I felt good out there, says JP Duminy as Malan ton takes Cobras home over Dolphins
Domestic / 9 March 2019, 6:35pm / LUNGANI ZAMA at PMB Oval
PIETERMARITZBURG – JP Duminy is ready for a return to the Proteas.
His batting is as crisp as ever, his bowling is efficient – if a bit rusty – and his ability to throw powerfully is improving all the time.
“It’s been an ideal comeback – aside from the first game,” he told Independent Media.
His sense of humour is intact too, then, as he chuckled about the zero on his first game back.
Since then, half-centuries at the Wanderers and in Maritzburg on Saturday have settled any concerns about rustiness.
His 74 not out from 56 balls propelled the Cobras to the creepiest of wins over the Dolphins.
“It was just about time in the middle, and these last two games were ideal in that sense. I felt good out there, and I feel myself getting stronger and stronger every day,” Duminy added.
He will be fine, and will hope to transfer that form into the last two one-dayers in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.
On a related note, beware the Cape Cobras.
In a matter of a few days, the men from the mountain have accounted for both the Lions and the Dolphins, both away from home.
In that time, they have had several players star with some wonderful performances.
On Saturday in Maritzburg, Janneman Malan clattered his way to a 72-ball hundred, before ending on 115 not out.
That saw the Cobras chase down 219 to win a 28-overs-a-side affair, which almost didn’t happen.
Perspective. Hashim Amla has been missing for Cobras and Proteas because of personal circumstances that are far more important than sport. More than a tournament. Perhaps we, as an eager media, can draw a line on speculating what should or shouldn't happen next.
Their industry this season has deserved a trophy, and they might feel that this Momentum One-Day Cup is the one.
Great chase.@CobrasCricket cruised home by eight wickets, two overs to spare.@jpduminy21 showed his class with an effortless 74 not out. Ideal comeback, Newlands duck aside. Reckons he is improving every day. No discomfort with bat. Can bowl. Throwing will get stronger. Done.