Daniel Harris (4) and Tom Cooper (3) — to send South Australia at the backfoot early on.

Jon-Jon Smuts’ blistering 88 and an impressive show by the bowlers helped Warriors crush South Australia by 50 runs and record their second consecutive win in the Champions League Twenty20 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

Electing to bat,Warriors rode on Smuts’ 65-ball effort to post a challenging 171 for five before their bowlers came up with a disciplined show to restrict South Australia to 121 for six. Warriors’ had beaten Royal Challengers Bangalore by three wickets on September 23 in their opening Group B match.

Tsotsobe’s early scalps

South Australia never looked to give a good fight,struggling from the beginning in their run chase of 172 as they were down 35 for three inside six overs and never recovered from there with wickets falling at regular intervals. Fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe snapped two wickets for 30 runs while Smuts,Juan ‘Rusty’ Theron,Johan Botha and Wayne Parnell took one wicket apiece.

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Tsotsobe snapped a wicket each in his first two overs — that of opener Daniel Harris (4) and Tom Cooper (3) — to send South Australia at the backfoot early on. Harris nicked a Tsotsobe angled delivery to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher while Cooper was caught and bowled while trying for a pull to leave South Australia at 18 for two in the third over. Callum Ferguson (7) did not last long as he was foxed by a Theron slow delivery and the batsman spooned the ball to Ingram while going for a drive.

Opener Michael Klinger (34),however,clung on and he punished Warriors bowlers with some delightful shots,including a six off Nicky Boje.

Asking rate climbed up but as long as Klinger was there it looked like gettable before he fell in the 10th over to Warriors captain Johan Botha. At the halfway mark,South Australia were far behind at 60 for four and asking rate climbed to over 11 and Cameron Borgas (18) fell to Tsotsobe in an attempt to accelerate the innings. Tim Ludeman tried to keep his side in the contest with a boundary each off Tsotsobe and Wayne Parnell but he also fell in the 17th over and by that time the match was beyond South Australia’s reach as the asking rate has climbed to over 15.

Want to top the group: Botha

Botha is aiming at an all-win record in order to make it to the semi-finals. “We would like to finish first. Our next game is against KKR. Three victories would take us into the knock-outs. From there,you are two away from winning the championship. It is not going to be easy but we are looking forward to the challenge,” Botha said after his team’s victory.

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“We knew it is going to be difficult for them if we took it to 170. Three wickets in first six overs was great,” the Proteas offie said. Redbacks’ Michael Klinger admitted that they played poor cricket. “There are no excuses. We did not execute our basic skills well and lost wickets regularly. The run rate was high and they did well to contain us,” Klinger said. He however dismissed theories of lack of practice being their undoing.

“We had practice back in Australia and five days in Kolkata and also here in the last few days. That can’t be an excuse.”

Brief Scores: Warriors 171 for five in 20 overs (JJ Smuts 88,M Boucher 34,Colin Ingram 30; D Harris 2/23,D Christian 2/24) South Australian Redbacks 121 for 6 in 20 overs (M Klinger 34,D Christian 26 n.o; L Tsotsobe 2/30,R Theron 1/21)

First published on: 26-09-2011 at 01:18:17 am
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