Kings XI Punjab Inflict Humiliating Defeat on Cape Cobras in Group B Match; Win by 7 wickets

September 29 14:14 2014

kings elevenNew Delhi, Monday, September 29 – As the Champions League 2014 is heading towards its semi-final and grand finale rounds, the level of excitement is getting up day by day. All the teams of ‘group stage’ matches are leaving no stone unturned to win the scheduled contests, to stay in the top squads and qualify for the ‘final fours’. Amid a number of audience, Kings XI Punjab won the toss, elected to bowl first and defeated Cape Cobras by 7-wickets in Mohali.

Dane Vilas’ men started on a strong note as the opening pair Richard Levi and Hashim Amla played crucial innings of 42 runs of 37 balls (4 x 2 and 6 x 3) and 40 runs of 22 balls (4 x 7 and 6 x 1) prior succumbing to Glenn Maxwell and Karanveer Singh, respectively. By the time these two batsmen departed, entire team collapsed in front of Kings XI Punjab’s solid bowling attack. Omphile Ramela, Stiaan van Zyl and wicketkeeper skipper Vilas were sent back to the pavilion by Thisara Perera, Anureet Singh and Parvinder Awana at the individual scores of 12, 13 and 10 runs, correspondingly. The next 6 cricketers couldn’t even touch the double digit mark, adding to worries for CC.

The right-hand all-rounder Sybrand Engelbrecht and 29-year-old Vernon Philander made 5 run apiece. They had one more thing in common and that was a boundary hit at different time intervals. The commonness continued further in terms of runs given that Justin Kemp and Robin Peterson scored 2 runs each before throwing their wickets to Akshar Patel and Anureet Singh, who even took the wicket of right-hand batsman Rory Kleinveldt.  Aviwe Mgijima was the last man to come on the crease and remained not out at zero.

Cape Cobras’ innings came to and end in 18.3 overs. 135 runs were attained that wasn’t at all a score to defend especially opposite to Kings XI Punjab. 23 runs were scored by the openers Manan Vohra and Virender Sehwag before they were dismissed by Robin Peterson in 5.2 and 9.1 overs. Destructive hitter Glenn Maxwell also played a knock of 23 runs, which included a couple of sixes, but fell short to Sybrand Engelbrecht. With the help of splendid play by wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, who struck 3 fours and a six in his 42-run innings. The highest scorer from KXIP stayed unbeaten till the end, together with David Miller (16 runs of 14 balls; 4 x 2). The target was chased in 18.1 over, adding one more glory to ‘men in red’.

In another match, Hobart Hurricanes thrashed Barbados Tridents at Mohali, sealing the match with 6 wickets. Both winners of the contests which took place on Sunday, September 28, have booked a berth to semis. In today’s crucial Group A match, Kolkata Knight Riders will compete against Dolphins in Hyderabad with the motto to win it with impressive efforts by the use of bat and ball.