About the Match
The CSA T20 challenge will see six teams in action, who are all set to battle it out for the prestigious trophy won by Titans last year. Runners-up from last season, Warriors will kick-start the tournament this year with the match against Knights at Port Elizabeth on 10th November. They had lost the title clash against Titans in 2016, and will be eager to start this season on a winning note. Knights on the other hand, have won the title twice earlier, and could prove to be a formidable force to reckon with on Friday. It needs to be seen which team can keep a cool head above its shoulders and emerge victorious in the end.
Colin Ingram is in very good form, and he showcased his hard-hitting skills during the NatWest T20 series, smashing the highest number of sixes in the tournament. He brings his expertise to the batting line-up along with others like captain JJ Smuts, Christiaan Jonker, Michael Price, Clyde Fortuin, Colin Ackermann and David White.
The pace attack has bowlers like Sisanda Magala, Simon Harmer, Andrew Birch, Ayabulela Gqamane, Basheeru Walters and Kyle Abbott, who brings years of experience to the table. While Sisanda Magala is in good form and can be useful in getting quick breakthroughs, the others provide depth to the bowling attack, and can stupefy the opposition with a good strategy.
They have a balanced mix of batsmen and bowlers, and could come out all guns blazing to make a good impression in their opening match.
Batsmen like David Miller, Dillon du Preez, Merchant de Lange and captain Theunis de Bruyn will bring their skills to the team, and could do well to set a strong foundation whether batting first or during a chase. Others in the team include Patrick Kruger, Rudi Second, Pite van Biljon and Robin Peterson, who add depth to the line-up.
Spinner Eddie Leie, medium-pacer Shadley van Schalkwyk, all-rounder Werner Coetsee, Duanne Olivier, and Mbulelo Budaza will feature in the bowling squad, and can wreak havoc on the opponents. With a good mix of pace and spin, the Knights will be eager to showcase an all-round performance on Friday.
David Miller is in good form as seen in the recent series against Bangladesh wherein he scored the fastest T20 hundred in just 35 balls; he could bring in the big sixes and fours. Others like Peterson and du Preez will try their best to keep the scoreboard ticking while the bowling contingent could strive hard to get regular wickets. They are a tough team and could prove to quite a challenge here.
It is the opening match of the tournament and the fans will surely expect to see some fireworks across the park. Both Warriors and Knights have a strong batting unit and a well-balanced bowling squad; while the match could go down to the wire, we feel that the Knights’ hard-hitters could take their team to victory on Friday.