Our Prediction is for Dolphins to win this game!
The 24th Match of the Momentum One Day Cup at Diamond Oval, Kimberley presents a great opportunity for the Dolphins to rise up on the points table. They come into this match with two consecutive defeats after having looked as the best side at the start of the season. Knights on the other hand finally had their first win of the season in the last game which would have brought relief for their fans.
It will be interesting to see if the Knights are able to win another game having looked good in the last game. Dolphins would be confident about their prospects having defeated Knights earlier in the season.
It was finally something to cheer about for the Petrus van Biljon's team as they earned their first win of the season defeating the Warriors in the last game. They would look to carry forward the confidence into the next game and win it.
The side is battling with poor form of openers. Patrick Kruger and Andries Gous the new opening pair didn’t do well in the last game. Rudi Second almost singlehandedly won the game for the side with the bat. The team would need better performance from the likes of Keegan Petersen, Petrus van Biljon and Grant Mokoena with the bat when they face the Dolphins bowling attack.
The bowlers did well in the last game and they have been bowling well in season. Marchant de Langeb and Ottniel Baartman picked up three wickets each and got good support from Ryan McLaren who was economical during his spell. Eddie Leie also bowled well and this adds strength to their attack.
Patrick Kruger, Andries Gous (wk), Keegan Petersen, Petrus van Biljon (c), Rudi Second, Grant Mokoena, Ryan McLaren, Eddie Leie, Ottniel Baartman, Mbulelo Budaza, Marchant de Lange.
Keshav Maharaj who is leading in the absence of Khaya Zondo would have been upset with the performance of his side in the last game against the Titans. Having been defeated in the last two games they would look to improve their performance for the next game.
Openers Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Sarel Erwee have been in good form this season and they would be looking to continue with it in the next game. Marques Ackerman and Dane Vilas failed in the last game and would be looking to make amends in the next one. Sibonelo Makhanya played well in the last game and his form adds strength to the middle order. They have a good batting line-up going into the next game.
The bowlers haven’t had it good in the last two games. Kerwin Mungroo, Eathan Bosch and Senuran Muthusamy did bowl well though. Lot would depend on how Keshav Maharaj bowls in the next game as he is the most experienced bowler in the side.
Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Sarel Erwee, Dane Vilas (wk), Marques Ackerman, Sibonelo Makhanya, Senuran Muthusamy, Keshav Maharaj (c), Eathan Bosch, Prenelan Subrayen, Kerwin Mungroo, Okuhle Cele.
The conditions are likely to be overcast on the 17th of March at Kimberly. The ground has soaked in lot of rain over the last few days and this would make it a difficult surface to bat on. A score of around 260 runs is expected to be a fighting total on this surface with the average first innings score being around the 220 run mark.
Diamond Oval, Kimberley has historically assisted fast bowlers. The grass cover on the surface makes it a good surface to bowl on. Being a small ground it also offers boundary scoring opportunities to the batsmen who get acclimatized with the pace of the wicket before launching their attack.
There is prediction for rain at Kimberly and this increases the possibility of the game being reduced. With spells of rain over the last few days the pitch is likely to have moisture which will assist bowlers in the initial overs. The side winning the toss is likely to bowl first on this surface.
It was a welcome sight for the Knights to win their first game of the season against the Warriors but there are too many problems that the side has. Dolphins on the other hand are also struggling with poor form and have lost their last two games and would be looking to break the losing run. Going by the form we have seen from the two sides so far Dolphins would definitely have the edge going into this game.
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