About the Match
You would have got some long odds on the Cape Cobras not having won a single match after playing three matches at the start of the tournament but that is exactly what has transpired. The Knights are not faring too much better with one win from their three games but one of those was a washout. The points scoring system means that the Cobras can still mount a comeback through some wins and be in contention for the playoff spots.
How is it that a team that is packed with some of highest regarded T20 players in the world, plenty of South African internationals, and a decent balance between their batting and bowling strength is continuing to lose match after match?
A look at their stats reveals some interesting findings.
Hashim Amla is the only batsman who has scored a 100 runs in this tournament although JP Duminy is close on 96. The other top-order batsmen like Levi and Bavuma have struggled massively so far putting a lot of pressure on the rest of the team.
Wayne Parnell was sent up the order, a move that has worked wonders in the past, but something that has not paid any dividends as of now.
By itself, the lack of runs from the batting lineup should not have been a massive concern but the bowling has also not lived up to its potential.
With an economy rate of 8.21, Linde is the most economical bowler in the team right now with death overs specialists like Kleinveldt going at almost 12.00 per over.
Dane Paterson was expected to run through the opposition with his express pace but he has yet to pick a wicket in the entire tournament.
Cape Cobras fans should still feel a little optimistic because the only way from here is up. We find it hard to believe that so many class players will continue to underperform for so long and so a change in Cape Cobras seems imminent.
A look at the two matches the Knights played seems to indicate a clear pattern emerging where David Miller and Theunis de Bruyn are the two players instrumental to the Knights fortunes. If these two score runs then the Knights are going to have a great shot at victory but get these two out early and the rest of the side does not seem as intimidating.
De Bruyn has scored 100 runs at a strike rate of 142.85 with 6 sixes in just two innings. David Miller is also in a similarly rich vein of form and has already led the Knights to one win.
The likes of Kruger, Swanepoel, McLaren, and others are capable of providing excellent support but it would really take something special for one of them to win a match of their own bat.
The bowling has some real pace to it led by Merchant de Lange and plenty of experience with Ryan McLaren but it is the 12 overs being bowled by van Schalkwyk, Swanepoel, and Leie that is going to be most crucial.
The Knights have string players to boost both their batting and bowling attack but they seem to be a little too dependent on them to be competitive. If a few of their domestic players start performing the team could be a contender this year otherwise they are likely to fall short.
Pitch and Conditions
The weather forecast is for a cloudy day but hopefully, the rain should stay away for long enough to get a full game in. The pitch at Newlands is one of the batting surfaces in the entire country and we expect a ton of runs to be scored. With gun batsmen on both sides, the result could come down to which individual has a better day.
Cape Cobras to wi