Richard Levi © AFP
Richard Levi scored a quick fire 42 at the start of the Cobras innings © AFP (File Photo)

Sep 29, 2014

Richard Levi, the Cape Cobra opener said in the post match press conference, that they were 15-20 runs short in their game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Sunday at Mohali. Career best spells by Anureet Singh (three for 12) and Akshar Patel (three for 15) triggered a late batting collapse of Cape Cobras, who were bundled out for 135 runs in 18.3 overs. In reply, KXIP achieved the target scoring 139 runs losing three wickets in 18.1 overs.

Earlier openers Richard Levi (42) and Hashim Amla (40) gave Cobras a good start with their 60-run stand in just 6.3 overs. Levi struck three sixes and two fours in his 37-ball knock while Amla’s whirlwind 22-ball innings had seven fours and a massive six. Talking about his quick start Levi said, “In the previous game I had a bit of a giggle with Hash [Hashim Amla]. We had a bit of a competition. And today was his day; I played second fiddle and then he played unbelievably well to get us off to an unbelievable start.”

On the challenge while setting a target to a team like Kings XI Punjab the attacking Cobra opening batsman explained, ” They are known to chase 190 -200 odd runs with the line-up they have. They have big strikers of the ball. Although we had a very good start, for the guys coming in it was tough to score because the spinner was trying to stick it in the wicket. There was some crumble out here in the wicket as well. So it wasn’t easy for the new guys coming in to score easily, but we would have been happy with 140 – 150 runs considering the start that we had. But obviously getting out in a Twenty20 game is an ultimate sin.”

Levi had a problem on batting against spin. About his and his team’s poor show against the spinners, the right-handed batsman said, “I won’t say spin. We have some of the best players of spin back in South Africa playing for us. I think it was the situation in the game [Playing in] India, [in a fiercely contested tournament like] Champions League T20 and obviously the wicket didn’t play the way we thought it would. We spoke to the Punjab guys later and they said it wasn’t a typical wicket. Spinners said we didn’t try to turn the ball but it was turning.”

Cape Cobra came in the tournament with lot of expectations. But they failed to live up to their expectations. “We were a little inconsistent. We didn’t start off very well and if you have guys in two teams scoring hundreds against you shouldn’t be really winning games. But we are lucky we snuck one (win) through. Tonight if Hobart (Hurricanes) had lost, we might have had a chance (of making it to the semis). You always come out and try to do your best and play for pride,” Levi said about their poor show in CLT20 2014.

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