Sixers march on

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Shane Watson was on top form for the Sydney Sixers

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Shane Watson was on top form for the Sydney Sixers

The Sydney Sixers beat the Highveld Lions by five wickets in Cape Town to all but guarantee themselves a spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20.

The previously-undefeated Lions made 137 for nine batting first, with opener Gulam Bodi top-scoring with 61, but that proved comfortably within Sydney's sights as the in-form Australian outfit made it three wins out of three in Group B.

Shane Watson was once again in inspirational form, following up his two wickets in the Lions' innings with a 38-ball 47, while captain Brad Haddin struck a quickfire 32 as Sydney claimed the win with an over to spare.

The victory saw the Sixers move on to 12 points in Group B, while the Lions remain in second place on eight points.

Bodi, who hit three sixes and four other boundaries, provided the backbone of the Lions' score before he became one of Mitchell Starc's victims, the paceman finishing with three for 19 off his four overs to be named man of the match.

Watson ran his team-mate close for that award though with a fine all-round display, which saw him dismiss Quinton de Kock and Sohail Tanvir, run out Thami Tsolekile, and then mimic Bodi by smashing three sixes and four fours to set Sydney on their way to victory.

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