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Raymon Reefer made a quick fire 60 from just 42 balls against KXIP © Getty Images

Barbados Tridents will face Cape Cobras in the 12th match of Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) on Friday.  Tridents lost their previous match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) due to some fabulous big-hitting by Akshar Patel – the batsman. Cape Cobras, on the other hand, were undone by a gem of an innings by Northern Knights’ Kane Williamson. The South African T20 side,  earlier lost against KXIP, and there campaign in this edition of CLT20 could be over if they lose against the Tridents too.  Sameer Jha looks at some of the key battles that will make for exciting viewing.

Hashim Amla vs Ravi Rampaul: Hashim Amla hasn’t quite lived up to his reputation in this ongoing tournament, but he is a class player and he may find his best form against Barbados Tridents. He’ll probably have to contend with Ravi Rampaul, who was hit for 20 runs in the penultimate over in the game against KXIP. Rampaul, would surely be hurting from the carnage inflicted on him by Akshar Patel, and would want to put the episode behind him by performing well against the Cobras. He was the highest wicket-taker in the Carribean Premier League (CPL 2014), and can certainly be lethal on his day.

 


Dilshan Munaweera vs Vernon Philander: The Sri Lankan Dilshan Munaweera opened the batting for Barbados Tridents against KXIP, and gave his team just the kind of start they needed. He scored a quickfire 26-ball half-century, and was hitting the ball with great power during his stay at the crease.  He’d look to continue his form against the Cobras too, but will not find it easy against the likes of Vernon Philander. The South African all-rounder, had a bad day with the ball against Hobart Hurricanes, but inflicted two first-ball ducks (Daniel Flynn and Daryl Mitchell) against Northern Knights.

Raymon Reefer vs Charl Langeveldt: 23-year-old Raymon Reefer paced his innings beautifully and scored an unbeaten 60 in 42 balls against KXIP to help the Tridents post an imposing 174. He’d look to make a similar contribution for his team against the Cobras too, but will have to contend with the experienced Charl Langeveldt. The 39-year old bowled beautifully against the Knights, but was taken apart by Aiden Blizzard against Hurricanes. Cobras captain Justin Ontong may well turn to Langeveldt to keep Reefer quite, and this would be one battle between the young and the old that viewers may enjoy.

Jason Holder vs Robin Petersen: Jason Holder wasn’t really in his zone against KXIP. However, the 6 ft 7 inch tall Holder has shown the world what he can do with his performances with both the bat and the ball in this year’s CPL. Holder can take a lot of wickets on his day, as he did against Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel in CPL, where he took four wickets for 27 runs. He is also a useful and destructive lower-order batsman who provides depth to Barbados Tridents’ batting order. Robin Petersen plays a similar role for his team, making this battle an exciting one to observe.

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(Sameer Jha is a reporter at CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter at @SameerJha_)