Moises Henriques has blasted the Sydney Sixers to a hard-fought 14-run win over the Chennai Super Kings at New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
After the Super Kings won the toss and elected to bowl, the Sixers opening pair of Shane Watson and Michael Lumb got the Sixers off to a solid start to be 0/50 after six overs.
But after losing both Brad Haddin and Nic Maddinson in the 14th over, Henriques and Steve Smith combined to hit 66 off the last five overs to send the Sixers into the break in a strong position.
Henriques put on a Twenty20 batting masterclass – whacking the bowlers all over the ground to put on 49 not out off just 23 balls, including three sixes and five fours, to lead his team to a massive total of 5/185.
And it was a chase that proved just a little too big for the Chennai Super Kings, who put in a spirited effort in an attempt to record the second-highest successful run chase at the ground.
Needing 50 runs off the last four overs, Suresh Raina (57 of 33) threatened to smash the Sixers out of the park, but two superb catches by Steve Smith and Josh Hazlewood off man-of-the-match Henriques put the men in magenta in the box seat.
On a pitch that proved anything but bowler friendly, all of the Sixers batsmen chipped in to help stem the run flow with Henriques(3-23), Pat Cummins (1-42 ), Starc (3-31) and O’Keefe (1-16) all taking wickets.
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