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Duminy leads Cobras to stunning victory

The Cape Cobras casued the first shock of this years Twenty20 Champions League by beating the Bangalore Royal Challengers by 5 wickets chasing down the 181 runs they needed for victory.

Set 181 to win, the left-hander walked in after Cobras had lost Herschelle Gibbs for a duck and skipper Andrew Puttick for 11. In a breathtaking 52-ball effort, Duminy hit five towering sixes and eight fours to guide Cobras home by five wickets with two balls to spare.

It was after Robin Uthappa and Ross Taylor had struck two explosive fifties to boost Royal Challengers to 180-4. Anil Kumble had elected to bat on what turned out to be a terrific batting wicket complemented by a blazing quick outfield at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Praveen Kumar took 3-32 for RCB - including Gibbs first ball - but no other bowler could stand up to the aggression of Duminy.

The South African began the last over needing eight to reach a hundred while the Cobras needed nine to win. He clubbed Vinay Kumar wide of long on for six to move to 98. The next ball was swung to deep square leg and only a single could be managed. Rory Kleinveldt drove the next ball past mid off for four to complete the win.

It was a jail-breaking win for Cobras, who had fielded poorly, putting down at least four catches while misfielding on several other occasions. For most of their players, it was their first exposure to the big stage and they appeared uncomfortable before a partisan crowd baying for blood.

Uthappa took six balls to get off the mark but then accelerated rapidly after Jacques Kallis had fallen cheaply.

He struck Monde Zondeki for two straight sixes in the 11th over to reach his fifty off 38 balls, but carved the very next ball to Gibbs at point.

The ball travelled to Gibbs at a lightening fast speed. Uthappa stood his ground saying it might have been a bump ball. Replays proved otherwise.

Rahul Dravid looked in good touch, making 28 in 24 and Virat Kohli made 17 in 14.

The stage was clear for Ross Taylor who hasn't been in the best form of late. But the Kiwi batsman began clearing the ropes effortlessly and reached a 24-ball fifty off the final ball of the innings.

Both sides, however, would be pleased with their batting efforts though they'd both want to drastically improve their fielding and bowling.

Cobras would be concerned about Charl Langeveldt, their lead striker, who suffered a blow to his shoulder as he fell down trying to catch Uthappa early in the game.

He pacer had to be carried off the park as he fell on his shoulder having dropped the catch.

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