Cape Town - There is no panic in the Cape Cobras
dressing room after the team's 15-run loss against the Dolphins.
The Cape Town-based franchise were bolstered by the unbeaten fourth-wicket
stand by batsmen Hashim Amla and Aviwe Mgijima said the Cobras skipper, JP
The Dolphins, inspired by 103 from Sarel Erwee, struck 231
for two. The Cobras, faced with an adjusted target of 124 after 10 overs,
smashed 108 for three in a superb quest for the win as Hashim Amla and Aviwe
Mgijima batted sensationally.
"Historically, high numbers are scored at the Highveld. But
in saying that, we probably gave them 30 runs too many," Duminy remarked.
"I think there were some good phases with the bowling. You
have to give credit where it is due - it was an excellent innings by Erwee,
backed by Khaya Zondo.
"Our highlight was the way in which Hashim and Aviwe batted
under pressure. They expanded, instead of going inwards. That is something all
of us can learn from. Flaunt your talent and show what you are made off under
"There were a couple of soft dismissals up front, including
my wicket. We definitely have to front up to the pressure and take
responsibility as a squad," he said.
Duminy said the Cobras were ahead of the Dolphins at the
half-way stage - having struck 108 versus 102 - and sees this as a positive sign.
The mood in the Cape Cobras change-room is confident and
buoyant, said the assistant coach Faiek Davids.
"We were a bit reactionary and were not always on the
button," said Davids.
"There were two bad overs - the 19 conceded by Dane Paterson
in the second over when he was possibly too full and wide, and the 24 in JP's
(Duminy) third over. We also created chances when Vernon (Philander) did not
take a return catch and Temba Bavuma did not hang onto one.
"But our bowling was not too bad. I though we executed our yorkers very well and batted superbly."
Davids said the team backed themselves fully to chase down
the 231 if there had been 20 overs available in which to achieve it.
The Cobras take on the Highveld Lions on Friday at 18:00.