About the Match
The Lions defeated Cape Cobras by 7 wickets in the last game and are at the 4th position with 4 points so far; they will go up against Dolphins, who are placed 2nd with 6 points, on 19th November at Potchefstroom. The Dolphins’ last match was abandoned due to rains and prior to that they had won against Cobras by 15 runs through DLS method; they will be eager to keep their ranking with another win here. The Lions on the other hand, had lost their opening match against Titans by 8 wickets, and this victory has boosted their morale. It needs to be seen if they can continue with their winning momentum.
Chasing 170 runs against Cape Cobras, Reeza Hendricks and Mangaliso Mosehle posted a strong 70-run partnership for the second wicket to take the team safely home. While Hendricks scored 42 off 32, Mosehle posted 55 off 36; they both are in good form to steady the innings. Omphile Ramela and Dwaine Pretorius then scored the winning runs to finish off with a 7-wicket victory.
Earlier, fast bowler Kagiso Rabada and spinner Aaron Phangiso took 2 wickets each to stifle the opponents at 169; medium-pacer Willem Mulder also dismissed one opponent and along with others like Hardus Viljoen, Dwayne Pretorius and Beuran Hendricks, provides good variety to the attack.
Against Titans, they could muster only 127 runs batting first despite a powerful knock of 67 by Reeza Hendricks; Mulder provided 2 breakthroughs but it wasn’t enough to salvage the match. The recent victory has surely boosted their morale and they could prove to be a tough nut to crack here.
Opener Sarel Erwee put up a brilliant 103 runs off just 58 deliveries in the match against Cobras to take the innings to a massive 231 runs. He was supported well by Khaya Zondo, who posted 67 off 34 and wicket-keeper batsman Dane Vilas, who scored 32. Morne van Wyk also contributed with 19 runs and then the bowlers came back in a reduced second innings to wrap up a win.
Spinner Keshav Maharaj and medium pacer Robbie Frylinck were among the wicket-takers, and they bowled economically as well. Others like P Subrayen and Andile Phehlukwayo gave away too many runs, but the target was too high for the opposition to conquer in 10 overs.
Their power-packed batting performance gave them an easy victory in the first match and a comfortable position on the table; however, they will have to repeat the winning performance again here after not being able to play the last match due to rains.
The two teams are facing each other for the first time this season and both have good resources in their units to outwit the other on the field. The Lions have had a mixed run so far and will be motivated to continue with their winning momentum; Dolphins, on the other hand, have a superior run rate and the in-form batting line-up gives them the edge to emerge victorious on Sunday too.