South Australian Redbacks v Warriors, Highlights, Score: Captain Jacobs pulls Warriors into final
Warriors beat the South Australian Redbacks by 30 runs in the semi-finals of the Champions League T20 to book their place in the final. You can watch the highlights of the Champions League T20 on Star Cricket on Sunday. You can also follow the score and commentary of the South Australia v Warriors game here.
The South Australian Redbacks had gone into the semi-finals against the Warriors as slight favourites thanks to their unbeaten run in the tournament. However, the Warriors proved to be too strong for them on the given, despite the fight exhibited by the team from Australia.
The warriors won the toss and decided to bat first on a track that, in the hindsight, looked a tad slower than usual at Centurion. Ashwell Prince departed for a first-ball duck but that did not deter the Warriors captain from playing another of his special knocks that he seems to be reserving for the Australian sides.
Jacobs, who had earlier smacked a fifty that saw the ouster of the Victorian side with their only defeat in the tournament, repeated that dose against South Australia. In 41 balls of crisp hitting, Jacobs made 61, and the innings had only one six but ten fours. He was involved in a 104-run stand for the second wicket with Colin Ingram, and by the time he was out, the Warriors were 105/2 in 12 overs.
A total of 170 plus looked imminent at this stage, but the South Australian slow and medium-pace bowlers pulled it back. The track offered a lot of assistance to Cullen Bailey who bowled his four overs for 28, and at one stage, the side seemed to have lost all their momentum. It was the batting of Nicky Boje that changed all of that, as he bull-dozed into the South Australian party with a seven-ball 22 and saw the team to 175/6 in the 20 overs.
The Redbacks knew that the reply had to be an excellent one for the side to hold any chances against a team which had two quality spinners. Unfortunately for the Redbacks, both their main scorers, Michael Klinger and Daniel Harris departed early, and by the time Graham Manou had ended his sorry tournament, the team was 49/3 in 8.2 overs.
With the asking rate having mounted to more than ten per over, the duo of Johan Botha and Nicky Boje bowled some tight overs in the middle. By the time the pair was collared the rate had increased to more than 13 an over, and despite the 49-ball 71 by Callum Ferguson, South Australia fell way short of the eight-ball.
The Redbacks ended on 145/7 in 20 overs to allow the Warriors to enter the final of the Champions League T20.
Jacobs was named the man of the match.
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