About the Match
The Warriors defeated Lions by 7 wickets to qualify for the finals of the Ram Slam T20 challenge; they will now have the title clash against Titans, who reserved their berth in the finals after topping the table in the league, on 16th December at Centurion. The two teams have won one game each when they met during the league and they are evenly placed to lift the trophy this season; while the Titans have a superior run rate and have recently defeated Warriors, the latter also come here at the back of an emphatic win that has boosted their morale. It will surely be an entertaining final and whichever team can put up an all-round performance, would be better placed to win on Friday.
The bowlers did extremely well against Lions in the qualifier match to restrict them to 136 fielding first; spinners Ingram and Smuts took 3 wickets between them while speedster Sisanda Magala provided two breakthroughs. Kyle Abbott brings years of experience to the side and along with BD Walters, can try to demolish the Titans on Friday. Chasing 137 against Lions, Colin Ingram posted a brilliant 56 off 46 while wicket-keeper batsman Clyde Fortuin and middle-order player Christiaan Jonker, who has been getting the runs consistently, contributed with 27 each to steer the team across the finish line.
In the reduced 5-over contest against Titans, the batting line-up faltered during the chase for 80 runs; although Jonker, Smuts and Ingram came out punching sixes and fours, they fell short of the target by a meagre 6 runs. BD Walters was superb with an economical spell and also took a wicket; others like Andrew Birch, Gqamane and Ackermann add depth to the bowling unit.
The team is jubilant with its recent win and have done well to come till here; they have strong resources with bat and ball who could give them the advantage to win the title.
Farhaan Behardien has emerged as a strong pillar in the middle-order, helping the team a solid foundation with the bat; his blistering 55 off just 15 balls against Warriors took the scoreboard to 80 in 5 overs and helped them win the match that was affected by rain. Heinrich Klaasen is also in good from, and he posted 17 off 9 deliveries while Vandiar and Kuhn couldn’t impress much on this occasion. Speedster David Wiese put up a controlled attack and took a wicket while Junior Dala also pitched in with one scalp to restrict the opponents.
Batting first against Lions, the team posted a tremendous 230 runs on board. Vandiar scored 67 while others like Markram, Morkel, Klaasen and Kuhn kept the runs coming. Behardien and Wiese contributed well while the bowlers stifled the opposition and helped win the match by 45 runs.
They have a deep batting line-up with in-form players like Vandiar and Behardien; the pace attack is well formed and along with spinners like Tabraiz Shamsi, they can try to outwit the Warriors again.
Titans are a formidable force to reckon with but they have earlier lost a match to Warriors, which will give immense confidence to the latter. While the contest could be closely fought, we feel that Warriors with their hard-hitting all-rounders do slightly have the edge to win the coveted prize