Cape Cobras © AFP (File Photo)
Cape Cobras have a good side but fortune didn’t favour them in this edition of CLT20 © AFP (File Photo)

By Sandipan Banerjee

Sep 25, 2014

Barbados Tridents, the champion of Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be taking on Cape Cobras of South Africa in an all important Group B match of the ongoing Champion’s League T20 (CLT20) 2014, at Mohali on Friday. Both teams are yet to win a match in this tournament and losing another one will mean their hopes for the semifinals will be all but finished. Both Tridents and Cobras would like to avoid this situation.

Tridents have played only one match in CLT20 2014. In that game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), they looked quite impressive. Their batsmen played attacking cricket and posted a huge score on the board and their bowlers bowled well in the middle overs and took the match till the last over. This performance against the mighty KXIP, will give them lot of confidence, which they can take forward.

Barbados’ batting line up, especially the top order looked quite solid and ready for the task. Dilshan Munaweera and Raymon Reifer batted brilliantly for their half centuries. Apart from them, Tridents also have players like James Franklin, JeevanMendis and Elton Chigumbura, who can haunt the opponent anytime. Their bowling is also quite solid, with the presence of experienced Ravi Rampaul, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse and skipper Rayad Emrit. Mendis came in handy with his leg spin in their last game. All over they have a balanced side.

Cape Cobras on the other hand, also have a good side but fortune didn’t favour them in this edition of CLT20. This team have big names like Hashim Amla, Richard Levi, Justin Kemp, Justin Ontong, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Charl Langeveldt in their team, but they are yet to live up to their expectations. Probably, this is their last chance to change their fortunes because they already lost against the Northern Knights and Hobart Hurricanes.

The main cause of concern for the Cape Town based team will be the bowling department. In both their previous matches, they have conceded more than 180 runs. The experienced pace duo of Langeveldt and Philander were out of sorts. Even their spinners failed to control the opponent batsmen in the middle overs. The South African side need to find ways to control the attacking Tridents batting line up. Also, the experience batsmen like Amla, Levi and Kemp should be more responsible with their willows.

The tournament is now heading into an important phase and the situation in Group B says that all five teams have chance to take the top two places for the semifinals. In this situation, this match is going to be an important game in the context on this group and whoever wins will keep themsleves in hunt for those two berths in the semifinals.

Squads:

Barbados Tridents: Rayad Emrit (c), Jonathan Carter, Elton Chigumbura, Shane Dowrich, James Franklin, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Neil McKenzie, Kyle Mayers, Jeevan Mendis, Dilshan Munaweera, Ashley Nurse, William Perkins (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Raymon Reifer.

Cape Cobras: Justin Ontong (c), Hashim Amla, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Dane Vilas (wk), Justin Kemp, Rory Kleinveldt, Charl Langeveldt, Richard Levi, Aviwe Mgijima, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Zakhele Qwabe, Omphile Ramela, Stiaan Van Zyl.

Time: 10:30 GMT | 16:00 IST

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(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at CricketCountry. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)