CAPE TOWN. – Dane Vilas will slot in at number four for the Buildnat Cape Cobras for their next four must-win T20 Challenge games. Hashim Amla has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament due to the whiplash that he sustained when he failed to hang onto a JP Duminy-catch in the third test at the Adelaide Oval.
Paul Adams, the Buildnat Cape Cobras’ coach, said Duminy is given a week to recuperate after the South African tour to Australia. The team won’t tamper with their current bowling attack and therefore Vernon Philander won’t be considered for the T20 Challenge clash against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in Durban on Sunday.
Adams said Vilas is an important acquisition for the Buildnat Cape Cobras as he fulfils the dual role of excellent runner and boundary hitter with distinction.
Such is the make-up of the squad that the team can adapt to any situation and can introduce Justin Ontong earlier, or Kieron Pollard, whatever is required.
But the coach said the team doesn’t want to be drawn into permutations prematurely with regards to their position on the log. The next four games are massive ones, and a win in east game would be the focus, instead of worrying about bonus points or the performances of other teams.
“We must focus on what we can control,” he said.
“I thought our batting performance in the abandoned game against the Multiply Titans was massive in terms of attitude and effort,” he said. Adams referred to the impressive 115 for four smashed by the Buildnat Cape Cobras in only ten overs.
The Cobras are currently fifth on the log, and, ideally, need to win their next four games and acquire some bonus points to eclipse the Warriors, who are second-placed, while the Eastern Cape franchise will have to sustain some losses if the Cobras are to host a semi-final play-off.
The Multiply Titans boast 24 points after six matches and is practically out of reach of the Cobras.
Yet, the Cape champions have a very real chance of still making the play-offs if they beat the Dolphins and continue a winning streak of three successive wins thereafter. The Dolphins currently have 11 points after six matches, only three more than the Cobras.
Bolstered by the presence of Vilas and the availability of an all-rounder in Duminy as well as the reserve-strength provided by Philander, they can finish the domestic T20-campaign with a bang (weather permitting).