RAM Slam T20: Knights confident, but Cobras dangerous.
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Wednesday, 20 March 2013

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As the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge enters the true business-end this weekend, four out of six teams are still fighting for a place in the play-offs with only the bizhub Highveld Lions assured of a play-off place.

The Nashua Mobile Cobras, who travel to Bloemfontein to take on their hosts, the Chevrolet Knights at Chevrolet Park on Friday, are the only franchise completely out of the running.

The Chevrolet Knights find themselves in third position on the log, with 17 points, just one point behind the Nashua Titans, who defeated the table-topping bizhub Highveld Lions on Tuesday. The Chevrolet Knights know that they are under pressure to win their match against the men from Cape Town, to stay in the mix for a play-off place.

The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras are on a run of five straight defeats, and could be seen as 'easy prey' for the Chevrolet Knights. But the coach of the hosts, Sarel Cilliers, does not see it that way.

"The Cobras are a strong unit. They have a couple of game-breakers that can take the game away very quickly! There is always a chance of us slipping up, but any one of the teams can go down on the day," Cilliers said.

"I do not read anything into sequences of results, I just look at what is happening on the park," added Cilliers.

The Chevrolet Knights need to guard against complacency, as the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras have nothing but pride to play for, which might just allow the men from the Cape to play more freely and unhindered by any pressure.

"We have a couple of guys that can break the game down for us, so I am confident that if we do the right things, practice properly, prepare properly and pitch up on the day, we can do it," commented Cilliers.

Besides keeping pressure on the teams around them, the Chevrolet Knights will look to exact some revenge on the visitors, as their previous RAM SLAM T20 Challenge encounter at Boland Park in Paarl resulted in a 25-run victory for the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras.

In that match, Richard Levi, Dane Vilas and Owais Shah starred with the bat for the coastal franchise while Ryan McLaren held the torch aloft for the Chevrolet Knights with both bat and ball.

The king-pin at the top of the order for the Chevrolet Knights is Rilee Rossouw, who has scored 297 runs this season at an average of 49.50 while scoring at 133.78 runs per 100 balls.

"Rilee is fit to play again after his illness in Port Elizabeth and hopefully he can carry on with the form that he has had so far," said Cilliers of his in-form opening batsman.

Come what may on Friday, Bloemfontein is set to explode with one team chasing glory, while the other tries to regain some pride - RAM SLAM T20 at its best!




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