Champions League T20

I'm delighted: Petersen

2012-10-17 11:23
Alviro Petersen (Gallo)
Cape Town - There were some nervous moments, admitted Highveld Lions captain Alviro Petersen, in his side's six-wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings in their Champions League T20 clash in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Chasing 159 runs to win, the Lions were anchored by Gulam Bodi, who made 64 runs, as they reached their target with three balls to spare for their second victory of the tournament.

"I'm obviously delighted with the result, but it's not something we want to dwell on now," Petersen said.

"We need to focus on the next game and push for the semi-finals.

"Halfway through the game I thought we had given away 15 runs too many, but the batsmen stayed calm after the early loss of wickets."

Petersen paid credit to some of the Lions' batsmen, including veteran Neil McKenzie, who contributed 32 runs in a 93-run stand with Bodi for the third wicket, and Jean Symes, who made 39 not out, and Chris Morris, unbeaten on 12, who compiled an unbroken 44-run partnership for the fourth wicket to carry them home.

"Bodi played exceptionally well with McKenzie, and then the two youngsters finished it off brilliantly or us," the skipper said.

"We knew that we were in with a shout if we managed to get to the last three overs.

"Fortunately for us, they had already used up all their best bowlers by then.

"The guys at the end showed mettle and steel.

"We went through a quiet patch but generally between 10-15 overs it is a sort of dead period when you tend to knock it around, but Gulam never allowed the rate to go beyond 10-11 runs to the over.”

Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his side had a long road ahead of them in the group stages after going down in their second defeat of the competition.

“It is difficult for us to qualify for the semis now but nothing comes easy," Dhoni said.

"We will have to learn from our mistakes and try to come up with some big scores in the next game.”

The Lions play their next match against the Sydney Sixers in Cape Town on Thursday, and Chennai face the Mumbai Indians in Johannesburg on Saturday.



Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which of the two SA sides in the 2013 Champions League Twenty20 will progress furthest in the tournament?

Love 2 Meet

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.