Champions League T20

Cobras ready for Aus challenge

2009-10-14 13:01
Shukri Conrad (File)
Delhi - Cape Cobras coach Shukri Conrad expects the Victoria Bushrangers to provide a stern challenge for his team when they meet in a Champions League Twenty20 match in Bangalore on Saturday.

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When he has not been working with his own players, Conrad has been watching “a lot of cricket” to keep tabs on the other sides in the competition.

He has been particularly impressed with the two Australian sides, Victoria and the New South Wales Blues.

“Both the Aussie teams look strong, with very good bowling attacks. All the Indian teams made a slow start but they are starting to come into their own,” said Conrad. “But what is obvious is that there are no soft games. Every side is capable of beating every other team on the day.”

Conrad said he was looking forward to a return to the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, where the Cobras got their campaign off to a great start when JP Duminy inspired them to a victory over the home favourites, Royal Challengers Bangalore.

“I’m glad we’re playing Victoria in Bangalore because conditions will suit us better than what has looked a very slow pitch in Delhi,” said Conrad.

But Victoria are also looking forward to playing in Bangalore after gaining both their preliminary league wins, against the Delhi Daredevils and Wayamba, in Delhi. “It’ll be nice to play on a pitch with a bit more pace and bounce,” said Victoria captain Cameron White.

Victoria will have two games in three days in Bangalore. They meet the Challengers on Thursday ahead of their Saturday clash against the Cobras.

The Cobras carry two points into the Super Eight stage from their win against Bangalore, as do Victoria from their win against Delhi. The two Indian sides start the new round without a point.

“It gives us a little breathing space,” said Conrad, “but we have to keep our feet on the ground. We can’t get too excited about what we have achieved so far because there are some tough games ahead.”

The Cobras have to travel to Delhi, where a total of around 120 has been competitive on a slow, low pitch, for their final Super Eight match against the Daredevils on Monday.

The tournament then races to a conclusion with the semi-finals in Delhi and Hyderabad next Wednesday and Thursday, followed by the final in Hyderabad on Friday.


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