About the Match
The Knights lost their last game against Cape Cobras and are at the 5th position with only 12 points in their kitty; they will take on 3rd-place holders Lions, on 10th December at Willowmoore Park, Benoni. The Lions’ last match against Dolphins was abandoned due to rain, and they also have 12 points; they will be eager to play a full game and qualify for the next stage. Both teams have experienced players who can help them overcome challenges on the field, and try to emerge victorious on Sunday.
When they played against Warriors, the top-order built a solid foundation with Reeza Hendricks posting a well-made 81 and Rassie van der Dussen and Ryan Rickelton scoring 40+ runs each to take the total to 182. Fast-bowler Kagiso Rabada picked up 3 wickets and Hardus Viljoen also dismissed one opponent; spinner Aaron Phangiso and Beuran Hendricks claimed 1 wicket each, but they couldn’t stop Warriors from hitting the winning runs.
Against Dolphins, they successfully chased down 169 runs thanks to a powerful knock by Reeza Hendricks, who posted an unbeaten 102. Rassie van der Dussen partnered well, scoring 57 off 42; the duo is in good form to help them set a challenging total or chase one with ease. Captain Aaron Phangiso claimed 2-25 against Dolphins, while Bjorn Fortuin, Kagiso Rabada, and Hardus Viljoen took a wicket each to restrict the opponents to 168.
Although they haven’t played matches recently due to weather issues, they have managed to stay in the top half of the table; if they can do well in this last league game, they could keep their hopes alive.
The bowlers showcased their firepower against Cobras in the last match, restricting them to 156 runs; fast-bowler Mbulelo Budaza claimed 4-32 and pacers Shadley van Schalkwyk and Ryan McLaren dismissed 5 opponents between them. However, the batsmen failed to impress, and they fell short of the target by a meager 5 runs. David Miller top-scored with 59 off 32 while Theunis de Bruyn and Aubrey Swanepoel tried to keep the scoreboard ticking but they couldn’t build strong partnerships.
Batting first against Titans, the top-order batsmen couldn’t set a good foundation; David Miller scored 43 runs while Ryan McLaren and Grant Mokoena contributed well with 21 and 31 runs respectively. However, they could only get to 133 runs and the bowlers failed to defend it despite regular breakthroughs provided by Swanepoel, Schalkwyk and Duanne Olivier. Ryan McLaren was the most economical as he gave away only 3 runs per over; however, their efforts went in vain and they lost the match by 5 wickets.
The Knights have a strong middle-order and several in-form bowlers, who can give them the edge in the upcoming match.
Both teams are equally matched to come out all guns blazing, and we could see some fireworks across the park; although the Knights would be bowing out of the competition after this match, the Lions could try to keep their hopes alive with a win. The contest could go down to the wire, but we feel that the Lions could put up a determined effort on Sunday and emerge victoriously.