CSA T20 Challenge 2017 (CSA T20) Preview

Cricket South Africa (CSA) T20 tournament's 15th edition is going to kick-start from 10th November until 17th December 2017, with many international players expected to be a part of the series. South Africa's international players will be unavailable for the first half of the tournament due to the Test series in Australia, but other domestic stars will be featuring in this popular T20 challenge. There are 6 squads and we bring to you the team profiles of each of them:

Group Points Table

Team Played Wins Losses Points Net Run Rate
Titans 10 6 2 32 1.104
Dolphins 10 3 2 23 1.224
Cape Cobras 10 5 4 22 -0.395
Warriors 10 4 5 18 -0.738
Lions 10 2 4 16 -0.389
Knights 10 2 5 14 -0.322

CSA T20 Challenge 2017 (CSA T20) Results

Dec 16, 2017
16:00
Titans
101/3 in 11.1
Dolphins
100/10 in 18.3
CSA T20 Challenge 2017 (CSA T20) - Final Match
Titans won by 7 wickets
No Info
Dec 13, 2017
16:00
Titans
145/2 in 15.2
Warriors
143/10 in 18.1
CSA T20 Challenge 2017 (CSA T20) - 1st Semi-Final Match
Titans won by 8 wkts
No Info
Dec 10, 2017
12:30
Warriors
168/5 in 20.0
Cape Cobras
150/6 in 20.0
CSA T20 Challenge 2017 (CSA T20) - 28th Match
No Info

CSA T20 2017 Team Analysis and Previews


Titans

Having won the title 3 times previously, this energetic squad will leave no stone unturned to repeat their phenomenal performance yet again. Batting all-rounder Aiden Markram, who has recently done well in the tests against Bangladesh, will lead the side that consists of batsmen like Henry Davids, Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese, Albie Morkel, Chris Morris, wicket-keeper batsman Heino Kuhn and Heinrich Klaasen. The bowling department has speedsters Rowan Richards, Lungisani Ngidi, Malusi Siboto, Junior Dala, Qaasim Adams and spinner Shaun von Berg. They have plenty of all-rounders and a good mix of experience and young talent that will give them the edge this season.

Players to watch out for: Aiden Markram, Chris Morris, Henry Davids

Dolphins

They have won the title twice till now, and have roped in some experienced match-winners like Kevin Pietersen, who will join the squad in the second half of the series. Batsman Khaya Zondo leads the side which consists of players like Morne van Wyk, all-rounders Cody Chetty, Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Robbie Frylinck. Fast-bowler P Subrayen brings his expertise to the table while Andile Phehlukwayo is in very good form with his pace skills; Sibonela Makhanya, Keshav Maharaj, Mthokozisi Shezi and Imraan Khan provide depth to the attack.

Players to watch out for: Kevin P

Cape Cobras

All-rounder batsman Justin Ontong leads the side, and he is in good form as he exhibited in the Sunfoil Series recently; he is a good finisher and is useful as a spin bowler. The team has won the title twice and with players like Andrew Puttick, Beuran Hendricks, JP Duminy, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Paterson, Richard Levi and captain Dane Piedt, who made it big in the 2014 Sunfoil series by taking 45 wickets, the Cobras will try to repeat their winning performance this season. Kieron Pollard, the hard-hitting all-rounder, has been brought in to the squad and is expected to provide a boost to the batting line-up. Fast-bowlers like Wayne Parnell, Vernon Philander, Rory Kleinveldt, Dale Steyn and all-rounder medium-pacer Temba Bavuma will bring their skills to the bowling unit.

Players to watch out for:

Warriors

JJ smuts will lead the side and adds depth to the batting line-up along with players like Colin Ingram, Christiaan Jonker, Michael Price, Clyde Fortuin, Colin Ackermann and David White. Young fast-bowler Sisanda Magala is in good form and can be useful in getting quick breakthroughs along with other pacers like Simon Harmer, Andrew Birch, Ayabulela Gqamane, Basheeru Walters and the experienced Kyle Abbott. They have a balanced mix of batsmen and bowlers, and will be eager to win the title for the first time.

Players to watch out for:

Lions

They have won the title twice and have good resources at hand to come up with a winning strategy again. Batsman Stephen Cook will lead the side and has players like Dominick Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Mangaliso Mosehle, Reeza Hendricks, Dwaine Pretorius and Alviro Petersen on the team. Bowlers like Aaron Phangiso, pacer Kagiso Rabada, Hardus Viljoen and Nicholas van den Bergh bring variety to the attack and can provide breakthroughs in crucial situations.

Players to watch out for:

Knights

Batsman Theunis de Bruyn will captain the side consisting of players like David Miller, Dillon du Preez, Merchant de Lange, Patrick Kruger, Rudi Second, Pite van Biljon and Robin Peterson. 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. They have won the title twice before and will try to come out with all guns blazing this season too.

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CSA T20 Challenge 2017 (CSA T20) Predictions & Betting Tips

CSA T20 is more than a decade old and almost each team has tasted success. While the Cobras and Titans appear to be top contenders of the title, writing off Lions, Knights, Dolphins and Warriors would be short-sighted especially in the shortest format of the game. Having said that, Titans with Markram in prime form and T20 experts like Chris Morris, Albie Morkel and Farhan Behardien are most likely to win the 15th edition of Cricket South Africa's T20 League.

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