Warriors power past Redbacks

Riding on captain Davy Jacobs’ blistering 61 and his 105-run (72b) second-wicket stand with Colin Ingram (46), the Warriors posted a challenging 175 for six and then restricted South Australia to 145 for seven in the second semifinal at the SuperSport Park.

Warriors will take on Chennai Super Kings Sunday’s final.

Opting to bat, Jacobs led from the front with a quickfire half-century. His 41-ball 61 was decorated with 10 boundaries and a six, while Ingram struck three fours and a six.

Nicky Boje came up with a seven-ball 22 at the end to take Warriors beyond the 170-run mark.

Medium-pacer Daniel Harris pulled South Australia back into the match with figures of three for 18, while Shaun Tait scalped two for 37.

South Australia’s chase never got going as they lost wickets up front to find themselves in a precarious position and eventually well fell short.

Callum Ferguson fought a losing cause for South Australia with a smashing 71 that came off just 49 balls, but his heroics were not enough to take his side to the summit clash.

For the Warriors, left-arm quick Lonwabo Tsotsobe and off-spinner Johan Botha picked up two wickets apiece conceding 16 and 34 runs respectively.

Tsotsobe struck twin blows in the fourth over to send South Australia on to the back foot. Tsotsobe got rid of Daniel Harris and the in-form skipper Michael Klinger in a span of four deliveries to give his side the upper hand.

WARRIORS: Davy Jacobs c & b Harris 61, Ashwell  Prince c Harris b Tait 0, Colin Ingram c Christian b Bailey 46, Mark Boucher c Christian b Harris 25, Craig Thyssen c Manou b Harris 1, Johan Botha c Putland b Tait 6, Justin Kreusch (not out) 7, Nicky Boje (not out) 22. Extras (B-2, LB-3, W-2) 7. Total (for 6 wkts, 20 overs) 175.

Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-105, 3-119, 4-124, 5-143, 6-146.

Bowling: Shaun Tait 4-0-38-2, Aaron O'Brien 3-0-22-0, Gary Putland 2-0-19-0, Daniel Christian 3-0-45-0, Cullen Bailey 4-0-28-1, Daniel Harris 4-0-18-3.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA REDBACKS: Daniel Harris c Boucher b Tsotsobe 8, Michael Klinger c Botha b Tsotsobe 13, Graham Manou c & b Boje 8, Callum Ferguson lbw Botha 71, Cameron Borgas c Jacobs b Botha 10, Daniel Christian b Theron 19, Tom Cooper (run out) 6, Aaron O'Brien (not out) 1. Extras (LB-3, W-6) 9. Total (for 7 wkts, 20 overs) 145.

Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-21, 3-49, 4-60, 5-134, 6-142, 7-145.

Bowling: Rusty Theron 4-0-21-1, Lonwabo Tsotsobe 4-0-16-2, Makhaya Ntini 2-0-22-0, Nicky Boje 4-0-32-1, Johan Botha 4-0-34-2, Justin Kreusch 2-0-17-0.

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