About the Match
The Knights defeated Lions by 8 wickets in a scintillating finish at the semi-final to make it to the finals, which is to be held on 12th Dec at Cape Town against Cape Cobras, who had booked a home final much earlier when they defeated Knights in the last league match. Both teams have done well to reach this stage and will come out all guns blazing to lift the trophy on Friday; it needs to be seen which side can keep a cool head above its shoulders in crunch situations and emerge victorious.
While their bowling unit is tight with players like Dale Steyn, Shezi, Peterson and Pollard, who have been consistent in their performance and wicket-taking abilities, the batsmen too have been going for the big runs to win matches. It was Richard Levi’s 64 off 61 that gave a major boost to their innings, batting first against Knights in their earlier encounter whereas Ramela and Puttick too are key assets in the top order. Players like Ontong and Vilas bring out their all-rounder capabilities to strengthen the middle order; on the bowling front, Robin Peterson brings his experience and consistency in taking regular wickets to the table and will be a strong pillar in the attack whereas Shezi, Linde, Paterson, Ontong and Pollard will bring variety into the squad when they face the Knights on Friday. Overall, this team is looking good to come out stronger and repeat their excellent performance on the field to give a tough fight for the cup.
In the last encounter with the Cobras, the team ended up on the losing side with a defeat by just 8 runs; they will be eager to reverse the story this time around and come out trumps with a better determination and will to succeed in the finals. They did exceedingly well to defeat the Lions in the semi-finals and make it to the top by chasing the target of 149 runs convincingly; Reeza Hendricks and Rilee Rossouw put up a strong 115-run partnership for the 2nd wicket to dismiss any chance for a recovery by the Lions’ bowlers; Hendricks is in good nick with the bat as he scored a splendid 74 off 53 while Rossouw made a comeback with a well-made 58 off 42. The batting line-up is strong and with bowlers like Siboto, Russell, du Preez, Coetsee and Schalkwyk, the team can definitely give a tough challenge to the Cobras on Friday. It needs to be seen if they can strategize well and use the resources to their advantage and emerge victorious against the team that has reigned supreme till now.
Both teams are equally matched in terms of player performance and match-winners, who can change the result of the game in no time; it will be interesting to see which side can dominate the other from a vantage point in this crucial match. Though the Cobras have the home advantage and have been performing very well throughout, the Knights who have recently conquered the Lions are looking better placed to clinch the title with their fighting spirit and determination.
Knights, 2.37 @ TitanBet