Richard Levi weighed in with a superb 42 off 30 balls.
Levi also contributed richly to the 62 runs scored by the Cape Town-based franchise during the power play.
The Hurricanes reached the target with six balls to spare as they slammed 186 for four, courtesy of a 48-ball 78 by their man of the match, Aiden Blizzard.
The Cobras blotted their copybook in the 18th and 19th over of the Hurricanes innings when they allowed Blizzard and Jonathan Wells to smash 45 runs.
Philander bowled a no-ball in the 18th over to Blizzard. The left-hander skied the ball to Sybrand Engelbrecht, who caught him.
Blizzard trotted off, only to be called back by the umpire upon the realization that Philander had overstepped the mark.
This cardinal error proved to the turning point of the match, as Blizzard and Wells continued to pummel 24 runs off the 18th over.
Blizzard also punished the normally dependable Charl Langeveldt in the penultimate over.
Langeveldt conceded 21 runs, which included a six over wide midwicket to seal the Cobras’ fate.
Ontong said the bowling by Engelbrecht, who took three for 20 in his four overs, was sensational.
He also said a few mishaps by the Cobras in the field complicated things. Dane Piedt fell on his shoulder during his second over and was taken off the field by Shane Jabaar, the Cobras physio.
“His shoulder popped out, but we have a few days off, and we will try and get him ready for the next game,” added Ontong.
The Cobras next play the Barbados Tridents at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, Chandigarh on Friday, 26th September.