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Aussie fighting spirit gives Sixers the advantage
Gautam Gambhir
October 27, 2012
First Published: 23:32 IST(27/10/2012)
Last Updated: 11:19 IST(28/10/2012)

Here is another of my touring stories. The SuperSport Park in Centurion - the venue of Friday's semifinal - has an all-women scorers' team. There are five or six of them and all passionate about cricket. Isn't it refreshing to see women participate in such a critical part of the men's game?

I was a scorer in school and club games and can tell you that it requires a lot of concentration and agility. Are women are better than men in this? Or is it because these women are better organised and that is why they are good at scoring?

A couple of years ago, I met an all-women scorers' gang when I was travelling with the India team. They even invited me to their scoring box, which is just next to the dressing rooms at Centurion. The girls are not only good at their work but are spirited and vivacious as well.

The walls of the scoring box are full of pictures with their favourite cricketers. From Hashim Amla to Jacques Kallis; from Chris Gayle to Shahid Afridi, you will find all nationalities. The all-time favourite is England off-spinner Graeme Swann.

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This was perhaps another reason for the Titans to do well on Friday. A win would have easily got the crowd and these girls on their side. Jacques Rudolph has his place of pride on the walls but a win here would have made some more inroads into the hearts of those present.

While he got out for one, I thought his team still got a decent score on the board. David Wiese cut and pulled strongly to take the score to 163. His 61 off 28 balls was outstanding but wasn't matched by his team's bowling efforts.

Well-oiled unit

The Sydney Sixers played like a true Aussie team. They stuttered and stumbled but kept fighting. Perhaps, after leaking 51 runs, Pat Cummins owed his team a few runs. In the end, it was apt that he stood not out with 14 off 10 balls to see his team through.

Cummins has been a heart-breaker for South Africans, as not even an year ago he played a similar fighting knock in the Johannesburg Test while Australia were chasing 310 to win.

Moving to Johannesburg for the final, the advantage is with the Sixers. The win off the last ball would have given them confidence. Like I said earlier, their attack is more balanced. And with due respect to the South Africans, the Sixers also have that Aussie fighting spirit.

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The writer is the captain of KKR


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