About the Match
We are into the business end of the Momentum ODI cup with teams trying hard to get into the knockout stage. Lions and Warriors will face each other in what will be an important clash for Warriors. Warriors are at fourth spot in the points tally and a win for them will take them to third spot provided that the Knights lose to Dolphins in one of the other games of the day. Lions have won just three games and are already out of contention. With qualifier and final around the corner, teams will be gearing up to put their best foot forward and with a possible qualifier spot at stake, it is expected to be a cracker of a game.
Lions had a good start in the tournament, but a string of four straight losses have put them out of the competition. They could even sink to the bottom of the table considering the way things have panned out for them in past few games. Despite some of the brilliant individual performances, Lions haven’t been able to outscore the opposition.
In their last match, centuries for Rassie van der Dussen and Dwaine Pretorius propelled them close to Knights’ target falling short by 5 runs. Lions were tottering with four wickets down at the halfway mark when Pretorius joined Dussen in the middle. 24 required off two overs were eventually reduced to six off one ball and Lions could not get across the line.
Overall, Lions have the batsmen and bowlers, but they haven’t delivered for them in the past few games. With Dussen and Pretorius in superb form, they can get to any total, but they’d need assistance from the others in the team as well.
Warriors failed to make a mark in their last match as they were bundled out for 147 runs against Titans which were chased with 131 balls to spare. JJ Smuts, the second highest run-scorer in the tournament, resisted Titans bowlers before getting out to Chris Morris. Yaseen Vallie played well for his 44 from 61 balls who got out to Chris Morris.
The bowlers failed to make any dent on the Titans’ batting and Warriors losing the match with more than 20 Overs to spare. Warriors’ campaign has been reasonable otherwise. They are placed at the fourth place and a win would take them to third.
Overall, Warriors is a strong side which has been riding on JJ Smuts’ form in the competition so far. They can certainly make life difficult for the opposition if their batting gets going.
Lions has had a few individual performances, but haven’t really convert bits and pieces into team effort. With a qualifier spot at stake, Warriors are expected to play out of their skins. Considering the recent performances and team on-paper, we’d place our money on the Warriors