CLT20 6th Match: Blizzard and Dunk help Hobart breeze past Cape Cobras

Blizzard was named Man of the Match for his superb knock of 78

Blizzard was named Man of the Match for his superb knock of 78

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The Hobart Hurricanes’ batting duo of Aiden Blizzard and Ben Dunk both smashed half-centuries to help their side breeze past the Cape Cobras by six wickets in Hyderabad.

Cobras captain Justin Ontong would have been mulling over his decision to bat first after opening batsman Hashim Amla was clean bowled by Ben Hilfenhaus for eight runs.

Omphile Ramela managed to make 21 runs before he was cleaned up by Doug Bollinger.

Richard Levi and Dane Vilas stabilised the innings with a 48-run partnership before Levi was caught by Joe Mennie at deep midwicket off the bowling of Ben Laughlin.

Levi’s solid knock of 42 came off 30 balls and included six boundaries and a six.

Ontong only made 10 runs before he had his stumps shattered by Mennie.

Vilas ended up making 25 runs before he was clean bowled by Hilfenhaus.

Sybrand Engelbrecht, who was brought in as a replacement for Jean Paul (JP) Duminy, mustered 12 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Laughlin.

Thanks to an unbeaten 52-run partnership between Vernon Philander and Robin Peterson, the Cobras ended up finishing on 184/6 off their 20 overs.

Philander scored 32 runs off 14 balls, which included five boundaries and a six, while Peterson remained undefeated on 25 off 14 deliveries, which included two boundaries and a six.

Hilfenhaus and Laughlin picked up two wickets apiece, while Bollinger and Mennie chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 185 to win, Hobart got off to an excellent start as Dunk and captain Tim Paine put together a 51-run partnership before Paine was cleaned up by Charl Langeveldt for seven runs.

Dunk went on to score 54 off 35 balls, which included 10 boundaries, before he was caught by Ontong at long-off off the bowling of Engelbrecht.

Dunk struck 10 boundaries during his innings of 54

Dunk struck 10 boundaries during his innings of 54

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Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik only made eight runs before he was caught by Philander at short third man off the bowling of Engelbrecht.

Travis BirtĀ fared no better as he was caught by Ramela at deep midwicket for seven runs to become Engelbrecht’s third victim of the match.

However, it was all Hobart from that point on as Blizzard and Jonathan Wells wrapped things up with an unbeaten 65-run partnership, during which Blizzard brought up his half-century.

Blizzard ended up making 78 off 48 balls, which included four boundaries and five sixes, while Wells scored 17 off 10 deliveries, which included one boundary and a six.

Engelbrecht was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Langeveldt claimed one.

Engelbrecht finished with figures of 3-20 off his four overs

Engelbrecht finished with figures of 3-20 off his four overs

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Paine was ecstatic to have won the match, and said: “Terrific batting, Ben started our innings very well and Blizz played very well. We were disappointed the way we started and finished with the ball, but we back Dougie and Ben to bounce back.”

Blizzard was named Man of the Match, and said: “It was great to bat deep, and to have Johnny wells who is a very [cool-headed batsman]. Great to get a win on the board. We struggled through the middle against spin, but when the quicks came back on it was now or never. Their spinners bowled extremely well. Wells played a great cameo. We’re up and about now, [and we’re] very confident.”

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