Five talking points: Cape Cobras vs Lions

2014-10-20 11:41
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Prolific Puttick

It seems that Andrew Puttick is just getting better with age. Some might have laughed at his suggestions that he would like to open the batting for the South African Test side. However, after scores of 89, 101 and 94 (in the game vs. the Lions) who can argue against that? He might be 33 years old, but you can’t ignore consistent brilliance.

Knocking on the Proteas Door

With the upcoming World Cup in February 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, there are a few domestic players that would want to impress the selectors. Especially in the South African ODI setup, there may be a few spots still up for grabs. Certainly, Stiaan van Zyl has lifted his hand, with a blistering 91 off 74 balls. He combined with another former Protea also knocking on the door, Justin Ontong with a swashbuckling 83 off just 38 balls! From a bowing perspective, only Robin Peterson showed some form, with 10-30-2. Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Rory Kleinveldt were on the expensive side, which does not help them at all.

Cobras bite

The venom with which the Cape Cobras are playing has totally overpowered the Knights, Warriors and Lions. The Cobras are playing clinical cricket and have never looked in doubt in all 3 their games thus far. Comprehensive victories of 53 and 72 runs, and 7 wickets is a clear indication that the Cobras are a favourite for the Momentum One Day Cup title.

Setting a platform

Well, what do you know? Setting a platform for your side is a good idea after all. With so many teams trying to bash the ball around the park from the start of the innings, Cobras shows that patience and a good foundation is key. After 40 overs, the Cobras were at 200/2 and eventually ended up with a score of 337 in 50 overs. Contrast it to Lions who also had 200 runs, but for the loss of 6 wickets at 40 overs.

Extras cost you games

Much like catches wins you matches, too many no balls, byes and wides can cost you a match. The Lions conceded 29 extras during the Cobras innings. That is far too much at this level of competition, and that many extras are sure to cost you a game.

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