Cape Town - The Cape Cobras can continue their resurgence against the Knights
at PPC Newlands on Wednesday if they rectify their death bowling which went
awry against the Dolphins on Sunday, said Dane Vilas, one of the
batting heroes of the emphatic seven-wicket CSA T20 Challenge victory in Durban.
the fielding by the Cobras against the Dolphins was incredibly good, and the
batting was as good.
The Cape Cobras had to produce a record chase to eclipse the 178 for five by the
Dolphins and they smashed 181 for three with eight balls to spare.
One of the
building blocks of their magnificent victory was the way in which Kieron
Pollard, Richard Levi and Vilas rotated the strike while mesmerizing the
spinners with an impressive array of attacking strokes.
wagon wheel of the scoring areas would have revealed that they found the
boundary ropes with contemptuous ease from third man to fine leg.
revealed that he had thrown hundreds and hundreds of balls in the practice nets
to Levi, who has worked meticulously on improving his array of attacking
never been a pure leg-side bound player. In his 117 off 51 balls against New
Zealand in 2012, he struck 13 sixes, most of them on the leg-side, simply
because the Black Caps bowled very straight at him.
the theory on the domestic circuit has circled that you would rather bowl wider
of off-stump to him, but Levi pounced on those wide deliveries in the recent
past and deposited them past extra cover or point, thereby making a mockery of
the assumption that he is a slightly one dimensional batsman.
Vilas believes the Cobras need to improve their death bowling. Dane Paterson is an excellent
practitioner of this art, but missed his mark once or twice in Durban. It is
not likely to happen again, as he is nationally known for the way in which he
can limit the so-called boundary bashers in the final stages of the match.
of JP Duminy is set to bolster the Cobras against the Knights, who are anchored
to the bottom of the log.
Cobras win this match, starting at 18:00 on Wednesday a Newlands and
repeat their heroics at St. George’s Park on Friday at 18:00 against the
Warriors, they will be in a good position to reach the semi-final play-off,
provided they also beat the Highveld Lions at Boland Park in Paarl on
Sunday at 14:30.