T and T, Cobras bank on slow bowlers

October 3rd, 2011 - 9:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Oct 3 (IANS) Both the Nashua Cape Cobras and their opponents, Trinidad and Tobago, who are in a must-win situation, would more than likely be looking at their slow bowlers here Tuesday in the Champions League T20 tournament.

For the Caribbean champions, it is like playing at home in Trinidad, according to Kevon Cooper who tried to unravel the mysteries of the Chepauk pitch that has laid low even the best of batsmen.

The re-laid pitch at the MA Chidambaram Stadium has come in for a lot of attention for its slow surface and varied bounce that have left the batsmen groping in the dark, leading to low scores.

But the Trinidad and Tobago team, the 2009 finalists, seem to revel in the conditions, like they did Sunday night when they brought down the mighty champions Chennai Super Kings, and hope for a repeat show against the Cobras whom they face Tuesday.

Speaking at a Media conference here Monday, Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Kevon Cooper who scored some crucial runs at the death against the Super Kings to help his team win by 12 runs, pointed out that the pitch was similar to the one at home.

“Back home, it is almost the same thing. The wickets suit our type of bowling, so we are used to it,” Cooper said. “We just ran in and bowled fast against the Chennai batsmen, used change of pace and also took the pace off the ball.”

The Caribbean outfit, written off after two consecutive defeats, showed appreciable enthusiasm and spirit to script a fairytale win over the Super Kings who were expected to stroll into the semi-finals, but now face elimination.

So much so that Trinidad and Tobago are very much in the running for one of the two semi-final spots in Group A, and Cooper hoped that his team would go all the way in the tournament.

“Yes, we are disappointed, especially our first two games against Mumbai Indians and New South Wales. I must give credit to the guys for playing the way they did last night after two defeats.”

Meanwhile, Cape Cobras wicketkeeper Dane Vilas said his team was equally confident of a victory against the Caribbean side as they have been doing some homework ahead of the match.

“Luckily, we are playing them at the end. So they are not completely unknown. We have done some work on them. They bowled brilliantly yesterday. I think the key to the game against Chennai was that they took the pace off the ball. A lot of bowlers that we have faced have taken the pace off using different variations. So, hopefully we have got that covered,” he said.

Vilas was candid in pointing out that the Cobras needed to improve on their fielding and that his team has not been among the best in this department in this competition.

“It is basically a quarterfinal for us. We have to win this game. We had a long pre-season. One key area we can improve on is probably our fielding. I think we have not been the fielding side we can be in this tournament,” he said.

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