Thursday, February 19, 2009

Cobras win thrilling Semis after Jayasuriya falters in Super Over

The Nashua Cape Cobras beat the Nashua Dolphins on the Super Over after both teams scored 148 in their allotted 20 overs in their Standard Bank Pro20 semifinal third leg at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Wednesday.

With the match tied it meant that each team would face six balls and they could make use of three batsmen.

The Dolphins chose Sanath Jayasuriya and Johann Louw to open the batting during their extra over which was bowled by Charl Langeveldt. Langeveldt bowled Jayasuriya with his first ball and then conceded two runs and a wide before having the new man, Daryn Smit, caught at deep square-leg by JP Duminy.

It meant that the Cobras needed four runs to win from one over which was bowled by Alfonso Thomas. Graeme Smith was run-out, after the first ball of the over, by Jayasuriya after he backed-up too far.

Herschelle Gibbs then took two runs off the second ball of the over before hitting a boundary through the covers to secure victory for the Cobras.

The Dolphins had scored 148 for eight after beginning their last over, bowled by Vernon Philander, needing 17 runs to win which came down to the home-side needing six to tie off the last ball which Johann Louw duly delivered by smiting a mighty blow over long-on to end the Dolphins innings not out on 48 off 26 balls with four fours and two sixes.

The Dolphins’ run chase began poorly as they slumped to 11 for three inside four overs with fast bowlers Langeveldt and Rory Kleinveldt sharing the wickets to fall.

A fourth-wicket partnership between Hashim Amla (37) and Jon Kent (30) of 65 off 48 balls then revived the home fans' hopes.

However, in the 13th over, both men lost their wickets in consecutive balls from left-arm spinner Claude Henderson with Amla being caught at deep mid-wicket by Duminy while Kent was stumped. Henderson ended with figures of three for 23.

Louw and Smit then put on 39 runs off four overs for the seventh wicket to leave the Dolphins needing 23 runs off the last two overs of their innings.

Up stepped Langeveldt once again as he bowled Smit and Quinton Friend to claim four for 22 off four overs.

Earlier, a fifty from Duminy helped the Cobras to 148 for four.

After the Cobras had won the toss and elected to bat they slipped to five for one in their second over before Duminy played the anchor-role for his team to perfection as he ended not out on 53 off 46 balls with three fours and two sixes.

Duminy combined with Justin Ontong to put on 73 runs for the third wicket before Ontong was bowled by seamer Thomas for 44 off 32 balls.

Ontong began his knock slowly, with one run coming off the first six balls that he faced, but he was soon into his stride striking two fours and three sixes as he scored his next 43 runs off 26 balls.

Graeme Smith and Duminy had provided a good platform for the Cobras as they put on 50 runs off 44 balls for the second wicket before leg-spinner Daryn Smit bowled Smith. The Cobras’ skipper departed for 34 off 31 balls.

Thomas was the best Dolphins bowler on the night, finishing with figures of two for 14 off three overs.

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