CLT20 13th Match: Punjab slaughter Northern Districts to book spot in semi-finals

Vohra was named Man of the Match for his stellar knock of 65

Vohra was named Man of the Match for his stellar knock of 65

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The Kings XI Punjab became the second team to book their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) after they slaughtered Northern Districts by 120 runs in Mohali.

Punjab’s opening pair of Manan Vohra and Virender Sehwag starred with the bat as they both smashed half-centuries, while Karanveer Singh excelled with the ball as he sliced through Northern Districts’ middle and lower order with four quick wickets.

Northern Districts captain Daniel Flynn would have been regretting his decision to bowl first as Sehwag and Vohra amassed a 102-run partnership, during which Vohra brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Trent Boult at deep midwicket off the bowling of Ish Sodhi.

Vohra’s superb knock of 65 came off 32 balls and included eight boundaries and three sixes.

Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera scored 16 runs before he was caught by Scott Styris off the bowling of Scott Kuggeleijn.

Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Tim Southee at deep square leg off the bowling of Sodhi for seven runs.

Sehwag went on to score 52 off 37 balls, which included five boundaries and a six, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Kuggeleijn.

Sehwag hit five boundaries and a six during his innings of 52

Sehwag hit five boundaries and a six during his innings of 52

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Punjab skipper George Bailey mustered 16 runs before he was the victim of a brilliant piece of fielding by Anton Devcich at long-off. Devcich initially took the catch, but had to toss it back in the air since he has going to step over the boundary. He then regained his footing and coolly came back in front on the boundary rope to retake the catch.

Thanks to David Miller’s scintillating knock of 40, which came off just 18 balls and included five boundaries and one six, Punjab finished on 215/5 off their 20 overs.

Kuggeleijn and Sodhi picked up two wickets apiece, while Styris chipped in with one.

Chasing a mammoth target of 216 to win, Northern Districts got off to a poor start as opening batsman Daniel Harris was caught behind off the bowling of Anureet Singh for nine runs.

Kane Williamson and Devcich made up for the early loss of Harris with a 48-run partnership before Williamson was caught behind off the bowling of Perera for 20.

Devcich ended up being the Northern Districts’ top-scorer as he made 28 runs before being caught by Karanveer Singh at short fine leg off the bowling of Akshar Patel.

Devcich was Northern Districts' top-scorer with 28 runs

Devcich was Northern Districts’ top-scorer with 28 runs

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Following Devcich’s dismissal, Northern Districts’ middle and lower order absolutely collapsed as they went from 64/3 to being bowled out for a dismal 95.

Karanveer Singh inflicted the most damage as he took four wickets, while Styris and Daryl Mitchell lost their wickets due to some excellent fielding by Maxwell and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha respectively.

Karanveer Singh was easily the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Patel snapped up two and Perera and Anureet Singh claimed one wicket each.

Karanveer Singh finished with figures of 4-15 off 3.2 overs

Karanveer Singh finished with figures of 4-15 off 3.2 overs

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Flynn was embarrassed by his team’s performance, and said: “We knew Kings XI were a capable batting side, but we showed a bit of character to peg them back in the middle [overs]. But 216 was a pretty good total. The ball didn’t swing. That’s the way it goes, We’ve got to adapt but we didn’t do that. The pitch spun, their spinners gave some air, and we were found out. We have some young guys in the side, [it’s our] first trip here and certainly a learning experience and we’ll take it forward.”

Bailey was ecstatic to have made the semi-finals, and said: “I was keen to bat for the reasons we say. The other night against [Barbados] Tridents in our second innings, the ball just started to turn and there wasn’t as much dew. It could make some doubts in the batting order and we thought we could ride that through. Manan’s innings was outstanding. Viru as well. Really pleased with the bowling, especially with Karanveer, who didn’t get as much time in the early overs. And the fielding was good too. It was a little electric out there.”

Vohra was named Man of the Match, and said: “It was a good day for me, I was hitting the ball well and I thought I could carry on. [What did you say when Sehwag told you he would give you one of his bats if you could score a ton?] I told him I was waiting for it, but I miscued a short ball. [What more should he have done to get that hundred] More patience, more consolidation, more singles which I’m not doing right now.”

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