One more victory in the 2019 CSA T20 Challenge should be enough to secure the Cape Cobras a home semi-final, according to assistant coach Faiek Davids.
The Cobras currently lead the tournament’s six-team standings after five wins in eight attempts. They will host the Lions at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday, and visit the Dolphins at Kingsmead in Durban on Sunday.
‘We know that if we win one out of two then we will have a home semi-final, but the target is for more than that. Two wins will ensure we are at home for the potential final and that remains the target,’ said Davids.
‘There’re a lot of tired bodies out there after a long season, so we hope we can get through the next two games unscathed in terms of injuries. We’re confident we can do well in the competition.’
Proteas all-rounder JP Duminy, who has been sidelined by shoulder surgery, will likely return to competitive cricket against the Lions.
‘JP is back for the last two, and his availability will be a significant boost for us. It will make selection tough, but it’s always great to have a player of his ability in the side. He gives us extra options as a bowler and strengthens the batting as well,’ added Davids.
Cricket South Africa, meanwhile, has confirmed that both semi-finals will be contested on 1 May.
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