Kings XI Punjab put in a splendid bowling effort © IANS (File Photo)
Kings XI Punjab put in a splendid bowling effort © IANS (File Photo)

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Sep 28, 2014

Cape Cobras put up only 135 against Kings XI Punjab in their Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014 match at Mohali. After getting off to a good start, Cobras faltered and vindicated George Bailey’s decision to bowl first.

The innings started in fine style with Hashim Amla taking control. He showed his true class with some dazzling strokes. He made room and lofted Parvinder Awana down the ground for a six. He also hit one over cover for a four. But, he had reserved his treatment for Thisara Perera. The fifth over, which was bowled by Perera saw five boundaries, all of them by Amla. There was a touch of class on most of them as he did not slog them across the past. At 58 for no loss after five overs, Cobras had taken control.

However, the introduction of Karanveer Singh, the leg-spinner changed things for Punjab. He had Amla caught at long-off in the seventh over and that slowed down Cobras quite considerably. At the half-way mark, they were at 84 for two and that was a decent spot with Richard Levi still in the middle. However, wickets kept falling at regular intervals and they couldn’t recover from there.

Levi was going along at a run-a-ball before he smashed a six off Glenn Maxwell over mid-wicket, but he was then caught brilliantly by Maxwell off his own bowling. Cobras couldn’t halt the slide and though there were a few big hits, they could only muster 135. This was much lesser than what one expected when they had got off to a very good start. Akshar Patel recorded figures of three for 15 in his four and Karanveer finished with one for 23.

Brief scores:

Cape Cobras 135 in 18.2 overs (Richard Levi 42, Hashim Amla 40; Anureet Singh 3 for 12; Akshar Patel 3 for 15)  vs Kings XI Punjab

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