Will the Lions continue their dominance in Pool B against the Warriors?
We predict that the Lions will defeat the Warriors.
This is the 2nd match between the Lions and Warriors, going to play at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom on Thursday. The Lions registered a comfortable win by 42 runs in the last match played between them. Both 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 Warriors have shared this title in the 2017-18 season with Dolphins.
Lions have currently secured the first rank in Pool B with 10 points from 2 matches, after winning both matches, while Warriors placed themselves at the 2nd position in Pool B with 5 points. This match will be important for both sides as the Lions will be looking forward to continuing their winning campaign, while the Warriors will be searching for a win after their loss against the Lions.
The Lions are looking strong with their unit and played superbly in the second match of the tournament against the Warriors. Lions’ key player, RD Rickelton is in good form once again this year and has shown his skills in both matches against Warriors and Cape Cobras.
Lions continued their winning campaign against the Warriors in the second match after defeating Cape Cobras in the first match also. Opening batsman Ryan Rickelton delivered a superb not out knock of 109 runs from 100 balls in the first match against Cape Cobras and scored 32 runs against Warriors in the second match. In the middle order, Nicky van den bergh scored 73 runs from 92 balls which helped them to put 210 runs on the board against the Warriors.
The Lions have managed to restrict Warriors on 168 runs only with the help of Eldred Hawken’s superb spell of 2 for 29 runs in his 9 overs with 1 maiden over and a spell from Malusi Siboto who has taken 2 wickets for 26 runs in his 8 overs. Delano Potgieter’s 2 wickets for 19 runs only also helped the team to beat the Warriors.
Lions are looking strong this year in pool B and they will be looking to continue their winning momentum up against the Warriors in this second match also on Thursday.
Key players: Nicky van den Bergh, Delano Potgieter, Sisanda Magala, Eldred Hawken
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
The Warriors lost their first game against the Lions while chasing the target of just 211 runs and in the second game against Cape Cobras, they managed to win the game comfortably by 81 runs. They will be searching for their second win in this match of Pool B.
In the first match against the Lions they have tried to chase down the target of 211 runs but except Wihan Lubbe’s 42 from 64 balls and Lesiba Ngoepe’s 33 from 45 balls, no other batsmen stood on the crease for a long time. In the second match against Cape Cobras, their batting lineup manages to put 226 runs from 44 overs on the board. Sinethemba Qeshile played a knock of 64 from 74 balls and defended it by a superb bowling attack.
In the bowling department, they have delivered a good performance so far. In the first match against Lions, Mthiwekhaya Nabe bowled a superb spell of 4 wickets for 31 runs in his 9 overs. In the second match against Cape Cobras, Glenton Stuurman bowled superbly and picked up 3 wickets for 26 runs only.
Overall, the Warriors have a good team but they have to execute their plans well against Lions on Thursday to claim their win.
Key players: JJ Smuts, Rudi Second, Wihan Lubbe, Mthiwekhaya Nabe
Yaseen Vallie, JJ Smuts, Rudi Second(c), Lesiba Ngoepe, Sinethemba Qeshile(wk), Marco Marais, Ayabulela Gqamane, Wihan Lubbe, Glenton Stuurman, Stefan Tait, Mthiwekhaya Nabe.
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||19||0 mm.||4.18 k/h||From: NNW||98%|
|03h||18||0 mm.||3.37 k/h||From: NW||87%|
|06h||21||0 mm.||4.24 k/h||From: NW||76%|
|09h||27||0 mm.||4.15 k/h||From: WNW||58%|
|12h||28||0.49 mm.||3.97 k/h||From: WSW||74%|
|15h||26||0.82 mm.||4.54 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
|18h||19||1.98 mm.||2.94 k/h||From: ENE||100%|
|21h||18||0 mm.||3.45 k/h||From: E||78%|
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 24°C-18°C respectively.
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.
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 with 2 matches ending in no result. So, it will be good for the team to win the toss and choose to bowl first on this ground.
Both teams are looking strong this season but in terms of the batting department, the Lions have a slight edge over the Warriors. Warriors still have not opened their point account against the Lions this season and their next match is again with pool’s toppers who are in good form. Lions’ team looks like a perfect squad against the Warriors and they will be looking forward to continuing their winning record.
We predict that the Lions will defeat the Warriors.