Davids and Brand lead the Cobras to victory
Henry Davids lead the way for the Cape Cobras who defeated the Victorian Bushrangers by 8 wickets in a shorted game after this mornings bomb scare at the stadium.
Well before the fireworks explode on the stadium roof tops and on the ground on Diwali Day on Saturday , the Victorian Bushrangers and Cape Cobras already have one foot each in the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament.
Ironically, Royal Challengers play Delhi Daredevils later but their fate might well be decided earlier itself for if Cobras manage to win, their chances will go up in the smoke that emanates after the firecrackers explode.
According to the tournament's format, the teams carry forward the points earned in the Group Stage against their group opponents in the League Phase.
Victorian Bushrangers and Cape Cobras, having beaten Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers respectively, begin their campaigns with two points already in their bags. With their authoritative victory over Royal challengers, the Victorian Bushrangers now have four points.
Win or lose, Cape Cobras will have an edge going back to Delhi for their final game against the Daredevils. No matter what the result, Royal Challengers only have a remote chance of advancing.
On paper at least, the four semifinalists could well be four foreign sides, with Victorian Bushrangers and Cape Cobras among them.
The Melbourne and Cape Town based teams offer a keen contest in Saturday's double-header. Cape Cobras' Jean-Paul Duminy heads the tournament's batting averages with 131 runs from two games. The impressive Duminy hammered a brilliant unbeaten 99 against Royal Challengers and returns to his happy hunting ground.
Skipper Andrew Puttick became the tournament first centurion while making an unbeaten 104 against the Otago Volts. But in Andrew McDonald, Mckay and Holland Victorian Bushrangers to have a quality attack to curtail Cobras.