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LIVE Cricket! Punjab ease past Cobras to continue winning run

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23:05   Punjab ease past Cobras to continue winning run

 Punjab 139-3 (18.1 ovs) vs Cobras 135 | Scorecard

Part-timer Amla comes into the attack with Punjab needing just one run for victory. Miller flicks the first ball through midwicket to take Punjab to another easy victory, the fourth in a row for the IPL runners up.

Punjab cruise to 139 for three in 18.1 over to win by seven wickets with 11 deliveries to spare to finish top of Group B.

A good knock from Saha who hit an unbeaten 42 from 35 balls in addition to his superb glovework, while Miller was not out on 16 from 14 balls.

Kings XI Punjab and Hobart Hurricanes are the two teams to have qualified for the semi-finals from Group B.
 Punjab 135-3 (18 ovs) vs Cobras 135 | Scorecard

Saha seems in a hurry as he lofts the first ball from Philander over mid-off for two runs and then lofts the next over midwicket for a four. Miller top edges the last ball but it falls safely for a single to fine leg region. Punjab need 14 runs from three overs for victory.

Miller reverse sweeps Engelbrecht for a boundary, beating the short thirdman fielder as Punjab close-in on victory. The left-hander gets two runs from the next delivery before Saha hits a big six off the last ball over long-off to level scores.
 Punjab 114-3 (16 ovs) vs Cobras 135 | Scorecard

Philander comes back and he sends down an excellent over, his third of the innings, by giving away just a single as Saha gets a single from the last ball on the leg side.

David Miller is out in the middle with 27 needed from five overs for victory. The left-hander drives the second ball down the ground for a couple and then hits the next through the covers for another couple to get five runs from the over.

Punjab need 22 runs from four overs for victory with seven wickets in hand.
22:48   Maxwell falls for 23 but Punjab set for easy victory
 Punjab 108-3 (14 ovs) vs Cobras 135 | Scorecard

Left-arm spinner Omphile Ramela comes into the attack. Maxwell takes a single from the second ball before Saha attempts the reverse sweep but gets a bottom edge which beats the keeper for a couple.

Maxwell finally breaks free as he pulls a short ball high and handsome over midwicket for a six to get 10 runs from the over.

Engelbrecht comes back as Maxwell decides to cut loose. The second ball is hammered down the ground for a couple before he slams the next ball over midwicket for a six.

But the off-spinner gets revenge as Maxwell tries to flay it through the off-side but misses and is bowled for 23 from 19 balls.
22:36   Sehwag falls for 23 but Punjab in control
 Punjab 88-2 (12 ovs) vs Cobras 135 | Scorecard

Kleinveldt is back as Maxwell continues to be extra cautious. Saha picks up a single before Maxwell defends with a straight bat for six dot balls in a row. But the Australian gets off the mark with a couple through midwicket and two balls later he picks up another two runs to get six from the over.

Saha keeps the scoreboard moving as he gets four leg byes from the second ball after missing the sweep shot. Seven runs from the over take Punjab to 87 for two in 12 overs with 49 needed from eight overs for victory.
22:28   Sehwag falls for 23 as Punjab lose 2nd wicket
 Punjab 74-2 (10 ovs) vs Cobras 135 | Scorecard

Medium pacer Aviwe Mgijima comes into the attack in place of Engelbrecht, who was hit for 13 runs in his first over.

Sehwag survives a close shout for stumping as he plays and misses before he hammers the next ball down the ground back past the bowler for a boundary.

But Sehwag falls in the next over as he attempts to lofts Peterson down the ground but mishits it and is caught at point to be dismissed for 23 from 26 balls.

'Big Show' Glenn Maxwell starts off cautiously as he plays out five dot balls to give Peterson a wicket maiden.

Punjab are 74 for two in 10 overs, with 62 needed from 60 balls for victory.
22:18   Vohra out for 23 but Kings XI Punjab in control
 Punjab 66-1 (8 ovs) vs Cobras 135 | Scorecard

Off-spinner Sybrand Engelbrecht comes into the attack. Saha cuts the fifth ball behind point for a boundary as 13 runs come from the over, which also included two wides.

Saha is playing some intelligent shots, finding the gaps to perfection to keep the scoreboard moving with ones and twos. He plays the paddle sweep for a couple and then picks one on the off-side before Sehwag lofts it over the covers for one. Saha hits the last ball for a four to make it 10 runs from the over and take Punjab to 66 for one in eight overs.
22:08   Vohra out for 23, Punjab lose 1st wicket
 Punjab 42-1 (6 ovs) vs Cobras 135 | Scorecard

Sehwag growing in confidence as he flays Kleinveldt through the covers for his second four. That is Sehwag at his very best!

He ducks under a short ball before Vohra lofts the last ball over midwicket for three runs to get 10 from the over.

