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Lions vs Knights, Momentum One Day Cup 2021, Today Match Prediction

02 Feb 2021 | 13:30 | Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
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Will the toppers of pool B, the Lions able to beat Knights to qualify for the final?

  • Lions finished their league stage at the top in Pool B with 14 matches from 4 matches whereas Knights finished in the 2nd rank in pool A with 6 points from 4 matches.
  • Lions’ DA Hendricks is the second-leading scorer in the tournament and has scored 167 runs from 4 matches. On the other side, from the Knights’ team, AG Gous has scored 54 runs in his only match.
  • The Lions lost their previous match against the Cobras by 76 runs whereas the Knights’ last 2 matches got abandoned.

We predict that the Lions will defeat the Knights.

  • Tournament: Momentum One Day Cup 2021
  • Format: ODI
  • Venue: Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
  • Toss: To Bowl

Momentum One Day Cup 2021

Name M Won Lost Tied NR PTs NRR
Dolphins 4 2 0 0 2 13 1.29
Titans 4 0 1 0 3 7 -1.52
Knights 4 0 1 0 3 6 -1.06
PTs NRR M Won Lost Tied NR
13 1.29 4 2 0 0 2
7 -1.52 4 0 1 0 3
6 -1.06 4 0 1 0 3

lions vs knights Match Prediction & Analysis

This is the 2nd semifinal match of the momentum cup between the Lions and Knights which going to be played at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom on Tuesday. Lions have finished their campaign in the top position in the pool B while Knights have finished the campaign in the second position in pool A.

Both the teams are top contenders for the trophy this year and both have shown form according to that in the previous few seasons. The Lions won this trophy last time in the 2015-16 season while the Knights have won this title in the 2010-11 season.

This match will be important for both sides as the Lions will be looking forward to continuing their winning campaign in semis also, while the Knights are also searching for a win to play final of the tournament.

Teams Preview

Lions Preview

The Lions are looking strong with their unit and played superbly in the tournament so far. Lions’ key player, DA Hendricks is in good form and has scored 167 runs from 4 matches. Lions won their first 3 matches and lost the previous game against the Cape Cobras while chasing the target of 285 runs. Nicky van den Bergh tried to save the team while fighting against the Cobras in the middle order and has scored 35 runs from 48 balls. To help him, Bjorn Fortuin(39), Eldred Hawken(37), managed to put some runs on the board.

In the bowling department, they have performed well in the first 3 matches but were not on the mark in the last one against Cape Cobras. They conceded 284 runs in 50 overs. In this semifinal, they will be looking to overcome this issue to claim a win. Lions were strong this year in pool B and they will be looking to continue their winning momentum up against the Knights in this second semifinal also on Tuesday.

Key players: Nicky van den Bergh, Dominic Hendricks, Sisanda Magala, Eldred Hawken

Lions Predicted Playing XI:

Wesley Marshall, Reeza Hendricks, Ryan Rickelton, Dominic Hendricks, Nicky van den Bergh(wk), Delano Potgieter, Malusi Siboto, Sisanda Magala, Aaron Phangiso(c), Bjorn Fortuin, Eldred Hawken

Knights Preview

The Knights have struggled in their first game against the Dolphins while chasing the target of 291 runs. They were not on the mark in the chasing and that resulted in a loss against the Dolphins. After this first defeat against Dolphins, their next three matches get abandoned so they have shared points with Titans in the next two matches and against the Warriors in the last match of pool A.

In the first match against Dolphins, only Andries Gous has scored 54 from 61 balls, and to help him, Farhaan Beherdien has scored 45 from 41 balls to settle an inning. But their efforts got into vain. Knights are also struggling in the bowling department as against Dolphins in the first match, only Jacques Snyman has taken 2 wickets for 52 runs in his spell of 10 overs, and Ferisco Adams has taken up 2 wickets for 71 runs in his spell, were good in their spells.

Overall, the Knights have a good team but they have to execute their plans well against the table-toppers of pool B on Tuesday to claim their win in the semifinal.

Key players: Jacques Snyman, Farhaan Behardien,  Pite van Biljon, Ferisco Adams

Knights Predicted Playing XI:

Jacques Snyman, Patrick Kruger, Andries Gous, Pite van Biljon(c), Wandile Makwetu(wk), Farhaan Behardien, Patrick Botha, Ferisco Adams, Shaun von Berg, Kagiso Mohale, Mbulelo Budaza.

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 19 2.34 mm. 8.24 k/h From: E 90%
03h 16 1.80 mm. 7.3 k/h From: E 97%
06h 15 2.91 mm. 7.61 k/h From: E 99%
09h 13 6.64 mm. 7.07 k/h From: E 100%
12h 13 8.96 mm. 6.54 k/h From: E 100%
15h 13 8.37 mm. 6.57 k/h From: E 100%
18h 13 7.58 mm. 6.42 k/h From: E 100%
21h 13 10.25 mm. 6.09 k/h From: E 100%

Weather Conditions

The weather will not be clear on match day and there are 50-70% chances of precipitation on the match day. The maximum and minimum temperature of the ground will be in the range of 19°C-14°C respectively.

Venue Details

The venue for this match is Senwes Park. This picturesque ground had conducted international matches of all formats but it is primarily favourite for the domestic season of South Africa.

Toss: To Bowl

The ground has conducted a total of 19 ODIs and offers an advantage to batsmen. The pitch is easy while chasing the target. The team who bowled first have won 10 matches while the team who batted first have won 7 matches. 2 matches remained resultless. So, it will be good for the team to win the toss and choose to bowl first on this ground.

LIONS vs KNIGHTS Winning Prediction

Lions played superbly in this season so far and have an advantage in the batting department over the Knights. Lions batting lineup did well this season and they have the second-highest run-scorer of the tournament in their squad. So they have a slight upper hand over the knights in this second semifinal match of the tournament.

We predict that the Lions will defeat the Knights.

Author: Manish Khorgade