About the Match
Yet to open their accounts, Tridents and Cape Cobras are at the bottom of the points table in Group B of the Championship League and will face off on 26th Sep at Mohali. Both teams failed to defend their scores in the respective matches played over the weekend and will need to come out stronger here if they want to keep their campaigns alive. The team that can bring out the best in all departments of the game can keep an upper hand and emerge victorious on Friday to score the much-needed points.
Munaweera and RaymonReifer are in good form as smashed away boundaries and sixes against Kings XI on Saturday; while Munaweera scored 500 off 26 deliveries, Reifer posted an unbeaten 60 off 42 balls to build a strong foundation while batting first. However, the 174-run target wasn’t enough for the bowlers to defend against the opponents, who achieved it comfortably. While Rampaul and Mendis were effective by taking 2 wickets each, with Nurse and Franklin getting a wicket each, they couldn’t stop the run-flow of the Kings XI batting line-up; the bowlers need to be tighter and stop the easy runs. They have a good combination of spin and pace attack but the players will need to perform as a strong unit; the middle order batsmen also need to provide support to keep the scoreboard ticking and keep a cool head above their shoulders to put up a defendable target. They have played just one game as of now but need to pull up their socks and come out all guns blazing if they want to correct their course and put up a good fight here.
The bowlers put up a disappointing performance as they leaked runs and gifted the match away to the Hurricanes on Sunday; with 184 runs set as target by the batsmen, bowlers like Philander, Langeveldt and Peterson should have been more disciplined and made it tougher for the opponents. However, they could hardly support Engelbrecht in his good efforts as he took 3 wickets giving away only 20 runs; Hurricanes won the match by 6 wickets, leaving the Cobras frustrated. On the batting front Richard Levi looks promising but Amla couldn’t get the runs on board. The top order batsmen need to take their responsibilities seriously and make good effort to build strong partnerships. While Ramela, Vilas, Peterson and Philander tried their best to get a good total, the middle order needs to be stronger if they want to survive the challenges as a team. They have the capabilities and experience on their side and though it’s still the early stages of the series, the Cobras will have to bounce back and climb up the ladder before it gets too late.
The Cobras have suffered two losses till now and will be keen to make a turnaround; the Tridents lost their opening game and will be motivated to make a comeback soon. While the contest will be a tough one for both sides, we feel that Cape Cobras are more likely to come out trumps this time.
Cape Cobras, 1.66 @ Bet365