2014 CLT20 Team Preview: Cape Cobras

Qualification: Qualified as the runners up from South Africa’s Ram Slam T20 Challenge.

Cape Cobras in CLT20:

 

Season

Final Position

2009

Semi Finals

2010

DNP

2011

First Round

2012

DNP

2013

DNP

 

 

 

Cape Cobras Squad for CLT20 2014:

Batsmen:

  •   Hashim Amla
  •   Richard Levi
  •   Stiaan Van Zyl
  •   JP Duminy
  •   Omphile Ramela
  •   Justin Ontong (Captain)

Bowlers:

  •   Rory Kleinveldt
  •   Charl Langaveldt
  •   Vernon Philander
  •   Dane Piedt
  •   Zakhele Qwabe

All-Rounders:

  •   Justin Kemp
  •   Robin Peterson
  •   Aviwe Mgijima

Wicket-Keeper(s):

  •   Dane Vilas

Coach: Paul Adams

 

Strengths:

  •          They have a pretty decent squad.
  •          They have many proven match winners.
  •          They are an exceptional fielding side.
  •          They are the most balanced side in the tournament.

Weakness:

  •          Playing in Indian conditions will add some pressure to the players.
  •          Absence of Quality Spinners.

Cape Cobras, who lost to Dolphins in the finals of the Ram Slam T20 challenge enter the tournaments as one of the favourites to win the tournament. Cobras will be without the services of Jacques Kallis, who chose to represent his IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders rather than his home team. They have a very strong top order with Hashim Amla and Richard Levi opening the innings followed by Van Zyl at number three.

The middle order containing JP Duminy, skipper Ontong and Kemp is reliable and can play according to the situation. They have couple of decent All Rounders in Kemp and Peterson. Their pace attack is the tournament’s best as they have Vernon Philander, Charl Langaveldt and Kleinveldt apart from couple of decent spinners in Peterson and Piedt.

The Cobras, placed in a tough group will look to end the tournament as winners and become the first South African team to win the tournament.

Possible Playing XI:Richard Levi, Hashim Amla, Dane Vilas, JP Duminy, Justin Ontong, Justin Kemp, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Rory Klienveldt, Charl Langaveldt, Dane Piedt.

2014 CLT20 Schedule:

Match No.

Date

Opponent

Venue

Time

1

19/9/2014

Qualifier

Raipur

20:00 IST

2

21/9/2014

Hobart Hurricanes

Hyderabad

16:00 IST

3

26/9/2014

Barbados Tridents

Mohali

16:00 IST

4

28/9/2014

Kings XI Punjab

Mohali

20:00 IST