Sydney edge out Titans
Sydney Sixers snuck a last-ball win over Titans at Centurion to set up a Champions League T20 final with Lions.
Needing eight from the final over to overhaul 163 for five, unbeaten Sydney levelled the scores from the first five legitimate balls before stealing a bye to complete the highest chase of this year’s tournament.
Titans looked like setting up an all-South African showpiece at the Wanderers on Sunday with a strong total underpinned by unbeaten fifties from Henry Davids and the free-scoring David Wiese.
Five Sixers reached 20 but failed to make 34 and, at 132 for seven with 23 deliveries to go, were in trouble. Having whittled that down, they lost an eighth wicket in the ultimate over but edged to their target.
Titans captain Martin van Jaarsveld won the toss under threatening cloud cover and Josh Hazlewood snared Jacques Rudolph in the first over before Mitchell Starc added Heino Kuhn and van Jaarsveld in the powerplay, which yielded 39.
Opening batsman Davids, who survived a run-out chance on 33 and was dropped on 50, rebuilt although he lost Farhaan Behardien to Pat Cummins and Roelof van der Merwe to Moises Henriques in consecutive overs.
Wiese launched a blistering assault with six fours and four sixes in a 28-ball 61 as he dominated a stand of 81 with Davids, who ended on 59 from 44 deliveries.
Steve O'Keefe and Michael Lumb continued the hard hitting with an opening alliance of 54 inside five overs that Alfonso Thomas halted. O’Keefe was then bowled by Eden Links for 32, one less than Lumb.
Brad Haddin and Nic Maddinson fell from back-to-back balls, leaving Sydney 92 for four after 10 overs, before Steven Smith went cheaply.
Ethy Mbhalati removed Henriques for 28 and Thomas had Nathan McCullum lbw for nought with consecutive deliveries, but Ben Rohrer and Cummins batted sensibly although Behardien shelled the latter at long-off with an over to go.
The recalled Rohrer was caught at mid-off for 21 early in the last over, bowled by CJ de Villiers who followed the wicket with a wide, yet Cummins and Starc eked a two and three singles to seal victory.