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Lions vs Boland, CSA 4-Day Series, Division 1, Today Match Prediction

The Wanderers, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Host Lions eye a strong show against Boland at The Wanderers

  • In their previous match, Lions registered a comprehensive win over KwaZulu-Natal Inland.
  • Michael Van Buuren, Zubayr Hamza and Duanne Olivier put in excellent performances for Lions in the previous match.
  • In their previous match, Boland registered a comprehensive win over Western Province.

Expect Lions to register a comfortable win over Boland at Johannesburg.

Tournament: CSA 4-Day Series, Division 1 | Format: FIRST CLASS CRICKET | Venue: The Wanderers, Johannesburg, South Africa | Toss: To Bowl

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Lions and Boland will lock horns in the 23rd match of the 2023-4 CSA Four-Day Series Division One played at The Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, starting from 14th February.

With one win, two losses and two draws, Boland are lying in the bottom half of the league table. Captain Pieter Malan will be hoping that the side can maintain their standards with the bat and ball in this fixture.

On the other hand, Lions are currently placed at second position in the league table. Skipper Bjorn Fortuin will be hoping that the side can put on a strong show against Boland.

Lions Preview

The lions will make three changes as Tshepo Moreki, Zubayr Hamza and Duanne Olivier are not available as they playing Test series for south Africa in New Zealand.

Delano Potgieter, Wiann Mulder and raw pacer Kwena Maphaka will be included in the playing XI for this home fixture.

In the batting department, the side will be relying on wicket-keeper batsman Ryan Rickelton, Mitchell van Buuren, Joshua Richards, Muhammad Manack and Wiann Mulder to deliver the bulk of the runs.

With 356 runs at an average of 59.33, Mitchell Van Buuren is the currently leading run-scorer for Lions in the competition.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Delano Potgieter, Wiann Mulder Kwena Maphaka, Codi Yusuf and Bjorn Fortuin to deliver timely breakthroughs.

With 19 wickets at an average of 29.15, Bjorn Fortuin is the currently leading wicket-take for Lions this season.

Lions Predicted Playing XI:

Joshua Richards, Muhammad Manack, Ryan Rickelton (wk), Mitchell Van Buuren, Wandile Makwetu, Bjorn Fortuin (c), Malusi Siboto, Codi Yusuf, Delano Potgieter, Wiann Mulder, Kwena Maphaka.

Boland Preview

The home will make two changes as Christiaan Jonker and Jason Oakes will be replaced by Shaun Von Berg and Clyde Fortuin for this fixture.

In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Pieter Malan, Janneman Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Stiaan Van Zyl and Hardus Viljoen to deliver timely breakthroughs.

In the previous match, Aviwe Mgijima showcased excellent form with the bat for Boland and finished the innings with the top-score of 105 runs off 186 balls with the help of fifteen fours and two sixes. Besides Mgijima, Pieter Malan, Michael Copeland and Shaun Von Berg made notable contributions and produced scores of 94, 86 and 83 runs respectively.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Hardus Viljoen, Siyabonga Mahima, Glenton Stuurman, Michael Copeland and Achille Cloete to deliver timely breakthroughs.

In the previous match, medium-pacer Hardus Viljoen was the pick of the bowlers for Boland and claimed eight wickets against Western Province.

Boland Predicted Playing XI:

Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan (c), Stiaan van Zyl, Aviwe Mgijima, Jason Oakes (wk), Christiaan Jonker, Hardus Viljoen, Achille Cloete, Siyabonga Mahima, Michael Copeland, Glenton Stuurman

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
21
0 mm.
4.37 k/h
From: NNE
26%
03h
19
0 mm.
3.71 k/h
From: NNE
6%
06h
19
0 mm.
0.38 k/h
From: WSW
0%
09h
26
0 mm.
2.71 k/h
From: SSW
0%
12h
33
0 mm.
3.77 k/h
From: S
1%
15h
33
0 mm.
3.61 k/h
From: SSW
25%
18h
28
0 mm.
1.73 k/h
From: S
29%
21h
24
0 mm.
5.75 k/h
From: NE
97%

Weather Conditions

The wicket prepared for the game is going to provide a tight battle between bat and ball. The weather forecast for first, third and fourth day is light rain showers with a gentle breeze.

Venue Details

The Wanderers in Johannesburg is going to host the 23rd match of the CSA 4-Day Series Division One 2023-4 between Lions and Boland.

Lions will take heart from the fact that they have won their previous match against KwaZulu-Natal Inland at this venue.

Toss: To Bowl

Both the teams will be keen to win the toss, bowl first and make use of the overcast conditions. The previous match played at The Wanderers was won by side batting second.

Based on current form, Host Lions will be favorites to win their match against Boland. With likes of Wiann Mulder, Bjorn Fortuin, and Mitchell Van Buuren in excellent form this season, the team management will be hoping that Lions can deliver a clinical performance with bat and ball.

Expect Lions to register a comfortable win over Boland at Johannesburg.

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Author: Shoaib Z.