September 24, 2011 : The two titans of this year’s Champions League will be going up against one another at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai. The two teams, Cape Cobras and New South Wales Blues will be facing off in what will definitely be a thriller of a match. Cobras have two former Champions League T20 titlists — Chennai Super Kings and New South Wales, in their pool and captain Justin Kemp has admitted that his team is not as fancied as the others. On the other side former champions New South Wales are back in the competition after a hiatus of one year, they basically have a young side with a few experienced players in their ranks. Skippered by battle-hardened Australian opener Simon Katich, the team finished second in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash to qualify directly for the group stages.
The Cape Cobras are comprised of players that are extremely talented and like almost every South African side they too have a major advantage which is their fielding. Captain Justin Kemp is fortunate enough to have experienced players like Herschelle Gibbs, Dale Steyn and JP Duminy in his side and the team is overall quite well balanced. They did not perform up to their full capabilities in the 2009 edition of this tournament and will be looking to make a statement this time around. Their batsmen, if well settled, are likely to go on to make high scores. Herschelle Gibbs who has been out of form in recent times is one batsman who can go on to score some big runs on his day, whereas Owais Shah averages above 30 runs in T20 games. The middle order is stable with Duminy and keeper Andrew Puttick playing a major role, and the lower middle order is intimidating with Kemp and Vernon Philander. The Cape Cobras too have a very strong bowling attack headed by the wicket taking machine Dale Steyn who possibly has the greatest bowling average of all time. This team has specialist bowlers as well like Carl Langeveldt and Robin Peterson.
Match – CLT20 2011 2nd Match
Date – September 24th,2011 (Saturday)
Time – 10:30 GMT | 16:00 IST
Venue – MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai
The NSW Blues on the other hand have an impressive track record. They won the first edition of this tournament and bagged the Big Bash tournament in Australia in 2008. They also reached the final of the same tournament this year, although they eventually lost to the South Australian Redbacks. The NSW Blues have dangerous players like David Warner and Shane Watson in their side, along with others. They have major fire power in their batting department and at the same time they do not lack much in the bowling department. They also have two excellent spinners in the person of Nathan Hauritz and Steve Smith. They both will be the most important, as the pitches here in the subcontinent are slow turning ones.