Northern Knights beat Cape Cobras as to start their Champions League Twenty20 campaign with a win. Catch all highlights here (SCORECARD):
23:21 (IST): So that's it. The match has been called off andÂ Northern Knights have won by 33 runs according to the D/L method. Kane Williamson is the match of the match.
23:00 (IST): Still no update as to the status of the match. No word as yet from the officials.
22:28 (IST): The rain is pelting down and the covers come on. Cobras are 44/2 in 7.2 overs.
22:21 (IST): WICKET! Amla perishes for 20 as he tries to clear the ground. Cobras 38/2 in 6 overs, Target: 207.
22:16 (IST): Boult and Southee keeping a tight line as Amla and Peterson look to settle in. Cobras 32/1 in 5.3 overs, Target: 207.
21:55 (IST): WICKET! Van Zyl is bowled first ball by Boult and Knights have the perfect start. Cobras 0/1 in 0.1 overs, Target: 207.
21:33 (IST): Williamson reaches his hundred and finishes with 101 not out. Knights score 206/5.
21:29 (IST): WICKET! Mitchell is out first ball and Cobras have two wickets in two balls. Knights 192/5 in 19.1 overs.
21:27 (IST): WICKET!Â Styris out first ball after the keeper takes a good running catch. Knights 192/4 in 19 overs.
21:24 (IST): WICKET!Â Watling falls for a brisk 32 as he tries to get as many runs as possible in the death overs. Knights 191/3 in 18.3 overs.
21:18 (IST): Williamson and Watling looking to finish big for Knights. Knights 174/2 in 17 overs.
21:08 (IST): WICKET!Â Flynn departs for a duck as his expansive drive finds Ontong. Knights 140/2 in 14 overs.
21:05 (IST): WICKET! Cobras have a much-needed breakthrough as Devcich is run out for 67. Knights 140/1 in 13.4 overs.
20:52 (IST): Devcich follows Williamson and gets to his fifty. Knights 106/0 in 10.5 overs.
20:49 (IST): Williamson reaches his fifty and is looking good for more. Knights 97/0 in 10.1 overs.
20:43 (IST): Cobras have no answer to the duo of Devcich and Williamson as they are consistently finding the boundary rope. Knights 89/0 in 9.3 overs.
20:27 (IST): Good use of the powerplay overs by Devcich and Williamson as they score at more than 8 runs per over. Knights 51/0 in 6 overs.
20:21 (IST): Knights getting a move-on as the openers up the scoring rate. Knights 42/0 in 5 overs.
20:09 (IST): Cobras bowling a couple of tight overs as the Knights are not playing any big shots yet. Knights 11/0 in 2 overs.
20:01 (IST): Langeveldt bowls the first ball of the match and Devcich is happy to let it go.
19:44 (IST): Here are the teams for this match:
Cape Cobras: S van Zyl, HM Amla, OA Ramela, JL Ontong*, DJ VilasÂ, JM Kemp, VD Philander, RJ Peterson, RK Kleinveldt, A Mgijima, CK Langeveldt
Northern Knights: AP Devcich, KS Williamson, DR Flynn*, BJ WatlingÂ, DJ Mitchell, SB Styris, MJ Santner, SC Kuggeleijn, TG Southee, IS Sodhi, TA Boult
19:36 (IST): Justin Ontong has won the toss and Cape Cobras have decided to bowl first against Northern Knights.
Cape Cobras from South Africa are set to start their Champions League Twenty20 campaign against Northern Knights of New Zealand.
The Cobras have been severely hit by injuries to Dale Steyn, JP Duminy and Beuran Hendricks. Without the trio, the South Africans will look far less threatening against a Kiwi unit which won all three qualifying matches, including defending champions Mumbai Indians.
After the CLT20 got off to a rousing start between two IPL sides on Wednesday, it is a chance for two other powerhouse cricketing nations, South Africa and New Zealand, to show what they are capable of.
The contest Friday night will still be a star-studded affair. Hashim Amla will of course lead the campaign for Cape Cobras and the Knights will hope their pacers Tim Southee and Trent Boult to strike early.
Northern Knights started, the winners of the HRV Cup, were in prime form against the three Asian teams in the qualifiers, Southern Express, Lahore Lions and Mumbai Indians. The batting clicked, the bowling looked threatening and the fielding was of a different standard to what the sub-continental cricket fans see.
The Cobras, without Duminy in their batting line-up and Steyn in the bowling attack, will be hard-pressed against the Knights but in T20, a single player can change the course of the game. The Knights are smarter than discounting someone like Amla playing a winning hand, all by himself.