Titans captain Dean Elgar won’t draw much inspiration from consecutive victories over the Cape Cobras earlier in the One-Day Cup, come Wednesday’s semi-final at SuperSport Park in Centurion.
The Titans beat the Cobras by 83 runs at Newlands in Cape Town and with 10 wickets in Centurion earlier this month – and will compete for a berth in Sunday’s final against the Lions or the Warriors.
‘It was my conversation with the squad on Monday. The fact that we beat them in the round robin, it means nothing. It’s a totally different scenario now and they are a team that play finals cricket very well,’ said Elgar.
‘They’re a very dangerous side and will have one dangerous Proteas player back in JP Duminy, which makes them a dangerous side again.’
While the Cobras will welcome the return of Duminy, the Titans will also have the trio of Dale Steyn, Aiden Markram and Tabraiz Shamsi back from South Africa’s recent T20I series against Sri Lanka.
‘It’s definitely beneficial for us and we’re extremely grateful to have them. We welcome them back and hope they make a big difference,’ added Elgar.
‘We obviously have to give ourselves the best chance to win another trophy, and if we can field our best squad I’m sure it will give us a chance.
‘Our last two games haven’t been the best for us, so we now have a few class cricketers back that can be an advantage. It will give us the best opportunity to get the trophy.’
Titans squad: Farhaan Behardien, Corbin Bosch, Junior Dala, Dean Elgar (captain), Theunis de Bruyn, Tony de Zorzi, Heino Kuhn, Gregory Mahlokwana, Aiden Markram, Sizwe Masondo, Tshepo Moreki, Marcello Piedt, Grant Thomson, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Jonathan Vandiar.
Cape Cobras squad: Akhona Mnyaka, Aviwe Mgijima, Dane Paterson, JP Duminy (captain), Dane Piedt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne, Pieter Malan, Rory Kleinveldt, Tladi Bokako, Tsepo Ndwandwa, Vernon Philander, Zubayr Hamza.
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