Hurricanes surge to 86-run win

Hobart Hurricanes 178 for 3 (Blizzard 62, Malik 45*) beat Northern Knights 92 (Styris 37, Hilfenhaus 3-14, Bollinger 3-22) by 86 runs
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A calculated performance with the bat and ball helped Hobart Hurricanes rout Northern Knights by 86 runs in Raipur, keeping their chances of taking a knock-out spot alive.

While Knights' decision to bowl first after winning the toss seemed to have provided them with an advantage - given their recent form and knowledge of conditions in Raipur - Hurricanes made it work in their favour with key contributions from Tim Paine, Aiden Blizzard and Shoaib Malik. Blizzard and Malik added 100 runs for the third wicket and combined the dexterity of their strokeplay with smart batting in dew-heavy conditions to propel Hurricanes to 178 for 3.

Tim Southee and Trent Boult have been one of the most successful new-ball pairs in the tournament so far. Prior to this game, the pair had 13 wickets between them at less than 10 runs apiece but the rest of the Knights bowling line-up had not quite matched them effectively.

Five overs into their innings, Hurricanes appeared to be in a rut but Paine switched gears dramatically once the threat of Southee and Boult had been dealt with and the likes of Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi and Jono Boult stepped in. Where the first five overs of the innings had seen the Hurricanes hobble to 20 for 1, the next five saw them accumulate 45 swift runs to quickly catch up with a healthy scoring rate.

Dew became an important factor as the game progressed and with the Knights bowlers struggling for grip and control, it became easier for Malik and Blizzard to build on Paine's efforts.

As in the game against Cape Cobras, Aiden Blizzard was the lucky recipient of a reprieve, this time from Sodhi who failed to hold on to a caught-and-bowled chance. Blizzard was on 2 off 3 balls and he took his time settling into the partnership, allowing Malik to steer the innings initially. The second half of their century stand - which came off 50 balls - had Blizzard pulling out the shots, and he stormed to his fifth T20 fifty during an over in which he stroked five fours off Trent Boult. By the time Boult and Southee returned to the attack, towards the end of the innings, there was little they could do to stop Hurricanes from amassing 76 off the last five overs.

While Blizzard spent some time settling down at the crease, Malik kept the innings going with deft footwork and quick wrists. The batsman had had a disappointing run with Hurricanes, but the form that had made him one of the top run-getters in the recent Caribbean Premier League came to the fore as he carved boundaries square on either side of the wicket and in the third-man region.

Hurricanes' bowling strategy paid off equally well as they opened the bowling with Ben Hilfenhaus and Joe Mennie. The ground staff in Raipur had worked hard to remove some of the dew during the innings break and it was imperative for Hurricanes to get the early wickets, to break into a middle order of a line-up that had been largely bolstered by the form of its top order. Mennie, in his third game for the side, provided the first breakthrough and he had some help from Ben Laughlin who pulled off an astonishing catch at point.

Then Hilfenhaus rattled the Knights chase, striking twice in an over to remove Kane Williamson - out playing a slog - and Daniel Flynn. A couple of overs later, BJ Watling missed a full toss and was adjudged lbw and despite Styris' efforts at stitching together partnerships, the team couldn't recover from a position of 19 for 4. Hilfenhaus finished with his best T20 figures of 3 for 14, while Mennie, Xavier Doherty and Doug Bollinger also chipped in with wickets. Styris became the second allrounder, after Kieron Pollard, to score more than 4000 runs and take more than 100 wickets in T20s during his 27-ball 37 and that perhaps was the brightest spark on an otherwise disappointing day for Knights.

  • Laughlin flies at point

    Plays of the day from the Group B match between Hobart Hurricanes and Northern Knights

  • Hurricanes surge to 86-run win

    A calculated performance with the bat and ball helped Hobart Hurricanes rout Northern Knights by 86 runs in Raipur, keeping their chances of taking a knock-out spot alive

  • Knights success not a surprise - Sodhi

    Ish Sodhi, the Northern Knights legspinner, has said that the performances of his side in the Champions League T20 were along expected lines after their intense preparations before the tournament

A solid pair


Number of fifty-plus partnerships Ben Dunk and Tim Paine have put up in nine innings in 2014

The Boult-Southee show


Number of wickets Tim Southee and Trent Boult have taken in this CLT20 at 9.9 runs apiece. Knights' other bowlers have taken 9 at 25.6.

Sodhi's T20 journey


Ish Sodhi's bowling average in T20s; he has taken 10 wickets in 18 games at an economy of 8.20

The other Boult


Number of T20 wickets Jono Boult has taken when fielding first at 36.40 apiece. He's taken 10 at 14.4 when bowling second

Malik's run of form


Runs by Shoaib Malik in 2014 while batting at No.3 or lower. Only Glenn Maxwell and David Miller have scored more in T20s among non-opening batsmen

A T20 Blizzard


Number of fifties Aiden Blizzard has scored in T20s in India. Only one of his five T20 fifties has come in Australia

The big Hurricanes stands


The partnership between Aiden Blizzard and Shoaib Malik against Knights is only the fourth century stand for Hurricanes in T20s

Kane tops the charts


Number of runs Kane Williamson has scored in this CLT20, the most by a batsman in the 2014 edition. His knocks include a hundred and two fifties

Mennie shines


Hurricanes' Joe Mennie produced the first wicket-maiden and the fourth overall maiden over of this season's CLT20

A low for Knights


Knights' score when their third wicket fell. This equals the lowest they have scored at the loss of their third wicket in T20s

A Powerplay struggle


Number of runs Knights scored in the Powerplay against Hurricanes, the lowest across all seasons of the Champions League

Hilfenhaus' best


Ben Hilfenhaus' figures against Knights are also his best in T20s

Styris' double


Scott Styris is the second allrounder after Kieron Pollard to score more than 4000 runs and take more than 100 wickets in T20s

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