About the Match
The unbeaten Titans are going to be up against the Knights, who are currently at second on the league table, in a match that promises to be full of runs. If there is any team in this competition that is capable of stopping the Titans then they have yet to appear because even after making plenty of changes to their side, the Titans juggernaut continues to roll on.
The Knights will have their hands full but they also have a couple of players that can take the match away on their own.
Wholesale changes made to the Titans lineup made no difference in the end as they romped home to victory against the Warriors by 56 runs in a rain-truncated match. A struggling Quinton de Kock made way for Dean Elgar at the top, David Wiese got another run, Aiden Markram was rotated out, and Chris Morris started his recovery back into cricket ahead of the busy international season as well.
With so many changes being made and some of the best performing Titans players being rested, one would have thought that the match could have been a lot closer.
As it turned out, a fantastic performance by Dean Elgar, AB de Villiers, and Behardien put the game beyond the Warriors.
Elgar is not the most natural of choices as opener in the shortest format of the game but he showed here that he has the necessary game to kick off from the first ball. Ab de Villiers has been in fantastic form so far and continued with another belligerent knock of 48 from just 19 deliveries.
Zimbabwe and India who are going to face South Africa very soon should be scared of the form that de Villiers has going for him at the moment. Very scared.
Behardien has yet to be dismissed this season and is striking the ball phenomenally well. With batting like this, the Titans can experiment with their bowling and that is exactly what they did. Morris, Shamsi, Ngidi, and Siboto had plenty of runs to defend, which they did with aplomb.
This is a squad full of confidence and is near unbeatable with the kind of performances they are putting in.
A rained out game in their last encounter has left the Knights on joint second on the table but knowing fully well that they could lose this position in a jiffy. Their game against the Titans is very crucial to their chances going forward and they need their big guns to fire in this game.
In David Miller, the Knights have a player that is considered one of the most dangerous in this format of the game worldwide. He has also been in some excellent form with 175 runs to his name from just five innings at an average of 58.32.
The Knights must send Miller at number three so that he can face the most balls and hopefully have the most impact on the game.
Providing his support with the bat will be Theunis de Bruyn who has scored 180 runs from five innings and is an excellent form as well.
Peterson started the tournament with a fifty before the rain intervened and he should also get another run against the Titans.
With all-rounders like Ryan McLaren to beef up the batting, Merchant de Lange to provide genuine pace, the Knights are not a side that should be taken lightly. They have also been getting their combinations right and are peaking at the right time.
A couple of early wickets against the Titans, including that of AB de Villiers, could make this contest far closer than it appears on paper. These are the two best teams in the competition that are taking on each other and we think writing off the Knights too early would be foolhardy.
Pitch and Conditions
The weather is forecast to be rain-free and perfect for cricket at the moment. It would be a shame for conditions to come in the way of a potentially exciting contest played on a pitch that is usually excellent for batting.
There will be planet of runs on offer and scores of 180-190 are almost always the order of the day.
The Titans have lost one once in the last five times that have played the Knights. Their most recent clash also saw the Titans win quite convincingly. This time around, though, we believe that the Knights will be able to pull off an upset.
Back the Knights to wi