About the Match
Knocking out Mumbai Indians in the qualifiers, the Northern Knights have progressed to the league stage and will go up against Cape Cobras on 19th Sep at Raipur, in the 3rd match of the CLT20 series. The excitement has begun and the group stage games are heating up with every passing match; it will be interesting to see the Kiwis take on the Protean might and the crowds will go berserk when their favourite players display their skills on Friday. While the Cobras finished 2nd in the Ram Slam T20 challenge, the Knights are the reigning champs of the HRV Cup in New Zealand; both teams showcase some of the biggest talents and the contest will surely be a fierce one.
Hashim Amla brings years of experience and is a batting powerhouse along with the likes of JP Duminy and other emerging youngsters; Justin Ontong leads the side from the front, himself an all-rounder and has a good combination of bowling and batting experts. Vernon Philander can be ruthless when it comes to taking wickets and along with bowlers like Charl Langeveldt, Dane Piedt, Robin Peterson and Justin Kemp, the squad can demolish any opponent that poses a threat. Richard Levi, Rory Kleinveldt and Stiaan van Zyl have performed well in recent times and can deliver the goods when required. The team has a good number of all-rounders and have good fielding capabilities that will make it difficult for the batsmen to get the quick singles and two’s. On the batting front, they have a strong line-up but need to realize the importance of building partnerships if they want to succeed away from home against teams like Knights and other strong contenders.
Styris and Southee dealt out blows to the Mumbai Indians batsmen one by one as they claimed 3 wickets each to completely annihilate the opponents; Boult and Kuggeleijn took a wicket each restricting them to just 132 runs. Chasing the achievable target, the batsmen played cleverly against spin bowling, with Devcich and Williamson posting an 83-run opening stand to give a good start. Flynn and Mitchell pitched in to take the team home safely. This unit is as tough as it can get; they have the pace attack and the required skills with the bat to deliver the results even in critical situations. They will need to strategize well against the Proteas, who have some of the best fast bowlers; Ish Sodhi will be a good asset with his bowling variation and has provided regular breaks in earlier matches too. The team, led by Flynn, needs to keep it tight and cannot let the Cobras dominate them; they have the required talent and determination to keep the winning momentum going.
The Knights have been on a roll ever since the qualifiers started last week and their win against Mumbai has served as a shot in the arm right before the league matches; while the Cobras are a well-knit unit and can demolish the opponents, we feel that Northern Knights will overcome the challenges and emerge victorious once again on Friday.
Northern Knights, 1.90 @ Bet365