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Lions book spot in CLT20 final.

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 2:32PM AEST | by Omnisport

The Highveld Lions are through to the Champions League T20 final after a 22-run win over the Delhi Daredevils in Durban on Thursday.

Defending 140 at Kingsmead, the Lions outclassed the Indian Premier League team in convincing fashion in the first semi-final.

Lions' Sohail Tanvir (1-22) jolted the Daredevils early to dismiss Virender Sehwag for a duck on the third ball of the chase.

Daredevils opener David Warner (21 off 18) smacked four boundaries before he fell to Chris Morris (2-7) in the sixth over.

Only Kevin Pietersen (50 off 44 balls) managed to hold on to his end as the Daredevils' middle-order, consisting of Unmukt Chand (nine), Irfan Pathan (one) and Ross Taylor (one) failed to trouble the scorers.

Aaron Phangiso (2-18), Jean Symes (1-22) and Dwaine Pretorius (1-10) impressed with the ball as the Daredevils were staring at an uphill task at 5-76.

Needing 46 off 18 deliveries, Morne Morkel (18) got runs under his belt with a four and a six.

Ajit Agarkar (two) failed to offer assistance as he fell to Dirk Nannes (2-34) in the penultimate over, with the Lions restricting Delhi to 9-117 and booking their spot in the final.

Asked to bat first, the Lions got off to a good start, with Gulam Bodi (50 off 49 balls) and Alviro Petersen (24 off 19 balls) getting runs on the board.

Umesh Yadav (2-20) struck to dismiss Petersen in the fifth over before Agarkar (1-28) and Pawan Negi (1-21) got the better of Quinton de Kock (11) and Pretorius (three) to dent the middle order.

At 3-63, Bodi and Neil McKenzie (46 off 28) took on the Delhi bowling attack and steadied the innings with a 59-run stand for fourth wicket.

Yadav dismissed Bodi in the 18th over, but the partnership ensured the Lions got to a challenging total.

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First Posted 26 October, 2012 7:53AM AEST

Tags: CLT20 2012

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