About the Match
These are still early days in the tournament, and things have already got interesting. The fact that two of the teams who were favourites to win the tournament are languishing at the bottom of the table says a lot about how tight the competition is. Cape Cobras, who are at the fifth position, will take on Lions, who are still searching for their first win and are last in the standings, on 20th November 2016 at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom. A win for either team can bring a change in the way they play ahead in the tournament as the momentum can be really handy in the shortest version of the game. Lions will need a win to get their campaign up and running whereas a win for Cobras will take them in a good position.
Lions were already missing a few important player coming into the tournament, and charges on Alviro Petersen have only increased their woes. They've lost two out of their two games, both by a considerable margin. The bowlers have failed to cease the run-flow and the batsmen haven't contributed in a substantial manner as well.
Rassie van der Dussen and Hardus Viljoen played well against Titans and smashed 51 and 41 respectively Their batsmen have been relatively quiet with Dominic Hendricks and Nicky van den Bergh scoring some runs in their match against Dolphins. Their bowlers too have been smashed all around the park as the opponents have scored 190+ totals on both the occasions. Their spinners haven't bowled that badly and are expected to respond well in their next game.
As many as five batsmen have got starts in the two games and none of them has managed to take it through. The batsmen will be looking to improve on that, and if they can do so and their bowling can improve, this young Lions team are more than capable of surprising everyone.
Cape Cobras have played three games and have only one win registered against their name. In their match against Warriors, which they won in the end, Wayne Parnell scored 61 with good support from Kieron Pollard who notched a half-century as well. Cobras threw a surprise at Warriors by sending in Parnell to open the innings which was arguably the match defining tactical move. Parnell kept the scoreboard moving even as the wickets tumbled from the other end before Pollard joined the proceedings. Their bowlers did a fantastic job as they restrited warriors to 151 thereby winning the match by 12 runs.
Before that, Cape Cobras' performance has been rather ordinary with batting succumbing to pressure on both the occasions. They were restricted to 141 against Titans in the first game of the competition which was chased quite comfortably. Against Knights, their bowlers leaked too many runs allowing the Knights to put 184 runs on the board. The batsmen collapsed under pressure, and the Cobras were eventually bowled out for 146.
Overall, the batting of Cape Cobras has let them down on all occasions as they lost two matched and survived a scare in the third match. The batsmen will have to pull up their socks to continue on their winning way.
It is an important match for both the sides. A win for Cobras will take them on par with few other teams of the tournament, depending upon the results of other matches, whereas a win for Lions will take them on par with Cobras in one less game and kick-start their campaign. With strong bowling unit, and batsmen who have gotten starts in this tournament, we think Lions will register their maiden win in this upcoming encounte