About the Match
The Cobras won the game against Dolphins by 7 wickets to give their campaign a much-needed boost; they continue to be in the 5th place with 12 points and a superior run rate, and will be eager to start climbing the ladder with another win when they meet Knights, who are at the bottom of the table, on 7th December at Cape Town. The Knights have been on a losing streak and will need to start winning now if they want to keep their hopes alive; the Cobras who suffered due to rain-affected matches, will be determined to fight till the last ball is bowled and win on Wednesday.
The bowlers gave away too many runs to Dolphins in the last game; despite Rory Kleinveldt taking 3-31 and Serame dismissing 2 opponents, they ended up facing a stiff target of 179. Richard Levi then struck hard to score a well-made 54 while all-rounder Dane Vilas came in at No.4 to contribute with 54; Kieron Pollard posted 31 off 21 and helped cross the finish line with 8 balls to spare.
Their past few games were abandoned due to rain and this recent victory has surely boosted the morale of the players; they have a strong batting line-up that runs deep with players like Justin Ontong, Pollard, Wayne Parnell and Levi, which can stabilize the innings from the middle.
When they met Knights in the opening game of the series, the bowlers had failed to break partnerships and they ended up facing a 184-run target, which the batsmen couldn’t chase down. With the recent shot in the arm, they will be eager to redeem themselves with a much-needed win.
They have won only one game till now, and it came against Cobras; they will try to repeat the winning combination here to start making amends to their campaign which has suffered from six consecutive losses. Players like Patrick Kruger, who scored 74 off 49, Rudi Second, Diego Rosier and Petrus van Biljon can try to put up a formidable total if batting first or chase one comfortably. In the game against Cobras previously, the batsmen had done well to post 184 runs, which was defended successfully thanks to Merchant de Lange’s 3-17 and good contributions by Kruger, Dillon du Preez and others.
In the recent match against Lions, the bowling effort wasn’t sharp enough and the batsmen found it difficult to chase down 183 runs despite a good show by Biljon, Leus du Plooy and lower order batsman Luthando Mnyanda. Against Warriors, the batting line-up collapsed like a pack of cards; except Kruger who scored 37 off 26, the others fell cheaply and they could muster only 93 runs. The bowlers had an uphill climb to defend the total and they failed miserably.
Overall, they have a good number of all-rounders who can try to earn redemption here; with a good combination of experience and young talent, the Knights could come out with all their firepower.
Both teams are struggling to keep alive and will leave no stone unturned to try and win here; while the Knights definitely have strong resources, we feel that the Cobras with a better batting unit are well placed to win on Wednesda