About the Match
We a drawing closer to the final stage of Ryobi Cup as Queensland and South Australia meet on 19th October. This will be the 5th match for both the teams; with Queensland having collected 13 points and South Australia having 4 points on board. Queensland played against New South Wales in the last encounter and polished them off in 43.2 overs restricting them to 253. The openers did a good job in chasing and the middle order took care of the requirement with some hiccups, in between. South Australia scored their first win in the series by defeating Western Australia by 6 wickets and has received the much required morale boost to carry on.
They performed better in their 4th match, against New South Wales, with Hartley getting replaced by debutant Pierson to open the innings with Khawaja. Electing to bat after winning toss, New South Wales opener Warner, scored a century in holding one end, hitting 13 fours and 6 sixes and followed others as 5 down with 223 on board. The rest of the team could not capitalize and were all out with 40 balls yet to be bowled, Hopes being the main wrecker with 4 wickets. Chasing with an asking rate of over 5 per over, Khawaja got good support by Pierson and took the innings up to 118, but both perished soon after. Lynn and Floros reconstructed the innings and added another 118 runs stand for the fifth wicket, taking the team to victory. Lynn’s innings was marvelous with 78 off 67 balls that had 7 fours and 4 sixes. Hopes completed the job with 2 fours and won the match in the company of Lynn. Queensland need to repeat the performance with the same winning combination and win the remaining two matches to get into the elimination stage.
They did not have quality bowlers and hence allowed WA to pile up a challenging total of 285 for 5 wickets in 50 overs after a 110-run opening partnership. The bowlers couldn’t restrict the opponent batsmen, especially Katich towards the end and were faced with a tough target ahead. South Australia got off to a shaky start with the early loss of McDonald with just 17 runs on board; however, Klinger kept a cool head and together with Cooper took the bowlers to task. Their 188 run partnership took them to an achievable level, but Cooper after scoring a century and Klinger with 91; left it to the rest to score over 8 runs per over with just about 5 overs remaining. Botha and Ross remained calm and stepped up to achieve the target with 9 balls remaining and 7 wickets in hand, scoring their 1st win in four matches. With 4 points on board and leaving the West Australians at lurch without a point yet, the South Australians need to repeat this performance in the remaining two ties, to survive the contest and keep their hopes alive.
South Australia lacks the bite in its bowling and has to improve many folds against the superior Queensland team. SA will look to draw inspiration from its recent win but Queensland with its better resources, is well set for an easy win against South Australia.
Queensland, 1.66 @ Bet365