Unconquered T&T face stern test against Cape Cobras

They have demolished every rival en route to the last-four stage but Trinidad and Tobago face their toughest challenge so far.

updated: October 22, 2009 07:00 IST
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They have demolished every rival en route to the last-four stage but Trinidad and Tobago face their toughest challenge so far when they take on in-form Cape Cobras in the battle for a final spot of the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament here on Thursday.

The batting prowess of the Caribbean side has evoked awe but they are up against a team that also has some big-hitting willow-wielders, who are capable of mowing down any attack.

While Trinidad and Tobago are yet to see defeat in the event, Cape Cobras lost one in the league stage on a low and slow pitch against Delhi Daredevils in their last League B match.

But wicket here at the Uppal stadium has been a batting paradise, best of all the three venues, and the kind of batting line-ups the two teams have, tomorrow's clash is expected to be a high-scoring affair.

The Caribbeans found a new match winner in Adrian Barath in their last League A match against Diamond Eagles and together with the in-form William Perkins, it becomes a very destructive opening pair.

The bowlers were dreading the towering Kieron Pollard so far but now there is Navin Stewart as well who made a statement of his own when by smashing three sixes and two fours in the previous match.

Trinidad and Tobago's middle-order is also impressive with Lendl Simmons, skipper Daren Ganga, Dwayne Bravo and Denesh Ramdin. .

Faced with such an intimidating line-up, the key for the Cape Cobras bowlers would be to not let Caribbean batsman settle and get rid of them as early as possible.

Rory Kleinveldt has done well so far and will have to take on the responsibility of containing the rampaging Caribbeans.

Like Trinidad, Cape Cobras' batting is their strength.

All their main batters led by skipper Andrew Puttick, who remains the only centurion of the tournament so far, are in supreme form.

The way South Africa's new batting sensation J P Duminy has batted, Dwayne Bravo and company have quite a task at hand of restricting them. Henry Davids is also in fine touch and lends balance to the middle order of the South African side.

Bravo is not just the most effective bowler for Trinidad, he is also the leading wicket taker in the tournament with 10 scalps.

Teams (From):

Cape Cobras: Andrew Puttick (C), Derek Brand, Ryan Canning, Henry Davids, Jean-Paul Duminy, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Herschelle Gibbs, Claude Henderson, Rory Kleinveldt, Richard Levi, Justin Ontong, Vernon Philander, Francois Plaatjies, Stiaan van Zyl, Monde Zondeki, Charl Langeveldt.

Trinidad and Tobago: Daren Ganga (C), Samuel Badree, Navin Stewart, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, William Perkins, Sunil Narine, Dave Mohammed, Adrian Barath, Dwayne Bravo, Rayad Emrit, Sherwin Ganga.