About the Match
Both the Knights and the Titans won their opening matches in the tournament and will be now looking to build on that momentum. The presence of some of the most exciting T20 players in the world will make this contest extremely intriguing as will the possibility of some rain around. The Ram Slam 2017 is promising to be an extremely high-quality T20 tournament and should go down to the wire.
A relatively straightforward victory for the Knights in their first match against the Warriors would have put the squad in an extremely positive frame of mind. Their bowlers did a magnificent job led by Merchant de Lange, Shadley van Schalkwyk, and Eddie Leie while the batting overcame a mild jitter to coast home in the end.
Runs for de Bruyn and Miller in the middle order are going to be crucial throughout for this Knights team because there is a little lack of experience around them. Grant Mokoena and Patrick Kruger at the top of the order will have to ensure they are able to get off to some fast starts and take some pressure off the following batsmen.
Ryan McLaren in the middle order will also have a big role to play in trying to provide the thrust if needed as well as stopping any collapses from occurring in case Miller and de Bruyn fall cheaply.
The Knights batting seems to be a little too dependent on Miller and we wonder if they will be able to put up the same kind of numbers if he fails.
The bowling will once again depend heavily on van Schalkwyk and de Lange to perform. Their task will be much tougher against an in-form AB de Villiers who just dismantled Kagiso Rabada and company in his last game.
The Knights are definitely up against it in this one.
A rain-shortened contest against the Lions could not deter the Titans from making their mark early in the tournament. Led by a brilliant all-round performance from Albie Morkel and an absolutely thrilling assault from AB de Villiers, the Titans made light work of a potentially tricky target.
Of course, the fact that they were chasing a par total was down to the ability of Albie Morkel to extract swing from the new ball and pick up some early wickets. David Wiese also mixed up his pace well and troubled the batsmen while Ngidi and Shamsi provided the slow bowling support.
The Titans have a strong bowling attack that should put pressure on ay opposition but it is their batting unit that really stands out.
Quinton de Kock, Albie Morkel, AB de Villiers, Farhaan Behardien, and David Wiese are all very dangerous with the bat and can win matches from close to any position. Just take this stat in: AB de Villiers and Albie Morkel played a combined total of 39 deliveries in their last match. They managed to hit ten of those for a six and dispatched four of them for boundaries.
Both the players had an individual strike rate in excess of 250.00
While de Villiers may stand out as the most important wicket, Quinton de Kock also has a habit of scoring centuries in this form of the game and can be equally destructive.
It will have to take a spectacular kind of collapse from the Titans to find themselves short of runs in any match.
Pitch and Conditions
The forecast is for some scattered showers through the day. Hopefully, the match does not get shortened and deprive the people of their chance to see some top-quality action. We think that the chances of the Knights improve if the game gets condensed and that is something to be considered while placing your bets.
The pitch promises to be hard and true, like most pitches in South Africa. Par score should be somewhere in the region of 170.
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