About the Match
The last of the group matches is about to be played in the Ram Slam 2017 with two teams assured of their place in the knockouts. With the Titans and the Cape Cobras having locked up their places in the knockout stages, the fight for the last two places is pretty intense with every remaining team having a mathematical chance of making it. The Warriors, who will be in action in this game, are one of those teams that must win its last game to have a shot at qualification.
Five losses from none complete games does not speak of a campaign that the Warriors can be proud of. They came into this competition knowing that they would be up against teams that had plenty of international stars in their sides while they would be dependent on their domestic performers to do the job.
A part of the problem for the Warriors has been getting enough runs on the board or to chase down targets which are slightly above par. The likes of Parnell, Smuts, Ingram, and Ackerman are all good T20 performers but have had a quiet tournament.
Smuts scored an important 69 not out in the last match to hit some form but the others have to start scoring runs immediately if the Warriors are to go further in the tournament. While the Warriors batting has been inconsistent and disappointing, their bowling has lived up to expectations.
Birch, Walters, and Magala are proven domestic performers that are known to be reliable wicket-takers. The trio has done well for the Warriors in this tournament as well without being exceptional.
This is not an exceptional team, however, and their modus operandi is more about the collective rather than individuals hogging the limelight.
The Cape Cobras are now well entrenched in their second position after a good victory over the depleted Titans in the last match. Taking full advantage of the fact that the Titans were resting a lot of their first choice players, the Cape Cobras continued to get their basics right and came out on top.
Dane Paterson took three wickets to add to his already impressive tournament performances. He started this tournament slowly but has since roared into form and would be making the South African selectors very happy indeed.
Rory Kleinveldt, Adams, Linde, and Nabe have also settled into their roles quite nicely to give the Cape Cobras a very competent bowling attack. We believe that the bowlers can still be put under pressure by a top-quality batting opposition but there is no doubt that these good performances will boost their confidence immeasurably.
The real strength of the Cape Cobras is their batting and they brought back Richard Levi for this match at the top of the order. He got off to a good start scoring 27 and was part of a good partnership with Temba Bavuma.
With the everlasting Hashim Amla and the immensely in-form JP Duminy, this Cape Cobras batting is looking very threatening. It would bother them somewhat that they almost made a meal of their small chase against the Titans in the last match but that can be possibly be excused as a one-off.
The Cape Cobras would love to finish the group stages with a win and ensure that they are going into the knockouts with all their bases covered.
Pitch and Conditions
The weather forecast for match day in East London is good with only a 10% chance of rain. The pitch at Buffalo Park is usually an absolute belter and should allow the batsmen to run riot. We expect the teams to score around 170 batting first to be competitive.
The Warriors have lost three out of the last four completed matches between the two sides including the last one they played earlier in the tournament. We are backing the Cape Cobras to continue their dominance over the Warriors in this match as well.
Back the Cape Cobras to win