Duminy Guides Cobras To Victory Over Bangalore
Cape Cobras 184-5 (Duminy 99no) beat
Royal Challengers Bangalore 180-4 (Taylor 53no) by five wickets
Airtel Champions League Group C, Bangalore
An unbeaten half-century from JP Duminy provided the sort of start that the Champions League organisers must have dreamt about as he guided his Cape Cobras side past the Royal Challengers Bangalore in a high-scoring tournament opener in Bangalore.
Duminy was unbeaten on 99 when the winning runs were scored, Rory Kleinveldt hitting the fourth ball of the final over for a boundary as the Cobras overcame the Royal Challengers' score of 180 for four with five wickets in hand.
Duminy hit eight fours and five sixes, facing just 52 balls and despite losing Ryan Canning (20) in the 19th over, he managed to keep his cool; the Cobras had needed 29 to win from three overs.
They were up against it early on when Herschelle Gibbs bagged a golden duck and, Andrew Puttick made just 11 and Henry Davids 27 but Duminy eventually found enough support from Canning, Justin Ontong (19) and then Kleinveldt (five not out).
The left-hander's excellence completely overshadowed fine half-centuries from Robin Uthappa (51) and Ross Taylor (53) which appeared to get the Challengers up to a winning score.
Uthappa's runs came from 39 balls and Taylor's just 24 at the death with four fours and four sixes while Rahul Dravid made 28 in 24 balls to keep things ticking over.
Charl Langeveldt, Claude Henderson and Monde Zondeki picked up a wicket apiece and although Praveen Kumar picked up three for the Challengers, he bowled the crucial 18th and 20th overs, which went for ten and 12 respectively, which rendered his wicket-haul largely irrelevant.
Vinay Kumar and Roelof van der Merwe were the other successful bowlers.
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