About the Match
The Knights lost their recent game against Titans by 3 wickets and they now have 5 points from 2 matches, placed second on the table; they will go up against Warriors, who also lost their match against Cobras by 12 runs and are placed third with 5 points, on 20th November at Bloemfontein. Having suffered losses recently, both teams will fight hard to make a comeback here; it needs to be seen which side can keep a cool head above its shoulders to register a victory on Sunday.
Batting first, the Knights put up a brave effort of setting up 185 runs on the table thanks to an excellent innings by David Miller, who posted an unbeaten 120 off 61. The middle order batsmen hit 9 sixes and 8 boundaries to help the team pile up the runs but it wasn't enough to win the match. Bowlers Merchant de Lange, Diego Rosier, Patrick Kruger and Dillon du Preez took regular wickets but the opposition reached the target well in time.
In the match against Cobras, openers Rudi Second and Patrick Kruger had built a good foundation, posting 72 for the opening stand; Kruger went on to score 74 off 49 while all-rounders like Diego Rosier and Merchant de Lange kept the scoreboard ticking with 20+runs each. Merchant de Lange wrapped up a figure of 3-17, showing his mettle with the ball, and with help from others like Kruger, du Preez, Zuma and Ntuli, the Knights demolished the opposition with ease to win the match by 38 runs.
The coming to the form of Miller is a good sign for the team, and he can come out with all the firepower yet again here; with a strong middle order and an in-form bowling attack that consists of pacers and spinners, the Knights could well make a comeback on Sunday.
Chasing 164 runs, the batting line-up failed to build steady partnerships, and despite Colin Ackermann’s 60 off 41, they couldn’t reach the finish line. Players like Colin Ingram, JJ Smuts and Christiaan Jonker fell cheaply, and they could only muster 151 in the end. Earlier, the bowlers Ackermann and Andre Birch had taken 5 wickets between them to restrict the opponents to 163; Sisanda Magala and Walters had also provided breakthroughs to help them dominate on the field.
In the match against Dolphins previously, Andre Birch was superb, taking 3-16 in 4 overs while Solo Nqweni and others provided good support by bowling economically and taking quick wickets in regular intervals to contain the opponents to a lowly 115. JJ Smuts had then scored a well-made 54 off 39 while Ackermann’s unbeaten 41 ensured they won the match easily by 7 wickets.
Overall, they have good resources with bat and ball, and they could try to strategize well against the Knights here.
Both teams have had similar run so far, and will try to dominate each other to try and climb up the ladder; while the contest could go down to the wire, we feel that the Knights with their batting strength are better placed to win on Sunday