About the Match
The Cobras lost their second game, this time against Titans by 6 wickets; they currently hold the 5th position and will try to make amends when they meet Warriors, who are in the 3rd place with 5 points, on 18th November at Cape Town. The Cobras failed to defend 141 runs against the Titans and they will try to bring out all their firepower with the bat here. Warriors, on the other hand, did well to restrict Dolphins to 115 runs and chase it down easily with 4 overs to spare. Both teams will try to execute their strategy to perfection and whichever side can keep a cool head above their shoulders, will come out trumps on Friday.
Cebo Tshiki, Jason Smith and Kieron Pollard played useful knocks to help their team post 141 runs batting first against Titans; while Tshiki top-scored with 47 from 43 balls, Smith and Pollard posted 30+ runs each. Medium-pacers Rory Kleinveldt and Jason Smith and fast-bowler Dane Paterson took a wicket each but they couldn’t stop the opposition from getting across the finish line.
In the opening match against Knights, bowlers Dane Paterson, Pollard, Smith and George Linde provided regular wickets but gave away too many runs leading to a stiff target of 185 runs for the batsmen. Keegan Petersen scored 39 from 29 while Richard Levi posted a quick fire 25; George Linde and Kleinveldt showed their all-rounder skills by getting some runs but they couldn’t build strong partnerships and lost the match by 38 runs.
Overall, the Cobras have had disappointing results so far but they do have the resources to bounce back here.
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 Cobras are yet to win a match and they will need to keep their nerves together here if they want to end their winless streak; on the other hand, Warriors with an in-form batting line-up and result-oriented pace attack looks better placed to prevail in this match