The 3rd match of the CLT20 2014 is between Cape Cobras from South Africa and Northern Knights from New Zealand. Northers Knights had to go through the qualifiers but Cape Cobras got a direct entry into it. This might well give an advantage to Northern Knight , who now have got match practice under their belt and have found a right combination .
Cape Cobras: The team is captained by South African discard Justin Ontong. The team features many International players but the major blow they have received is the injury to JP Duminy , which has ensured that he won’t participate in thsi year’s CLT20. Even then , the side looks a well balanced one.
In the batting department , they have Hashim Amla at the top of the order and the destructive Richard Levi to give him company. They both are capable enough to score quick runs and put pressure on the opposition. They will be followed by Justin Ontong and Justin Kemp, who are renowned hitters of the ball and have done that at the international level too. Stiaan Van Zyl will be providing stability to the middle order.
They have a good pool of all rounders and their main strength is their bowling, but not to under estimate their batting. They have a world class bowling with vernon Philander taking the new ball and sharing it with Rory kleinveldt and Charl Langedveldt, who is a very good death bowler. Robin Peterson is a cunning T20 bowler and will lead the spin department and will add value to the batting line up with his hitting abilities.
Northern Knights: They have taken everybody with surprise so far in the qualifiers. Their main strength has been the bowling so far , restricting the oppostion to a low score and chasing it comfortably. Bolt and Southee have been excellent so far, keeping things tight and picking up initial wickets. But the only problem is the rest of bowling doesn’t have that skills. Ish Sodhi is a good talent but still can’t be banked on and the low medium pace of Scott Styris can go for plenty. If a team gets a good start , they can make Northern Knights pay for it.
Their batting will bank on Kane Williamson, who has been exceptional with the bat so far. He will be supported by Devcich , Flynn and Watling . Daniel is the only non- New Zealander in the line up and along with Scott Styris will provide stability to the middle order.
Though, Cape Cobras are more likely to win this one , but if Northern districts can get some early wickets , just to ease out the pressure on relatively less lethal bowlers, this can be a different ball game then.