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Each team in the CSA T20 challenge has now played five matches. The Knights and the Lions, the two teams competing in this match are on the opposite ends of the CSA T20 Challenge League table at the moment. The Knights have lost their three completed matches and are still searching for their first win.
The Lions, on the other hand, are in second place in the standing and have three out of their four completed matches. They enter this match against the Knights as the definite favorites and would be targeting another win to ensure they stay ahead of the trailing pack.
The Lions won their previous match against the Titans quite comfortable while the Knights suffered a narrow loss against the Cape Cobras. The upcoming match is scheduled to be played at the Diamond Oval, Kimberley.
There was a time during the last match for the Knights where they seemed to be in a good spot to get their first win of the tournament. They had bowled well to keep the Cape Cobras to 150 and were then 89 for no loss in the 13th over.
That was the high point for the Knights, though, as they suffered a batting collapse and then fell five runs behind the target. The Knights may not have been able to win the last match but they can take hope from an improved performance.
Patrick Kruger scored 57 and was in excellent form. His partnership with Raynard van Tonder was excellent and the side can hope for some more contributions from the pair in the upcoming matches.
The middle order, though, needs to play much better. Petrus van Biljon, Ryan McLaren, and Grant Mokoena have not contributed as they are expected to. The Knights are not getting any standout individual performances and so it is essential that the entire team chips in.
On the bowling side, Ryan McLaren and Shadley van Schalkwyk led the attack very well and kept a strong batting lineup under control. They will need to do the same thing again since the Lions have probably the best batting lineup in this competition.
The Knights are in a rut and it can be difficult for a team to break out of a losing cycle like this. One of their senior players needs to play an exceptional inning otherwise the Lions are going to walk all over them.
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Reeza Hendricks has been terribly unlucky to have missed out on the South African ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 squad. He harnessed his frustration to score 77 from 61 balls and lead his side to victory against the Titans.
Reeza Hendricks was helped Rassie Van der Dussen who scored 85 off just 47 deliveries. His runs came at a strike rate of 180.85 and were an example of just why he is rated so highly by the South African selectors.
Wiaan Mulder and Temba Bavuma did not have to much to do while Dwaine Pretorius came into bat in the last over as well.
The Lions are blessed with international talent throughout their batting order and this is their biggest strength. With Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen in form, we can expect another high scoring performance by the Lions batting lineup.
If one of these two batsmen were to fail in this upcoming match then Dwaine Pretorius is the player that we would back to make the most runs for the Lions.
The Lions bowling has been going very well as well. It helps that the batsmen have been putting up big scores in most of the matches but that should not take away from the performance of the bowlers.
Bjorn Fortuin, Aaron Phangiso, Dwaine Pretorius, and Nono Pongolo form a very good bowling attack. They are going to up against one of the weakest batting lineups in the Knights and we would expect the bowlers to be lining up to get their chance to bowl.
The Lions are a superior side to the Lions in all aspects of the game and we can only see them losing this match through a disastrous team performance where none of their multiple big-name players perform to expectations.
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The CSA T20 Challenge match between the Knights and the Lions is going to be played at the Diamond Oval, Kimberley. There is some rain expected in Kimberley but the forecast improves as the day goes on. Hopefully, the weather would have cleared by the time the match gets underway.
The pitch at Kimberley is pretty good for batting. If we are able to get a full game in then we should see a high-scoring match where the batsmen dominate.
The Lions are the obvious favorites and we would advise sticking with them in this match. Their batting is far superior to the Knights and the Lions bowling attack is also much better. This makes the Lions the easy team to back.
Back the Lions to win.
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