Haddin credits Sixers' outstanding preparation for win

“I captain a great group of guys who proved today that they are a pretty good cricket team. Everyone contributed to this success and our preparations for the final was outstanding,” Haddin said after his sides 10-wicket victory over Lions here on Sunday.

Sixers chased the 122-run victory target with 7.3 overs to spare. Opener Michael Lumb top-scored for the Australian side with an unbeaten 82 from 42 balls while sipper Haddin scored an unbeaten 37 off 33 balls.

Haddin lifts the trophy in Johannesburg on Sunday.

“We have been consistent throughout the tournament. T20 is about going with your gut feeling and it worked this time. We decided to start with a spinner.

Everyone expected us to start with the fast bowlers but we decided to change it a bit, take the pace off the ball.

“The positive we can take is that the whole team contributed at various stages. We showed the world over the month that we are a world class team,” Haddin added.

Petersen could not pinpoint what went wrong with a team that did so well when defending a low total in Durban last Thursday to win a semi-final against Delhi Daredevils by 22 runs. “I cannot put my finger on it — perhaps nerves played a part — but let us give credit to Sixers because they outplayed us in all departments,” said Petersen.

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