Johannesburg - The Sydney Sixers made use of key moments on Sunday, according to captain Brad Haddin, as they romped to a thumping victory over the Highveld Lions in the Champions League T20 final.
Sixers openers Michael Lumb and Haddin were both saved by dropped catches as they romped to a 10-wicket victory with more than seven overs to spare.
“I think the Lions were gone then [after the dropped catches]," Haddin said.
"I think the way we played, the pressure we built through the game... the pressure we created, they cracked.
“That’s what it was about. I said to our guys at the start of the game there was going to be some big moments in this game and if we did the simple things right, they would crack before us, and they did.”
The Australian wicketkeeper said the Sixers had worked hard during the tournament, remaining unbeaten throughout, to reach their best form in the final.
“We’ve been building for that for two weeks," Haddin said.
"If you look at the start of the tournament, we were very nervous, a lot of nervous energy going in the first game... and a lot of nervous energy in the semi-final.
“Leading into Sunday's game, we were actually quite relaxed... we had that performance somewhere. I’m just glad it came on the big stage.
“We played some good cricket but the bottom line of tournament play is that you've got to get better and better as the tournament goes on.
"Today everything seemed to work for us, but in saying that, we’ve worked hard over the last two weeks and that performance tonight wasn’t a fluke.”
Sydney opened the bowling with spinners Nathan McCullum and Stephen O’Keefe after they won the toss and sent the Lions in to bat.
McCullum took three wickets at a run a ball while O’Keefe also claimed a wicket and went for less than three runs an over in his spell.
Haddin believed the Lions had been taken by surprise, as their focus would have been on the opposition's pace bowlers.
“I think if you looked through the tournament, they would have been thinking a lot about our fast bowlers leading into this game, and I don’t think they would’ve been thinking too much about our spinners," he said.
“So I just went with my gut on that one and it paid off."