With 90 runs on the board, the only way the Sixers were to taste victory was to bowl the Knights all out, but the opening partnership of Jay Patel (8) and Denver Bopaiah (30) saw the Knights get off to a flying start. Sri Vijay Chaparia (7) came in next and also provided a boundary to keep the flow of runs going. At this point, it looked like the Knights were cruising to victory, but Karan Sharma came to the destroy the party with some pacey bowling and got 3 wickets in quick succession to put the Knights on the back foot. He along with the economical Navjot Singh held the Knights to 55-5 and kept the match at an intriguing balance. Once again it was the skipper Vaibhav Oberoi (13) who took up responsibility and with aid of Sagar Patel (12) finished the game convincingly to record an incredible 3 wicket win over the Sixers.
A positive start for the Knights as they kick-start their campaign with a win. Tuff loss for the Sixers, but a lot of positives to take from this game. Overall, from the looks of the first game, the CPL looks like its going to promise nothing less than enthralling and nail-biting games in the near future.
Cardinal Knights: 90/7 in 14.3 overs
Pick of the bowlers for Marshall Sixers: Karan Sharma 4-0-16-2
Man of the Match: Vaibhav Oberoi for his brilliant all-round performance with the bat, ball, and fielding.