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Must do simple things right: Haddin

Sixers’ captain emphasises on need to execute plans

The Sydney Sixers pulled off a sensational last-ball win against the Titans in their own backyard to reach the final of the Karbonn Champions League Twenty20 2012. Although they got off to a good start while chasing a competitive target, the Sixers lost wickets at crucial junctures during the chase at the Supersport Park in the second semi-final causing a few heart-stopping moments. However, the lower-order batsmen held their nerves to take the team past the finish line.

After a mini middle-order collapse, Ben Rohrer held together the innings to take the Sixers within reach of the target, while young Pat Cummins sealed the win the bat. Speaking to clt20.com, a visibly relieved Sixers’ captain, Brad Haddin, reflected on the stunning victory.

Excerpts from his interview:

Did you have your heart in your mouth towards the end?

Yes we did. We obviously made things very hard for ourselves. But in the end we won. We have a final to go to on Sunday and that is totally different pressure.

Although your bowlers leaked a few runs towards in the end they made up with their batting

We went one batter heavy today and in the end it worked. So, from that point of view, we got away with one, we can’t hide behind that. But life goes on and we won the cricket game and now we are going to the final on Sunday.

What was the plan while chasing?

We tried something different tonight; we sent Steve O’Keefe at the top of the order, just trying to liven things up. Out first four-five overs were good, but the bottom line is that in the middle we just didn’t play smart cricket. And as was stressed throughout the tournament you got to be doing the simple things right and execute your plans in the end; we didn’t do that but in the end we won.

What are the areas that you would look to work on going into the final?

All that we have to do is execute our plans. Whatever our plans are we have to make sure we execute them and that’s all we got to do.

What is it like to take on both the South African teams on their home grounds in the knock-outs?

I think the two best teams are in the finals, so that’s a good endorsement for the tournament. Our guys are very excited up in the change room; so let’s go to the finals now.  

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