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The Warriors and the Lions are going to be playing each other in the Momentum ODI Cup 2019. Both sides are coming into this match on the back of a win and should be looking to continue that good showing. The Warriors sit on top of the Momentum Cup 2019 table while the Lions pulled off an excellent chase to register their first win of the tournament.
The return of the South African players has given a lot of importance to this competition especially in the wake of the ICC World Cup 2019. There are a number of players that are emerging and putting their hands up for selection. We expect the Momentum Cup 2019 to only become closer from here on in.
The Warriors are the only side in the Momentum Cup that has not yet lost a match. With three wins from four matches and one no-result, the Warriors are pretty well placed in the tournament standings. It has surprised us a little that the Warriors have been so successful because they are not overly loaded with South African international stars.
The batting for the Warriors is led by Gihan Cloete and JJ Smuts. , both of whom got runs in the last match. The Warriors were only chasing a small total but it was great to see all the top order batsmen score runs.
Names like Breetzke, Ngoepe, and Nyaku are not big names in South African cricket but the Warriors have shown they are more than capable of taking on the top sides in the Momentum Cup 2019.
The batting has been delivering for the Warriors but we believe it is their bowling which has been the real difference. Players like Andrew Birch, Anrich Nortje, and Sisanda Magala have all performed admirably well.
Nortje made waves with his performances in the Mzansi Super League and now he is getting wickets in the fifty over format as well. With Duanne Olivier’s shock international retirement, there is a place open for Nortje in the international side and he may well be a bolter for the South Africa ICC World Cup 2019 Squad.
The Warriors are performing well as a team but they will be aware they cannot let their guard down. There are some other very good sides in the Momentum ODI Cup 2019 that could upset their rhythm in a hurry.
Matthew Breetzke, Gihahn Cloete, Lesiba Ngoepe, JJT Smuts, Marco Marais, Andrew Birch, SSB Magala, Lutho Sipamla, Sinethemba Qeshile, Onke Nyaku, Colin Ackermann.
The Lions chased down 308 in 47 overs in their last outing against the Titans. It was a batting performance that was among the best we have seen in the Momentum Cup 2019 so far. Each one of their batsmen played well and the senior players took the responsibility of batting through the inning.
Reeza Hendricks has catapulted to be the first choice South African opener and is now nailing down that position for the ICC World Cup 2019 even further. He scored 95 off 90 balls to help set the platform for the win alongside Kagiso Rapulana and Temba Bavuma.
Rassie van der Dussen helped finish off the chase with a timely 46 but it was Temba Bavuma with his 117 that was the standout performer of the night. It is strange that the Lions have won just one match in the tournament so far because their team is certainly bristling with international talent.
Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen are among the two most in-form batsmen in the South African side. Now that Bavuma has also found his touch, the Lions are going to be a difficult side to get past.
The Lions look a little light on the bowling front. Dwayne Pretorius, Wiaan Mulder, and Aaron Phangiso are their leading bowlers with Bjorn Fortuin and Malusi Siboto rounding out the lineup. This set of players gave up 300 runs in the previous match and does not look very convincing to us.
The lack of a genuine fast bowler and someone who can bowl wrist-spin consistently is holding the Lions bowling attack from being threatening.
Ryan Rickelton, Kagiso Rapulana, Temba Bavuma, Dominic Hendricks, NJ Van den Bergh, Delano Potgieter, Bjorn Fortuin, Nono Pongolo, Aaron Phangiso, MP Siboto, Nandre Burger.
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The Momentum ODI Cup 2019 match between the Warriors and the Lions is going to be played at Buffalo Park, East London. The forecast for match day is pretty good in East London. The weather is expected to be sunny and dry.
The pitch at Buffalo Park should be a good one for cricket watchers. There is usually something in it for the fast bowlers but without making the batsmen too uncomfortable. A good balance between bat and ball can be expected.
The Warriors are the form team of the Momentum Cup 2019. They have not been defeated and have an excellent bowling attack. The Lions, though, seems to have the better batting lineup. Their bowling is not the best but it is not terrible either. We think backing the upset seems to be the way to go for this match.
Back the Lions to win.
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