About the Match
With the tournament picking up pace, Dolphins and Lions, who have 4 points each from their respective wins against Titans and Warriors in their opening matches, will meet each other for the first time this season at Durban on 15th Oct. With the Lions slightly ahead of Dolphins on the points ahead by way of NRR, they will look to better their position and climb up the ladder whereas the Dolphins who won against Titans by 5 wickets through D/L method will be eager to give another good performance on the field. It will be interesting to see how the two teams fare in Wednesday’s game as the pressure mounts on.
Although Alexander’s 2-58 helped the team get early wickets against Titans and Frylinck’s 3 wicket haul caused some despair in the opponent’s side, they couldn’t restrict Titans from getting a massive score of 340 runs. Imran Tahir played well and contributed with a wicket; however, the opponents kept the scoreboard ticking. With D/L method in place, the batsmen had to score 301 runs from 42 overs and they achieved it with 5 balls to spare thanks to the captain, Morne van Wyk’s unbeaten 121 off 112 balls. Jaarsveld too looks in good form as he scored 62 off 55 balls and Delport, Zondo and Smit contributed with the run-flow. The batting unit must share the responsibility of getting the runs on board and play to build solid partnerships in this format of the game unlike the many T20 games the team has been playing recently. Overall, the team has a well-balanced side of established batsmen and bowlers; with a little bit of perseverance and precision, this team can be a tough one to beat in the upcoming matches.
With players like Neil Mckenzie and Quinton de Kock, the team has a good batting strength; in the last game against Warriors, McKenzie scored a good 73 off 86 whereas Quinton posted an 83-run opening stand along with Cook wherein he scored a good knock of 56 off 50 deliveries. Tsolekile played very well, scoring 51 off 36 and giving good support to Mckenzie, putting up a well-made 91-run partnership for the 5th wicket. Symes, Bavuma and Pretorius also have the capabilities to help the team reach good targets; putting up a total of 291 runs in the last game, the batsmen worked as a well-knit squad. On the bowling front, Tsotsobe is a huge asset as he claimed a whopping 5 wickets giving away just 44 runs to steer the team towards a win; Viljoen gives good support and he too contributed with 3 wickets against Warriors to help demolish the opponents’ hopes. Rabada and Phangiso also bring their wicket-taking abilities to the table; this bowling unit mixes pace and spin well however, the spinners need to find more rhythm to make a dent on the opposing team.
While the Lions have a good mix of experienced batsmen and determined bowlers, they will need to be cautious against the Dolphins, who are doing very well at the moment as seen in the last game as they defeated a strong unit like Titans. Though the match will definitely go down to the wire, the Lions are better placed to bring out their strengths and win the battle at the end.
Lions, 2.10 @ TitanBet