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Tridents in action tomorrow

Barbados Tridents will be seeking to register their first victory when they play their second match of the Champions League Twenty20 Championship against the Cape Cobras of South Africa tomorrow at Mohali.

Having lost two games out of two, both by big margins, Cape Cobras find themselves on the brink of exiting the tournament. To have any chance of progressing, they will have to win their remaining two games emphatically, and then hope other results go their way.

Tridents have already played at Mohali in their opening game where they lost to Kings XI Punjab. In that game, Tridents’ death bowling failed them after their top order had fired them to 174. Cobras’ line-up might not seem as threatening all the way through, as Kings XI’s, to the international new-ball pairing of Ravi Rampaul and Jason Holder, but they would know they both cannot afford to go at over 10 to the over once more. If they do, and Tridents subsequently lose, they will find themselves in the same place as Cobras: having lost two from two and in a dicey position in the semi-finals race.

Ramdin will hope to redeem himself after leaking 20 runs in the penultimate over of the Tridents loss.

Though the Tridents’ batting clicked to some extent, there could be a change at the top with Shane Dowrich returning as much for his keeping as his batting. William Perkins looked out of his depth in the first match, especially behind the stumps where his keeping was quite shoddy.

Raymon Reifer had a fine opening match and will be hoping to repeat with the bat. In the seamer-friendly conditions, his stiff left-arm medium pace could also be a factor though he was not used by captain Rayad Emrit in the opening encounter.

Elton Chigumbura did not have a good start to the tournament, holing out for 3 off 5 balls against Kings XI. Having recently been named Zimbabwe’s limited-overs captain, the allrounder will be keen to show off his explosive batting and more than capable bowling if given the opportunity. The game starts at 6:30 a.m. Barbados time.

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