About the Match
Rain seems to be following the Dolphins around this season as they saw yet another match being washed out and their wait to play a game stretches to 10 days. The points that they get from washed out games has resulted in them being joint third on points but well within the reach of trailing teams. Their opponents, the Cape Cobras, are one of those teams that were close behind and a win in their last game saw them jump to clear second on the table. Everything to play for here then.
It is getting to the end stages of the tournament and the Dolphins have still lost only one match. They have also won only one because of the rain following them around and it has to be frustrating for the team.
Their start to the tournament was brilliant as they defeated the Cape Cobras thanks to a brilliant hundred from Sarel Erwee. The return fixture also comes at a time when the two teams are looking for a win desperately and so the early psychological advantage may come in very handy.
For the Dolphins to repeat their win we feel they will again need a spectacular individual performance from one of their batsmen. Erwee is one of the obvious candidates but expect the Cobras to come at him with improved plans.
We think that Dane Vilas and Khaya Zondo are two batsmen likely to pose a challenge to the Cape Cobras although the big-hitting Frylinck could also prove to be a handful.
This game, though, is going to be decided between the bowling of the Dolphins and the Cape Cobras batting. Imran Tahir, Keshav Maharaj, Andile Phehlukwayo, and Frylinck form a strong bowling attack. If Tahir can get stuck in with a couple of early wickets then he could very difficult to get away. His only outing in this tournament has not been too successful and he would be keen to get some good overs under his belt early.
The Cape Cobras owe their resurgence back into the tournament to their skipper JP Duminy and Hashim Amla leading the batting at the top of the order. While Duminy has scored over 200 runs in the tournament already, Amla is also not too far behind with 171 to his name.
Richard Levi has played 4 out of the 5 Cape Cobra matches but his return of 18 runs from those innings does not justify his place in the team. Will the Cape Cobras persist with him in this match as well? Could be but that is only because of a lack of options.
Temba Bavuma has also not made use of his opportunities in the team so far and has only scored 69 runs from his five innings.
Duminy needs his other batsmen to come in and step up to the plate otherwise it is just his and Amla’s wicket that separates the Cape Cobras from certain defeat.
Rory Kleinveldt took three wickets in the last game to regain some confidence but Vernon Philander continues to struggle in the T20 format. Dane Paterson had a rough start to the tournament eventually making way for others in the team but we think he could still be a better option than Philander.
With Linde, Nabe, Adams, and Duminy himself making up the rest of the bowling attack, this Cape Cobras attack does not seem as rock solid as it appeared at the start of the tournament.
We would love to see how they perform under pressure of defending a small total.
Pitch and Conditions
The current forecast for match day indicates a cloudy day with close to 20% chance of rain. If the Dolphins continue to have the same kind of luck that have had so far then we are almost certainly set for another washout!
Hopefully, though, the rain will relent and allow a full match to be played on the fast, bouncy, and excellent cricket wicket that Durban provides. A high scoring match with scores around 180 being par can be expected from a full match.
The Dolphins have won three out of the last four completed matches between the sides including the most recent one. We are going with the underdog once again in this match and backing them to improve this record further.
Back the Dolphins to win.