The Northern Knights have looked unbeatable in their Champions League T20 games in Raipur, and the side from New Zealand will be keen to leave the Chattisgarh International Stadium on a winning note when they take on the Hobart Hurricanes.
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Having won all their qualifiers to make it to the main draw in style, the Knights kept the momentum going with an authoritative victory over the Cape Cobras in their previous match of the CLT20 2014.
Kane Williamson was the standout batsman in that rain-shortened game, with the Northern Knights smashing a brilliant 49-ball 101 to help the New Zealanders post a mammoth 206.
In reply, the Cobras were in a bit of trouble on 44 for two in the eighth over, before rain brought an early end to the game.
Raipur has been extremely kind to the Northern Knights in this CLT20 2014, and the team in pink will be keen to leave the venue on a high. "It has been nice to come here and not lose a single game," Knights bowler Tim Southee said. "Our goal is to leave Raipur unbeaten and move on to the next challenge in other grounds.
"You want to win every game and it will be nice to continue the winning ways that we have started. Winning becomes a habit and I think you can gain a lot of momentum from winning games. Hopefully we can continue with that."
The Knights will not have it easy, however, as they will be up against a Hobart Hurricanes side, who pulled off an impressive win over the Cape Cobras in their last match. Asked to chase down a total of 184, the team from Australia did it with an over to spare, thanks to half-centuries from former Mumbai Indians players Ben Dunk and Aiden Blizzard.
Having lost to the Kings XI Punjab in their opening match, the Hurricanes will know the importance of winning their second straight match in the CLT20 2014 to keep their chances of making the knockout rounds alive.
"We didn't put up our best performance the other night against KXIP but we still pushed them till the end," Dunk told CLT20's official website. "So, we knew we weren't too far behind our A game and [the] performance [against the Cape Cobras] was a bit of a credit for that.
"We need to maintain this standard for the remaining two league games and get through to the knockouts."