Raipur: As a result of a magnificent ton by in-form Kane Williamson, Northern Knights defeated Cape Cobras by 33 runs (D/L method) in the third match of the Champions League Twenty20 played at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur.
Northern Districts innings: (206/5 - Williamson 101*, Langeveldt 27/2)
Cape Cobras innings: (43/2 - 7 Overs - Amla 20, Boult 8/1)
UPDATE: The match has been called off, and Northern Knights have won by 33 runs (D/L method).
Over 7.2 || Score 43/2
Ish Sodhi is the new man in. He bowled just two balls and the players are walking off the field and the covers are coming on!
Over 7 || Score 43/2
Styris to continue. Five from the over. There is slight drizzle once again.
Over 6 || Score 38/1
Scott Kuggeleijn has been brought into the attack. Third ball was pitched full and Amla cleared the fielder at mid-off for a boundary. Kuggeleijn followed it with one down the leg side and Amla whacked it over the fielder at short fine leg for another boundary. But the bowler had the last laugh as Amla attempted another big stroke off the last ball, but failed to clear the fielder at deep midwicket.
HM Amla c Santner b Kuggeleijn 20 (14b)
Over 5 || Score 27/1
Scott Styris has been introduced into the attack. First ball drifted down the leg side and Amla worked it fine past short fine leg for a boundary. Eight runs from the over.
Over 4 || Score 19/1
Southee to continue. First ball was full and wide and Peterson launched it over cover for a boundary. Third ball was pitched slightly short and Peterson pulled it past the diving fielder at short fine leg for another boundary. Good over for the Cobras, 10 runs from it.
Over 3 || Score 9/1
Boult to continue. Good start from these two pacers yet again, very slow start from the Cobras considering the kind of total they are chasing.
Over 2 || Score 5/1
Southee to bowl from the other end. Superb first over, just one run off it.
Over 1 || Score 4/1
There was a delay in start of proceedings as a result of a slight drizzle. Trent Boult will bowl the first over for Nothern Districts. Hashim Amla and van Zyl will open the innings for the Cobras. And Boult strikes first ball! He bowled an outswinger first up which pitched on middle and knocked off the stumps. And we have a surprise! Robin Peterson has walked to the middle. Excellent start from Boult, four from the first over and a wicket.
S van Zyl b Boult 0 (1b)
Over 20 || Score 206/5
Philander to bowl the final over. Daniel Mitchell is the new man in. He hit the first ball straight to extra-cover! Mitchell Santner is the new man in. Philander bowled a frontfoot no-ball in the over, Williamson who played the free-hit smashed it over wide of long-off for a Six which brought his century off just 48 balls! A stupendous knock from Williamson who has also carried his bat throughout the innings!
Kane Williamson 101* (49b) Mitchell Santner 3* (2b)
DJ Mitchell c Kemp b Philander 0 (1b)
Over 19 || Score 192/4
Langeveldt to bowl his final over. Second ball was a length delivery, Watling went hard after it and managed an edge which flew over the keeper for a boundary. Langeveldt followd it with a low full-toss, this time Watling hit it straight to van Zyl at deep square leg. Scott Styris is the new man in. Styris was surprised with the first ball he faced, a quick short ball which took an edge and hit his helmet but went high enough and Vilas took a good catch running backwards. Excellent over from Langeveldt, just five runs from the over.
SB Styris c Vilas b Langeveldt 0 (1b)
BJ Watling c van Zyl b Langeveldt 32 (20b)
Over 18 || Score 187/2
Kleinveldt to bowl his third over. Third ball was a perfect yorker, but Williamson, who is in sublime form guided it fine past third man for a boundary! Kleinveldt followed it with a length ball and Williamson smashed it over wide of long-on for a Six! 13 off the over.
Over 17 || Score 174/2
Langeveldt to bowl his third over. Fourth delivery was short and wide, Watling mistimed it towards wide of mid-off where it was dropped by Ramela. Williamson charged down the wicket off the last ball and drilled it straight down the ground for a boundary. 11 from the over.
Over 16 || Score 163/2
Kemp to bowl his second over. Second ball was quicker, Watling got a bottom edge which rushed past fine leg for a boundary. Third ball was fuller and Watling swept it convincingly past deep square leg for a boundary. Fourth delivery was full and wide and Watling used the pace and timed it over deep backward point for a Six! After two quiet over, Northern Districts are back having scored 17 runs in the over. Those lusty blows will ease some pressure off Williamson who is batting on 74 off 38!
Over 15 || Score 146/2
Peterson to bowl his third over. BJ Watling is the new man in. Six from the over. Some damage control done by the Cobras in the last two overs.
Over 14 || Score 140/2
Philander has been brought back into the attack. Williamson tapped the fourth ball towards point and ran for a single, there was no run there and Devcich was short of his crease when Peterson's throw hit the stumps. End of a fabulous partnership between these two - 140 runs. The wicket has probably come a little late for the Cobras. Skipper Daniel Flynn is the new man in. Philander ended the over with a short of a length delivery and Flynn hit it straight to the fielder at mid-off. Some respite for the Cobras with those two quick blows.
