Cape Town - Titans
assistant coach Mandla Mashimbyi is hoping to repair some of the cracks
that were exposed in their team during their latest One-Day
when they welcome the Cape Cobras to Centurion on
reigning champions encountered a rare instance of being bowled out
against the Highveld Lions on Wednesday, with their bowlers then
delivering the goods
as they went on to secure a comfortable win.
now head the standings and are the only unbeaten side after two matches
of the campaign and will be looking to make it three wins in a row at
Mashimbyi feels there is plenty of room for improvement.
take the win and were happy to come out on the victorious side, but we
were not happy with how we played," he said. "I still think we are
operating well below
70 percent, so there's plenty of room for improvement.
saying that, it's an opportunity for us to look at things in a
different way and see where we can improve. The next few games we will
need to try to cover up those
cracks which we picked up against the Lions."
Titans recently won the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge when their Proteas-rich squad swept everything in front of them to clinch a third
several of the players that featured in that competition have now moved
on to national duty to somewhat deplete Mark Boucher's men.
But Mashimbyi believes they are just as strong.
always been blessed with depth and people seem to forget that," he
explained. "We've won tournaments before without Proteas and we have the
belief that we can
still do it without the Proteas, so to see the guys come in and put in
performances is very refreshing. Hopefully they can carry on in the same
way going forward."
Looking ahead to the challenge the Cobras will pose, the Titans assistant added: "We don't take any side lightly.
Cobras have always been a very good side over the years and we'll
expect the same from them tomorrow. But the main focus is on our own
disciplines and hopefully
we can improve on those from the last game."
For the away side, it is the first match of 2018 and the start of a busy period in which they will play three games in six days.
They started the competition with a loss to the Dolphins, but then beat the Warriors in the final game of 2017.
Their coach Ashwell Prince said: "We had a nice break and are now good to go for the weekend.
think if you can get some sort of momentum going into the next few
games, it's a good thing, and also if you do lose, it allows you the
opportunity to bounce back
we can get into that rhythm, but it will be a test of your squad
because 50 overs is a long day and it will really test the teams."