About the Match
Cape Cobras who lead the points table with 17 points will now face Dolphins, who are placed at 3rd position with 10 matches, on Jan 19 at Kingsmead, Durban. The Cobras had a massive win by 80 runs against the Knights yesterday and their current NRR of +1.303 surely gives them a lot of confidence to surge ahead in the tournament; the Dolphins also have performed well and not having lost a match yet, their NRR of +0.310 also gives them a competitive edge. It will be an interesting contest as both sides will be facing each other for the first time this season and will be eager to dominate the other right from the beginning.
The team came near to victory but could only tie the match against the Warriors at Port Elizabeth yesterday; faced with a target of 153 runs, the batsmen fell 1 run short of a win and levelled the score of the opponents to draw the match. Morne van Wyk started well along with Delport to post a 49-run opening stand but was dismissed in the 6th over after scoring 45 runs. Chetty and Jaarsveld posted a 57-run partnership for the 3rd wicket and the duo strengthened the chase; however, the lower middle order failed to contribute with the big runs and the team could only achieve 152 runs in the end. Earlier, Frylinck and Maharaj had been successful in breaking the partnerships of the Warriors’ top order batsmen and with 2 wickets each, the duo restricted the opponents from reaching a huge total. Smit, Abbott and Zando did well and though the team would have been happier with a win, they wouldn’t complain about this result. They will need to come up with a better performance against the Cobras in the upcoming match.
It was an emphatic victory for the team against the Knights at Chevrolet Park yesterday as they registered a win by 80 runs, demolishing the opponents’ batting line-up with no mercy. Choosing to bat first, Levi and Amla posted a huge 171-run opening partnership; while Levi scored a brilliant 113 runs off 61 deliveries, Amla posted 65 runs off 42 balls to give a solid start to their innings. Duminy ensured they crossed they crossed the 200-run mark and the team set a total of 208 runs for the Knights. The bowling was ruthless as Hendricks was on fire and claimed 2 quick wickets by the start of the 4th over; Narine, Duminy and Peterson took 2 wickets each at regular pace to demolish the opposition for just 128 runs. This victory has boosted their morale further and this team will be difficult to beat from here on.
While the Dolphins have not lost a match yet, they will need to come out all guns blazing against the Cobras here if they want to continue winning; the Cobras, which is leading the points table, is a formidable force to reckon, but Dolphins would be a tough side to deal with who looks good for another win for them tomorrow. Still we believe that the Cape Cobras gets the upset here.
Cape Cobras, 1.55 @ Titan Bet