Kings XI stroll to victory in Cape Cobras clash

2014-09-29 00:00

THE Kings XI Punjab strolled to a seven-wicket victory over the Cape Cobras in their final Champions League T20 Group B match at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali yesterday.

The Kings XI coasted to 139 for three with still 11 balls remaining after dismissing the Cobras for 135 inside 20 overs after George Bailey had won the toss and sent the Cobras in to bat first.

The victory was set up by the Kings XI bowlers with the right-arm fast-medium bowler Anureet Singh claiming 3-12 in 2.3 overs and slow left-arm bowler Akshar Patel ending with 3-16 in his four overs.

The Cobras made a decent start with Richard Levi (42) and Hashim Amla (40) posting 60 runs for the first wicket off 40 deliveries, with Amla the more aggressive party, smashing seven boundaries and one six off 22 balls. Amla was caught at long-off by David Miller from the legbreak bowling of Karanveer Singh (4-0-23-1).

Such was the implosion of the Cobras’ batting line-up that once Levi departed, caught and bowled by Glenn Maxwell (2-0-17-1), that the Cape side lost their last eight wickets in 34 balls.

The chase was an easy one for the Kings XI, even though they lost a few wickets along the way.

But wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha played a measured innings, ending undefeated on 42 off 35 balls with three boundaries and one six, which came off the final delivery of offspinner Sybrand Engelbrecht (4-0-42-1).

Saha also claimed two good leg-side stumpings to dismiss Justin Kemp (two) and Vernon Philander (five) along with a fantastic catch to end the Cobras’ innings when Robin Peterson (two) edged off the back of his bat.

Virender Sehwag (23) and Manan Vohra (23) began the chase with a first-wicket stand of 41 off 35 deliveries before Peterson had Vohra caught by Engelbrecht on the mid-wicket boundary.

Sehwag was the next to depart, shortly after surviving a tense stumping review, when he tried to launch the spinner, but only managed to send the ball high into the sky where Rory Kleinveldt took the catch at short third man.

Maxwell (23) took seven deliveries to get off the mark, but then smashed two sixes off Omphile Ramela (1-0-10-0) and Engelbrecht (4-0-42-1).

Engelbrecht had the last laugh when the big-hitting right-handed Australian tried to cut a ball, but missed and found his off-stump disturbed. Maxwell walked off the field and proceeded to slam his bat into some furniture on the side of the field.

But Miller (16 not out) and Saha carried their side to victory with a fourth-wicket stand of 31 off 25 balls.

The Kings XI, who finished top of Group B, will wait to see who their opponents will be between the Chennai Super Kings and the Lahore Lions.

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