About the Match
With 14 points from seven matches, the Titans are currently placed 4th on the table and will now face the Lions on Sunday at Benoni. The Lions’ campaign is all but over as they are at the last place with only 5 points so far, not having won a single game. This contest will be crucial for the Titans if they want to fight it out for the knockout stage with the Warriors who are 2 points ahead but have played one match more than them. The Lions on the other hand who continue to remain winless, will try to score a face-saving win here; which team succeeds in their goal is something that only time will tell but it surely will keep the audience guessing perhaps till the last ball.
They suffered a setback here on Friday as the match against the Warriors was washed away by rain and could only garner 2 points at this crucial juncture. But the team remains hopeful of giving a tough challenge to the leading teams and will surely bounce back against the Lions provided nature doesn’t play a cruel trick on them once again. The last match saw Saeed Ajmal and Morne Morkel toppling the Warriors’ batting line-up, taking 3 wickets each at regular intervals. Their bowling was sharp and precise and the opponents cold hardly recover from their onslaught. Ethy Mbhalati was no less ruthless, taking 2 wickets; he has performed well in the previous matches too and will give good support to the seniors. Though the batsmen didn’t get a chance to show their skills on Friday, Henry Davids, Albie Morkel and Behardien are in good form and Faf du Plessis also looks confident to go for the big runs. This match is crucial for the team and they will need to rise to the occasion and deliver with both bat and ball to give their team a chance for survival here.
It has been a rough ride this season, right from the beginning of the tournament and after Petersen’s stepping down from captaincy, the morale of the players has not gotten any better. While the team has many weaknesses, there have been some refreshing performances by Quinton, Bodi and Neil McKenzie. Petersen too had a rare opportunity to display his talent when he steered the innings along with Quinton and McKenzie in the match against Dolphins on Wednesday, when his team had to chase a massive 215 runs and they did well to reach 198 runs. The bowling needs to be sharpened as too many runs are being given away and the wickets are not coming their way at a regular pace. While their campaign might be nearing an end here, the players will definitely be enthusiastic to score a win before they bow out.
While the Lions have come close to winning matches a couple of times this season, they have always failed to wrap up on a positive note and going by their record, the result here too many not be very different. The Titans will surely bring out all guns blazing and look confident to win this match easily.
Titans, 1.53 @ Titan Bet