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Dolphins vs Cape Cobras Predictions & Tips - Dolphins tipped for victory in CSA T20 Challenge opener

  • Dolphins vs Cape Cobras predictions for Friday’s CSA T20 Challenge match
  • The match will be played at Kingsmead at 12:30 GMT
  • Kyle Verreynne scored 50 runs in his last limited overs match
  • I am backing the Dolphins to get their season underway with victory
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Ralph Staniforth 18 Feb 2021
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Dolphins vs Cape Cobras Predictions


These are two evenly matched sides but the Dolphins have momentum. They also have in-form players and more all-rounders, which offers them more depth than the Cobras. 

My best bet is the Dolphins to win at home.

  • Dolphins' David Miller scored 85 runs in his last T20 match.
  • Dolphins reached the final of the 2021 Momentum Cup.
  • Dolphins have won 4 of their last 6 T20 matches against the Cape Cobras.
  • Cape Cobras’ Kyle Verreynne has scored 48 & 50 runs in his last 2 limited overs matches.

Head to Head


The Cape Cobras hold a narrow 14-13 lead over the Dolphins in 27 T20 matches played. When they met in the CSA T20 Challenge in 2019, the Dolphins won by five wickets.

Dolphins Form


The Dolphins will carry some confidence into the CSA T20 Challenge after sharing the recently completed Momentum Cup. Despite it being a 50-over competition, form players often transcend the various formats.

The Durban-based franchise has not won the CSA T20 Challenge since the 2013-14 season but will have home ground advantage this season.

David Miller comes into the competition having scored 85 runs in his last T20 match. That was for South Africa against Pakistan less than a week ago.

Dolphins Injuries & Team News


The Dolphins will be captained by Keshav Maharaj and the skipper will have a massive role to play. As a spin bowler in home conditions, he could be the key to success.

Other internationals include David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo and Khaya Zondo. Sarel Erwee toured Pakistan with the national team but never made his debut. 

Cape Cobras Form


The Cape Cobras were disappointing during the Momentum Cup recently. They lost out at the semi-final stage, but only really got there because a number of matches were abandoned for poor weather.

The Cobras won this competition in the 2014/15 season and are certainly among the favourites coming into this year’s competition.

Cape Cobras Injuries & Team News


The Cobras will be led by former Titans opening batsman, Tony de Zorzi. International players such as Zubayr Hamza, George Linde and Kyle Verreynne will be their key players.

It is on the bowling front where the Cape side look a bit short on quality. Nandre Burger and Corbin Bosch will need to step up and show their qualities.

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Verdict

The Dolphins are at home and have winning form behind them. I'm backing the hosts to win with David Miller to top score. 

Kyle Verreynne is tipped to continue his good limited overs form by top scoring for the Cobras.

Best Bet: Dolphins Win Result @-125.00 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Best Dolphins Batsman Tip: David Miller Best Dolphins Batsman @300.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best Cobras Batsman Tip: Kyle Verreynne Best Cobras Batsman @400.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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