Cobras make the first bowling as left-arm spinner Robin Peterson comes into the attack. The move works off immediately as Vohra pulls the second ball straight into the hands of the fielder at deep midwicket to fall for a quick 23 from 15 balls. He had hit the first ball for a boundary but perished attempting to hit another but failed to find enough distance.

Wriddhiman Saha walks in to bat at No. 3 and he survives a confident shout for LBW off the first delivery.

He gets off the mark with a single from the last ball to long-off.
21:58   Punjab off to a steady start after Cobras fold for 135
 Punjab 27-0 (4 ovs) vs Cobras 135 | Scorecard

Sehwag chips the first ball from Kleinveldt back over his head for a couple. The pacer bowls a quick short delivery to Punjab opener, who opts to sway out of the way. Sehwag then clips it off his pads to midwicket and gets a single and Vohra also does the same off the next ball.

Kleinveldt tries another short ball as Sehwag ducks under it but it is called a wide by the umpires. Punjab off to a steady start to reach 18 for no loss in three overs.

Vohra plays a wristy flick off Philander turning the first ball square on the leg side for a four.

Two balls later he makes room and ends up steering it fine on the off-side for another boundary followed by a single to get nine runs from the over to take Punjab to 27 for no loss in four overs.
 Punjab 13-0 (2 ovs) vs Cobras 135 | Scorecard

Rory Kleinveldt to bowl the first over for Cobras and up against him are the in-form opening pair of Kings XI Punjab -- Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra, both of whom who blasted half-centuries in the previous match.

Sehwag gets Punjab off the mark in his trademark, hitting a wide delivery through the covers for a boundary as four runs come from the over.

Vernon Philander to bowl the second over of the innings. The right-hander steers the second ball to thirdman region where the fielder is unable to stop it and gives away a four.

Sehwag looking in good touch right from the start as he takes two runs through the covers before taking one to thirdman.

Punjab are 13 for no loss in two overs.

21:37   Patel, Anureet send Cobras crashing for 135
 Cobras 135 all out (18.3 ovs) vs Punjab | Scorecard

The wickets continue to tumble as this time Rory Kleinveldt attempts a wild heave but is caught in deep on the leg side by Vohra for a duck.

Robin Peterson comes down the track to the next ball but gets an edge off Anureet as Saha pulls off another excellent diving catch to his left.

Cobras crash for 135 in 18.3 overs with Anureet (3-12) and Patel (3-15) claiming three wickets each.

At one stage, Cobras were 105 for two in the 13th over before losing their last eight wickets for 30 runs. Infact, Cobras lost their last four wickets for four runs in the space of nine deliveries.
 Cobras 134-8 (18 ovs) vs Punjab | Scorecard

Patel makes it worse for Cobras with two wickets in his final over. Veteran Justin Kemp is brilliantly stumped down the leg side by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha for two.

And two balls later, Philander also falls in the same fashion as Saha pulls off another superb piece of glovework to leave Cobras tottering on 134 for eight in 18 overs.

Patel once again shines with the ball for Punjab to finish with superb figures of three for 15 in four overs.
 Cobras 130-6 (17 ovs) vs Punjab | Scorecard

Sybrand Engelbrecht does not last long and is bowled by Patel for five, who has wonderful figures one for 12 in three overs.

Pacer Anureet comes back for his second spell. And he cripples Cobras further with the wicket of Stiaan van Zyl with a superb yorker to bowl him for 13.

Vernon Philander edges the last ball for a four as Anureet bowls another superb yorker.
21:04   Cobras lose 4th wicket as Punjab fight back
 Cobras 118-4 (15 ovs) vs Punjab | Scorecard

Dane Vilas hits Karanveer for a boundary through the off-side as seven runs come from his final over. The leggie finishes with one for 23 in four overs.

Awana comes back to bowl his fourth and final over. Vilas slams the second ball through the covers for a four but is dismissed off the next ball as he holes out the fielder at long-off after scoring 10.

Awana was hit for 26 in his first two overs but made a good comeback to finish with one for 36 in four overs.
20:55   Maxwell strikes for Punjab, Cobras lose 3rd wicket
 Cobras 105-3 (13 ovs) vs Punjab | Scorecard

Part-time off-spinner Glenn Maxwell comes into the attack. Van Zyl gets a boundary as Awana at point lets one go through his hands as nine runs come from the 11th over.

Karanveer comes back and he continues his good job with the ball to give away just four runs, in his third over.

Maxwell continues as Levi slams the fourth ball of the over for a six thorugh the leg side. But the Australian gets revenge off the last ball as Maxwell takes a return catch to send back Levi for 42 from 37 balls.
 Cobras 84-2 (10 ovs) vs Punjab | Scorecard

Levi looks to continue the tempo as he plays an exquisite inside out lofted shot over the covers for a six against Karanveer. Four more singles make it 10 runs from the leg-spinner's second over.

