Tim Southee had a wonderful match © Getty Images
Tim Southee had a wonderful match © Getty Images (File photo)

It was one was those Champions League T20 (CLT20) one-sided matches played under the orange sky of Raipur. Lahore Lions (LL) came into the match as favourites after the last match but ended up losing easily by 72 runs to Northern Knights (NK). In the battle between pink and orange where the former prevailed with ease. Varun Arora looks at the highlights of the exciting encounter.

Daniel Flynn’s fifty : It was one of those days when Kane Williamson had left early. NK were in big mess, struggling at 36 for 2. Flynn was in early , he had to rescue his side to continue the dream run they started in this CLT20. The captain took notice of the situation and started with singles and doubles, all played with a straight bat. As he sensed the opportunity, he began to fire, sending poor and short deliveries to the long Raipur boundary. He struck Aizaz Cheema for 11 in the 16th over, including a long six. Soon, he went on to complete his half-century and left NK in a commanding position.

Poor day on field for LL: LL were miserable in the field today. They missed a total of five chances including two of Kane Williamson excluding the misfields and other bloopers. The fielders looked tired and choked not in any mood to run behind the ball and throw it back . Nasir Jamshed was the first one to put Williamson down after juggling the ball in his hands. They also let too many boundaries go in the third-man and fine-leg region.

Dismal start from LL: When they came on to bat, it was an uphill task. Something which needed an extraordinary effort from one of their top-heavy batting line-up. But everyone surrendered to the pace and swing of Tim Southee and Trent Boult . It appeared as they all were fishing in a sea with no clue at all. Boult and Southee mixed up the bouncers and yorkers perfectly and grabbed wickets each time.

Super bowling spell from Trent Boult : Boult’s bowling spell could have left any fast bowler in awe. He was quick, bowled at the right places and moved it both ways. What more do you need from your opening bowler? He ended his spell picking up two wickets and giving away only 12 runs.

Unlikely hero Saad Nasim: Saad Nasim came to bat in the sixth over when it was curtains for LL. Nasim had to fight a battle. A fierce battle against immense pressure and a faint effort to reach a score which was highly unlikely. He fought bravely enough to score 58 runs off just 40 deliveries at a strike rate of 145. He punished poor balls and respected the good ones but always made sure he was there saving the fallen grace of LL.

Complete coverage of Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014 here

(Varun Arora is a reporter with CricketCountry.com. Started as a medium-fast bowler, converted to an opening batsman but finally settled with his passion of writing about the game. His Twitter handle is @varunjgd)