Cape Town, Oct 17: Skipper Brad Haddin and opener Michael Lumb sealed an eight-wicket win for Sydney Sixers against Yorkshire in Cape Town during a Champions League T20 group match on Tuesday.
Having decided to bat first, Yorkshire's batting line-up collapsed soon after Phil Jaques (21) and Joe Root (25) were dismissed by Starc and Henriques, as the team lost 7 wickets for 34 runs.
Mitchell Starc was phenomenal as he claimed 3/22 off his 4 overs, while Pat Cummins and Shane Watson grabbed 2 wickets each. Pat Cummins conceded just 13 runs off his 4 overs, which cut down the run flow especially during the last five overs as he dismissed in-form Ballance and Adil Rashid.
Though the target was a mere 97, Sydney Sixers' batsmen proved the critics wrong, as Lumb and Haddin ensured that Sixers registered a win when Watson was dismissed for 11 off 6 balls in the 2nd over.
Watson, managed to put up a good show with the ball as he picked 2 wickets for 27 runs off 4 overs to restrict Yorkshire to a mere 96/9 in 20 overs.
The match infact exposed Yorkshire's weakness, as they depended a lot on Ballance and Rashid, who helped the team win all the matches so far in the tournament.
Shane Watson, who has been ordered to return home after the match against Yorkshire, will be missing the remaining two CLT20 clashes against Lions and Mumbai Indians.
Now, Yorkshire need to win the remaining matches to stay afloat in the tournament, as Sydney Sixers wouldlike to continue their good run, in the absence of Shane Watson who is likely to return home on Wednesday.