Aiden Blizzard’s 48-ball 78 powered Hobart Hurricanes to a spectacular win over Cape Cobras in the sixth match of Champions League at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
It was another belter after the two matches yesterday went to the wire as Cape Cobras' skipper Justin Ontong won the toss and elected to bat first against Hobart Hurricanes. The South African outfit put up a formidable total of 184 on board.
In reply, Hobart Hurricanes' skipper Tim Paine could not do much with the bat. This was his second failure in a row as a batsman, Hurricanes were off to a flying start thanks to Ben Dunk's swashbuckling batting display. His aggressive batting helped the team from Australia to score 55 runs in first 5 overs.
Dunk continued to smash the ball around the field and brought up his fifty. Unfortunately for Hurricanes, he fell soon after that leaving them at 95/2.
Cape Cobras pulled back things in the next four over by scalping two wickets and giving away just 30 runs.
The fans were up for the Aiden Blizzard show as the left-hander sent the ball past the boundary at will. While Cape Cobras looked pretty much in a game with Hurricanes needing 21 off last two overs to cross the line, Blizzard and Jonathan Wells finished matters with one over to spare, smashing the required runs in the 19th over bowled by Charles Langeveldt.
Earlier, Vernon Philander and Robin Peterson took the Hobart Hurricanes bowlers to the cleaners with some audacious hitting during the final overs as Cape Cobras made a commanding 184 for six in 20 overs in a group league match of the Champions League T20.
Peterson struck 25 off 14 balls with two fours and a six while Philander smashed the daylights out of Hurricanes attack with a 32 off 14 balls that had five fours and a six. The duo added 52 runs in final four overs as Cobras crossed 180-run mark when it seemed they would settle for a 160-plus score.
Moment of the match: After two epic clashes on Saturday, not many would have anticipated this one to go to the wire. But it did and it was Aiden Blizzard who provided maximum entertainment hitting three huge sixers in the last over to give his side an emphatic victory.
Man of the match: Deservedly, Blizzard not only bagged the win for his side but also picked up the man of the match award for an outstanding show of character under pressure.
Brief scores: Hobart Hurricanes 186 for 4 (Blizzard 78*, Dunk 54, Engelbrecht 3/20) beat Cape Cobras 184 for 6 (Levi 42, Philander 32*)
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