CLT20 9th Match: Blizzard and Hilfenhaus obliterate Northern Districts

Blizzard smashed eight boundaries during his brilliant knock of 62

Blizzard smashed eight boundaries during his brilliant knock of 62

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Hobart Hurricanes batsman Aiden Blizzard hammered a spectacular 62 and pace bowler Ben Hilfenhaus took three wickets to obliterate the Northern Districts by 86 runs in Raipur.

Northern Districts captain Daniel Flynn would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first early on as Hobart opening batsman Ben Dunk was caught by Tim Southee at mid-on off the bowling of Scott Kuggeleijn for 12 runs.

Hobart skipper Tim Paine managed to make 43 off 34 balls, which included six boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Trent Boult off the bowling of Ish Sodhi.

Blizzard and Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik stabilised the innings with a 100-run partnership, during which Blizzard brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Scott Styris at short third man off the bowling of Southee.

Blizzard’s outstanding innings of 62 came off 43 deliveries and included eight boundaries.

Thanks to Malik’s unbeaten knock of 45, which came off 22 balls and included five boundaries and two sixes, Hobart finished on 178/3 off their 20 overs.

Kuggeleijn, Southee and Sodhi picked up one wicket apiece.

Chasing 179 to win, Northern Districts got off to a terrible start as they lost their top four batsmen, three of whom were dismissed by Hilfenhaus, for just 19 runs.

Daryl Mitchell and Styris managed to somewhat stem the bleeding with a 40-run partnership before Mitchell was stumped by Paine off the bowling of Xavier Doherty for nine runs.

Following Mitchell’s dismissal, Northern Disticts’ middle and lower order, with the exception of Styris and Southee, who made 37 and 21 respectively, collapsed as they went from 59/5 to being bowled out for a dreary 92.

Hilfenhaus and Doug Bollinger were the most successful bowlers with three wickets apiece, while Doherty and Joe Mennie claimed two wickets each.

Hilfenhaus finished with splendid figures of 3-14 off his four overs

Hilfenhaus finished with splendid figures of 3-14 off his four overs

Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo

Flynn was disappointed to have lost the match, and said: “The way those guys [openers] have been playing, we just backed them to pull off their game plans, it just didn’t work for us today. We’ve got another big game in a couple of days, we look forward to that.”

Paine was pleased with his team’s performance, and said: “Can’t fault that bowling effort, as good as we’ve bowled for some time. I thought Shoaib and Aiden played really well to get us out of a disastrous start. [When I got out] we were probably looking at 15-0-160. I thought if we could take early wickets against them, since some of their guys haven’t batted much in the qualifiers or their first game, we thought we might get them under pressure.”

Hilfenhaus edged out Blizzard for the Man of the Match award, and said: “I think it was very well set up by Blizzard and Malik. Fantastic effort, they gave us bowlers a pretty good chance. It’s quite funny, I thought it came out better the other day but I was hit everywhere. There was a bit of movement and assistance, and it was good to get the overs out of the way and not get tapped around at the end.”

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