The Cape Cobras and The Unlimited Titans, the two in-form teams in South African cricket, are on a collision course at PPC Newlands in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge that might be determined in 12 pulsating overs, instead of the designated forty, simply because of the importance of the Power Plays. The match starts at 18:00 on Friday and will be televised on Supersport.

Following the departure of Kevin Pietersen, Richard Levi is arguably the most destructive batsman in South Africa T20-cricket.

He was targeted successfully in the previous clash between the two giant franchises by Chris Morris during the power play phase. The support cast for Levi has provided better contributions during the past two games, with SA Engelbrecht and Andrew Puttick showing some class.

Wayne Parnell, like Morris, has been sensational the past fortnight. Morris might have taken four wickets in the dismantling of the Sunfoil Dolphins on Wednesday, but Parnell did exactly the same on Sunday when he nipped out four batsmen for 20 runs including Pietersen, Dwayne Bravo and David Miller. Dane Paterson and Rory Kleinveldt have also excelled in patches.

The Titans possess fire-power in abundance, yet they have under-performed largely due to a mental problem. It is almost as if everybody has realized that there is always another batsman who can be a match-winner, and some of them have surrendered their responsibility to other stars.

Against the Dolphins, the Titans slammed 136 for nine, of which De Kock produced 38.

The Cobras possess a team capable of defending the Ram Slam T20 Challenge crown successfully, but they have been firing blanks on too many occasions in the period between the seventh and 12th over. If they rectify this alarming trend, they will be an irresistible force in the double-header this weekend, against the Titans on Friday at PPC Newlands and on Sunday against the VKB Knights on Boland Park in Paarl.

The Cobras squad is Justin Ontong (capt), Sybrand Engelbrecht, Rory Kleinveldt, Richard Levi, Lesiba Ngoepe, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Keegan Petersen, Kieron Pollard, Andrew Puttick, Omphile Ramela, Mthokozisi Shezi, Siya Simetu