About the Match
With 26 points from nine matches played, Lions are at the second position of the points tally at the Ram Slam Challenge this season and have made it to the semi-final stage; they will take on Knights, who have 22 points and currently occupy the third place, in the last league match of the series on 3rd Dec at Kimberley. Both teams will fight to get as many points as possible to finish off on a favourable note and it will be interesting to see how the semi-finalists line up against each other in the remaining part of the series.
Losing the last match against the Cobras by a narrow margin of 8 runs, after coming close to victory must have surely been a bitter experience but the Knights have learnt many tough lessons by now; they will definitely come back stronger with renewed vigour to cross the remaining hurdles ahead. Reeza Hendricks is in good nick and is truly valuable as the opener along with Abrahams, who has had a mixed run till now; Second, who scored an unbeaten 50 off 33 against the Cobras is performing well in the middle order along with Bodibe and Andre Russell, who blasted away a quick 50 off just 19 balls against the Dolphins last week which helped the team set a good target and win the match. Rilee Rossouw hasn’t been able to live up to the expectations but he surely has the talent to perform under pressure as he has done many a number of times on the international stage. On the bowling front, Russell and Schalkwyk have been regularly taking wickets and along with players like Siboto, Coetsee, Friend and Pienaar they can demolish the opponent’s batting line-up with ease.
It was an incredible victory against Titans by 1 run on Friday that took them ahead on the points table; setting up 179 runs batting first, the team went on to defend the score well in time to win the match. Dussen’s unbeaten 101 off 61 deliveries and McKenzie’s 47 off 40 balls helped the team build a steady innings while Tsotsobe and Leie took 2 wickets each to take the team safely home. However, against Dolphins, the batting line-up failed haplessly; Chris Gayle continued to struggle with the run-flow and Quinton too failed to produce a good knock. Dussen couldn’t do better than posting 20 runs while McKenzie faltered getting out on a duck; except for Morris who scored 37 runs, the rest of them fell like a pack of cards, achieving only 121 runs. The bowlers did well to dismiss the opponents on a regular basis but with not much to defend, they were helpless at the end; Rabada, Morris and Matshikwe are looking good with the ball and as a unit, they can succeed provided the batsmen come out all guns blazing against the Knights.
While the result could go either way, both teams will come up with a spirited effort to make it comfortably to the next level; however, the Lions with a good mix of batsmen and bowlers, who have been working well as a unit to win matches, are slightly better placed than the Knights to win this round.
Lions, 1.66 @ TitanBet