About the Match
Going strong with a undefeated record so far, Cape Cobras with 14 points on the table leads the rest and will be facing Knights, who have only 4 points from three matches played so far, on 22nd Oct at Cape Town. The contest is in full swing and teams must strengthen their positions now if they want to keep their hopes alive; it will be interesting to see which team can keep a cool head above its shoulders and overcome the challenge to move up the ladder.
A big win against the Lions has definitely given them the required morale boost at this stage of the competition; AG Puttick and Ramela are strong openers, who look to be in good shape, and the middle order also has been performing well with established batsmen like Stiaan van Zyl and Ontong. In the match against Lions, Puttick did well to score 94 off 111 and posted a 101-run opening sand with Ramela; van Zyl and Ontong went on to build the innings further, setting up an impressive 154-run partnership for the 3rd wicket with Ontong cracking 83 off 38 and van Zyl scoring 91 off 4 deliveries. Their total being 337, the batsmen showed brilliance in all aspects and played as a well-knit side to put up a massive challenge for Lions; the bowlers did their job and defended the score to win by 53 runs. Peterson and Engelbrecht claimed 2 wickets each to demolish the Lions’ top order and with a quick run-out caused by Petersen, the opponents were stifled for runs in the beginning of the chase. Shaheen Khan and Kleinveldt took a wicket each to ensure the lower order didn’t come up with any winning tactics; overall, this side is a strong unit and can be a tough team to beat irrespective of the situations in the middle.
With no help from the bowlers in terms of wickets or restricting the run-flow of the opponents, the batsmen failed to achieve the set target of 368 runs and lost to the Dolphins by a narrow 25 runs. Hendricks and Second fought hard and posted a 275-run partnership for the 2nd wicket to help steer the course towards win; with Hendricks scoring 181 off 135 and Second achieving an impressive century for 124 balls. However, after their dismissal the batting line-up collapsed and the middle order couldn’t survive the pace attack of the Doplhins; Siboto, du Preez and others need to perform better and come up with regular wickets. Their previous encounter against the Cobras had resulted in defeat and the players will be eager to avenge that loss; to do so the batsmen need to be more determined and build strong partnerships whereas the bowlers need to shoulder the responsibilities and come up with the wickets on a regular basis if they want to make a dent on the opponents’ hopes.
While the Knights go in as the underdogs here, they certainly have the abilities to do well and put up a stiff opposition; on the other hand, the Cobras have it going for them from the beginning of the tournament and will be eager to continue with their winning momentum. Although the match will go through ups and downs for both sides, we feel Cape Cobras will win the contest at the end.
Cape Cobras, 1.40 @ Bet365