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Cobras cruise to easy 54 run victory

The Cape Cobras became the first team to qualify for the next round of the Champions League thanks to an easy 54 run victory over the Otago Volts in Hyderabad .

The Cape Cobras produced another forceful batting display that helped them beat Otago Volts and enter the second round of the Champions League.

Cobras captain Andrew Puttick struck the first hundred of the tournament powering his side to 193-4 after they had been asked to bat by Craig Cumming. Otago responded weakly, folding up for 139 in 17.1 overs at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad.

The left-handed opener carried his bat for 104 from 62 balls with 12 fours and three sixes. It's his highest T20 score. He was aided by the in-form JP Duminy, with whom he added 95 from 61 balls to set the stage for a big finish.

Puttick, having scored fifty in 37 balls, accelerated rapidly in Duminy's company and reached hundred in 60 with a four guided through thirdman.

Justin Ontong lashed 39 from 14 balls with four sixes to push the score past 190. The right-hander added 54 in 23 balls with Puttick.

Much depended on Brendon McCullum to steer Otago home. But the opener was disastrously run out attempting a non-existent second run to third man.

His brother Nathan top-scored with 38 from 21 but the quick wickets in the middle ensured Otago never achieved the desired momentum to tame the chase.

Ryan Kleinveldt took 3-26, leading the attack in the absence of their premier strike bowler Charl Langeveldt, who was injured in the game against Royal Challengers.

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