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The Dolphins and the Knights are going to be playing the first semi-final of the Momentum ODI Cup 2020 after a tight fight for the final few qualification spots. The Knights managed to pip the Titans in a virtual quarter-final in their previous match.
The Dolphins topped the league stage and have been the most consistent team of the tournament so far. All of that does not mean for much now as a single bad match will mean the end of the tournament. One of the two teams has to lose and the Knights must believe they have as good a chance as any to be able to win this match.
Dolphins vs Knights Momentum ODI Cup 2020 semi-final is going to be played at Kingsmead, Durban on the 17th of March 2020.
A couple of losses in their previous two matches is not the ideal way the Dolphins would have like to reach the semi-final. The Dolphins must hope that the losses will serve as a wakeup call to their players and get them in the right frame of mind for the semis.
The Dolphins need their strong batting lineup to start firing once more. Players such as Sarel Erwee, Grant Roelofsen, Marques Ackerman, Khaya Zondo, and Cody Chetty all have a couple of good performances in the tournament already.
They are in good form and just need to get a bit of discipline in their ranks.
We think this is a great opportunity for someone like Grant Roelefsen or Khaya Zondo to be able to play a big inning and put their names in the conversation for a national call up.
Robbie Frylinck, Daryn Dupavillon, and Pranelan Subrayen will lead the bowling attack against the Knights. The Dolphins will be wary of the Knights who have had a late spike in their performances and come into this contest on the back of some very impressive results.
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The Knights won a low-scoring match against the Titans in their previous outing. Shaun von Bergh picked up five wickets to absolutely wreck the Titans and ensure his team did not have to score too many to get into the semi-final.
Now, the Knights have to hope for a strong bowling performance once again to stop the strong Dolphins batting.
Shaun von Bergh had very good support from Mbulelo Budaza, Marco Jansen, and Jacques Snyman as well. Can this same bunch stop the Dolphins from scoring freely in the upcoming match? We don’t think so. The conditions were in the favor of the bowlers in the previous match and that is where the Knights managed to take advantage.
That may not be the case in the match against the Dolphins.
Jacques Snyman, Patrick Kruger, Keegan Petersen, and Andries Gous are going to lead the batting for the Knights. We don’t think the Knights have a very strong batting lineup in comparison to what the Dolphins have.
Snyman and Petersen have recorded some impressive performances in the previous few matches and could be the most dangerous batsmen to watch out from the Knights camp in this match.
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The team that wins the toss is going to want to bat first.
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There is no rain expected in Durban on match day and so we can hope for a complete, uninterrupted game to enjoy. The pitch at Kingsmead is one of the best for batting. There is a very good amount of bounce in the surface and some pretty decent pace as well.
That means the batsmen and bowlers both have something to work with. The quick outfield and the fielding restrictions tilt things in favor of the batsmen, though.
We think the Dolphins are the team to bet on in this match. They may have lost their previous two matches but that does not make them a bad team overnight. The batting lineup of the Dolphins is stronger and the bowling is also superior.
The Knights have shown a lot of fight but we also think they have been a bit lucky to win some close matches. That luck could run out any soon.
Bet on the Dolphins to win.
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