Kings XI Punjab defeated Cape Cobras by seven wickets in their Champions League Twenty20 match with Akshar Patel and Karanveer Singh emerging as heroes.
With this win, Kings XI Punjab, who have already qualified for the semifinals, have finished on top of Group B with 16 points and will enter the knockout stage unbeaten.
Kings XI Punjab won their fourth successive game in the Champions League Twenty20 when they beat Cape Cobras in Mohali on Sunday.
Kings XI Punjab on Friday registered a massive 120-run win against a hapless Northern Knights. In their next match, the George Bailey-led side take on the Cape Cobras, who have just one win from three outings.
Chasing a fighting target of 175, Cobras started in a whirlwind fashion only to lose momentum and finally scramble home at 174 for five to tie the scores. Jonathan Carter's brilliant unbeaten 111 for Tridents went in vain as the South African outfit came up trumps in a pulsating affair.
Tridents, who like their opponents lack big names, come into this game after a loss at the hands of Kings XI Punjab while for Cobras, who have lost both their matches so far, a win in Friday's tie will be crucial.
Chasing a stiff target of 185, Aiden Blizzard swept the Cape Cobras away with his 48-ball-78 blitzkrieg that had four boundaries and five huge sixes as the Aussie outfit won the contest with an over to spare.
Northern Knights batsman Kane Williamson is thrilled and relieved to have finally scored a hundred in the T20 format.
Cape Cobras skipper Justin Ontong was disappointed with his team's performance after they lost to Northern Knights by 33 runs in a rain-hit Champions League Twenty20 match.
Opening batsman Kane Williamson produced a sensational batting show as he carried his bat through the innings with a 49-ball 101 not out, the first hundred of this edition, to guide his side to a huge total of 206 for five after being put into bat.
Cape Cobras' JP Duminy was replaced in the Champions League Twenty20 competition by Sybrand Engelbrecht due to an injury he sustained during South Africa's tri-series tournament in Zimbabwe.
Kane Williamson hit an unbeaten 101 as Northern Knights won a rain-affected game against Cape Cobras.
Cape Cobras will miss South African batting mainstay JP Duminy in the Champions League Twenty20.
Cape Cobras were the semi-finalists in the 2009 inaugural event but could not make it to the final-four in 2011. Justin Ontong, who was part of both the outings under then skipper Justin Kemp, said that this time around Cobras have a realistic chance.
South African Richard Pybus has been named the Bangladesh coach for a two-year term, succeeding Australian Stuart Law who resigned in April.
A disappointed Cape Cobras captain Justin Kemp on Tuesday blamed a below-par bowling performance by his side throughout the tournament for their elimination from the Champions League Twenty20 after losing at the hands of Trinidad and Tobago.
Ahead of their must-win Group A match against Trinidad and Tobago, Cape Cobras wicketkeeper Dane Vilas on Monday said his team is confident of seeing off Caribbean side's spin attack on the difficult MA Chidambaram strip.
Nothing less than a win will do for Cape Cobras and Trinidad & Tobago when they clash on Tuesday in their last Champions League Twenty20 match of Group A, which is poised tantalisingly with all five teams still in with a chance of making it to the knockout stage.