“We bowled too straight and that was the wrong line against a batsman like Stephen Cook who is strong on the leg-side. Initially we went for one or two runs while Vernon (Philander) and Dane (Paterson) were bowling. After their spells, we bowled on both sides of the wicket, and strayed to wide outside the off-stump and the leg-side,” said Vilas.
The Cape Cobras and The Unlimited Titans will do battle on Friday at PPC Newlands in a repeat of last season’s Momentum One Day Cup final. The Cobras, who featured in the finals the past four seasons, have some unfinished business, as the Titans beat them by five wicket in the deciding clash.
The South African wicketkeeper, who made his test debut in the second test against Bangladesh in July this year, said he has spoken to the former Indian test legend Rahul Dravid while representing South Africa A in India.
He picked up some valuable tips from the former Indian maestro on how to handle the slow bowlers in India. One of those ideas was to play with soft hands, and also not to allow the spinners to settle and to apply pressure over a prolonged period.
“It is like allowing Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander to bowl at you at Newlands, and you don’t take them on. You are bound to get a good delivery sooner or later,” he added.