Cobras can handle T&T spin attack: Vilas

Chennai: Ahead of their must-win Group A match against Trinidad and Tobago, Cape Cobras wicketkeeper Dane Vilas on Monday said his team is confident of seeing off Caribbean side`s spin attack on the difficult MA Chidambaram strip.

"Luckily, we are playing them at the end, so they`re not a completely unknown entity," Vilas said at the pre-match media conference.

"We`ve done some work on them, they bowled brilliantly on Sunday. I think the key to the game against Chennai was that they took the pace off (the ball) quite a lot. A lot of bowlers that we`ve faced have taken the pace off using different variations. So hopefully we`ve got that covered," he said.

Asked to name one area the team needs to improve upon, he said, "It`s 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 "

Vilas said he is confident about the South African side`s spin attack, despite it going for runs in the rain-hit match against Mumbai Indians in Bangalore, when the latter amassed 176/6 in 20 overs.

"We`re very confident. (The Chennai and Bangalore pitches) are completely different. The one in Chennai helped spin, while the Bangalore one was a lot flatter and a better pitch to bat on.

"But we`ve played three games here and J P (Duminy) bowled a brilliant spell against Chennai, taking four wickets against great players of spin and we`ve also got Robin Peterson," he said.

Asked if china-man bowler Michael Rippon would get a look in against Chennai on a spin-friendly pitch, Vilas said, "I think we`ll keep the same team, we`re bowling well as a team. (But) guys like Andrew Puttick and Rippon are always ready (if picked)."


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