About the Match
The Warriors will face the Lions at Buffalo Park, East London on Jan 19; after tying the match against Dolphins in yesterday’s contest, the Warriors have 10 points and NRR of +0.125 whereas the Lions faced their fourth consecutive loss this season against the Titans yesterday and are at the bottom of the table with no points. The Lions will look to redeem themselves with a win here; on the other hand, the Warriors will try to climb up the ladder and better their chances in the series. Both sides have competitive and talented players, the team that keeps its nerves together will definitely have the advantage here.
In the last match against Dolphins, the team was put to bat first and while Ashwell Prince did well to score 40 runs off 30 balls, Smuts was dismissed in the 4th over with just 10 runs to his credit. Prince and Ingram built the innings and put up a 33-run partnership for the 2nd wicket, later Jonker and Bailey too added a 34-run partnership for the 4th wicket. Parnell continued with his team’s mission to score a huge total and got 22 runs off 14 deliveries, but in the end the total of 152 runs was just a bit short and they could only tie the match. The bowlers were superb with their bowling and didn’t give the match away; Theron and Birch provided the early wickets and finished with 2 each; while Mbane destroyed the middle order of Dolphins, taking 4 wickets to deny a win to the opposition. With this performance, the team will be eager to win the upcoming match in a convincing way and will put their best foot forward here.
The team has had a dismal run in the series so far and clubbed with Petersen’s stepping down as captain, the players will need to pick themselves up and face the challenges ahead with a positive attitude. In the last match against the Titans, the team chose to field and the bowlers provided regular breakthroughs to restrict the opposition to 158 runs. Morris, Mahmood, Viljoen and Phangiso got 2 wickets each at steady intervals but they took some time to break the partnership of Davids and Buuren. Faced with a target of 159 runs, the very successful Quinton de Kock did very well to start the chase well and posted an 84-run partnership with Bodi. While Kock scored 52 runs off 39 balls that saw him smash away 6 fours and a six, Bodi gave good support by scoring 36 off 29 balls and contributed with 4 fours and a six. Petersen himself scored 26 off 25 balls and did well to keep the scoreboard ticking but fell 10 runs short of victory. The defeat was very disappointing and now the players need to make a comeback into the series with a strong attitude to win.
While the Lions have talented players in their side, they haven’t been successful so far; they need to strategize well and will be eager to make a comeback here. The Warriors who have done better and are backed up by strong performances, but I think Lions due to their record in previous seasons and because of the fact that some players have gotten back into the form look better placed to win this contest.
Lions, 2.30 @ Bet365