About the Match
The Titans and Cobras are on a winning roll and now these two teams will meet at Cape Town on 8th December for the 25th match of the league. While Titans are at the top of the table with 32 points, the Cobras have 14 points and currently stand in the 2nd position. Cobras defeated Warriors by 10 runs recently and will be eager to continue with their winning momentum; Titans also won against Knights by 5 wickets, and are in good form to dominate their opponents again on Friday.
The batting line-up has players like Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, George Linde and all-rounder JP Duminy, who can set up a solid foundation whether batting first or while chasing a target. Against Warriors, Amla and Linde each posted 52 runs while Bavuma scored 42 to help them get to 159. Then the bowlers led by speedster Dane Paterson’s 3-25 stifled the opposition and defended the total successfully. Pacer Ferisco Adams, Rory Kleinvelt and spinner George Linde provided regular breakthroughs and they won the match by 10 runs.
Against Knights, the Cobras had to chase down 160 runs, which they did comfortably thanks to a smashing 67 off 44 by JP Duminy and useful contributions from Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander in the lower order. Earlier, Rory Kleinveldt took 3-19 while JP Duminy and Mthiwekhaya Nabe took a wicket each to restrict the Knights to 159.
They have a good mix of fast-bowlers and spinners, who can outwit the Titans batsmen in the upcoming match. The batsmen have been performing well in recent matches and could come out all guns blazing here.
The bowlers did a good job restricting Knights to 133 runs thanks to a 2-wicket haul by pacer Dale Steyn and spinner Tabraiz Shamsi; Junior Dala and Malusi Siboto also dismissed one wicket each and then the batsmen easily chased down the target with one ball to spare. Farhaan Behardien top-scored with 56 off 39 while Albie Morkel scored 27 runs to keep the scoreboard ticking. Quinton de Kock and Chris Morris also contributed well with 17 runs each and add depth to the batting line-up along with players like Henry Davids and Aiden Markram.
Against Warriors, they posted 172 runs batting first after a powerful show by opener Dean Elgar, who scored 44 off 23, and AB de Villiers who smashed 48 runs off just 19 deliveries. Farhaan Behardien did well to score 36 off 12 while Davids contributed with 23 runs. Tabraiz Shamsi led the bowling attack with 3-22 while Lungisani Ngidi and Malusi Siboto took 2 wickets each to stifle the Warriors and win the match by 56 runs through D/L method.
When they met earlier, Titans had won by 7 wickets and can prove to be a formidable force to reckon with here again.
Both teams come here at the back of consecutive wins and will put up a strong fight on Friday. While the result could swing either way, we feel that Titans with their in-form batting line-up and well-balanced bowling attack is better placed to triumph on Friday.