About the Match
The Cobras lost the recent game against Lions by a heart-wrenching 3 runs after the match was reduced to 6 overs in the second half; they are in the 5th place with 4 points and will take on Dolphins, who are placed fourth with 5 points, at Cape town on 23rd November. The Dolphins also lost their match against Titans after failing to chase down 186 runs; they will also be eager to make a comeback with a better performance on Wednesday.
Chasing a reduced target of 69 runs from 6 overs against Lions, the batsmen fought hard to make it across the finish line but fell short by 3 runs. Wayne Parnell and Kieron Pollard scored 20+ runs each but pressure got to them in the end. Earlier, fast-bowlers Dane Paterson and Rory Kleinveldt took 3 wickets between them to contain the Lions’ top-order while Pollard claimed 2 wickets to restrict then to 165; but with D/L method applied in the 2nd innings, the batsmen faced a stiff target.
In the game against Warriors, all-rounder Wayne Parnell posted a well-made 61 while Kieron Pollard smashed 50 off 27 to steer the scoreboard to 163 runs, which the bowlers defended successfully. George Linde, the in-form spinner, took 3-23 while Kleinveldt removed two opponents with his pace skills. Nkululeko Serame used his spin bowling to take 2 wickets and adds depth to the attack along with Pollard and Parnell.
They have had a mixed run so far, and would like to do better in the upcoming match. With hard-hitters like Parnell, Pollard, Richard Levi and Kleinveldt, the batting line-up could focus on building strong partnerships, and give a tough fight to the Dolphins.
The Warriors won their first game against Dolphins by 7 wickets thanks to an all-around performance by the bowlers and batsmen. Speedsters Andrew Birch and Solo Nqweni took 5 wickets between them and stifled the opposition while Colin Ackermann and JJ Smuts contributed with a wicket each and also scored well to help the team win. Medium pacers Sisanda Magala and Walters add depth to the attack and can use their variations to outwit the Cobras on Friday.
JJ Smuts is in good form as seen from his well-made 54 against Dolphins; Ackermann also performed well as he posted 41 off 39, and he can be a solid pillar in the middle order along with others like Colin Ingram and Christiaan Jonker.
The team has a boosted morale from the victory in the opening game, and they will try to keep the winning momentum going strong. With a good combination of pace and spin, the Warriors can try to restrict the Cobras while fielding first, or set a huge target when put to bat.
The two teams are facing each other for the first time this season, and both could come out with all their firepower to win this contest; while Cobras have good all-rounders, who can help set or chase a target, we feel that Dolphins with their batting power have the edge to win this round