About the Match
The Lions maintained their lead over Knights to claim a home semi-final that will see the two teams fight out on 7th Dec at Johannesburg for a place in the finals; the previous match between the two sides ended in no result due to the bad weather and the Knights, who required a bonus-point to secure the semi-final on home turf, had to settle for a third place finish on the points table behind the Lions. It will be interesting to see which team can dominate the other to emerge victorious and go up against the Cobras for the final match.
Tsotsobe, Rabada and Morris claimed 2 wickets each against the Knights in the last match but they need to contain the run-flow of the opponents; Leie and Matshikwe have also been among the wicket-takers and will add depth to the bowling attack. Against the Dolphins, the bowlers failed to defend their low score of 121 runs but with a better performance by the batsmen, this bowling attack can be dreadful against any opponent. The batsmen didn’t get much to perform against the Knights on 3rd because of rains, but Quinton and Dussen are in good nick with the bat; Gayle will make a comeback into the squad and his hard-hitting skills will bring a definite advantage to the top order. McKenzie has been struggling to perform and needs to come out all guns blazing along with Symes, Bavuma and Morris amongst the other middle order batsmen. The team has well established all-rounders and if they can keep a positive attitude, they can definitely be expected to do well to reach the finals.
Rilee Rossouw is looking to be promising yet again as he set up a well-made 64 off 34 against Lions on 3rd; he can be a key asset to the top order provided he can continue to perform under pressure. Abrahams, Hendricks and Second are also in good nick with the bat and will ensure to keep the scoreboard ticking; the lower order also can step up when required and players like Coetsee and Dillon du Preez have performed well in the past with their all-rounder skills. The batting line-up displayed pure determination as they posted 186 runs against the Lions in the last game; they need the support from the bowlers to help them defend score or restrict the opponents in their run gala. Pienaar, Siboto, du Preez and Coetsee along with Russell, Friend and Schalkwyk need to gel as a unit and use their talents in surprising the Lions; they can be a deadly attack with their variety in bowling and need to stay focused to achieve the results on Sunday.
While the Knights have been performing well under pressure and can bring out their talent to overcome any challenge, the Lions with the home advantage look better placed to keep up their lead and make it to the finals after what could be a tough contest on Sunday.
Lions, 1.61 @ TitanBet