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Champions League T20 Finals Schedule 2012: Date, Time, Live Stream and More

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Chris HummerAnalyst IOctober 27, 2012

The finals match of the Champions League T20 league is now set, and it will feature the Highveld Lions taking on the Sydney Sixers for the title at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

Sydney is unbeaten in tournament play having won all five of their matches entering the finals, including all four of their group stage games.

Highveld also enters the finals on a roll. They've won four out of their five tournament matches, with their only loss coming to the Sixers, in group play, by five wickets on October 16.

 

Final


Who: Highveld Lions vs. Sydney Sixers

When: Sunday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m. ET.

Where: Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg

Live Stream: Watch ESPN in U.S., ESPN STAR internationally. 

 

The Lions and the Sixers have been the most consistent teams in the tournament. It's not surprising to see either team in the finals competing for the $2.5 million dollar prize.

The Sixers entered the tournament as the favorite and have performed like it, but the Lions will be playing on their home ground and know the conditions there well.

It's a matchup of the hometown favorite against the tournament powerhouse and it's sure to provide some fireworks.

 

Players to Watch

 

Mitchell Starc, Sydney Sixers

The Sixers have leaned almost exclusively Starc throughout the tournament, and his fast bowling abilities have led his team to the finals.  

His strong left arm has been the key to the Sixers' success—he has 56 wickets thus far—and it seems that his performance has been noticed.

 

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With a strong showing in the final the 22-year-old will almost assure himself a spot in the Indian Premier league when he becomes eligible in 2014. 

 

Chris Morris, Highveld Lions

He was the Lions' top wicket taker in South Africa's domestic Twenty20 competition last year. He started out a bit slowly in the tournament, but came up huge in the semifinal match against the Delhi Daredevils.

Expect his fast bowl abilities to be key if the Lions hope to upset the Sixers.

 

Prediction

Both of these teams enter the finals playing some of their best cricket of the year, and it should be a great finals match.

But expect the Sixers to have just a bit to much firepower once again for the Lions.

Sixers over Lions by three runs.


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