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|NJ Van den Bergh||91||112||8||2||81.25|
|Shaun von Berg||10.0||0||43||1||4.30|
|Shaun von Berg||9||12||1||0||75.00|
|Raynard van Tonder||0||1||0||0||0.00|
The Lions and the Knights are on two opposite ends of the Momentum ODI Cup 2020 table right now. While the Lions have won three out of the four matches they have played in, the Knights have lost three out of the four completed matches they have been a part of. There was one additional match where rain did not allow a result to be achieved.
The Lions will be hoping to continue the kind of form they have shown so far while the Knights need to turn things around. Both teams come into the contest with a win in their previous matches.
Lions vs Knights Momentum ODI Cup 2020 is going to be played at the New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg on the 26th of February 2020.
The Lions are going to be without Reeza Hendricks for this match as he has been called up for South African duty against the Australians. His absence weakens the batting significantly, however, there would not be too much concern about that in the team right now since the Lions chased down 305 without any major contributions from Hendricks.
Ryan Rickelton is perhaps the most important Lions player in the batting department and has been having a great season so far. A couple of innings where did not convert his start into something more significant is no cause for worry. Players like Nicky van der Bergh, Wihan Lubbe, and Delano Potgieter all need to step up the run-scoring a bit to help the Lions compensate for the loss of Reeza Hendricks.
Aaron Phangiso picked up four wickets in the previous match. He is the captain of the side and also the most experienced member of the bowling attack. We don’t think the Lions have a very strong bowling unit but they have been able to keep most of their opponents in check so far.
Malusi Siboto, Johannes Diseko, Wihan Lubbe, and Eldred Hawken are some of the other bowlers in this lineup.
Ryan Rickelton, Dominic Hendricks, Kagiso Rapulana, NJ Van den Bergh, Wihan Lubbe, Delano Potgieter, Bjorn Fortuin, MP Siboto, Aaron Phangiso, B Hendricks, Eldred Hawken.
The Knights managed to get their first win of the tournament thanks to a brilliant inning from Jacques Snyman in the previous match. He scored 124 off just 71 deliveries and made a tricky chase into a walk in the park.
Cricket is a game where individual brilliance can always tilt the balance in favor of the underdog, however, that does not happen very consistently. Snyman’s inning was an outlier and overall the Knights remain a poor batting team.
Even in the previous match that they won, there were two batsmen that got out without scoring in the top-4. That is just not acceptable. The Knights have to hope that another one of their batsmen has a game to remember otherwise its batting is not going to enough to keep in the contest.
The news does not get too much better when we talk about the bowling either.
Shaun von Berg, Patrick Kruger, Mbulelo Budaza, and Tshepo Ntuli are the leading bowlers for this side. There is a decent mix of experience and upcoming talent but at this current moment, the bowling attack is not threatening enough to cause problems to the opposing batsmen consistently.
It appears as if the Knights are waiting for the batsmen to make the mistakes rather than setting and following up on their own plans.
Wandile Makwetu, Keegan Petersen, AGS Gous, Raynard van Tonder, Obus Pienaar, G Jacques Snyman, Patrick Kruger, Shaun von Berg, Mbulelo Budaza, Ottneil Baartman, T Ntuli.
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An excellent day with very little chance of rain has been forecast for match day. There is some rain moving towards Johannesburg but that is not a problem we will have to think about for this match at least.
The pitch at the Wanderers is going to be good for batting. The surfaces everywhere in South Arica have been good for batting. The ball comes on to the bat nicely and the bowlers are able to extract a little something for the surface as well.
A total of about 300 seems to the minimum that teams batting first would be aiming for.
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We don’t think the Knights have enough in their squad to warrant a punt on them. They will pull off the occasional upset but the odds are always going to be stacked against them. The absence of Reeza Hendricks could make the contest a bit closer but we still expect to see the Lions emerge as the winning team.
Bet on the Lions to win.
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