Cape Town - A win for the Cape Cobras against defending
Champions League Twenty20 champions the Chennai Super Kings will go a long way in
deciding their fate when the two teams meet in Chennai on Wednesday.
Although they comprehensively beat the New
South Wales Blues in their opening match, the South African Pro20 champions
looked far from their best, fluffing no fewer than three opportunities to
compliment the loose fielding on display and had to rely on their batting
prowess to carry them through.
“Without a doubt the boys weren’t happy
with the poor start we made,” Faiek Davids, Cobras’ assistant coach, told
Tuesday’s Cape Times.
“It’s not that often that you win the game
after giving guys like David Warner and Shane Watson a second life. We know we
need to improve that area of the game, but in saying that, we did not have much
competitive cricket before Saturday, and the tension of starting the tournament
all played a role.”
However, Davids defended the ground
fielding of the Cobras players and rather than feeling aggrieved at all the
missed chances, applauded them for creating them in the first instance.
“Of course there has to be somebody backing
up when a player has a shy (at the stumps), and that comes down to angles and
that type of thing, but that’s a part of the game. It could easily have been
different. It is a case of millimetres.
“In the Pro20 final at Newlands, Justin
Ontong had a similar opportunity and ran out Ashwell Prince. On
Saturday, he just missed and it went for four.
“At least the guys reacted quickly enough
to be in the position to have a go at the stumps. It is all about accuracy and
execution, and that is what we worked on in an extended fielding session. We
had a solid three-hour workout today.”