Perera, who was hit for 21 runs in his first over including five fours in a row by Amla, is back for his second spell. He continues to leak the runs as Ramela pulls the second ball over midwicket for a four and then cuts the next fine of the thirdman fielder for another boundary to make it seven fours from eight balls off Perera.

However, Perera gets revenge off the next delivery as Ramela attempts to loft it down the ground but mistimes it and is caught at mid-off for 12 from nine balls.

Stiaan van Zyl is the next batsman as Cobras reach 84 for two in 10 overs.
20:36   Amla falls for 40, Cobras lose first wicket
 Cobras 65-1 (8 ovs) vs Punjab | Scorecard

Leg-spinner Karanveer Singh comes into the attack. He manages to make the breakthrough with the key wicket of Amla, who tries to continue his attacking start. But the right-hander ends up offering a simple catch to the fielder at long-off to walk back after a good innings of 40 from 22 balls.

Left-hander Omphile Ramela is the new batsman and he survives a close shout for LBW off the last ball of the over.

Awana, who was hit for 26 runs in his first two overs, makes a good comeback by giving away just four runs in his third over.

Punjab have pulled back things after the wicket of Amla with just six runs coming from two overs as Cobras reach 65 for one in eight overs.
20:26   Amla, Levi give Cobras a flying start vs Punjab
 Cobras 59-0 (6 ovs) vs Punjab | Scorecard

Medium pacer Thisara Perera comes into the attack after just one over from Patel.

Amla then flicks one from outside the off-stump through the square leg region for a stylish boundary. He slashes the next ball through the thirdman region for another four before the leading edge through mid-off makes it a hat-trick of fours as Cobras race to 50 for no loss after 4.4 overs.

Amla then pulls it powerfully through midwicket for the fourth boundary in a row off Perera. The last ball is sent crashing through the covers as Amla makes it five boundaries in succession to take his score to 40 from 18 balls, with the help of seven fours and a six.

Cobras in control at the moment on 58 for no loss in five overs.

Left-arm spinner Patel comes back into the attack and he does a good job conceding just a single, in his second over.
20:18   Cobras off to a flying start against Punjab
 Cobras 37-0 (4 ovs) vs Punjab | Scorecard

Left-arm spinner Akshar Patel comes into the attack early. The first ball is short and wide as Amla rocks back and cuts it through the point region for his first boundary.

Patel bowls three dot balls before Amla gets a single from the fifth and Levi retains strike as the fielder square leg fumbles the last delivery.

Awana continues as Amla shuffles across and awkwardly defends the short ball. But the next ball he makes room and throws his bat to loft it over mid-off for a six. The right-hander takes two runs from the fourth ball before smashing the next through the off-side for a four as the runs continue to flow.

Cobras are off to a flier as they race to 37 for no loss in four overs.
 Cobras 17-0 (2 ovs) vs Punjab | Scorecard

Richard Levi and Hashim Amla walk out to open the batting while Anureet Singh will bowl the first over for hosts Punjab.

Levi gets Cobras off the mark in style as he punches the second ball down the ground for a boundary before playing out the rest of the over.

Amla gets off the mark with a single off Parvinder Awana's first ball. Levi then flicks the third ball over midwicket for a four as Cobras look to go after the bowlers early in their innings. He edges the next ball but it falls short of Glenn Maxwell at first slip as the batsmen pick up a single.

Amla pulls the next ball but gets a single to deep square leg before Levi lofts the last ball over midwicket for a six to make it 13 runs from the over.
19:44   Kings XI Punjab win toss, elect to bowl vs Cobras
Kings XI Punjab captain George Bailey has won the toss and elected to bowl against Cape Cobras in the 17th match of the Champions League T20, in Mohali, on Sunday.

Punjab, who have already qualified for the semi-finals, retained the same team which beat Northern Knights in their last match.

South African side are out of the running for a place in the semis. Their captain Justin Ontong misses because of injury as Dane Vilas leads the team, with Stiaan van Zyl coming into the team. Rory Kleinveldt replaces fellow pacer Charl Langeveldt.
19:22   Kings XI Punjab hope to continue winning run
Kings XI Punjab would aim to keep the winning run going when they take on South Africa's Cape Cobras in a Group B encounter of the Champions League in Mohali on Sunday.

Having missed out on the Indian Premier League title, after going down to Kolkata Knight Riders in the final, Punjab clearly look hungry to win their first major title -- the CLT20.

On Friday, the Punjab side, which has carved out a reputation for itself for being good at chasing, scored a mountain of runs batting first against the Kiwi side and then won by a record margin of 120 runs.

Accumulating 215 runs riding on the back of valiant knocks by Manan Vohra (65), Virender Sehwag (52) and David Miller (40), Punjab's young spinners Karanveer Singh and Akshar Patel wrecked the Knights.

On the other hand, the Cape Cobras, after losing two matches on the trot, salvaged a win against the Barbados Tridents via the Super Over.

In their first match, Cobras had lost to Hobart Hurricanes by six wickets in Hyderabad.