Can the rejuvenated Cape Cobras overpower Dolphins?
We predict the Dolphins will win against the Cape Cobras.
The first semi-final of the Momentum One Day Cup will be held at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom on 1st February 2021. The defending champions Dolphins will be playing against the Cape Cobras in search of their third title since Cricket South Africa changed the structure of their domestic one-day tournament. The winner of the first semi-final will either take on Lions or the Knights at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom on 4th February 2021.
The Dolphins started their season with back to back win against the Titans and the Knights. In the first game against the Titans, the Dolphins defended the target of 273 runs to win by 76 runs. An all-round effort from their left-arm spinner Senuran Muthusamy made it easy for them to restrict the Titans on 196 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. In the second game of the tournament, they set a target of 291 runs against the Knights. The Knights were bowled out for 237 and lost the game by 53 runs in the process. The next two games of the Dolphins were abandoned due to rain.
No one imagined Cape Cobras pulling off back to back wins to qualify for the knockout stage. They started their season on a bad note by losing the first two games against the Lions and the Warriors. In their last two games, they turned the tables towards them with the efforts of their opening pair.
The last time both teams faced each other in February 2020, the Dolphins beat the Cape Cobras by 26 runs. South Africa international and then Dolphins captain scored an impressive half-century by the bat and then took 4 wickets with the ball at an economy of 2.40. Therefore this semi-final looks like an ideal opportunity for the Cape Cobras to pay back and throw the champions out of the tournament.
Dolphins will be taking the charge of the field after a long leave since 10th January. Captain Prenelan Subrayen will be hoping to see his team continue the winning form. Keeper Grant Roelofsen will open the inning with Marques Ackerman. Roelofsen played an inning of 92 runs in partnership with Ruan de Swart and David Miller. Dolphins will be expecting a solid knock from Miller in the middle order.
Dolphins’ all-rounders Andile Phehlukwayo and Senuran Muthusamy have played a key role for them with the bat. Muthusamy has also taken 6 wickets for them. But Phehlukwayo who has not produced much with the ball should step up in this crunch game to get on the selectors’ radar again.
Robbie Frylink and Kerwin Mungroo will be opening the bowling attack for the Dolphins. Frylink has been very economical in this season. Dolphins have not seen a match-winning effort from their captain Subrayen yet. He has given almost 6 runs per over and has only taken 2 wickets in the two games which could cause trouble for the Dolphins in the crucial semi-final game.
Key Players: David Miller, Senuran Muthusamy, Robbie Frylink.
Prenelan Subrayen (C), Grant Roelofsen, Marques Ackerman, Ruan de Swart, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Senuran Muthusamy, Khaya Zondo, Robbie Frylink, Kerwin Mungroo, Ottniel Baartman
Nobody thought the Cobras will qualify for semis after their performance in the first two games. But Malan Brothers had some different plans for the remaining two games. They put 131 & 134* runs partnership in the games against the Lions & the Warriors respectively to clinch the semi-final berth for the Cobras. Janneman Malan is in form of a lifetime with 3 fifties (67, 95 & 69*) in the four games this season. While his brother Pieter has scored 2 fifties in 2 games (53, 58*). His inclusion in the team and sending him up the top-order has panned well for the Cobras. A similar kind of the first-wicket stand can provide a headache to the Dolphins.
The middle-order comprising of Captain Zubayr Hamza, and Jonathan Bird have also been proved proactive for Cobras in the last two games. Onke Nyaku is currently leading the wicket-taking list for the Cobras with 7 wickets at an average of 20. His form in addition to the spin web of Imran Manack (6 wickets so far) can turn out to be crucial for the Cobra clan.
Key players: Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan, Imran Manack
Zubayr Hamza (C), Tony de Zorzi, Janneman Malan, Peter Malan, Jonathan Bird, Aviwe Mgijima, Onke Nyaku, Christiaan Jonker, Imran Manack, Nandre Burger, Ziyaad Abrahams
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||20||0 mm.||1.94 k/h||From: NW||100%|
|03h||18||0 mm.||3 k/h||From: NNW||94%|
|06h||21||0 mm.||1.98 k/h||From: W||63%|
|09h||27||0.68 mm.||0.85 k/h||From: SW||94%|
|12h||29||0 mm.||0.76 k/h||From: SSE||97%|
|15h||29||0 mm.||1.49 k/h||From: NE||88%|
|18h||22||0 mm.||4.63 k/h||From: NW||91%|
|21h||20||0 mm.||2.7 k/h||From: NE||94%|
The weather at Potchefstroom will be around 90% humid and cloudy. The temperature will be as high as 28°C to a low of 14°C. The wind will be gusting at around 15-26 km/h. A thunderstorm is expected in the afternoon.
Senwes Park. Potchefstroom is famous for some of the best chases in International cricket. Earlier known as the Sedgars Park, the venue can accommodate 18000 spectators.
The Senwes Park is famous for its second inning chases in international one-day cricket. But the team that batted first has won six out of the eight games played here this season. Therefore, the team winning the toss should bat first here.
With the amount of experience the Dolphins are carrying, it looks like they will shine more against the Cobras. But it will be a hard-fought battle against the in-form Cobras for them to cruise into the finals. Cobras have done exceptionally well to reach here but the defending champions seem to be in better shape to get an entry into the finals.
We predict the Dolphins will win against the Cape Cobras.