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Toss Winner - Lions won the toss and chose to bowl first
North West beat Lions by 11 runs
North West tough battle against experienced Lions
Lions to win
Tournament: CSA T20 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: St George's Park Cricket Ground, Port Elizabeth, South Africa | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Lions would be up against North West in the 3rd game of CSA T20 Challenge 2022. Lions are the defending champions and there would be big expectations from the side this year as well. It would be the first season for North West and their fans would eagerly want them to make a good start to the season.
The Lions have experienced players in the team and they had done well in the previous season. This is likely to add to their confidence as they take on a relatively inexperienced side. It is early days in the tournament and it will be interesting to see which of the two sides can execute its plans clinically.
The defending champions would go into this game with their expectations high. They have a new skipper for the season and Malusi Siboto would want his players to produce their best performance in this game. There are new faces in the team and these players would be eager to perform in this game.
They would like to see a strong start in this game from Reeza Hendricks and Joshua Richards and the pair would aim to put up quick runs in the game. The middle-order would need runs from Ryan Rickelton, Shane Dadswell, and Mitchell van Buuren. Malusi Siboto is a good hitter of the ball, and he would look to add quick runs with Kagiso Rapulana in this game.
Bjorn Fortuin has the experience, and he shall have to strike early in the game sharing the new ball with Sisanda Magala. Codi Yusuf and Rapulana would look to bowl good lines in the middle overs of the game. Siboto and Tladi Bokako add to the strength of the bowling attack here.
Malusi Siboto (c), Ryan Rickelton (wk), Joshua Richards, Reeza Hendricks, Mitchell van Buuren, Kagiso Rapulana, Sisanda Magala, Bjorn Fortuin, Codi Yusuf, Tladi Bokako, Shane Dadswell
This would be the debut game for Nicky van den Bergh’s side and he would look forward to a strong performance from his players. There are several exciting players in the team who have risen through the ranks and they would be looking to showcase their talent. The contest would be tough and van den Bergh shall like his players to show their character in this game.
Wesley Marshall and Heino Kuhn are highly experienced players and they would look to lay a strong platform for the side here. In the middle order Nicky van den Bergh, Senuran Muthusamy, and Delano Potgieter would be expected to perform well in this game. Ndumiso Mvelase and Dwaine Pretorius are big hitters of the ball and the side would need runs from them towards the end of the innings.
Eldred Hawken and Caleb Seleka would share the new ball and the side would need early wickets from them in this game as Lions have a strong batting line-up. Dwaine Pretorius brings experience to this attack and he would look to do well with Johannes Diseko, Chad Classen, and Potgieter.
Nicky van den Bergh (c & wk), Heino Kuhn, Dwaine Pretorius, Senuran Muthusamy, Chad Classen, Caleb Seleka, Johannes Diseko, Wesley Marshall, Delano Potgieter, Eldred Hawken, Ndumiso Mvelase
Chad Classen, Wesley Marshall, Heino Kuhn, Nono Pongolo, Nicky van den Bergh, Senuran Muthusamy, Dwaine Pretorius, Johannes Diseko, Lesego Senokwane, Caleb Seleka, Duan Jansen
The skies over Port Elizabeth would be clear on February 8. The wicket is expected to be lively with swing and seam movement on offer. Batsmen would have to be watchful on this track and not play expensive strokes. The side batting first would aim to get 170 runs on the board.
The pitch at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth is known for offering assistance to the fast bowlers. Batsmen who get their eyes in and judge the merit of the ball have done well at this venue. There isn’t much on this surface for the spinners and they have struggled here in the past.
The wicket hasn’t been used for a while and there would be some assistance for the bowlers in the early stages of the game and batting would become easy in the second half. The side winning the toss would aim to take advantage of this by bowling first in the game.
It will be a big test for North West as they make their debut in this tournament. The side has several new players and they would have to deliver on the big stage for the side to win. Lions on the other hand have an experienced group of players who did well last season. This would put them slightly ahead at the start of this game.
Lions to win
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