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The Momentum ODI Cup 2019 is heating up as the tournament enters its final stages. The absence of the South African players picked for the national side has meant that the competition has become a lot closer between the different teams.
We have the Dolphins taking on the Cape Cobras in this match. These are two teams that are very close to each other on the points table and both currently in line for a semi-final spot. The Cape Cobras are fourth on the Momentum ODI Cup 2019 League table which makes their position a bit more precarious than the Dolphins.
Never the less, we expect both sides to giving everything for a win and build momentum towards a title run. The Dolphins have four wins from their five matches in the Momentum Cup so far while the Cape Cobras have three wins from six matches.
Dolphins won a rain-affected match by being comfortable ahead of the DLS Par Score when the rain came down and ended the match prematurely. The rain ruined what was promising to be a pretty close encounter and we don’t think the Dolphins would have minded being handed the points at an early stage of the match.
Robbie Frylinck, Keshav Maharaj, and Senuram Muthusamy led the way with the ball in the previous match and helped keep the opposition score down. Frylinck is going to be a very important member of the squad now that the international players have returned for South African duty.
He took three wickets and is a proven match-winner with the bat later down the order as well.
Keshav Maharaj has also been having a resurgence in 50 over cricket and still harbors hopes of making it to the South African ICC World Cup 2019 squad.
The main strength of the Dolphins is their batting. They continue to have the services of players like Vaughn Jaarsveld, Morne van Wyk, Sarel Erwee, Dane Vilas, Khaya Zondo, and Robbie Frylinck. This is an explosive batting order made up of some of the most consistent performers in South African domestic cricket.
This lineup will be itching to get in front of the Cape Cobras bowling lineup which is not especially strong. We expect to see at least one century in the upcoming match provided the weather permits a full match to be played out.
VBV Jaarsveld, Mv Wyk, Sarel Erwee, DJ Vilas, Khaya Zondo, Senuran Muthusamy, Calvin Savage, K Maharaj, P Subrayen, Kerwin Mungroo, Okuhle Cele.
The Cape Cobras scored 281 in their previous match against the Lions and ended up winning by just three runs. It was a very exciting match that went right down to the wire and the result could prove to be decisive in the final counting.
The Cape Cobras and the Lions are fighting for the last qualification spot in the Momentum ODI Cup and so that last win would have meant a lot.
Now, though, the Cape Cobras are up against one of the form teams of the tournament and will need to up their game even more.
Pieter Malan scored an excellent 102 in the previous match and was involved in a very fruitful partnership with JP Duminy which set up the platform for the win.
These two and Janneman Malan are going to be very important in the match against the Dolphins. It is difficult to see the Cape Cobras get enough runs to win if one of these three does not get a big total.
George Linde and Zubeyr Hamza are good batsmen as well but they have not been in the best of form during the competition so far. As a whole, the Cape Cobras batting is not as strong as what the Dolphins bring to the table but they certainly have the players to compete and pull off an upset.
The bowling for the Cape Cobras is decent without being exceptional. JP Duminy can be expected close to ten overs to help fill the gap while Dane Paterson, Rory Kleinveldt, and George Linde be the attacking wicket-taking options.
Akhone Mynaka picked up three wickets in the previous match but to expect the same kind of returns from him is going to be difficult.
The Cape Cobras side has some good players in every department around which they can rally but they do not have the depth that the Dolphins do. If their senior players have a food day, they can be unstoppable otherwise they will collapse pretty spectacularly.
Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan, Zubayr Hamza, Jean-Paul Duminy, Kyle Verreynne, Aviwe Mgijima, George Linde, Rory Kleinveldt, Dane Paterson, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Akhona Mnyaka.
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The Momentum ODI Cup 2019 match between the Dolphins and the Cape Cobras is going to be played at City Oval, Pietermaritzburg. The weather forecast for the match is not encouraging at all. There are showers expected before the start of play and then again during the afternoon.
We could have a washout or a severely truncated game to look forward to.
The pitch in Pietermaritzburg is usually good for batting but there has been some rain around over the last few days. That will make the outfield heavy and run-scoring difficult.
The rain can make winning the toss very important. We have seen too often that the side chasing has a huge advantage in rain-affected matches. The difference between sides also becomes less as the overs come down and so upsets are more likely to happen. We think the Dolphins are the stronger side for sure but go with the Cape Cobras at opportune times and hedge your bets.
Back the Dolphins to win.
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