About the Match
It’s all over for the Lions this season as they play their last match of the series against the Dolphins on Feb 2nd at Johannesburg; accumulating only 5 points, they remain at the bottom of the pool whilst the Dolphins go in with the hope of reserving a berth in the finals as they have 28 points, just 2 points behind the Cobras who also have one more contest to go before the semi-finals. The defending champions struggled from the start and were unable to win a single match throughout the league while the Dolphins did well to climb up the table with their commendable performances from the start. This contest is most likely to be one-sided but the Lions will definitely give one last shot to win a match before they bow out.
It was a deadly blow to the team when six of their batsmen got duck-out; Quinton as always fought alone in an attempt to score a respectable total and Morris helped him down the line, both of them got to scores past forty and posted a 53-run partnership for the 6th wicket to take their total to 102 runs. It was as if the players had given up even before the start of the game and this is a great cause for concern for the future of this side. The bowlers hardly had a chance against the Cobras and though Phangiso and Viljoen took 3 wickets between them, they couldn’t defend the paltry total. Weak bowling efforts, especially the costly over of Pretorius that went for 16 runs, made it easier for the opponents to reach the target in less than 16 overs. The players may be dejected with their poor performance but they still have one last chance to earn some respect here.
Winning against the Knights by 40 runs (D/L method), the players are super charged with their performance and will definitely try to seal the top spot with a convincing win here. Abbott, Frylinck and Smit took 2 wickets each while Maharaj turned the match in their favour by claiming 3 important wickets; the bowlers were stupendous and can pat their backs for getting the team to a comfortable position this season. The batting efforts are praiseworthy too as Delport and Morne van Wyk got off to a flying start scoring 32 runs by the 4th over; Delport scored 56 runs off 36 balls, most of it coming from the fours and sixes that he smashed and Chetty contributed well too. Miller and Jaarsveld kept the scoreboard ticking and ensured they got to a good total of 170 runs. Truly, this team has given an all-round performance and their undying spirit surely makes them the favourites here.
The Lions will be eager to wrap up the series with at least one win on their hand and they will definitely play to the best of their abilities; however, the Dolphins who have better performers on their side and are hungry to win this game, are more likely to emerge victorious here.
Dolphins, 1.50 @ Bet365