Man of the Match: Pieter Malan
Cape Cobras and Warriors face off to start their campaign!
Cape Cobras will win the match!
South African cricket has been on a decline for the past 2-3 years with a lot of senior players and administrative issues off the field. CSA has a lot of hopes pinged on domestic tournaments to find new talented players who could take their cricket forward.
Hosts Cape Cobras have failed to clinch the Momentum ODI cup title for the last 5 years after finishing as winners three times in a row. Warriors failed to defend the title last season after losing in the semi-finals to the Dolphins. Both teams will look start afresh in the new season and look to get their first win in the opening match itself.
Veteran off-spinner Dane Piedt leads the Cape Cobras team this season too. Cobras have a quality batting line up with the likes of JP Duminy, Zubayr Hamza, Pieter Malan, Janneman Malan, and Kyle Vereyenne in the squad. They have arguably the best batting order with a lot of promising young talents in the tournament.
Dane Paterson and Tladi Bokako will lead the pace attack with the likes of young Akhona Mnyaka & Jason Smith waiting in the ranks. Skipper Dane Piedt and George Linde will form the spin duo for the team with JP Duminy expected to roll his arm for some quiet middle overs.
Janneman Malan – Janneman Malan is developed as a player to a great extent in the last 1-2 years with his stints among different leagues across the globe. We can expect him to make a mark in this season and move closer to a national call-up from selectors.
Dane Peterson – Peterson made his test debut for SA in 2020 and is marked as one of the bowlers for the future in the national team. He needs to perform well and prove his worth to the selectors consistently in the domestic tournaments.
Dane Piedt (C), JP Duminy, Zubayr Hamza, Pieter Malan, Janneman Malan, Kyle Vereyenne, Tladi Bokako, Dane Paterson, George Linde, Akhona Mnyaka, Jason Smith
Thando Ntini, George Linde, Zubayr Hamza, Dane Piedt, Simon Khomari, Rory Kleinveldt, Dane Paterson, JF Smith, Pieter Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Hanno Kotze
Warriors team has the youngest captain in the tournament with 20-year old Sinethemba Qeshile in charge of the team. They have experienced players in their batting line-up in the form of JJ Smuts, Gihan Cloete, Christian Jonker, Marco Marais, and Mathew Breetze. They will depend heavily on these players alongside the skipper to score heavily. Anrich Nortje, Lutho Simpala, Andrew Birch, and Sisanda Magala will form the pace battery for the team. They are lean on spin resources with the likes of JJ Smuts and Colin Ackermann in the squad.
JJ Smuts – JJ Smuts is one of the veteran South African batsmen in the domestic circuit with vast experience. We can expect him to make a big contribution to the team with his bat and ball this season. Anrich Nortje – Nortje impressed everyone with his disciplined bowling in their disastrous England tests at home. He took 20 wickets and ended as the highest wicket-taker among both sides.
Sinethemba Qeshile (C), JJ Smuts, Gihan Cloete, Christian Jonker, Marco Marais, Mathew Breetze, Anrich Nortje, Lutho Simpala, Andrew Birch, Colin Ackermann, Sisanda Magala
Andrew Birch, Gihahn Cloete, SSB Magala, Yaseen Vallie, RS Second, Dyllan Matthews, Marco Marais, Sinethemba Qeshile, Onke Nyaku, Glenton Stuurman, Matthew Breetzke
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Oudtshoom is expected to have a hot and sunny climate with no chances of rain. We will have a full quota of overs without any interruption in this match.
We can expect good pace and bounce in this track for the faster bowlers and batsmen too enjoy the ball coming onto the bat. The average score in this pitch will be 260-280 runs.
Teams batting first have better success rate and we can expect both captains to bat first if they win the toss. Chasing under lights becomes a little difficult usually.
Both teams have quality batting line-up with a good mix of youth and experienced players in the squad. Warriors pips Cape Cobras in the pace bowling department with the likes of Magala, Nortje, and Birch in the team. Cape Cobras will have home conditions to their advantage.
We expect Cape Cobras to start their campaign with a win!
Cape Cobras will win the match!