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Moises Henriques to cherish Sachin Tendulkar's wicket for rest of career

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FOR Moises Henriques, no matter what happens the rest of the week at the Champions League Twenty20, nothing will better the moment he took the prized wicket of the little master Sachin Tendulkar.
The Sydney Sixers continued their domination at the lucrative Twenty20 tournament early yesterday with a 12-run victory over the Mumbai Indians.
It was their fourth straight triumph in South Africa and their first since superstar all-rounder Shane Watson was ordered home to rest by Cricket Australia.
While the Sixers reached 7-136 at Kingmead, it was Henriques’ breakthrough with the ball to bowl Tendulkar which sparked the Mumbai collapse.
Henriques could not believe his luck and charged down the wicket past Tendulkar waving his finger with excitement.
“It’s almost time for me to hang up the boots,” Henriques told the Daily Telegraph afterwards.
“That’s something I’ll tell the grandkids, for sure. I held the ball slightly across the seam because some of the deliveries were lifting, and this one hit the wicket and seemed to nip away a bit.
“He didn’t say anything, and even if he did I wouldn’t have heard him.”
The Sixers will now advance to Friday’s semi-final against the Delhi Daredevils or Titans at Centurion, and have a real belief they have the talent from top to bottom to win the $2.5 million prizemoney. Half of that booty will be divided up between the players.
Not only do they have the three of the most devastating quicks in Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and speedster Pat Cummins — all of whom bowled superbly again against Mumbai — but the men in magenta have a wealth of all-rounders like Henriques.
Henriques, like skipper Brad Haddin, said the men in magenta were not getting ahead of themselves, despite being on the brink of history.
“We knew at the start of the tournament that if we played well we’d go close to winning,” said Henriques, whose Sixers also beat Chennai, Yorkshire and the Highveld Lions en route to the finals.
“But we also know cricket doesn’t owe you anything. All we’ve done through the way we’ve played is earn an opportunity to play in a semi-final, and just because we’re undefeated this tournament doesn’t mean we’ll automatically reach the final.
“Friday is our next game and we need to be switched on for that.”
Man of the match Steve Smith toughed out a run-a-ball 41 while Nic Maddinson’s rapid-fire 27 off 13 balls, including a straight six that nearly travelled 100m, helped the Sixers post a total their in-form quicks were a good chance to defend.
Henriques (2-29 off four) changed the game with his wicket of Tendulkar, Starc (2-32 off four) only gave up 20 runs in his final over, but should have had Tendulkar trapped leg before wicket in his first over.
Hazlewood (0-20 off four) again did a magnificent job of keeping the run rate down, while Cummins (2-16 off four) produced his best performance of the tournament.
Haddin said the most pleasing thing was watching the Sixers bat down to No.9 in the order, which will no doubt come in handy given the intense situations likely to arise in the coming days.
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