Venue: Boland Park, Paarl
Pitch & Conditions:
An average scoring ground which has something for everyone, whether you’re a batsman, a spinner or a medium pacer.
Although the last few games in the Mzansi Super League hasn’t been very high scoring & had more assistance to the spinners.
Dane Piedt (c), David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Isaac Dikgale, JP Duminy, Zubayr Hamza, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan, Akhona Mnyaka, Dane Paterson, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne.
Cloete, Magala, Vallie, Qeshile, Smuts (C), Jonker, Nyaku, Kaber, Sipamla, Birch, Marais, Langa, Breetzke.
J Malan, P Malan, Hamza, Smith, Verreynne (wk), Linde, Dikgale, Piedt (C), Paterson, Bokako, Mnyaka
*Duminy has been named in the squad but is unavailable for this game & will return for the home game against Knights on Feb 19.
*Both Malans will open the batting, followed by Hamza which makes a very solid top 3 for Cobras.
Cloete, Breetzke, Vallie, Smuts (C), Qeshile (Wk), Jonker, Nyaku, Kaber, Birch, Magala, Sipamla
*Breetzke & Cloete are expected to open. If Smuts decides to open with Cloete, then Breetzke will be moved one down followed by Vallie.
*Only one of Kaber & Marais are expected to play. With Kaber providing more balance to the side due to his bowling, Marais has to sit out.
From the Vault:
(This section gives you player performance insights after analysing all the white ball games between the two sides till now & also at the same venue)
Cobras Opener Peter Malan, was the top tournament scorer last season & one of his centuries came at this venue. And that wasn’t the only knock, he has some very good numbers here & also against Warriors. (Scored 84 last time)
George Linde also likes to bowl against Warriors & even the surface at Paarl has been quite friendly to him. Although he has handful of wickets against Warriors, but 6 of his wickets came in a single game.
Jonker too, had played some explosive knocks againts Cobras at an incredible strike rate . But his recent form in the Mzansi Super League was very poor as per his standard.
Has the ability to win a game on his own, but for now, he isn’t playing upto his potential.
My Dream11 Team:
(Both Verreynne & Qeshile are in very good touch & are scoring heavily in the recent games but i have gone with unpopular choice of Qeshile, who i feel will get more opportunity to bat as Warriors batting lineup is looking thin on paper)
Batsmen: Cloete, Hamza, P Malan, J Malan.
(Alternative: Vallie for Cloete)
Allrounders: Smuts, Linde, Smith
(Alternatives only for GL’s: Kaber & Nyaku)
Bowlers: Birch, Magala, Paterson.
(Alternatives: Sipamla, Bokako, Mnyaka)
(You can also go with Peter Malan as VC in small leagues in place of Linde)
Grand league picks:
Peter Malan, Hamza, Mnyaka, Vallie.
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