CLT20 12th Match: Cape Cobras triumph in Super Over thriller

Engelbrecht was named Man of the Match for his clutch batting performance and game-winning bowling in the Super Over

Engelbrecht was named Man of the Match for his stunning all-round performance

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The Cape Cobras picked up their first points in the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) by triumphing over the Barbados Tridents in a thrilling Super Over showdown in Mohali.

All-rounder Sybrand Engelbrecht was the hero of the match as he not only helped his team end the game as a tie, but also bowled them to victory in the Super Over.

Opening batsman Hashim Amla also played a crucial role as he smashed a lovely 59.

However, Barbados batsman Jonathan Carter deserves a lot of credit even though his maiden Twenty20 century went in vain

Cape Cobras captain Justin Ontong would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first early on after Barbados opener Shane Dowrich was caught behind off the bowling of Charl Langeveldt for a duck.

Raymon Reifer only made one run before he was run out by Ontong.

Dilshan Munaweera and Carter stabilised the innings with a 75-run partnership before Munaweera was run out by Engelbrecht for 42 runs, which came off 21 balls and included five boundaries and two sixes.

New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught behind off the bowling of Engelbrecht for three runs.

Jeevan Mendis made 10 runs before he was clean bowled by Engelbrecht.

Jason Holder failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Justin Kemp at long-on off the bowling of Langeveldt for a duck.

Ashley Nurse was dismissed for a diamond duck as he was run out by Langeveldt without even facing a single delivery.

Akeal Hosein mustered six runs before he was caught by Kemp at long-on off the bowling of Vernon Philander.

Thanks to Carter’s career-best knock of 111, which came off 68 balls and included 10 boundaries and five sixes, Barbados finished on 174/8 off their 20 overs.

Carter hammered 10 boundaries and five sixes during his career-best knock of 111

Carter hammered 10 boundaries and five sixes during his career-best knock of 111

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Langeveldt and Engelbrecht picked up two wickets apiece, while Philander chipped in with one.

Chasing 175 to win, the Cape Cobras got off to a brilliant start as Richard Levi and Amla amassed a 56-run partnership before Levi was clean bowled by Hosein for a quickfire 39.

Omphile Ramela scored 14 runs before he was stumped by Dowrich off the bowling of Mendis.

After being dropped twice and given not out on one occasion since Hosein overstepped while bowling, Amla went on to score 59 off 42 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six, before he was stumped by Dowrich off the bowling of Mendis.

Amla scored a vital 59

Amla scored a vital 59

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Robin Peterson only made nine runs before he was caught by Nurse at short third man off the bowling of Mendis.

Mendis struck again just two balls later when Dane Vilas was caught by Holder at long-on for 14.

Heading into the last over, the Cape Cobras needed 13 runs to win. Engelbrecht and Kemp managed to score 11 runs off the first five balls, which meant that they needed three runs off the last ball to win.

However, they managed to tie the game with two runs, which only happened because Dowrich missed the chance to run Engelbrecht out since he dropped the ball when it was being thrown back to him.

Engelbrecht finished on 19 off 10 balls, which included two boundaries, while Kemp remained undefeated on 12 off eight deliveries, which included one six.

Mendis was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Hosein claimed one.

With the scores tied, both teams started preparing for the Super Over that would decide who wins the game.

The Cape Cobras managed to make 11 runs in their Super Over without losing a single wicket.

Chasing 12 to win, Barbados started off strongly, but Engelbrecht picked up the wicket of Munaweera off the fourth ball of the over. With only six runs needed off the last two balls, Barbados could not complete the task and they ended up losing by one agonising run.

Barbados captain Rayad Emrit was gutted to have lost the Super Over, and said: “Thirteen runs in the last over, I backed myself to bowl. Unfortunately during the last ball, the keeper could not collect properly. It was either myself or Ravi (for the Super Over) but he said he wanted it. He is the senior player and had bowled a good 19th over and we backed him. We were actually looking to get 11 (in the Super Over), we had hit more boundaries and would have won the game. It is depressing, two close games, but that’s T20 cricket, anything happens.”

Vilas spoke on behalf of Ontong, who hurt himself while fielding, and said: “We were relieved (to tie it). Unlucky that the high full toss did not go for four. Luckily we came out on top in the Super Over. We had some cool heads there and guys who had lots of international experience. We had a little chat. We thought that spin was useful here, we struggled against it when we were batting. Engelbrecht came out on top.”

Engelbrecht was named Man of the Match, and said: “It’s the first one (Super Over) I have been involved in and first one I have bowled. I am not going to lie. It was a little bit of a surprise (to be given the Super Over), but the ball was coming out well, and I had a bit of confidence and I was ready to take on the challenge. You try and change and adapt. I try and have plans but it is hard to figure out how every ball is going to go. (The pace at which you bowl at) is very important for a spinner. Robbie (Peterson) spoke about the pace, he also tried to calm me down as did the other senior players. I am not very calm normally. Credit to Robbie.”

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