Warriors beat Redbacks, to meet Chennai in Champions League final

Nov 28, 2019 uzfthmxj

first_imgCaptain Davy Jacobs led from the front with a blistering 61 to guide Warriors into the final of the Champions League with a 30-run win over South Australia Redbacks in the second semifinal.Warriors set a challenging target of 176 for Redbacks, and with this win, they will now meet Chennai Super Kings in Sunday’s final.Calum Ferguson’s 71 (49b) was in vain, as Redbacks replied with 145-7. Lonwabo Tsotsobe (2-16) and Rusty Theron (1-21) combined to bowl eight economical overs, settling the game halfway through the chase when Redbacks were reduced to 60-4.Opting to bat, Warriors had a great start and finish to their innings, which at one stage looked bleak after they lost five wickets for just 41 runs in the middle overs.Jacobs and Colin Ingram (46) led the charge with a 105-run second wicket stand that came off just 72 balls.Jacobs quickfire 41-ball stay at the crease was decorated with 10 boundaries and a six, while Ingram struck three fours and a six during his innings.Nicky Boje came up with a short little seven-ball 22 run unbeaten cameo in the end to take Warriors beyond the 170-run mark.Medium-pacer Daniel Harris pulled South Australia back into the match with figures of three for 18 from his four overs, while Shaun Tait scalped two victims for 37.Contrary to the scorecard, Warriors innings started on a disastrous note as they lost Prince in the very second delivery, caught at first slip by Harris off Tait.But Jacobs and Ingram counter-attacked the South Australia bowlers to get back into the match and race to their fifty in just five overs.advertisementThe duo took the South Australia bowlers for ride to pile up 34 runs in the next two overs.South Australia skipper Michael Klinger’s decision to give the second over to Aaron O’Brien backfired as Ingram smashed the left-arm spinner for two fours and six to start the run flow for the Warriors.After the initial burst from Ingram, it was skipper Jacobs turn to cut loose as he clobbered Tait for two boundaries and a six in the next over.From there on, the duo did not spare a single South Australia bowler as they took them for a leatherhunt and found boundaries at will to notch up the team’s 100 in 11 overs.Warriors’ task was made easy by some sloppy fielding from South Australia as they dropped as many as three catches — two of Ingram and Mark Boucher once.Jacobs was the aggressive among the two batsmen as he notched up his fifty in 34 balls. But a little to aggression eventually led to his downfall but not before giving his batters the perfect platform to launch the final assault.He mis hit a Harris delivery, only to give a skier back to the bowler at square leg.Jacobs’ dismissal helped South Australia pull the plug as Harris and leg-spinner Cullen Bailey maintained a good line and length to stem the run flow.Warriors’ cause was not helped by two quick wickets in the form of Ingram and Craig Thyssen in a span of two overs.Mark Boucher made vital 21-ball 25 before perishing, but South Australia skipper Klinger went wrong for the second time in the match when he gave Daniel Christian the last over.Christian went for 23 runs in the last over as Botha smashed back-to-back sixes a four and then Justin Kreusch finished off the proceedings with another hit over the fence.last_img

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