DR Flynn c Ontong b Philander 0 (2b)
AP Devcich run out 67 (46b)
Over 13 || Score 136/0
Ontong to bowl his second over. Devcich charged down the wicket off the third ball and hammered it straight down the ground for a Six! 12 from the over. At this rate, Northern Districts will convincingly cross the 220-run mark.
Over 12 || Score 124/0
Justin Kemp has been brought into the attack. He was slightly injured earlier while attempting for a catch at short fine leg. Second ball was a length delivery and Devcich smashed it past deep midwicket for a one-bounce boundary. The penultimate delivery was bowled short with no pace, and Williamson punished it past fine leg for a boundary. Kemp ended the over with a fullish wide delivery and Williamson whacked it over deep cover for a Six! 17 from the over. These two have added salt to Kemp's wounds.
Over 11 || Score 107/0
Kleinveldt brought back into the attack. First ball had width on offer and Williamson played a cut shot between point and third man for a boundary which also brings Williamson's half-century off just 25 balls! It's his third fifty from four matches. He has been the real star with the bat for his team. Fifth ball was bowled down the leg side and Devcich worked it past fine leg for a boundary which brought his half-century off 38 balls. 14 runs from the over. The Cobras bowlers are being punished for some very poor bowling.
Over 10 || Score 93/0
Mgijima to bowl his second over. He started off with a full-toss and Devcich worked it past deep fine leg for a boundary. Devcich hit the next ball, almost in the same area for another boundary! Excellent start this for Nothern Districts, Cobras are looking under tremendous pressure at the moment as their bowlers continue to leak plenty of runs.
Over 9 || Score 79/0
Devcich unleashed a reverse-sweep off the first ball, and played it over short third man for a boundary. Willimson charged down the wicket off the third ball and played a brilliant inside-out shot past wide of long-on for a boundary. Williamson shimmied down the track once again off the fourth ball and launched it straight down the ground for a Six! 17 from the over and these two are looking unstoppable at the moment!
Over 8 || Score 62/0
Justin Ontong has brought himself into the attack. There was a chance off the penultimate delivery where Williamson hit one high towards wide of long-on, Amla got under the ball, took the catch but couldn't maintain his balance and threw the ball before touching the boundary. Nothing is going Cobras's way, five runs from the over.
Over 7 || Score 57/0
Aviwe Mgijima has been brought into the attack. Just two runs came off the first five balls before Williamson swept the last ball over short fine leg for a boundary. Six from the over. Northern Districts are looking all set for a big score here.
Over 6 || Score 51/0
Spin introduced, Robin Peterson to bowl his first over. Williamson charged down the wicket off the third ball, hit it high in the air straight down the ground and a despite a superb effort, Amla was a little late as he couldn't get under the ball at the right time. Fifth ball was a full-toss and Devcich timed it perfectly between square leg and short fine leg for a boundary. That boundary also brought the half-century partnership between these two. Nine from the over. Ontong has plenty to ponder over right now.
Over 5 || Score 42/0
Rory Kleinveldt has been brought into the attack. Devcich was offered some room off the second ball and he played it late past third man for a boundary. Last delivery was bowled at the pads, Devcich was looking to turn it past short fine leg, where Justin Kemp dived to his left and dropped Devcich on 16. That was a tough catch but considering the current situation, Cobras need to convert them. Ten from the over. These two are looking extremely comfortable at the crease now.
Over 4 || Score 32/0
Philander to continue. It was proving to be a good over before Philander pitched one short and Williamson pulled it over deep fine leg for the first Six of the innings! 15 from the over. Williamson is once again looking dangerous and Cobras need to get his wicket at the earliest to make a comeback in the game.
Over 3 || Score 17/0
Langeveldt to continue. Williamson came down the wicket off the first ball, was looking to let it go to the keeper but got a faint edged which rushed past third man for a boundary. Six from the over.
Over 2 || Score 11/0
The experienced Vernon Philander will bowl the second over. Devcich was offered some width off the third ball and he drove it through cover for a boundary. Six runs from the over.
Over 1 || Score 5/0
Charl Langeveldt to bowl the first over for the Cobras. Kane Williamson and Anton Devcich to open the innings for Northern Districts. Fifth ball drifted down the leg side, Williamson timed it well past fine leg for a boundary. Decent start by Langeveldt, five from the first over.
Knights are in sublime form having won all of their three matches in the qualifying stage of the tournament. While Kane Williamson has done most of the scoring for them so far, skipper Daniel Flynn and BJ Watling too have hit half-centuries and are in good rhythm as well.
In the bowling department, they have two absolute gems in Trent Boult and Tim Southee who ripped through the batting orders of the teams in the league stage. Southee, in particular, was very effective as he claimed seven wickets in the first three matches.
Cape Cobras on the other hand have some big names with them in Justin Ontong, Justin Kemp, Charl Langeveldt and Robin Peterson. But one player, who will be expected to play formidable knocks for them is Hashim Amla. The right-hander has been in superb form of late and has been extremely consistent in limited-overs cricket.
The Cobras won't hit the field with their full strength as Dale Steyn, JP Duminy and Beuran Hendricks won't be a part of the squad. While Steyn has been rested, the other two South Africans have missed the series due to injuries. In Steyn's absence, Vernon Philander will be leading the attack.