About the Match
It’s a bottom of the table clash between the Cape Cobras and the Warriors but that does not mean that there is going to be any lack of quality. Teams from the second position to the last position are just separated by 4 points and so a single victory can cause a major reshuffle in the standings. Both the teams are also going into the match on the back of a win and finally seem to have hit some form.
Two wins from five matches is a lot better position for the Cape Cobras to be in than they were just a couple of weeks ago. With plenty of cricket still to be played, the Cape Cobras are well and truly in the running to make the knockouts.
Two of the Cobra’s big 4 batsmen have hit form and are converting their starts into bigger scores. Hashim Amla started the tournament well and has been joined by a prolific JP Duminy. The left-hander is also leading the side and has added responsibility on his shoulders. With 217 runs to his name from 5 innings, he is certainly coming good on those expectations right now.
The problems of inconsistency continue to plague the others in the team, though, and the next on the tally of runs after Duminy and Amla (171) is Bavuma with 69 runs. Not a single other batsman has scored runs consistently or even looked the part in the middle.
It is time for the Cobras to start making some changes and pick players on form rather than reputation.
This actually something that they did with their bowlers when they dropped Dane Paterson and Adams a chance instead. Even Wayne Parnell did not find a place in the playing eleven in their last match.
Those players are of a proven quality and we could see them make a comeback at some point in time but no changes seem likely from the last team immediately.
A brilliant chase of 183 by the Warriors in their last match was built around Ingram’s 89 from 48 deliveries which was studded by seven massive sixes. It was an innings of pure belligerence, something which had lead Ingram to the national side a few years ago.
With contributions from Jonker, Ackerman, Cloete, and Nqolo down the order, the somewhat unheralded Warriors team has plenty of batting firepower.
The problem has been that they have come across some world class bowling attacks which have proved to be too difficult for these players to tackle. The Cape Cobras also have a strong bowling attack and so the Warriors must try and take the attack to them or else they will be sitting ducks.
Smuts, who always seems to be considered around the selection table, needs to put in a few sustained performances to be able to try and book a place ahead of a busy home season.
Another reason for the Warriors having won only one match out of their five this season has been their bowling. Birch, Walters, and Nqweni, have been bowling together for a long time in domestic competitions with a fair bit of success but this tournament has not been their best.
No bowler in the side has taken more than three wickets and keeping runs down has been a problem as well.
The Warriors are up against it in this match and will need some brilliance from a couple of their players to be able to pull through.
Pitch and Conditions
The weather in Paarl is expected to be sunny and excellent for cricket on match day. The pitch is usually one that offers plenty fo swing with the new ball and then flattens out gradually. The amount of grass left on the pitch by the groundsman will determine the team composition but a T20 tournament usually deserves tracks favorable for batting.
The Cape Cobras have won three out of the last four matches between the two sides and seem to be hitting form at just the right time in this tournament as well.
Back the Cape Cobras to win