Our Prediction is for Dolphins to win this game!
It is the 19th game of 2019 Momentum One Day Cup and Dolphins would play Cape Cobras at the City Oval, Pietermaritzburg. Dolphins are currently sitting in the second spot in the points table and would look to rise up with a win the next game. Cape Cobras have also done well in their last few games and would be eying a win and securing a place in the semi-final of the season.
Dolphins have an impressive record against the Cape Cobras and have won the last five games played between the two sides which will give them good amount of confidence. It remains to be seen if the Cape Cobras can turn it around in the next game.
With their comfortable win in a rain curtailed game against the Knights the Dolphins are almost certain to make it to the semi-final of the season. Skipper Khaya Zondo would be proud of the efforts of his side and look to win the next game.
Opener Vaughn van Jaarsveld’s form has become bit of a concern for the side but his opening partner Morne van Wyk is in good form. Sarel Erwee made an important half-century in the last game. With Dane Vilas and Khaya Zondo to follow and good hitters like Senuran Muthusamy and Robbie Frylinck in the lower middle order the side has good strength in its bowling.
They bowled well in the last game. Robbie Frylinck picked up three important wickets while Keshav Maharaj and Senuran Muthusamy restricted the scoring rate for the opposition. The side is without two of its most experienced bowlers Imran Tahir and Andile Phehlukwayo and yet they look strong going into the next game.
Morne van Wyk, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Robbie Frylinck, Dane Vilas (wk), Prenelan Subrayen, Keshav Maharaj, Mthokozisi Shezi, Khaya Zondo (c), Sarel Erwee, Senuran Muthusamy, Okuhle Cele.
P Subrayen, Keshav Maharaj, Sarel Erwee, Calvin Savage, Senuran Muthusamy, DJ Vilas, Kerwin Mungroo, Okuhle Cele, Mv Wyk, Khaya Zondo, VBV Jaarsveld
Jean-Paul Duminy’s side sealed a nail-biting win in the last game against Lions and has improved their prospects of making it to the semi-final of the season. With momentum on their side they would be looking to do well in the next game.
The opening duo of Janneman Malan and Pieter Malan has been doing well and the latter made a brilliant hundred in the last game. Zubayr Hamza and skipper Duminy are also looking in great form at the moment. George Linde and Kyle Verreynne add strength to the lower middle order and have the ability to score quick runs.
Their bowlers held the nerves to win the last game. Akhona Mnyaka stood out in the end winning the game for the side. Rory Kleinveldt and Duminy did well with the new ball and with Dane Paterson looking in good form the side would start confidently in the next game.
Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan, Zubayr Hamza, Jean-Paul Duminy (c), Kyle Verreynne (wk), Aviwe Mgijima, George Linde, Rory Kleinveldt, Dane Paterson, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Akhona Mnyaka.
Mthiwekhaya Nabe, George Linde, Jean-Paul Duminy, Zubayr Hamza, Rory Kleinveldt, Dane Paterson, Janneman Malan, Akhona Mnyaka, Pieter Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Kyle Verreynne
Pietermaritzburg is expected to see light showers on the 9th of March. Having had rains over the last few days the pitch would have some moisture which will make it difficult for stroke making. The team batting first would be eying a score of around the 270-280 mark and this would make it a fighting total with pitch offering assistance to the bowlers.
A beautiful venue City Oval, Pietermaritzburg has been a good hunting ground for the fast bowlers. The pitch has historically had a layer of grass which offers good seam and swing. Batsmen who work hard and accumulate their runs have also done well on this surface in the past with shorter boundaries making it easy to hit big shots.
The rains over the last few days would have made the pitch little slower and the side bowling first would be able to make good use of the early morning conditions. Even if the match is curtailed the side batting second has the edge and the skipper winning the toss would want to bowl first on this surface.
In the last match that the two sides played earlier in the season the Dolphins had comfortably won against the Cape Cobras. However the Cape Cobras have done well since then winning two out of their last three games. Dolphins on the other hand have one of the most well-balanced sides in the tournament and have a powerful bowling line-up and this will make them favorites to win the next game.
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