About the Match
Dolphins recently lost the match against Warriors by 1 run and they are currently placed 3rd with 12 points; they will take on Lions, who are placed 5th with 12 points, on 6th December at Durban. The Lions lost their game against Warriors by 4 wickets after failing to defend 182 runs; they will try to get back into the race with a much-needed victory on Wednesday. The Dolphins on the other hand, had some of their games abandoned due to rain recently, and are eager to make a comeback before it gets too late. It needs to be seen which team can overcome the challenges and emerge victorious here.
Chasing 154 against Warriors, the top-order batsmen put up a dismal show and except Morne van Wyk, who scored a well-made 57 before getting run-out, the others failed to fire. Sibonelo Makhanya tried to revive the innings with 33 off 24 while Robbie Frynlick and Keshav Maharaj fought hard to get the runs on board. However, they failed to secure a win as they fell short of the target by 1 run. Earlier, Mthokozisi Shezi and Robbie Frylinck dismissed 3 opponents each to stifle the opponents to 153 while spinner Keshav Maharaj and Andile Phehlukwayo claimed a wicket each.
When they met Lions earlier, the batsmen posted 168 runs thanks to a good show by Morne van Wyk and Sibonelo Makhanya, who scored 40+ runs each. Robbie Frylinck scored 22 runs but others like Sarel Erwee and Khaya Zondo were dismissed for single digits. Andile Phehlukwayo claimed 2-26 in the second innings while Frylinck dismissed one opponent; however, they couldn’t contain the Lions in the end, losing the contest by 6 wickets.
The Dolphins haven’t won a match in a long time and are desperate for a win now; they have good resources with bat and ball, who could try and take the team ahead in the campaign.
Chasing 169 against Dolphins, Reeza Hendricks posted a brilliant 102 off 72 while Rassie van der Dussen scored a well-made 57 to steer the team towards a big win. The openers single-handedly managed the innings, and are in good form to repeat the fine performance again. Earlier, the bowlers led by captain Aaron Phangiso’s 2-25 contained the opponents with regular wickets; Hardus Viljoen, Kagiso Rabada, Bjorn Fortuin and Willem Mulder took a wicket each to stifle the Dolphins at 168.
Against Cape Cobras, the batsmen started the innings positively while chasing 146 thanks to a good show by Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen. Mangaliso Mosehle and Dwaine Pretorius contributed well to keep the scoreboard ticking but they fell short of the target by 6 runs. The bowlers had earlier done well to restrict Cobras to 145; Kagiso Rabada, Hardus Viljoen and Willem Mulder took 2 wickets apiece and they provide variety to the attack.
The Lions have a strong top-order which has continuously done well while batting first or during chase; they will try to put their best foot forward in all departments of the game to win on Wednesday.
Both sides have met each other previously wherein Lions had emerged victorious, and they will fight hard to repeat the winning performance again. The contest could go down to the wire but we feel that Lions with their all-round performance are better placed to win the match