Redbacks cruise to comfortable 11 run victory
A vital innings of 78 from Michael Klinger laid the foundations for the South Australia Redbacks to record an impressive 11 run victory over the Highveld Lions to start their Twenty20 Champions League campaign with a win.
Klingerís innings included 6 fours and 5 sixes and it helped the Redbacks recover after a poor start with the bat to leave the Lions chasing a tricky victory target of 179.
The Lions got off to bad start losing Jonathan Vandiar (4) in the first over though. After starring with the bat against the Mumbai Indians; Vandiar was bowled by Shaun Tateís 4th delivery on the game.
After scoring 71 runs against the Indians; Vandiar was back in the dugout before the Lions run chase had really got started thanks to a perfect in swinging ball by Tait.
The Lions responded encouragingly thanks to Alviro Petersen and Vaughn van Jaarsveld who shared a 2nd wicket partnership of 33 which settled the 2010 Standard Bank Pro20 series runner ups.
With the pair looking calm at the crease van Jaarsveld miss hit a pull shot which was easily caught by Klinger at shot midwicket to give Daniel Christian the important break through for the Redbacks.
The loss of van Jaarsveld brought Richard Cameron to the crease and although his innings only lasted 10 balls he contributed 17 runs thanks to two towering sixes before he was stumped by Graham Manou to leave the Lions 56-3.
After a slow start Cameronís cameo was just what the Lions needed and it injected fresh urgency into their batting with Petersen picking up the gauntlet by smashing Cullen Bailey for consecutive boundaries in the 7th over.
With new partner Neil McKenzie along side him Petersen guided the Lions into a match winning position which saw them edge ahead of the run rate needing another 104 run from 12 overs.
The pairís partnership had reached 38 before McKenzie (15) was run out in the 10th over thanks to some excellent fielding from Gary Putland who denied McKenzie a boundary out at point before firing the ball in for Manou to take the bails off with ease.
The lose of McKenzie was a blow but when Petersen (56) followed less then two overs later the game was left in the balance with the Redbacks increasing the pressure on the Lions.
Their advantage was increased when the Lions suffered another run out in the 14th losing Zander de Bruyn (11) who was run out by a direct it from Bailey after a less then urgent scamper for a single.
The lose of de Bruyn left the Lions needing another 57 runs from just 33 balls any hopes of a grandstand finish were ended when Werner Coetsee (4) was bowled by Tait at the end of the 17th over.
Having won the toss Petersen decided to put the Redbacks into bat and it proved to be an astute decision with the home side utilizing the conditions to their advantage restricting the Australianís during the power play overs.
The Redbacks struggled with the bat; scoring only 33 runs during the first six overs and they lost Daniel Harris (13) as well after he was trapped LBW by Robert Frylinck in the 4th over.
With Harris gone Klinger came to the crease and he immediately went about kick starting the Redbacks innings smashing de Bruyn for a massive six at the start of the 5th over.
Klinger carried on his attacking play despite the loss of Manou (12) in the 8th over. The 30 year old opener smashed Coetsee for a huge six over midwicket before dispatching Richard Cameron for consecutive boundaries.
With Manou back in the dug out Callum Ferguson joined Klinger out in the middle with great effect dispatching de Bruyn for three boundaries in the 15th over as the Redbacks started to gain the upper hand.
The pair built a vital 3rd wicket partnership of 96 before Ferguson (47) was run out thanks to an excellent piece of fielding from de Bruyn who threw the ball into wicket keeper Thami Tsolekile to take the bails off.
Klingerís (78) marvellous innings was ended three balls later after he was caught out in the boundary by Alviro Petersen after he attempted to smash de Bruyn for consecutive sixes to leave 167-4.
Cameron Borgas (2) quickly followed in the last over before new batsmen Tom Cooper smashed a six from the first delivery he faced to help the Redbacks reach 178-6.