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Hobart Hurricanes Thump Cape Cobras; Aiden Blizzard Shines in HBH Victory with 78-Run Knock

September 22
13:04 2014

cl20New Delhi, Monday, September 22 – The joy of watching Champions League Twenty 20 matches is getting up day by day thanks to exciting contests between participants. In the Group B match, Cape Cobras won the toss at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, in opposition to Hobart Hurricanes and opted for batting. The decision to ask the opponents to field first turned right as Cape Cobras – a team from South Africa – put a total of 184 runs on the scoreboard for the loss of 6 wickets.

Richard Levi and Hashim Amla kicked off Cape Cobras innings with confidence but the team got an earlier jolt when Amla (8 runs of 6 balls; 4 x 2) had to depart when Ben Hilfenhaus trapped him in excellent delivery. The new batmen Omphile Ramela arrived on the crease to lend a hand to the opener and played an astonishing innings of 21 runs of 11 balls, including a four and couple of sixes. His stupendous show was ended by Doug Bollinger, giving a quick shock to Justin Ontong’s playing XI. Wicketkeeper-batsman Dane Vilas scored 25 runs of 22 balls with the help of a six and four but before he could have gone for a solid partnership, Levi was sent back to the pavilion by Ben Laughlin.

The captain Ontong (10 runs of 8 balls; 4 x 1) did not succeed to play a knock which was expected from him when Joe Mennie restricted him to go for further runs. Sybrand Engelbrecht (12 runs of 15 balls) succumbed to Ben Laughlin and Vilas to Hilfenhaus. At a stage where South African side wasn’t anticipated to set a tough target for the opponents, Robin Peterson and Vernon Philander came on 22 yards pitch and played destructive innings of 25 runs, inclusive of 2 fours and a six, and 32 runs, 4 x 5 and 6 x 1, respectively. They remained unbeaten till the end and hit hard as much as possible. Their individual scores were attained in just 14 balls.

Hobart Hurricanes of Australia had a wobbly start while chasing the target when the skipper Tim Paine lost his wicket to Charl Langeveldt at the score of 7 runs of 10 balls, which comprised a boundary.  But Aiden Blizzard – who remained not out till the end, and Ben Dunk made things difficult for Cape Cobras. In the 6th match of Group Stage, it is imperative for all the participating squads to perform at their best and the pair did the same. The 30-year-old Blizzard shone in HBH’s innings with 78-run knock, which he achieved in 48 balls. His impeccable show included 4 boundaries and 5 sixes.

On the other hand, Dunk was on fire as 40 runs of his 54-run innings came with the number of fours he struck at different time intervals. Before he could have done better for his team, he fell short to Sybrand Engelbrecht – who also dismissed Shoaib Malik and Travis Birt at 8 and 7 runs, respectively. Jonathan Wells was not out at 17 runs. His short but impressive knock consisted of a 4 and 6. Hobart Hurricanes thumped Cape Cobras with 6 balls remaining. Losing 4 wickets, Paine’s men hit 186 runs, letting the opponents know anything is possible in the game of cricket.

In another match played on Sunday, September 21, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Lahore Lions by 4 wickets. In today’s CLT20 contest, Dolphins will compete against Chennai Super Kings in Bengaluru. It would be an exiting match to be witnessed as both teams are likely to put their best foot forward. Get your seat belts on to see  immaculate show on the field today.

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