The Cobras have made far and away the most team changes of the six franchises in the competition thus far, largely as a result of their Proteas players requiring a week’s rest.
They will now make at least two tweaks to their side for Friday’s game.
“JP will have a break on Friday, and Graeme has been pulled out of the tournament altogether because his ankle flared up. It’s a precaution, and he’ll also be preparing for the Test series (against Australia in February),” said Cobras coach Paul Adams.
Hashim Amla will play his final match before he takes a break, while Duminy will return in time for the Cobras’ final two games next weekend.
“We’ll also have a look at Vernon Philander and see if his fitness is alright,” added Adams. “He woke up with a back spasm on Wednesday so we’ll see if he’s alright to go on Friday.”
Justin Kemp will play his first game since taking a break for the birth of his child, with a spot in the line-up having opened up for him.
Despite the Cobras’ numerous team changes in the tournament they currently have a 10-point lead at the top of the table, although the Dolphins have two games in hand.
Friday’s clash is, therefore, crucial if the Dolphins are to deny the Cobras a second home final of the season, with the Western Cape side having already hosted the Momentum One-Day Cup final.
The Dolphins go into the fixture in excellent form, having scored a mammoth 214 for two in a handsome victory over the bizhub Highveld Lions on Wednesday night.
HEAD TO HEAD – Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras vs. Sunfoil Dolphins
Matches Played 16
Cobras Win 08
Dolphins Win 07
No Result 00
by Michael Owen Smith