CL T20: Sydney Sixers beat Highveld Lions

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 22:38 hrs

All-rounder Shane Watson hit 47 runs and picked up two wickets as Sydney Sixers defeated Highveld Lions by five wickets in a Champions League T20 match here on Thursday.

Chasing 138 for victory, Sydney reached 141 runs for the loss of five wickets in 19 overs.

Shane Watson smashed 47 runs from 38 balls. He hit four boundaries and three sixes in the innings.

Michael Lumb (22) and Watson gave Sydney a good start as the openers scored 60 runs in the first wicket partnership.

Brad Haddin (32) and Steve Smith (25*) made some important contributions with the willows.

Both added 42 runs in the fourth wicket partnership after Watson departed.

Aaron Phangiso remained the pick of the Lions bowlers as he scalped three wickets by giving away 14 runs in 4 overs.

Earlier, Lions scored 137 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 20 overs.

Gulam Bodi scored 61 runs from 44 deliveries, hitting four boundaries and three sixes.

Mitchell Starc picked up three wickets by giving away 19 runs in his four overs. Watson and Josh Hazlewood scalped two wickets each.

Sydney made to the semi-final round of the tournament with the victory.

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